Financial Accounting

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Financial Accounting

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Accounting, Economics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This module is designed to provide an introduction to financial accounting. The purpose and importance of financial accounting will be explained and you will learn how to produce financial statements from the original source documents through the recording of transactions to the final production of a profit and loss account and balance sheet for a non-complex business. The module will also explicate the subjective nature of financial accounting with its need for professional judgement and you will be introduced to the concepts and principles that underlie financial accounting and reporting. You will also
    gain practical experience of inputting data into Sage accounting software and using spreadsheets to prepare financial information.

    Topics covered include:

    • The purpose of financial accounting, users and uses of financial statements, different
    • types of business organisations
    • Accounting concepts, the accounting equation, principles of double-entry
    • bookkeeping, the conceptual framework
    • The regulatory framework, regulatory bodies, accounting standards, legal
    • requirements
    • Double-entry bookkeeping, recording transactions, depreciation, bad and doubtful
    • debts, control accounts, suspense accounts, valuation of stocks and stock accounts,
    • extended trial balance
    • Financial statements: balance sheet and profit and loss account for: sole traders,
    • partnerships, limited companies
    • The role of computers in accounting: advantages of computer systems, main factors to
    • be considered in the design, operation and management of computer systems,
    • limitations of computer systems
    • The different accounting roles in business: financial accountant, management
    • accountant, external and internal auditor, tax accountant and forensic accountant.

    Autumn semester:

    • Introduction to financial accounting and the financial statements
    • Transactions and bookkeeping
    • Balancing the accounts and preparing the trial balance and financial statements
    • Use of spreadsheets and computerized packages
    • Fixed (Non-current) assets and depreciation/disposals
    • Bad (irrecoverable) and doubtful debts
    • Accruals and prepayments
    • Valuation of stocks (Inventories)
    • Post trial balance adjustments

    Spring semester:

    • Day books and control accounts
    • Trial balance errors and suspense accounts
    • Bank reconciliations
    • Incomplete records
    • Partnership accounting
    • Accounting principles, concepts and regulatory bodies
    • The nature of limited companies and their capital
    • Financial statements of limited companies

    2-hour lecture, 1-hour workshop, 2-hour tutorial weekly


    • Study Option 1:
      • Coursework (30%)
      • Examination (70%)
    • Study Option 2: Short Exam (100%)

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