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Business Accounting


Admission requirements



Accounting is the process of identifying, measuring and communicating information to permit informed judgments and decisions by users of the information. Accounting – imperfectly – mirrors economic reality. Accounting accords a particular form of visibility to events and processes. Through such means, abstract notions of competitiveness and efficiency are made calculable and knowable. Accounting is the lingua franca of the financial world and impacts all aspects of management and financial decision making. All lawyers are faced with matters of business administration and business decision making and will be confronted with concepts of accounting. Business accounting is divided into financial accounting and management accounting. Financial accounting deals with the annual report, the balance sheet, the profit and loss account, the cash flow statement and themes as valuation of assets and liabilities and accounting conventions. Financial accounting refers to information describing the resources, obligations, and activities of an economic entity. Financial accounting information is designed primarily to assist investors and creditors including banks in deciding where to place their scarce investment resources. Management accounting deals with cost classifications, full costing and the relationship between costs of production, volume of sales and profit. Management Accounting involves the development and interpretation of accounting information intended specifically to assist management in running the business.

Course objectives

  1. Understand the basic concepts of financial and management accounting;
    1. Recognise specific financial and management accounting problems;
    2. Understand, interpret and apply financial and management accounting cases and methods in real world situations;
    3. Able to perform and report a financial statement analysis;
    4. Demonstrate a critical and independent view when confronted with financial and managerial accounting issues, to reach his or her own conclusions, and present or report the findings.

The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:
1. To introduce the concepts of financial and management accounting to lawyers;
2. To enable to recognise specific financial and management accounting problems;
3. To understand, interpret and apply financial and management accounting cases and methods in real world situations;
4. To acquire the skills which are necessary to apply financial and management accounting practices
1. A general insight of the main concepts of financial and management accounting involved;
2. A general analytical and practical skill to apply financial and management accounting in practice;


The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 5

  • Names of lecturers: Dr. D.H. van Offeren en dr. T.L.M. Verdoes

  • Required preparation by students: reading literature


  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: 5

  • Names of instructors: Dr. D.H. van Offeren en dr. T.L.M. Verdoes

  • Required preparation by students: preparation of cases

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Assessment method

Examination form(s)
The assessment of this course is based on two elements:
₋ three test scores (20%). Students have the possibility to make three short tests during the seminars (probably in week 2, week 4 and week 5 of the course). Each test consists of approximately 30 multiple choice questions, provided in class. The two highest scores count. Grading is: >=50 correct answers out of 60 points is 2 credits ; >=40 and < 50 answers out of 60 points is 1 credit. Absence or late entry (regardless of cause) of students will be graded as 0 (does not receive credit for the missed test). The scores of the tests are only applicable to the final written exam and not to the resit.
₋ Final written exam (80%). The final exam consists of questions and problems. The questions and problems are based on the text book and other materials that are used in class.

Submission procedures
Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures, the seminars and all other instructions which are part of the course.


More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials
McLaney E. en P. Atrill, Accounting: an introduction, fifth edition , 2010, Pearson.
Course information guide


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.

Contact information

  • Co-ordinator: Dr. T.L.M. Verdoes

  • Work address: KOG, Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden, room B 3.07

  • Contact information:

  • Telephone number: 071 527 77753

  • Email:


  • Institute: Fiscal-economics department

  • Department: Centre of Business Studies

  • Room number secretary: B 2.15/B2.11

  • Opening hours: Monday-Friday 0.900-12.00

  • Telephone number secretary: 071 527 7851/8574

  • Email:




Belangstellenden die deze cursus in het kader van contractonderwijs willen volgen (met tentamen), kunnen meer informatie vinden over kosten, inschrijving, voorwaarden, etc. op de website van Juridisch PAO.