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Form C4

1. Course Code 5. School 7. Delivery: Location & Semester

Heriot-Watt University - Course Descriptor Template

2. Course Title Management and Languages Edin Sem 1 SBC Sem. C39MT1 Orkney Sem.. Dubai Sem.. IDL Sem. Collaborative Partner Name.....Sem..... Public Sector Accounting

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3. SCQF 10 4. Credits Level 6. Course Dr Audrey Paterson Co-ordinator Approved Learning Partner

Name Sem..

8. Pre-requisites 9. Linked Courses (specify if synoptic) 10. Excluded Courses 11. Replacement Courses 13. The course may be delivered to: 15. Aims

None None 12. Degrees for which this is a core course UG only PG only UG & PG None 14. Available as an Elective? Yes No

To study in-depth accounting and management practices within public sector organisations and to explore initiatives in public sector management which contribute to the need for sound financial management skills in public sector accountants and managers.

16. Syllabus The Context of Public Sector Accounting & Management Public Sector Organisational Culture & Ethics The Public Sector Manager and Accountants Role Contemporary Public Sector Management Initiatives Issues in Public Sector Management Change Public Sector Planning, Control & Performance Measurement Issues The Public Sector Assessed: Current Trends & Future Prospects

17. Learning Outcomes (HWU Core Skills: Employability and Professional Career Readiness) 1/2

Form C4
Subject Mastery

Heriot-Watt University - Course Descriptor Template

Understanding, Knowledge and Cognitive Scholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning) Skills Develop an understanding of public sector accounting & management; Understand the changing context of public sector; Critically explore the specific components of the public sector management & the accounting task; Analyse the impact of public sector reform on organisational cultures and ethics; Comparatively analyse international dimensions of public sector management & accounting; Critically appraise research findings relating to the topics studied.

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Personal Abilities

Industrial, Commercial & Professional Practice Autonomy, Accountability & Working with Others Communication, Numeracy & ICT The course will equip students with insights into the public sector that will be of value to them within future professional and business practice. Students will develop a range of research skills and their ability to think critically and creatively. In the context of group seminar presentations, students will also develop team working and verbal communication skills. Students will be able to communicate complex ideas effectively by written means. 19. Re-assessment Methods Duration of Exam
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18. Assessment Methods Method Coursework Exam 20. Date and Version Date of Proposal 11/05/2011 Weighting (%) 30 70 Synoptic courses?

Method NA NA

Duration of Exam
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Date of Approval by School Committee

Date of Implementation

September 2011

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