Professional and Academic Development (Accounting)

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
15 September 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC N400 Accounting,
BSC N401 Accounting (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N402 Accounting (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N404 Accounting (Including Placement Year),
BSC N420 Accounting and Finance,
BSC N422 Accounting and Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC NN43 Accounting and Finance (Including Foundation Year),
BSC NNK3 Accounting and Finance (Including Year Abroad),
MACCN440 Accounting and Finance,
MACCN441 Accounting and Finance (Including Placement Year),
MACCN442 Accounting and Finance (Including Year Abroad),
BSC NN24 Accounting and Management,
BSC NN27 Accounting and Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC NN42 Accounting and Management (Including Foundation Year),
BSC NNK2 Accounting and Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N4L1 Accounting with Economics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC NKL1 Accounting with Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC NL41 Accounting with Economics,
BSC NL44 Accounting with Economics (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module will provide our students with a foundation in core academic skill requirements with the intention of improving the standard of work across all first-year modules.

This module will also enable students to begin to focus on career planning and employability skills and establishing a career path. In addition, the module ensures that students have adequate access to their personal tutor on a regular basis.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To deliver a range of study skills and introduce professional development at the start of Essex Business School students’ undergraduate programmes.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Develop a knowledge and understanding of study skills in relation to the requirements of a first-year undergraduate programme.

  2. Identify and understand the graduate-level roles and career paths available to business students.

  3. Identify their own interests, skills and competencies, relevant to their future career choice.

  4. Identify appropriate opportunities to gain relevant work experience while at university.

  5. Prepare effective applications for these opportunities.

  6. Enable students to reflect on their professional and learning development.

Module information


  • Business Week presentations.

  • Introducing the module – content and assessment.

  • Introducing personal tutoring and setting expectations and planning your first year of study.

  • Transition to university.

  • Navigating your programme of study.

  • Note-taking in lectures.

  • Reading for your assessments.

  • The Graduate labour market.

  • What do employers want?

  • Getting work experience and how to apply.

  • Practical session: networking and social media.

  • Question analysis and introducing the essay/report.

  • Critical reading for your essay/report.

  • Referencing and plagiarism.

  • Business communication skills.

  • Leadership and entrepreneurship skills presentation.

  • Pathway for an accounting profession.

  • Case analysis feedback.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Eighteen 1-hour lectures.

Some careers work lectures will be 1½ hours.

Lecture will comprise teaching, interactive activities, discussion and group work.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non - essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Learning Journal  18/01/2024  25% 
Coursework   Reflective Assignment  15/02/2024  25% 
Coursework   Essay  14/03/2024  50% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Hugh Kilmister, email:
Hugh Kilmister, Lorcan Whitehead, Ai Gooch & Steve Hill



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 48 hours, 46 (95.8%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Essex Business School

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