AF4031 Accounting, Economics and Finance in a Global Business Environment.

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Components 1a Group presentation will be delivered during the seminars in teaching week 11 of the semester.

Component 1b 1500-word group report submitted electronically on Turnitin by noon Wednesday 17 January 2024 (GMT).

Component 2 1-hour (plus 15 minutes reading time) closed book exam to be confirmed.

This module is summatively assessed through a portfolio of work, which constitutes 100% of the assessment mark. The portfolio consists of three parts:


Component 1a: Group presentation (25%)

(Group submission in week 11 (w/c 11th December))


  • This is a group assessment (weighted to 25% of your total marks). 
  • Your group (maximum five members) will be asked to undertake research and analyse data (quantitative and/or qualitative) on one of the topics selected from the list below. 
  • There will be 10 minutes of presentation and 10 mins of questions from your tutor.
  • You will be expected to produce slides using either MS PowerPoint, Canva or Prezi. 
  • Only ONE member of the group will be required to submit the presentation slides by noon Monday 11th December 2023.


Guidelines and further details on topic selection and the process of producing your presentation are available on the e-Learning Portal.


The topic of your group presentation must be chosen from one of the following and directly related to businesses operating in a global business environment (student groups will be required to confirm their topic choice with the seminar tutor no later than week 6):


  • Topic 1: Sustainability and profitability – Assess the impact of globalisation on the environment.  Is globalisation making it more difficult to achieve SDG 15?


  • Topic 2: Innovation – How can government investment contribute to innovation waves? What brings about the “valley of death” and how can governments contribute to reducing such instances?


  • Topic 3: Covid-19 and global poverty – The world was already off track to end poverty by 2030 (SDG 1).  Recent global economic challenges have further increased the global poverty gap.  What could be the role of businesses in reducing the economic pressure on lower income individuals?


  • Topic 4: Financial markets – Social media has contributed to the group of echo chambers that have fuelled changes in financial markets.  How has social media become a stock market predictor?


  • Topic 5: Technology transfer and FDI – It is suggested that one of the advantages of FDI into developing countries is technology transfer.  If this is the case, why have we not seen this occurring in the case of spill overs from FDI to sub-Saharan African countries?


  • Topic 6: Accounting for the circular economy – How can accounting professionals measure and communicate an organisation’s economic position and performance in a way that fits the circular economy?


This assessment includes group work.  It is important that students familiarise themselves with the Group Work Assessments Policy. This document can be found on the module’s e-Learning Portal.




Component 1b: 1500-word group report (25%)

(The group assessment to be submitted in PDF format, noon Wednesday 17th January 2024).


Working in groups (maximum five members) you will be developing a group report and appendices to accompany your group presentation. 

The group report will be no more than 1500 words and will cover the following topics:

-       A reflection of how the group engaged with the task. 

-       How did the group approach any challenges or conflicts?

-       What contributed to the group completing the project?

-       Does the group think that the task was successfully completed?

-       What could be improved for future group assignments? 


The group report is an academic piece of work, and you will be expected to include reference to appropriate academic theory and concepts.


The group report and group presentation are expected to provide a range of up to date and relevant academic theory to support your work and appropriately referenced using APA format.


Further information and guidance will be provided on the module e-Learning Portal.


This is a group submission, only one member of the group is required to submit the work to Blackboard.




Component 2: 1-hour (plus 15 minutes reading time) closed book exam (date TBC).


Further information and guidance on the examination will be available on the module e-Learning Portal.



Assessment Guidance


In your assignment, you should demonstrate:

  • Your knowledge and understanding of relevant theories.
  • Your ability to link theories to the real world.
  • Your ability to communicate succinctly and efficiently, issues and circumstances that relate to accounting, finance, or economics in a global business environment.
  • Your ability to undertake independent research.
  • Use of academic references including journal articles and government policy reports.
  • Correct use of APA referencing style and clarity of presentation.



Useful Resources


Refer to your lecture notes and lecture PPTs, seminar questions and discussions, and online material available on Blackboard. Additional useful material will be distributed during relevant seminars.


Please use the University Library website and tools to source academic articles published in relevant journals to support the theoretical arguments you put forward in your essay.


Refer to market/industry research carried out by professional sources the University Library makes available.


Ask questions! Your module tutor is happy to answer questions and offer clarification.



Important note about ARTA regulations


You are advised to read the guidance for students regarding assessment policies. They are available online here.




Word limits and penalites for assignments


If the assignment is within +10% of the stated word limit no penalty will apply.


The word count is to be declared on the front page of your assignment and the assignment cover sheet.


If the word count is falsified, students are reminded that under ARTA this will be regarded as academic misconduct. 



The word count does not include:

  • Title and contents page.
  • Reference list.
  • Tables, figures, and illustrations.


Please note, in text citations [e.g. (Smith, 2011)] and direct secondary quotations [e.g. “dib-dab nonsense analysis” (Smith, 2011 p.123)] are INCLUDED in the word count.


If the word limit of the full assignment exceeds the +10% limit, 10% of the mark provisionally awarded to the assignment will be deducted. For example: if the assignment is worth 70 marks but is above the word limit by more than 10%, a penalty of 7 marks will be imposed, giving a final mark of 63.


The full Word Limit Policy is available here.


Time limits and penalties for presentations: The time allocated for the presentation must be adhered to.  At the end of this time, the presentation will be stopped and will be marked based on what has been delivered within the time limit.




Late submission of work


All assignments must be submitted to the correct submission point that is located on the module eLearning portal. Please ensure that you submit to the correct submission point on Turnitin.


Under the prevailing ARTA regulations, where coursework is submitted without approval after the published hand-in deadline, the following penalties will apply:

-       For coursework submitted up to 1 working day (24hours) after the published hand-in date and time without approval, 10% of the total marks available for the assessment (i.e. 100%) shall be deducted from the assessment mark.


For clarity: a late piece of work that would have scored 65%, 55% or 45% had it been handed in on time will be awarded 55%, 45% or 35% respectively as 10% of the total available marks will have been deducted.


-       Coursework submitted more than 1 day (24hours) after the published hand-in date and time without approval will be marked as zero but will be eligible for referral. The reassessment should where appropriate, and as determined by the Module Leader, be the same method (e.g. essay) but may be with a different task (e.g. different essay title) or with the same task (e.g. the same essay title) as indicated in the Module handbook.  In modules where there is more than one assessment component, students are not required to complete all assessment components if an overall Pass Mark (40% UG, 50% PGT) has been achieved.


The only permitted exception will be in the cases where the University is prevented from doing so by a PSRB requirement. In the case of PSRB requirements, a variation order will be required from the regulations.


In modules, where there is more than one assessment component and an overall pass mark has been achieved, students will be eligible for a referral* in the individual failed module and/or not attempted component(s) of assessment.


These provisions apply to all assessments, including those assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.


The full policy can be found here.


Students must retain an electronic copy of their assignment (including ALL appendices) and it must be made available within 24hours of them being requested to be submitted.






Referencing your work (APA 7th Style)




The APA method of referencing uses the author`s name and the date of the publication.


In-text citations give brief details of the work you are referring to in your text. References are listed at the end of the text in alphabetical order by the author`s name. The general format of an electronic journal reference in the APA style is shown below:


Coutu, D. (2009). Why Teams Don`t Work. Harvard Business Review, 87(5), 98-105. Retrieved 29th April 2012 from EBSCO


References are listed at the end of the text in alphabetical order by the author`s name. 


Author/s name and initials are listed first, followed by year of publication in brackets. Then there is the title of article and the journal where the article appears, which is in italics. Then state the volume and issue number (in brackets) along with the pages where article can be located. Finally add the date the article was retrieved and then the name of the database, followed by the web address. Wherever possible use the homepage URL rather than the full and extended web address.


For further information on why it is important to reference accurately go to the Referencing and Plagiarism topic in Skills Plus available from the University Library website:


You will find other useful help guides on Skills Plus to help you with the skills involved in writing your assessments and preparing for exams.  


For further information on the APA style of referencing see the Concise Rules of APA Style (7th ed.) located in the library at 808.06615/CON and the APA website


Another useful website:




Plagiarism and Cheating

Your attention is drawn to the University’s stated position on plagiarism. THE WORK OF OTHERS, WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE ASSIGNMENT MUST BE ATTRIBUTED TO ITS SOURCE.


Please note that this is intended to be an individual piece of work.  Action will be taken where a student is suspected of having cheated or engaged in any dishonest practice.  You are reminded that plagiarism, collusion, and other forms of academic misconduct as referred to in the Academic Misconduct procedure of the assessment regulations are taken very seriously. Assignments in which evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct is found may receive a mark of zero.

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