Accounting Group Assignment


BU5031 Accounting Group Assignment


You are a group of trainee financial analysts working in a financial institution. Your group is being considered for secondment to the loan and mortgage section of the company. The secondment involves working on reviewing funding applications to support small to medium enterprises to develop and expand. Your supervisor has set you a task to test your commercial awareness, competency in analysing financial information and report writing skills. Details of the task are below.


The task:

Write a report of no more than 3000 words (excluding your reference list and any potential diagrams, figures, tables etc.) that critically analyses and evaluates the financial performance and stewardship of a FTSE100 company of your choice (see list in Appendix B). Your report should explain and justify what you consider to be the most important sections of the annual report and your method of analysis of these sections.


As a financial analyst, would you recommend making an investment in the company?   Explain and justify your answer.


As   a   credit   institution, would   you   recommend   granting   a   loan   to   the company? Explain and justify your answer.


Note: You are expected to conduct a thorough investigation into your chosen company. All of the chapters covered in the course are relevant to this assignment. For the financial analysis and report, chapters 9 and 12 are useful. You are also free to utilise any other sources of information such as academic papers, industry publications, case studies etc. to support your arguments and recommendations. The report must be written in your own words. Any report that is found to contain plagiarism will be referred to the Discipline Committee.


Group Assignment Workshop

Dr Sarah Smith will hold a workshop that is designed to give you advice and guidance on how to tackle the group assignment. You can find the workshop times using MyTimetable.


Your Group

You will be assigned to a group on Blackboard. It is your responsibility to contact your group members and to agree on how the task will be divided up and ultimately each person’s contribution drawn together for the final report.


Learning Outcomes of the Task:

To further develop your understanding of the financial analysis and the technical skills relevant to completing the task.


Skills Development of the Task:

  • To organize and attend group meetings
  • To develop team working and co-operation skills
  • To develop workload distribution skills
  • To develop conflict resolution skills
  • To brainstorm with group members
  • To develop research skills
  • To develop report writing skills
  • To develop your ability to think critically and creatively

Appendix A: Avoiding Plagiarism


Definition of Plagiarism:  Plagiarism is the use, without adequate acknowledgment, of the intellectual work of another person in work submitted for assessment. A student cannot be found to have committed plagiarism where it can be shown that the student has taken all reasonable care to avoid representing the work of others as his or her own.


Anyone who is investigated for alleged plagiarism is done so under the Code of Practice on Student Discipline (Academic).


There are many styles of referencing and citing. The Business School recommends the use of the Harvard referencing style. The library produces useful information on Citing References.

At present the University of Aberdeen Business School uses Safe Assign to check students work and you will be asked to submit an electronic version of your report to this for analysis. You will be asked to submit an electronic version of your report to this for analysis. Further instructions on this will be given to you via the assessment guidance on MyAberdeen.

The Centre for Academic Development provides guidance on how to avoid plagiarism and you should refer to this prior to finalising your assignments. It is the students responsibility to make themselves aware of and to comply with the rules on plagiarism.

Failure to submit to Safe Assign will result in your grade being given G3 (zero), as per the School’s policy on the Lateness Policy.

Referencing and Citing guidance can be found in the following area of the Sir Duncan Rice Library website .







Appendix B: FTSE 100 Companies. 

3i Group Plc Kingfisher
Admiral Group Land Securities Group plc
Anglo American Legal & General Group plc
Antofagasta Holdings Lloyds Banking Group plc
Ashtead Group plc London Stock Exchange Group plc
Associated British Foods plc M&G plc
AstraZeneca plc Melrose Industries plc
Auto Trader Group plc Mondi Plc
Avast plc Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets
AVEVA Group plc National Grid
Aviva plc NatWest Group plc
B&M European Value Retail SA Next plc
BAE Systems plc Ocado Group plc
Barclays plc Pearson plc
Barratt Developments plc Pennon Group
Berkeley Group Holdings plc Persimmon plc
BHP Group Plc Phoenix Group Holdings Plc
BP Plc Polymetal International plc
British American Tobacco plc Prudential plc
British Land Co plc Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc
BT Group plc RELX plc
Bunzl plc Rentokil Initial Plc
Burberry Group plc Rightmove plc
Coca-Cola HBC AG Rio Tinto plc
Compass Group plc Rolls Royce Holdings Plc
CRH plc Royal Dutch Shell Plc A Shares
Croda International plc Royal Dutch Shell Plc B Shares
DCC plc RSA Insurance Group
Diageo plc Sage Group plc
Evraz plc Sainsbury (J) plc
Experian Plc Schroders plc
Ferguson plc Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust plc
Flutter Entertainment Segro Plc
Fresnillo Severn Trent Plc
GlaxoSmithKline plc Smith & Nephew plc
Glencore plc Smith (DS)
GVC Holdings plc Smiths Group Plc
Halma plc Smurfit Kappa Group Plc
Hargreaves Lansdown plc Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc
Hikma Pharmaceuticals SSE plc
Homeserve plc St James’s Place Plc
HSBC Holdings plc Standard Chartered plc
Imperial Brands Group Standard Life Aberdeen Plc
Informa plc Taylor Wimpey plc
Inter-Continental Hotels Group plc Tesco plc
Intermediate Capital Group plc Unilever plc
International Consolidated Airlines Group


United Utilities Group Plc
Intertek Group plc Vodafone Group plc
JD Sports Fashion plc Whitbread plc
Johnson Matthey Plc WPP plc
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