13 July (ACCT11059)


Martin Turner here again. It is my pleasure to be your unit co-ordinator for ACCT11059 Accounting, Learning and Online Communication. This is my third email to you.

If you missed my first two emails, do not worry. You can find them here at Martin’s Emails; and also by clicking on ‘Martin’s Emails’ in the Communication section on the right hand side of Moodle (or at the bottom of Moodle, if you are using a phone or table). When I send out emails I will also post a link to them on our unit Facebook page (if you have not done so already, you should ask to join our Facebook page).

In particular, my first email contains important information to get started in our unit.

When we opened Moodle two weeks ago, quite a few people had a look at our unit, its assessment and started connecting to others in our unit. Some have got started on the reading for Week 1, PeerWise, setting up their blog and joining our unit Facebook page.

If you are just getting started to look at our unit, do not worry. We are just at the beginning of term; at the beginning of Week 1.

Your company

You will be given your own company later this week at 5.00pm Friday Week 1. They will be available in the top centre section of Moodle. I will email everyone (as well as Facebook) when they are available. You can work on Steps 1 and 2 of your ASS#1 now, before you get your company.

Never give up … and maybe even have fun at times!

Hopefully, there will be lots of times in our unit when you are having fun; and cannot believe that learning about accounting could be so enjoyable. Also, there may come times when you might feel like giving up. Quite a few people can feel like this, particularly while completing the early steps of ASS#2 in Weeks 5-8. Accounting can seem daunting to many of us, and quite a few people may be feeling fearful about studying accounting.

My advice to you is to never give up. If you never give up, and if you connect well with others in our unit and support each other and discuss issues and questions as they arise, then you will make it through. And managing your time well is also important.

I look forward to exploring the (possibly) exciting world of accounting with you this term, as we together seek to find out whether accounting can help, or perhaps hinder, us to better understand and connect to the economic and business realities of our firms.


Martin Turner