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Key dates

Term dates and LSE closures – Academic Year 2018/19

Michaelmas Term (MT)                                  School Closures
Thursday 27 September – Friday 14 December 2018
                                                      LSE will be closed during the following periods:
Reading Week: 5 November – 9 November 2018
                                                      Christmas Closure
                                                      Friday 21 December 2018 – Tuesday 1 January 2019
Lent Term
                                                      Easter Closure
Monday 7 January – Friday 29 March 2019
                                                      Thursday 18 April –Wednesday 24 April 2019
January Exams: 7 January – 11 January 2019
Reading Week: 18 February – 22 February 2019          May Bank Holiday
                                                      Monday 6 May 2019

                                                      Spring Bank Holiday
Summer Term
                                                      Monday 27 May 2019
Monday 29 April – Friday 14 June 2019
Summer Exams: 6 May – 14 June 2019                    Summer Bank Holiday
                                                      Monday 26 August 2019

Department of Accounting               2       Quality Assurance                                 21

Welcome from the Head of Department    2       LSE Services to Support You with Your Studies and in
                                               Your Career                                        21
Welcome from BSc Programme Director    3
                                               Equity, Diversity and Inclusion                   22
Key Faculty                            4
                                               Your Wellbeing and Health                         23
Professional Services Staff            5
                                               Exams and Assessments                             24
About the Department                   6
                                               Plagiarism                                        25
Starting your Programme                7
                                               Results and Classification                        25
BSc Accounting and Finance             8
                                               Fees and Finance                                  26
Department Information                14
                                               Codes and Charters                                27
Key Information                       19
                                               Systems and Online Resources                      28
Student Services Centre               20

Student Representation                20

Department of Accounting Welcome

Dear Students,
The excellence of research and teaching in the Department of Accounting at LSE is globally acknowledged. The
Department, known for its tradition of intellectual diversity, has long been at the forefront of research and teaching on
the role of accounting in the economy and society. We are committed to creating and disseminating knowledge related
to accounting through research, teaching, and various professional and policy contributions. The Department also
hosts the inter-disciplinary Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR), which exemplifies this commitment.
Our mission is to provide a high-quality education that helps you develop and apply your knowledge and expertise to
your likely varied and evolving interests over the span of your career and beyond. London is an ideal setting for your
study: global, as LSE, with innumerable educational and professional benefits resulting from the proximity of public and
private organisations and businesses, the City, policy institutes, think tanks, regulators, and Westminster.
Students on the Department’s programmes grasp the potential of accounting in a wide range of settings. They learn
to analyse how accounting is implicated in a multifaceted range of institutional and organisational processes of
calculation, reporting, and evaluation. They appreciate the interdependencies between accounting and accountability,
agency, transparency, sustainability, governance, organisational control, risk, performance management, policy
making and change. Our academics explore an equally diverse range of issues in their research drawing on a variety of
disciplinary perspectives.
Each year we admit over 400 students on our undergraduate and several graduate programmes. You are now
among them. Partake fully, and to the fullest. Explore, learn, and contribute. Each year, we also welcome a number of
departmental speakers, academics and practitioners, in a variety of forums, in addition to the unparalleled public events
and lectures hosted by LSE. In a word, engage!
I welcome you, and wish you the very best of success during your time with us,

                        Professor Wim A. Van der Stede
                        Head of Department of Accounting

Welcome from Pik Liew

Dear BSc in Accounting and Finance Students,
A very warm welcome to our Department.
The LSE and the Department have a lot to offer to you and I hope that you will be able to take full advantage of the
learning and social opportunities you will encounter here. I hope that you will find these opportunities intellectually
challenging and rewarding.
The Departments of Accounting and of Finance are committed to helping you make the most of your educational
experience at the LSE. Intellectual development in the fields of Accounting and Finance and other academic subjects is
supported through our teaching. More general advice on academic and pastoral issues is provided through the system
of Academic Mentoring. It is therefore of vital importance that you attend all the teaching sessions you are assigned to
and that you see your Academic Mentor at least two times in each term, during his/her academic support and feedback
hour, when no appointment is required.
If a particular academic or personal problem arises, I could not stress more the importance of talking to your Academic
Mentor as soon as possible. There are many ways in which we can help, including through the range of services the
LSE offers to its students, and the earlier we are aware of a problem the more likely something can be done.
To assist you in making the best use of the Department’s resources and to guide your programme of study, the
following pages document what you will need to know. This handbook will not only be useful to guide you through
your first few weeks, but also as a reference throughout your undergraduate degree. While this student handbook is
as comprehensive as we could make it, if you have any questions you do not find answers to, please contact your
Programme Manager, Justin Adams on, or alternatively speak to your Academic Mentor. If you
need to contact me please email me at
I look forward to meeting you and best wishes for your time with us,

                        Pik Liew
                        BSc Accounting and Finance Programme Director

Who’s Who

Key Faculty

Head of Department                                                       Professor Wim Van der Stede
                                                                         Room OLD 2.18, Ext: 6695
BSc Programme Director                                                   Dr Pik Liew
Department of Accounting                                       
                                                                         Room OLD 3.34, Ext. 6704
Department Tutor                                                         Dr Paula Lopes-Cocco
Department of Finance                                          
                                                                         Room OLD.M2.09, Ext 3708
Elements of Accounting and Finance                                       Dr Pik Liew
(AC100) Course Leader                                          
Elements of Accounting and Finance                                       Ms Chris Constantinou
(AC102/103) Course Leader                                      
Managerial Accounting                                                    Dr Tommaso Palermo
(AC211) Course Leader                                          
Management Accounting, Financial Management and Organisational Control   Dr Liisa Kurunmaki
(AC310) Course Leader                                          
Financial Accounting, Analysis and Valuation                             Dr Stefano Cascino
(AC330) Course Leader                                          
Auditing, Governance and Risk Management                                 Dr Liisa Kurunmaki
(AC340) Course Leader                                          

Professional Services Staff

Justin Adams                       Yvonne Guthrie                       Sandra Ma                     Salah Ud-Din
BSc Accounting and Finance         Department Manager                   Student Community and         Administrator (CARR and SIC)
Programme Manager                                                       Operations Manager
                                   Room OLD 3.19                                                      Room OLD 3.20
Room OLD 3.20                      Email:           Room OLD 3.22.                Email:
Email:          Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6408             Email:       Tel: +44 (0)20 7852 3780
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6542                                                Tel: +44 (0)20 7105 5198

Rebecca Baker                      Muhammed Sabih Iqbal                 Dorothy Richards
PhD in Accounting                  MSc Accounting,                      MSc and Diploma in
Programme Manager                  Organisations and Institutions       Accounting and Finance
                                   Programme Manager                    Programme Manager
Room OLD 3.22
Email:         Room OLD 3.22                        Room OLD 3.22
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7737             Email:
                                   Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6278             Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6603

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About The Department

The Department of Accounting continues to enjoy a reputation as                  Aims of the Programme
one of the leading groups in the world for teaching and research on
                                                                                 The programme fundamentally studies accounting and finance in a
the economic, institutional and organisational aspects of accounting
                                                                                 social science context using a critical, research-led approach to not
and financial management. Maintaining and advancing our leading
                                                                                 only develop a mastery of key accounting and finance concepts, but
international reputation for teaching and research is our top priority,
                                                                                 also to conceptually underpin their use and usefulness as well as
and thus, we are committed:
                                                                                 their determinants and effects at an individual, social, organisational,
•   To enhance still further the quality of the student experience in our        institutional, economic and/or societal level. Specifically, the
    programmes at both the undergraduate and graduate level, such                programme thus aims to:
    as by maintaining effective student-faculty ratios and ensuring an
    appropriate balance and mix of students to maintain diversity and            •   provide an undergraduate education at the forefront of the field
                                                                                     globally in the study of the theory and practice of accounting,
    quality of the educational experience.
                                                                                     finance, financial management, management control, and
•   To strengthen further our outstanding research environment through               governance and accountability in organisations;
    research seminars, visitors and strong links with other departments,
    research centres and external constituencies, making it possible to          •   situate the study of accounting and finance in some of the major
                                                                                     contexts within which accounting and finance professionals play a
    study relevant accounting issues within the rich context of the social
                                                                                     key role globally;
    sciences in line with the School’s intellectual tradition.
We are proud about the diversity in everything we do, as it is the key           •   develop in students an understanding that goes far beyond
to our competitive advantage locally as well as globally. We therefore               accounting and finance as a practice concerned with
strive to continue to combine ‘global appeal’ with a distinctive                     computational skill but, more importantly, is central to the way
‘European orientation’ in terms of institutional knowledge and                       in which both management internally, and various stakeholders
affiliations as well as intellectual traditions.                                     externally (including investors, lenders, customers, the government
                                                                                     and the public) perceive, understand, and seek to change and
Finally, we play a leading role in scholarship through our editorial                 control the nature of organisations and the ways in which
contribution to a number of academic international journals, such as:                resources are allocated to and by them;

•   Professor Peter Miller is Associate Editor of Accounting,
                                                                                 •   foster in students a critical, analytical and flexible approach to
    Organizations and Society;
                                                                                     accounting and finance issues;

•   Professor Wim Van der Stede is Editor of Management
                                                                                 •   prepare students for challenging careers in accounting and finance
    Accounting Research;
                                                                                     and related sectors, as well as for higher degrees/further study and
•   Professor Bjorn Jorgensen is Associate Editor of the Journal of
    Accounting, Auditing and Finance;

•   Professor Ane Tamayo is Associate Editor of the Journal of
                                                                                 Professional Exemptions
    Business Finance and Accounting;
                                                                                 Students intending to train as professional accountants will be
•   Dr Andrea Mennicken is Associate Editor of the European                      interested in exemptions from professional exams. There are three
    Accounting Review;                                                           things of which you should be aware:

•   Other faculty are on the editorial boards of numerous and a wide
    variety of journals.                                                         1. Professional syllabi are subject to frequent revision. Therefore,
                                                                                    you are advised to choose courses primarily on the basis of your
                                                                                    ability and interest in them, rather than because you think you may
                                                                                    be eligible for professional exemptions. Any exemptions currently
                                                                                    available may no longer be offered when you graduate. Equally,
                                                                                    new exemptions may become available for different courses.

                                                                                 2. In some cases, the professional bodies may ask for supplementary
                                                                                    information to support an exemption application. Where this is
                                                                                    requested, it is likely to be the course notes and syllabi from the
                                                                                    courses you took. So, it is your responsibility to keep course
                                                                                    material to supply (if required) to the professional bodies.

                                                                                 3. There are at present only limited exemptions available. Please see
                                                                                    the website of the relevant accounting body for more information.

Starting Your Programme

Key Department of Accounting BSc Welcome Schedule 2018 and Michaelmas Term events

 Date                             Activity                            Start                     End                       Location

 Monday 24 September              School Welcome Presentation         10am                      11.30am                   Peacock Theatre
 Tuesday 25 September             BSc Accounting and Finance          2pm                       3pm                       Hong Kong Theatre,
                                  Registration                                                                            Clement House
 Thursday 27 September            BSc Accounting and Finance          10am                      11.45am                   TW1.G.01
                                  Welcome Presentation
 Thursday 27 September            BSc Accounting and Finance          12 noon                   1.15pm                    Kinta Alley,
                                  Welcome Reception Lunch                                                                 32 Lincoln’s Inn
 Thursday 27 September            First Steps Session                 1.30pm                    4pm                       LSE Life
                                                                                                                          LSE Library
 Friday 28 September              BSc Careers Services and      1pm                             2pm                       Old Theatre,
                                  meet your careers consultants                                                           Old Building
 Friday 28 September              Student Community Talk              2pm                       3pm                       Old Theatre,
                                                                                                                          Old Building
 Wednesday 3 October              INSIGHTS Speaker Series I           5.30pm                    7pm                       Old Theatre,
                                  and Reception                                                                           Old Building
 Friday 5 October                 LSESU Accounting Society            TBC                       TBC                       OLD 3.16
                                  Welcome Reception
 Week Commencing                  Meet your Academic Mentor           TBC                       TBC                       Academic Mentor
 Monday 8 October                 (individual/group session)                                                              Office
 Wednesday 17 October             Meet peer mentor lunch              11.30qm                   1pm                       Shaw Library, Old
                                  reception                                                                               Building
 Thursday 22 November             Alumni Speed Networking             6pm                       8pm                       OLD 3.21
 Tuesday 4 December               Students Christmas Reception 5.30pm                           7.30pm                    Senior Dining Room,
                                                                                                                          Old Building

INSIGHTS Speaker Series
Inspiring talks from leaders in the field of Accounting and Finance

In order to show how some of the theory you learn is used in practice, the Department will run the INSIGHTS speaker series of lectures, where
we invite practitioners, and in some cases visiting academics, to make presentations to students. These lectures are generally related to some
topical aspect of accounting, finance or something which students are seeing in their lectures and classes. A schedule of presentations has been
announced early in Michaelmas Term and will continue into the Lent Term.

Catch up with Accounting and Finance Alumni
Thursday 11 October 2018 and Thursday 7 March 2019

Recent BSc Accounting and Finance alumni are invited back to share their experience about studying on the BSc programme, offer career advice
and networking opportunities. This relaxed informal session includes lunch.

Let’s Talk Accounting and Finance lunch hour
Wednesday lunch hour: 7 November 2018, 5 December 2018, 27 February 2019

The Let’s Talk Accounting and Finance is an opportunity to lunch, share and learn more about Accounting and Finance in this informal session in
OLD 3.16 (UG Common Room).

BSc Accounting and Finance

Welcome 2018                                                                    Communication at LSE
Welcome 2018 offers a huge range of talks, tours and other activities           It is very important that you keep the Department and the School
to help you settle into life at LSE. It is designed to introduce you to         informed of your current home and term-time addresses, telephone
LSE and help you meet other students. For more information visit lse.           numbers and email addresses. In your first weeks you should check that or pick up a copy of The Welcome Guide 2018.               this information is accurately listed on LSE for You. If any of this
                                                                                information changes, you must update it on LSE for You immediately.
The Welcome Guide 2018 is packed full of information about the
things you need to do, events you must attend and gives you some                Timetables Office
great tips on how to start your time at LSE. You can pick up a copy,
                                                                                The Timetables Office is responsible for scheduling and allocating
when you register, in the Student Services Centre (from mid-August)
                                                                                rooms to all of the School’s taught courses.
or at any of the Help Points (during Welcome Week).

                                                                                The Timetables web (
At the start of the academic year all new and continuing students
                                                                                timetables) includes information for students and staff.
need to formally register on their programme of study. New students
need to do this in person (usually in Clement House), whilst most
                                                                                You use LSE for You to select your courses and seminar groups.
continuing students will be able to re-register online.
                                                                                Personal Timetables can then be viewed in LSE for You.
To ensure that you are able to register as quickly as possible, each
programme is allocated a time slot (for large programmes these slots            UG Course Choice and
are further split by surname), please make sure that you attend the             Personal Timetables
correct slot or you may be turned away. At registration, you will be
                                                                                Every degree programme offered by the School has a set of
asked to provide proof of your eligibility to study in the UK and will be
                                                                                programme regulations, which outline the courses available to
issued with your LSE ID Card.
                                                                                students on that programme. Course guides provide descriptions of
                                                                                each course, including a brief synopsis, the number of teaching hours,
For more information, including schedules, details of what documents
                                                                                the method(s) of assessment and any recommended reading. Both
you need to provide and how to register visit
                                                                                programme regulations and course guides for the new academic year
                                                                                will be available from September in the School Calendar.
Arriving Late
If you are unable to make your allocated Registration slot, please see          The following sections provide details on how to choose your courses.
Late arrivals for advice on catching up quickly.                                Course selection is undertaken using LSE for You. As a new student
                                                                                joining the School in September, you will receive instructions on how to
                                                                                activate your LSE IT account from Undergraduate Admissions. You can
Settling in at LSE                                                              normally start this process in early to mid September.

The Your First Week webpages provide comprehensive information                  Once this has been done you can access LSE for You as a student
to help you settle in to life at LSE. LSE Social also provides a list of        and start choosing your courses. The course choice facility will be
events and exhibitions going on around the School.                              accessible from 10am on Monday 3 September 2018 until 5pm on
                                                                                Monday 15 October 2018.
Welcome Week
The Welcome Week webpages contain information about both                        For instructions on selecting courses, please see Course
compulsory and optional events taking place at the start of the                 selection tutorials.
academic year, including those specific to your department and BSc
programme, as well as central School Welcome Week events.                       If you have not yet completed all of your admissions paperwork (such
                                                                                as your Financial Undertaking Form or Confirmation of Conditions)
                                                                                then the option to select your courses will not be available to you on
First Steps                                                                     LSE for You.
The afternoon session on Thursday 27 September titled “First Steps”
will be an opportunity to meet and get to know your fellow classmates           Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office to finalise your
further as you embark on your three year academic journey. The day              admission to the School, and allow one working day for the ‘Course
will include a fun interactive session, and study tips from LSE LIFE.           Selection’ option to appear.
Please note that this session is mandatory for all new BSc Accounting
and Finance Students in their first year.

Capped Courses
Some departments have capped courses, which means that places
on these courses will be limited. On the LSE for You course choice
system these courses are labelled as ‘capped’.

These courses are offered on a first come first served basis and
as soon as the number of students registered reaches the capped
number, the status of these courses will change to “full” and no one
else will be able to select them. If you want more information about
capped courses please contact the department teaching the course.

Undergraduate Class Changes
The Timetables Office uses an automated process to allocate
undergraduate students to classes. In order to request a change
to a scheduled class, you should apply using the LSE for You ‘class
change request’ function.

If there are circumstances that prevent you from attending your
scheduled class, you should include in your request full details of the
dates and times that you are unavailable. The relevant department will
then consider your request. You may be asked to provide documentary
evidence in support of your application. Once the department has
made its decision you will be notified via your LSE email account. If
your request is approved, your LSE for You personal timetable will be
updated within three working days of the date of approval.

Lectures and Classes
Lectures for most courses begin in the first week of Michaelmas
Term (w/c 1 October 2018).

Most classes begin in week 2 or 3. AC100 classes begin in week 2.
Your personal timetable will be available for you to access via LSE for
You (LFY), please check this very carefully.

If at the start of Michaelmas Term you cannot see your personal
timetable on LFY, it is probably because you have a timetable clash.
If this is the case you will not be assigned to any lecture/class or
seminar groups until the clash is resolved. To find the clashing
courses consult the online timetable and work out which courses
have teaching at the same time.

You will need to change your course selections to courses which
do not clash. You can use the Online Timetable to view all of the
teaching (lectures, seminars, classes etc.) for every course that has
term time teaching in the current academic year. Timetables for all
courses can be viewed on

All first year undergraduate students are required to take LSE100
The LSE Course: Understanding the causes of things and your
lectures and classes for LSE100 begin in LT 2018-19. This is an
interdisciplinary and innovative course specific to LSE which
introduces you to the fundamental elements of thinking as a social
scientist by exploring real problems and real questions, drawing on a
range of disciplines across the social sciences.

Advice on Choice of Subjects

In year one you take four courses plus LSE100 in Lent Term. Your background in economics and mathematics will influence the courses that are
available to you.

Programme structure

    Course/Paper                                                   Details
    AC100 – Elements of Accounting and Finance                     Core Accounting course in Year 1
    EC100 – Economics A                                            EC100 – Economics A (only if you do not have A level Economics or
    OR                                                             equivalent)
    EC102 – Economics B                                            EC102 - Economics B (only if you have A Level Economics or equivalent)
    MA107 – Quantitative Methods (Mathematics, half unit) with     MA107 and ST107 – Student must then select an outside option under paper 4.
    ST107 – Quantitative Methods (Statistics, half unit)           ST102 – Elementary Statistical Theory (must then select MA100 for paper 4)
    OR                                                             ST108 – Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences (only for students without A
    ST102 – Elementary Statistical Theory                          Level Mathematics or equivalent who must then select MA110 under paper 4)
    ST108 – Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences
    MA100 - Mathematical Methods                                   MA100 - Mathematical Methods (must be selected if ST102 taken under paper 3
    OR                                                             MA110 – Basic Quantitative Methods (only for students without A Level
    MA110 – Basic Quantitative Methods                             Mathematics or equivalent; must be selected if ST108 is taken under paper 3)
    an outside option
    LSE100 – The LSE Course                                        Start in the LT Year 1, and MT Year 2

Please note the following:

•    Students who have taken an A Level Mathematics course (or equivalent) should normally take MA107 and ST107, Quantitative Methods (option
     3a). You then choose an outside option as paper 4.

•    Students who have not studied mathematics beyond GCSE or AS level or equivalent must take ST108 and MA110.

•    Students with A Level Mathematics (or equivalent) who may wish to take one of the more mathematically demanding courses in Economics in
     year two or FM320 Quantitative Finance in Year 3 should consider taking ST102 Elementary Statistical Theory; these students must then take
     MA100 Mathematical Methods as paper 4. MA100 and ST102 are prerequisites for FM320.

•    ST108 may not be taken by students who have A Level Mathematics (or equivalent) nor by students taking ST107/ MA107.

•    MA100 Mathematical Methods is not available to students taking option 3a, Quantitative Methods, but should be taken with ST102 Elementary
     Statistical Theory.

•    SA104 Social Economics and Policy is not available to students on the BSc Accounting and Finance programme.

•    FM101 Finance cannot be taken by students on the BSc Accounting and Finance programme.
Full details of first year courses taught outside the Department:

Courses with timetable clashes will not be approved.

Moodle                                                                         Academic Mentors
Moodle is LSE’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a password           Your Academic Mentor is responsible for monitoring your academic
protected web environment that contains a range of teaching                    progress and is available to help with any problems, which may arise,
resources, activities, assignments, information and discussions                whether academic or personal.
for your course. The content of Moodle is the responsibility of your
teacher and so it will vary from course to course (not all teachers            All BSc and General Course students will be assigned an Mentor at
choose to use Moodle).                                                         the start of the Michaelmas Term. You will be sent an email when
                                                                               the details are confirmed. If you need advice during the period before
You can access Moodle from any computer connected to the                       Academic Mentors are assigned, you can contact the Programme
internet, on or off campus.                                                    Director, Dr Pik Liew..

 Go to and use your LSE user name and password               The Department will assign one Academic Mentor throughout your
to log in. This page also has links to help and advise on using                time here at LSE. However, staff leave and other circumstances mean
Moodle. You will also find links to Moodle from a number of web                that this is not always possible.
pages, including the webpage for ‘Staff & Students’. If you have any
technical problems with Moodle you should contact the helpdesk at              Any queries or problems you have about the individual courses you are                                                         taking should first be raised with the relevant class teacher, lecturer or
                                                                               course leader during their academic support and feedback hours. Your
Please ensure you check both the Moodle programme AND course                   Academic Mentor’s main role is to provide feedback on your academic
pages regularly for updates and announcements.                                 progress and guidance on academic and personal issues.

Each individual course page on Moodle contains details of the                  In practice this means that he/she will, for example, discuss with you
Lecturer/s and Class Teacher/s who teach on the course, should you             your termly reports written by each of your class teachers, provide
need to contact them. Here you will also find links, where possible,           information and guidance on course options, write references where
to PDF versions of all handouts distributed during the lectures                necessary and be available to discuss examination results. If you
throughout the year, should the Student Information Centre no longer           wish your Mentor to provide you with a reference please email them
have them. At the bottom of the page, there is a link to the past              in plenty of time with the details and a copy of an up-to-date CV.
exam papers held in the Library. Some courses may make numerical               You can upload a copy of your CV and details of any extra-curricular
solutions to past exam papers available. You will also find links to           activities onto LSE for You.
LSE Timetables on these pages.
                                                                               Please remember that it will be very difficult for your Academic
The Department of Accounting hides its course materials on each                Mentor to write a suitable reference if they have not met you!!
Moodle course page from the end of July each year. You will be
notified and given advance notice of when this will happen by the              It is absolutely vital to your academic progress that you see your
Departmental Administrator.                                                    Academic Mentor for an Advice and Feedback Meeting at least once
                                                                               a term, not just in your first year and not just if things do not go well.
Students who wish to retain these course materials for their own               It is important to build a relationship with your Academic Mentor so
records should download them before this date. This is particularly            that they are able to support you if/when difficulties arise with your
advisable for students who will have to resit the exam for this course.        overall academic progress (eg, with exam performance).
The course materials can be downloaded for personal use by
registered students on this course during the current academic                 It is your responsibility to attend your Academic Mentor’s academic
session. Reproducing, posting, transmitting or disseminating,                  support and feedback hours for Advice and Feedback Meetings at
electronically or in any form or by any means without the written              least three times a year
permission of the Department of Accounting, London School of
                                                                               •   Between weeks 1 and 4 of Michaelmas Term for an introductory
Economics, amounts to an infringement of copyright. Your use of
                                                                                   meeting for the new academic year.
Moodle must comply with relevant legislation governing copyright
and other intellectual property rights                                         •   Between weeks 1 and 4 of Lent Term to discuss class reports for
                                                                                   the previous term.
If you have difficulty using any of these facilities, the IT Services Help
Desk will be able to help you. It is located on the Library First floor. IT    •   Between weeks 1 and 2 of Summer Term to discuss class reports
Services also run a number of training courses for students.                       for the previous term.

                                                                               You can check your Academic Mentor’s hours on the BSc Accounting
                                                                               and Finance Moodle page: or outside the Student Information Centre,
                                                                               room OLD 3.20 noticeboard.

Change of Academic Mentor                                                           BSc Programme Director
If the relationship between you and your Academic Mentor is for any                 The BSc Programme Director (Dr Pik Liew) is responsible for organising
reason unsatisfactory and you would like to request a change, you should            the academic mentor system within the guidelines laid down by the
discuss this in person with the BSc Programme Director (Dr Pik Liew).               School and the Head of Department. The BSc Programme Director is also
These requests are rare, but carefully and sympathetically considered. If           available to give advice and help on any matters of concern to students
the situation cannot otherwise be resolved, a change is allowed.                    which Academic Mentors are unable to resolve. Certain procedures (eg,
                                                                                    changing degree programme; suspension of regulations) necessitate the
Contacting Academic Staff and Teaching                                              approval of the BSc Programme Director before they can be implemented.

Staff: Staff Academic Support and
                                                                                    Student Suggestion and Concerns
Feedback Hours                                                                      We hope that you enjoy your studies in the Department, and that you are
This is the time when all academic staff are available in their rooms during        pleased with the teaching and other forms of support that you receive.
term-time to see any student without an appointment. Details of staff               However, if you have any suggestions or concerns, we aim to respond to
academic support and feedback hours will be posted on the relevant                  these constructively and address any problems as promptly as possible.
course page and the BSc Accounting and Finance page on Moodle: They will also be posted on the Departmental              Specifically, if you have a concern about your programme or any
noticeboards outside the Student Information Centre, OLD 3.20.                      aspect of the Department’s activities, you are invited to raise this as
                                                                                    early as possible with any of the following:
If you wish to see your Academic Mentor or class teacher at any
other time, you should contact them via email. In the event of an                   •   The elected student representatives for your programme.
emergency, and if your own Academic Mentor or class teacher is
                                                                                    •   The relevant course teacher/course leader
not available, you should go to the Student Information Centre, room
OLD 3.20, and arrangements will be made for you to meet another                     •   The Programme Manager, Programme Director, your Academic
member of academic staff. Your Academic Mentor’s hours may vary                         Mentor, Department Manager (Yvonne Guthrie) or the Head of
according to the time of year. It is intended that faculty will offer more              Department (Professor Wim Van der Stede)
office hours prior to the examination period if needed. Information
on changes to Academic Support and Feedback Hours will also be
posted on the Academic Support and Feedback Hours webpage                           How to get in touch and give feedback
(accessed via Moodle) so please check regularly.

Other faculty and class teachers are expected to be available in their              Contacting Professional Service Staff
offices during their advertised office hours. If a member of staff                  The Department’s administration is based in OLD 3.22, and is open to
is unable to make their office hours for that week students will be                 enquiries from students all year round.
notified by email and a note will be put on their office door. However,
if you find that a member of staff is not available in their office hours,          Contacting Academic Staff for Advice and Guidance
you should go to the relevant department Student Information Centre
to check on any last minute changes to office hours for that week.                  Academic staff can be contacted during their office hours (drop in),
                                                                                    or via appointments made directly with them during term-time.

Department information

Where We Are                                                                 (available from the Student Information Centre), either to your teacher
                                                                             during class or to the Student Information Centre, room OLD 3.20.
The Department main offices are on the 3rd Floor of the Old Building
                                                                             You may also be asked to submit work electronically via Moodle,
(OLD 3.20 and OLD 3.22). Contact address:
                                                                             your teacher will advise you accordingly. In addition to the set work,
                                                                             you are expected to undertake a significant amount of reading and
Department of Accounting
                                                                             independent study throughout the year. You may find it useful to form
London School of Economics and Political Science
                                                                             study groups with your classmates for discussion and support.
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
                                                                             Your class attendance will be recorded each week in the class you
                                                                             are assigned to by Timetables. Failure to attend that class can result
The Department UG Student Common Rooms (OLD 3.16 on the 3rd
                                                                             in you being marked absent and lead to a bar from entering exams.
Floor of the OLD Building) is for use by students registered on the
                                                                             Consequently, attending a class different from the one in your
Undergraduate Accounting programme. The code to enter this room
                                                                             Timetable (even if the class teacher has approved) is NOT permitted
can be obtained from your Programme Manager. Please note that
                                                                             except in exceptional circumstances such as missing your class
this code will change each term for security reasons.
                                                                             because of illness. If you need to request a change of class you must
                                                                             make a formal request through LSE for You. If this is agreed you
Student Information Centre (SIC)                                             will be allocated to a new class by Timetables and your attendance
The Student Information Centre (SIC) is based in Room OLD 3.20,              monitored in your new class. Class changes are only allowed in
3rd floors of the Old Building. You should go the Centre for queries         exceptional circumstances.
                                                                             For more information, please see the BSc Accounting and Finance
•   leaving messages for academic staff (if their administrative
                                                                             Moodle page:
    contact is unavailable)
                                                                             It is strongly recommended that, throughout your time at the LSE, you
•   contacting academic staff
                                                                             make an effort to improve your study skills, in particular essay writing,
•   staff office hours                                                       but also presentation skills, exam preparation and time management.
                                                                             The LSE Teaching and Learning Centre and LSE Life provides a
•   examination information                                                  range of sessions you are strongly recommended to attend from
                                                                             the beginning of the first year. You will find details on the timings of
•   collecting course handouts                                               study skills sessions and other relevant workshops on studying and
                                                                             learning on the LSE moodle page
•   collecting formative feedback forms and submitting classwork

•   other general queries                                                    Formal Teaching
Opening Hours—Term Time:                                                     Formal teaching starts Week 1 of the Michaelmas Term (w/c 1 October).
Monday to Friday                                                             It is usually completed by the end of the Lent Term. Examinations for MT
9.30-12.30 and 13.30-17.30                                                   courses taken in both terms will normally be held during May and June.
                                                                             Some departments hold examinations in January.

Teaching and Learning                                                        Lecture Handouts
Independent learning                                                         Handouts and other teaching materials are normally distributed during
                                                                             lectures, classes or seminars. If you miss a lecture or class/seminar
The style of academic work you need to undertake is different from           given by a teacher in the Department, spare copies of handouts will
what you have been used to in secondary school. The aim is for               normally be available from the SIC, Room OLD 3.20. Where possible
you to become an independent and self-motivated learner. As a                handouts will also be placed in relevant course pages on Moodle.
consequence, teachers will expect you to take full responsibility for        Course packs will be available for each Accounting course in the SIC,
your own work, including organising your own time and managing               and Salah Ud Din will email all registered students on the course to let
your own schedule. They will not constantly check or remind you              them know when they are available to be collected.
of what you need to do. This could be liberating, but it also requires
more discipline on your part. To prepare yourself, use the first weeks
of term before classes start to familiarise yourself with the library and
                                                                             Formative Assessment
to do some preliminary reading.                                              The LSE has two types of assessment, formative and summative.
                                                                             Class essays and assignments are examples of formative work and
Learning Through Taught Sessions                                             do not count towards the final grade for a course. Assessed essays,
                                                                             dissertations and unseen examinations are summative assessment
The pattern of learning for undergraduate students in the Department
                                                                             and count towards the final course grade.
is through attendance at weekly lectures and their supporting classes
(small group teaching). During classes, assignments will be set to
                                                                             The marks for formative written work will not count towards your
provide feedback on your progress. Normally two pieces of work per
                                                                             final mark for the course, but they will be recorded by your seminar
term will be collected by your class teacher, marked and returned to
                                                                             teacher and can be used in the production of written references.
you (this is called formative assessment). For accounting courses,
                                                                             Formative work is not intended to provide a prediction of your likely
you should submit your work with a Formative Feedback Form
                                                                             performance in your final examinations; it is designed instead to

measure your progress and to give you guidance on how to improve            Department website and Social Media
your academic performance. By contrast, summative assessment is
                                                                            The Department of Accounting website at
designed to provide a formal evaluation of your academic achievement.
                                                                            provides an alternative way of accessing information about the
                                                                            Department and School.
Summative Assessment
Many BSc courses have assessed essays, which constitute to the              The Department also has a Twitter account @LSE_Accounting and
overall formal assessment for that course. There are also a number          a Facebook page and you are
of courses that are 100% assessed by an unseen written examination          encouraged to follow these accounts as an additional way to keep up
in week 0 of the Lent Term OR Main Summer examination periods.              to date with events and news.
Please read relevant course outlines.
                                                                            Alumni Association
Some of the BSc courses includes a participation grade. Oral and/or
                                                                            LSE’s Alumni Association is the official voice of LSE’s global alumni
group presentations may be assessed in lieu of written work.
                                                                            community, comprising more than 130,000 people in over 200 countries,
                                                                            nearly 100 regional groups, and 11 special interest groups. Its primary
Your Responsibilities                                                       role is to support the alumni programme co-ordinated by the LSE
                                                                            Alumni Relations team by developing and supporting the network of
•   You are required to attend the School for the full duration of
                                                                            international and special interest alumni groups and contact networks,
    each term. If you are away through illness you must inform your
                                                                            and representing the voice of the alumni community within the School.
    Academic Mentor and Departmental Tutor and, where the absence
    is for more than a fortnight, the Student Services Centre.
                                                                            You automatically become a member upon graduation and
•   You are required to see your Academic Mentor for an Advice and          membership is free.
    Feedback Meeting at least once a term to discuss academic or
    pastoral matters, including progress in your studies. It is your        LSE Volunteer Centre
    responsibility to arrange to see your Academic Mentor either during
                                                                            The LSE Volunteer Centre is based within LSE Careers and is here to
    office hours or at another mutually convenient time.
                                                                            help you develop new skills and new friendships while making an impact
                                                                            through volunteering.
•   Class attendance is compulsory and, if unsatisfactory, can lead to
    you being barred from entering examinations at the end of the year
    as can failure to submit coursework. If you are absent from a class,    We advertise volunteering opportunities at different charities across
    you should provide a reason to the class teacher by email or in         London and internationally, with positions ranging from one-off
    person. Two consecutive absences are automatically reported to          opportunities to part-time internships with charities. The annual
    your Academic Mentor.                                                   Volunteering Fair takes place at the beginning of Michaelmas term and
                                                                            is a great opportunity to meet a wide range of charities and get a feel for
•   Please see the link below for the Code of Good Practice for             the work they do. You can find out more, as well as tips and advice about
    Undergraduate Programmes:               volunteering, on the LSE
                                                                            Volunteer Centre website or @LSEVolunteering

Communicating with Students                                                 Volunteering with LSE’s Widening
                                                                            Participation (WP) team
•   Email: Messages and notices are usually emailed to students.
    Check your email account daily.                                         WP aims to raise aspiration and attainment in young people from
                                                                            London state schools. We deliver a number of projects that encourage
•   Student Hub                                                             young people from under-represented backgrounds to aim for a
                                                                            university education. We need enthusiastic LSE students to be inspiring
•   Moodle: Your lecturers/Programme Manager may use Moodle to
                                                                            role models and to contribute to the success of our programmes. Visit
    communicate with you regarding your classwork deadlines, their
                                                                   or email widening.participation@lse.
    office hours or other issues relating to the course or programme.
                                                                   for more information.
    Please ensure you register with Moodle for each course you are
    taking as well as your programme, and check regularly.

•   Noticeboards: Matters of a general nature are posted on
    Departmental noticeboards and monitor screen on the 3rd Floor
    Old Building. You should check these regularly.

•   Posted to Residence: Letters may also be sent directly to term-time
    or home addresses. Please ensure that your updated address is on
    line via LFY.

Accounting Careers

Accounting Careers Consultant Team                                     About Careers Discussions
As an Accounting undergraduate student, you will have exclusive        These 20 minute, face to face sessions with Claire or Denise can be
access to two career consultants, Denise Donoghue and Claire           used to discuss anything careers related including:
Kinselley, who will both be available to meet with Accounting
undergraduate students once a week during Michaelmas term and in       •   Application form, CV and cover letter checking (please bring a copy
alternate weeks in Lent term.                                              to your appointments with you)

You can make an appointment with Claire or Denise through the
                                                                       •   Employer and sector-specific information · Interview advice

LSE CareerHub.
                                                                       •   Further study options

You do not need to book for the drop in sessions. Appointments will    •   Job hunting strategy
be released 30 days in advance.
                                                                       •   Career planning and exploring ideas

                     Barnaby Mollet
                                                                       Preparing for an appointment
                     Barnaby is a Careers Consultant working with      To get the most out of your appointment we recommend the following:
                     Accounting and Finance, Economic History,         •   Bring any supporting documentation eg, a CV, cover letter,
                     and postgraduate Government students. He              application form or some notes about your thoughts and ideas.
                     previously worked in the Careers Service at
                     Imperial College London with eight different      •   Make good use of the many online resources available on the LSE
                     academic departments, and coordinated the             Careers website (
  College’s mentoring scheme and charity internships programme.
  What feels like a very long time ago, Barnaby graduated with a       •   Attend career seminars on CVs and application forms in order to
  degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.                    maximise your time with a careers consultant.

                                                                       •   Do some background research first.
                                                                       Outside of the times listed for Denise and Claire you are welcome to
                                                                       book with any of the other Careers Consultants at the Careers Service.

Key Information

Key dates                                                                       Interruption
See page inside front cover                                                     You can take a year-long break in your studies (which we call an
                                                                                interruption) with approval from your department. You are usually
Registration                                                                    required to return at the start of either Michaelmas or Lent as
                                                                                appropriate. Summer Term interruptions are not possible. For more
It is important that you are fully registered with LSE during your time
                                                                                information visit
here. When you register for the first time you will need to attend
in person, show us various documents and collect your LSE card.
Usually you can re-register for subsequent years of study online                Programme Transfer
but sometimes we may need to see you in person again. For more                  You can request to transfer from your current programme to another
information visit                                       programme at the same level according to the School’s regulations.
                                                                                There are usually restrictions on transferring programmes, and
Your LSE Card                                                                   sometimes transfers are not possible. If you have already completed
                                                                                one or two years of a programme you will need to meet the new
Your LSE card provides access to buildings and acts as your Library
                                                                                department’s transfer conditions. All transfer requests are considered
card. It is important that you keep it safe and never share it with
                                                                                by, and require approval from, both your current and new academic
anybody else. If your LSE card is lost, stolen or damaged visit lse.
                                                                                department and the School before being authorised. For more to find out how to get a replacement.
                                                                                information visit

Inclusion Plans                                                                 Withdrawal
If you have a disability, long-term medical or mental health condition
                                                                                Withdrawing means that you are leaving your programme
you are advised to apply for an Inclusion Plan (IP) as soon possible.
                                                                                permanently. Before withdrawing you may want to consider
The sooner that you let the Disability and Wellbeing Service (DWS)
                                                                                interruption so that you have some time to consider your options. For
know about your condition the sooner they can work with you to put
                                                                                more information visit
appropriate support in place. Advisers in DWS can potentially set up
one-to-one learning support, mentoring and help you access assistive
technology designed to remove barriers to studying. To find out how             Regulations
to apply for an Inclusion Plan visit                  You should familarise yourself with the LSE regulations, policies
                                                                                and procedures that cover many aspects of student life.
Student Status Documentation
                                                                                Some of the regulations explain the organisation and conduct of your
A certificate of registration provides proof to organisations, such as
                                                                                academic study. These include information about the structure of
council tax offices, embassies and banks, that you are registered as a
                                                                                your programmes, assessment and graduation and what to do if you
current student at LSE. For more information about what a certificate
                                                                                face exceptional circumstances.
of registration shows visit You can obtain
a certificate of registration from the Student Services Centre during
                                                                                You can find links to the Regulations for First Degrees; Appeals
our opening hours (normally 11am to 4pm, Monday to Friday). Your
                                                                                Regulations; and Regulations on assessment offences other than
department will not be able to produce a certificate of registration for
                                                                                plagiarism in the LSE Calendar at
you. If you are planning to use this document to open a bank account
                                                                                You can find a full A-Z listing of all of LSE’s policies and procedures
you will need to specify which bank it needs to be addressed to.
                                                                                online at

The Student Services Centre also offer a range of other documents to
prove your student status including certificates of course choice and
intermediate transcripts. Some can be produced immediately and
others need to be ordered in advance. For more information about the
options available please visit

Student Services Centre

The Student Services Centre (SSC) is located on the ground floor of the    What If…
Old Building and can provide advice and information about:
                                                                           The SSC have developed a series of answers to common “What if…
•   Certificates of Registration (for bank accounts, travel, council       questions. These cover a broad range of topics including what to do if
    tax etc.)                                                              you’re unwell during an exam; become pregnant; change your name;
                                                                           are not happy with your marks or want to change degree programme.
•   Course selection and class changes
                                                                           You can find these questions and answers at
•   Exams and assessment

•   Results
                                                                           Advice Team
•   Graduation
                                                                           The SSC has a dedicate Advice Team that can provide advice on
                                                                           academic matters (particularly around non-progression, interruption,
•   Support for new arrivals
                                                                           withdrawal, regulations and exams). If you are not sure who to
                                                                           contact about a query or question then the Advice Team will be happy
•   Registration (registration for new students normally takes place in
    Clement House)                                                         to help. You can contact the advice team at or
                                                                           by phone on 020 7955 6167.
•   Transcripts and Degree Certificates
                                                                           International Student Visa Advice
•   LSE cards
                                                                           Team (ISVAT)
The SSC is normally open between 11am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.           ISVAT provide detailed immigration advice for international students
For the most up to date opening hours visit                 on their website which is updated whenever the immigration rules
                                                                           change. The best way to contact ISVAT is to use the query form at
The SSC also hosts a series of specialist drop-in sessions covering: or to attend one of their drop-in sessions.

•   Financial support                                                      ISVAT also manage student exchanges to USC Berkley and through
                                                                           the Erasmus+ scheme. For more information about this visit
•   Fees                                                         

•   Graduate admissions

•   International student visa advice
These sessions run for an hour at various times during the week so be
sure to check when the next session is running. In most cases you will
need to sign up to attend a session.

To find out more about the Student Services Centre visit,
follow our page on the Student Hub and follow @lse_ssc on Twitter.

Student Representation

Staff Student Liaison Committees and                                       Each SSLC also elects one representative to attend the
                                                                           Undergraduate Student Consultative Forum which is a School-level
Undergraduate Student Consultative Forum                                   forum. Here representatives from around LSE will discuss matters
At the start of the year you will be asked by your department if you       that impact on students.
would like to represent your programme on the Staff Student Liaison
Committee (SSLC). These are important committees because they
                                                                           Student Only Forums
provide a forum for feedback on your programme and also a space to
discuss issues which affect the student community.                         The forums allow the Director to “feel the pulse” of LSE’s students and
                                                                           give you the chance to voice your concerns and raise suggestions.
The role of an SSLC representative is central to ensuring that courses     Look out for details of where and when forums will be happening.
and programmes at LSE work effectively. Training will be provided for
all SSLC representatives. These forums are a great way for students
to make their voice heard at LSE.

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance Strategy                                                      Student Teaching Surveys
LSE’s approach to assuring the quality of our teaching is set out in            In both Michaelmas Term and Lent Term TQARO conduct surveys to
the Strategy for Managing Academic Standards which can be found                 assess students’ opinions of teaching. Results relating to courses are
online at                                                      made available through the course guides in the Calendar.

As an awarding body LSE must be in a position to assure the                     Teaching scores are made available to teachers, Heads of
standards of its degrees. At the same time, we believe that the design          Departments, the Director of the Teaching and Learning Centre and
of quality assurance should respect different departmental cultures             the Pro Director (Education). In addition to producing reports for
and academic histories. The strategy sets out broad principles and              individual teachers TQARO produce aggregated quantitative data
processes for assuring academic standards and for enhancing the                 for departments and School-wide bodies. The results can be found
quality of educational provision. The strategy is managed by the                online at
Teaching Quality Assurance and Review Office (TQARO).

LSE Services to Support You
with Your Studies and in Your Career
                                                                                LSE Library
LSE LIFE                                                                        LSE Library holds one of the most important social science
work or other personal or professional pursuits. LSE LIFE is here to            collections in the world and has all the material that you need for your
help you find your own ways to study and learn, think about where               studies and research.
your studies might lead you, and make the most of your time at LSE.             Most items are split into collections to help you find what you are
LSE LIFE offers:                                                                looking for:

•   Hands-on practical workshops where you can get advice on key                •   The course collection is located on the first floor, holding multiple
    areas of university work, including effective reading, academic                 copies of essential textbooks for your courses. It will have most of
    writing, critical thinking, managing your dissertation research, and            your required readings.
    organising your time.
                                                                                •   The main collection is housed across three floors, holding wider
•   Workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations,               items for social sciences research.
    including the development of skills for leadership, study/work/life
    balance, and preparing for the working world
                                                                                You can use Library Search to find books and other materials for your
                                                                                studies via Once you’ve found what you need, write
•   Drop-in sessions from our partners around LSE covering areas
                                                                                down its location to help you find it in the Library. To borrow books,
    like CV writing, English language advice, finding and referencing
                                                                                use your LSE card and the self-service machines on the ground floor.
    academic sources and statistics support.
                                                                                Taught students can borrow up to 20 books at any one time. You can
•   A space to meet and work together with students from other                  renew your books online by logging into your Library account at lse.
    courses and departments.                                           If you do not return books on time, you will be unable to
                                                                                borrow any more until your overdue item is returned or renewed.
•   Special events to take advantage of what LSE and London
    have to offer.                                                              Academic Support Librarians provide subject expertise and
Find out more at, check out workshop materials                personalised support. They also host workshops to help you identify,
and other resources on Moodle or just drop by – LSE LIFE is on the              find, manage and evaluate the information needed for your studies
ground floor of the Library.                                                    and research. You can find out who your Academic Support Librarian
                                                                                is at Subject Guides are useful
                                                                                online introductions to finding resources, read yours at

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