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Course Overview

This course gives an introduction to basic accounting and finance concepts, with particular emphasis on their application to Project Management.

The course addresses three main sets of topics:

·         Financial accounting, financial reporting, and accounts interpretation

·         Management accounting, with particular emphasis on project accounting issues

·         Project appraisal, using discounted cash flows and related techniques

It also considers the relationships between these and the organisational and behavioural context in which they are relevant.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Mr John Cavanagh

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Computing Science (CS) (Studied) or Engineering (EG) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course is run as four modules by streamed video.  Each module addresses two or three topics.

The coursework will generally comprise one large exercise – e.g. the preparation of a flexible project budget model – and a set of objective tests based on the material from each module.

There are practical exercises associated with each topic, with worked solutions provided after the module is delivered.  There is also a whole course workbook which helps students to develop numerical skills relevant to the final assessment.  Selected past exam papers, with worked solutions, are also provided.

Further Information & Notes

For students studying for MSc Project Management

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: 1 three hour examination (50%) and coursework (50%).

Resit: The re-sit will comprise of re-doing the failed element/s (exam and/or coursework assessment/s) from the 1st attempt with a maximum CGS mark of D3. The marks for other elements (successfully passed) will be carried over. Resit mark of either RP or RF will be recorded.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Individual feedback will be given in accordance with the University feedback policy, and model answers to coursework will be provided on MyAberdeen.

Course Learning Outcomes


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