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About this minor

Want to become a successful registered accountant, financial analyst, or entrepreneur? Invest in developing strong bookkeeping skills and important accounting techniques.

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This minor is addressed to students who aspire to become successful registered accountants, financial analysts, or entrepreneurs. For these students, investing in developing strong bookkeeping skills is fundamental. This course supports the learning of essential bookkeeping skills by outlining the conceptual underpinnings of important accounting techniques while focusing on applications of these techniques.

In this course, accounting techniques which span from recording a wide range of transactions (e.g., sales transactions, adjusting transactions and consolidation transactions) to preparing financial reports (e.g., worksheets and financial statements), are applied for different types of businesses (e.g., service business, merchandise business) and different business structures (e.g., sole-proprietorship, partnership and corporation). Even more, the applications of accounting techniques include, but go beyond, textbook exercises and assignments by pushing students to develop real accounting skills while using an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system in a real context.

Learning outcomes

  • Prepare and use financial statements and other accounting reports (e.g., consolidation worksheets)
  • Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts that underpin accounting (e.g., double-entry bookkeeping, the accounting equation, assets, liabilities, equity, accrual accounting, measurement, reliability, relevance)
  • Use accounting techniques (e.g., the accounting cycle, worksheets) for the accounting purposes of different types of business entities (e.g., service and merchandising business) and different business structures (e.g., sole-proprietorship, partnership and corporation)
  • Use an ERP system
  • Use accounting techniques to explore complex business transactions of multi-corporate entities (e.g., business combinations, the consolidation technique)
  • Evaluate the limitations of accounting information

Teaching method and examination

Teaching methods
The course has lectures and workshops. During the lectures, the conceptual underpinnings of important accounting techniques are underlined. Although the instructor will take a central role in introducing accounting topics, lectures have a strong component of group work and group discussion (e.g., students are expected to work in small ad hoc groups on class exercises or mini-cases). The workshop sessions are focused on applications of accounting concepts. More specifically, during the workshops, students review together with the instructor solutions to homework assignments and participate in collaborative work during breakout sessions. The breakout sessions introduce the course’s ERP system, odoo ( ), via tasks related to a business game.

Additionally, this course has class quizzes and a project. Class quizzes serve to test the active participation of students in class and can be taken only by students who are physically in class during the quiz. The project is a group project with two important goals corresponding to two project-parts. Part one of the project aims to have you use an ERP system in the context of a societal need. As such, this part of the project is structured around the odoo ERP system and various of its. Part two of the project aims to have you think about limitations of accounting information. As such, this part of the project is structured around an interesting and relevant reading related to the financial domain.

Teaching Materials
Main mandatory readings:

Method of examination

  • Class quizzes
  • Project
  • Written test.

Composition final grade

  • Written test (50%). The written test consists of open questions.
  • Class quizzes (10%) - individual
  • Project (40%) - group

Good to know

This minor is a deepening minor
To pass this course the written test grade has to be at least 4.5.
There is no minimum grade requirement for quizzes and project.
To pass this course the final grade has to be at least 5.5.

Additional information

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  • Credits
    ECTS 15
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