Accounting and Finance BA(Hons): Teaching, learning and assessment
Teaching and assessment for this course
Current practice is at the heart of the programme supported by theory and theoretical debate. The course is taught through a variety of different class sessions for example, lectures, workshops, lab sessions, and you are required to supplement this with independent study and practice.
The course makes extensive use of technology to enhance learning. There are pre-class presentations; computer-based student forums for you to discuss issues and post queries to your cohort, enabling peer learning opportunities; computer-based quizzes to provide both summative and formative feedback; use of Bloomberg, Thomson, Datastream, Hydra and FAME databases so that you have access to real-world data; an introduction to SAGE accounting package for recording transactions and producing financial statements; and you are encouraged at all levels of study to use spreadsheets.
Assessment takes a variety of forms including portfolios of coursework, essays, business reports, case studies, presentations and last, but certainly not least, exams. Some of the assessment will be conducted in groups, while others will be individual. The teaching and assessment strategy ensures that you have opportunities for practice and to gain feedback to help you reach your full potential in assessment.
Teaching, learning and assessment at Kingston University
All our courses are carefully constructed to allow you to build knowledge and skills progressively over the span of your degree programme.
We constantly update our curriculum to ensure that it covers the latest developments in your subject area, including the research and professional experience that your tutors themselves bring to the course.
Our course teams also draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and highly successful alumni who feed into the design of our courses and provide masterclasses and workshops to enrich your learning.
Academic skills support
Our courses have a progressive approach to help develop your academic skills through the modules you study.
Our Academic Skills Centres also provide one-to-one support and advice on the techniques you need to be a successful student including:
- essay writing;
- exam techniques;
- presentation skills;
- editing and web skills; and
- research skills.
During the span of your degree you'll go onto develop the independence, creativity and excellent communication skills that we know employers look for in successful graduates.
Assignments are designed not just to test what you know, but to help you develop your knowledge, skills and confidence.
Because we want you to reach your full potential in every assignment, we build in opportunities for practice and 'feed forward' on assessment tasks so that you will know what you need to do to perform at your best when you submit your work.
When we return your work, we give you clear feedback that will show you what you need to work on next time. You'll have the opportunity to discuss the comments on your work one-to-one with your lecturers and your personal tutor.
When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor – the member of academic staff who will keep a particular eye on your progress throughout your time at Kingston (and after you graduate) and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston.
Your tutor will give you academic guidance and will make sure that you know how to access our other support services if you need them.