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Unit information: Accounting and Capital Markets in 2023/24

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Unit name Accounting and Capital Markets
Unit code EFIMM0010
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Korczak
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Accounting and Finance
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Unit Information

The module's aims are to provide a critical examination of the role of accounting information in capital markets and to focus on the theoretical and empirical evidence on how accounting information is used in investment decisions. In addition, the module examines how accounting can resolve information asymmetries between capital providers and management, thus addressing the stewardship and contracting roles of accounting information.

Your learning on this unit

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

  • Appraise accounting information through a capital market lens
  • Critically discuss the academic research on the use and usefulness of accounting based valuation models
  • Understand how accounting information is analysed in the broader industrial and economic context
  • Use and evaluate accounting-based models in the estimation of credit default risk
  • Understand how financial statements are used in contracts between capital providers and managers
  • Critically evaluate the potential conflicts that can arise between the contracting and valuation roles of accounting information

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities

How you will be assessed

This unit will be assessed by 100% coursework


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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