ACC 676: Case Studies on Consulting in Financial Services Firms

In this course, offered jointly with KPMG, current topics from the frontier between financial accounting, consulting, risk management, regulatory law and capital markets with a focus on the financial services sector will be covered. The participants will form groups of three to four students and discuss problem areas of high practical relevance using both practice-oriented and academic approaches. Results will be summarized in a consulting report and presented in a final results presentation.

Learning outcomes
Participants are able to discuss and solve complex problems of high practical relevance at the interface of capital markets, financial accounting and auditing. Students know the area of tension between academic case solutions and those related to practice and are able to develop solutions according to both aspects. The consulting report corresponds to standards required by the business practice and is academically founded.

Necessary prerequisites
ACC 510 or ACC 520 or ACC 530 or ACC 540 or ACC/TAX 570 or ACC 560 , not taken ACC 627

Recommended prerequisites

Forms of teaching and learningContact hoursIndependent study time
Lecture2 SWS9 SWS
ECTS credits4
Graded yes
Form of assessmentWritten consulting report (50%) and in-class presentation (50%)
Restricted admissionyes
Further informationWebsite of the Chair
Performing lecturer
WP Gero Wiechens, Dipl.-Kfm.
WP Dipl.-Kfm. Gero Wiechens
Frequency of offeringSpring semester
Duration of module 1 semester
Range of applicationM.Sc. MMM, M.Sc. Bus. Edu., M.Sc. Econ., M.Sc. Bus. Inf., LL.M.
Preliminary course work
Program-specific Competency GoalsCG 1, CG 2
Course outlineStudents will work on case studies from the areas of accounting, management consulting, risk management and capital markets with a focus on the financial services sector. A short description of the case studies will be published on the chair’s website before the kick-off session.