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The Extent to Which the Use of Accounting Software and Excel is Incorporated in HE Accountancy Courses

Hicks, Stephen and Barnes, Sue (2009) The Extent to Which the Use of Accounting Software and Excel is Incorporated in HE Accountancy Courses. Project Report. University of Worcester.


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The accounting practitioner will almost inevitably use accounting software packages in their working life. The first aim of this project was to review the extent to which
such skills are taught as part of HE accounting courses and then propose whether and how such skills should be included in UMS modules as part of the proposed degree in Accountancy in Worcester Business School. The research motivation here was simply to ensure that our curriculum was fit for purpose. A second aim was to review the use of Excel in teaching accounting courses. As with accounting software, the use of Excel or similar spreadsheets is part and parcel of an accountant’s working life. In addition some seminar activities are based in computer labs and depend on a certain level of expertise in using Excel to solve accounting problems. Marriott (2004) discusses some of the pedagogical benefits of using spreadsheets to enable learning of accounting concepts, stressing the role of
experiential learning. The research motivation here was twofold; to give some measure of students’ expertise in Excel for business use and to investigate whether learning outcomes were compromised by the level of expertise.

Item Type: Report (Project Report)
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This Project Report is published in the 3rd issue of the Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching. This is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published electronically by the Academic Development and Practice Unit at the University of Worcester to disseminate academic articles, project reports and personal perspectives about Learning and Teaching written by staff associated with the University and its partners.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: accountancy courses, accountancy software, EXCEL, spreadsheets, curriculum, learning, teaching
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2010 18:37
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2021 09:24

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