AF7000 - Forensic Accounting

What will I learn on this module?

In this module, you will explore various aspects of financial crime through the lens of forensic accounting
The module aims to:

Develop a specific body of knowledge of the modalities used to prove financial crimes

Assess and apply accounting techniques to evaluate data in financial crime investigations

Manage forensic investigations into financial crime

How will I learn on this module?

You will be supported by a teaching and learning plan (TLP) which outlines the formal sessions, together with tutor-directed study and independent reading.

Your online lectures (for DL delivery) will be posted on Blackboard. Lectures will be research-led with a significant practical component attached to them. The modular based discussion forum will provide an opportunity for you and the teaching team to interact and discuss the materials with other students in diverse context from around the world. The emphasis will be on high levels of participation via a discussion forum both individually and within small groups or teams. You will be expected to adopt the reflective-practitioner approach to learning which is embedded in the online workshops by undertaking activities that will allow me to engage critically with the materials discussed in the module.

The assignment requirements will expect you to engage with a wide range of scholarly sources to evaluate their effectiveness and currency and subsequently communicate them in written format.

Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.

Independent learning will centre upon you identifying and pursuing areas of interest in relation to forensic accounting and by providing deeper/broader knowledge and understanding of the subject through a range of learning activities that will include extended reading, reflection, research etc.

Critical reflection on knowledge, experience and practice underpins the learning and teaching philosophy along with the explicit development of competence.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The university is well-placed to support you in learning and research with a world-class library and teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide variety of materials provided by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). These materials include interviews with white-collar criminals; ACFE’s reading materials, case studies, additional Blackboard materials, and access to Northumbria University’s library and database. In addition, there will be an induction programme to introduce you to the university and the course. You will also be assign a personal tutor to provide pastoral support and guidance throughout the course, English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP), summative and formative feedbacks, and a module handbook detailing the course structure and university requirements will be provided to you.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
- At the end of the module, you will be able to:
- Assess and apply accounting techniques to evaluate data in financial crime investigations
- Manage forensic investigations into financial crime

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
- You will develop the statistical and technical skills to assess financial data and carry out successful forensic investigations.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA)
- You will acquire and apply your knowledge on the importance of the code of ethics in organisations.
- You will also be working in teams and will be given an opportunity to bounce off ideas with your fellow classmates on international business culture and coherent organisational frameworks to deal with corporate and financial crimes.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place through group work on directed questions at the end of each substantive area covered in the module. There will be a discussion thread after each lecture so that you can obtain direct feedback on any questions they may have on the module content and the assigned tasks.

Summative assessment will be through 100% written assignment totalling 4000 words.


No pre-requisite required


No pre-requisite required

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Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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