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Accounting in Action

The overall aim of the course is to provide the students with basic knowledge about accounting practices and to reflect on these practices from a research perspective.

It is fair to suggest that we live in a society full of numbers and that accounting is playing an increasing role in society, organisations and in the private sphere. In firms, issues like costing, pricing, budgeting, performance indicators and financial statement analysis are key activities.

This course has two aims:

  • it aims providing an understanding of management accounting and financial accounting practices and
  • it offers insights into reflecting on these practices.

The course is designed with the ambition of making it possible 1) to understand the ways in which accounting practices support (and inhibit) analysis and decision making 2) reflect on research on accounting with the ambition to problematize issues in practice.


  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and group work and requires a significant portion of group work but also self-study on the part of students. Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different activities of the course.

    The course workload is 200 hours equivalent to 7,5 ECTS.
    The language of instruction is English. Please note that all teaching and learning activities such as lectures, seminars, assignments and assessment
    tasks are carried out in English.


    Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different course activities. Each assessment task is weighted in relation to its importance in the overall assessment of the course. The student’s results from the different assessment tasks are added up to a total course score that will then translate into the final grade for the course.

    Assessment tasks
    The course contains the following weighted assessment tasks:
    1. Individual quizzes.
    2. Group work with several cases, including a final presentation.
    3. Individually written course paper.
    In order to obtain a passing grade a student must be assessed on all intended learning outcomes and therefore participate in assessment task 2 and 3.

    After completion of the course, students will receive grades on a scale related to the intended learning outcomes of the course. Passing grades are A, B, C, D and E. Failing grade is F.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    See reading list in the current syllabus. 

  • Contact

    Course coordinator:

    Head of course: Bino Catasús