APMA101-Business Planning and Control

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: AP3A82 Business Planning and Control AP3A54 Business Management (Case Studies)
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Matthias Siebold

Email: m.a.siebold@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module has the following broad aims:
- To develop understanding of the control function of farm management
- To develop understanding of the fundamental role that planning plays in managing a farm business
This encompasses the following objectives:
- To review and interpret farm business data, particularly for measuring and analysing the performance of a business in financial terms
- To apply planning methods and techniques to facilitate managerial decisions making and resource planning

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module you will have developed the following management and core skills:
- Familiarity with the control function of management and its role in the management process, concentrating on financial record keeping and management accounting, analysis and interpretation
- Experience in carrying out the appraisal of the use of capital investment funds using Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return
- Familiarity with various types of financial planning methods and their actual use in business decision-making
-Whole farm and resource planning focused on land, labour and machinery use
- Knowledge of the basic methods available for structuring and analysing decisions under uncertainty
- Knowledge of the basic concepts that underpin managerial economics and the logic for taking decisions on what to produce, how to produce and how much to produce

Additional outcomes:
- Analytical thinking - developing problem-solving, numeracy, literacy, reasoning and appraisal skills
- Report writing - demonstration of ability to produce clearly written reports that meet specific criteria
- Spreadsheet skills - developing skills in the use of spreadsheets for business control (financial management) and planning (decision making)

Outline content:
1. Financial record keeping
2. Management accounting, analysis and interpretation
3. Financial planning, budgeting techniques
4. Whole farm and resource planning
5. Structuring decisions to deal with risk and uncertainty
6. Optimisation techniques for management decision making
7. Managerial economics, key concepts

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The delivery strategy for the module is a combination of introductory and follow-up lectures/tutorials based around exercises undertaken in class and also outside of timetabled hours.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 10
Tutorials 10
Practicals classes and workshops 10 10
Guided independent study 70 80
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Practical skills assessment 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:
A two hour exam answering two questions from a choice of four.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
One financial management exercise. The emphasis will be on business appraisal, control and planning skills.

Formative assessment methods:
In-class exercises applying theories taught will be undertaken with immediate verbal feedback given, followed by written feedback/answer documents provided via Blackboard as appropriate

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
By Re-Examination in August/September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


Things to do now