MMM040-Management Decision Making and Performance Evaluation

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Yang Liu

Email: stephanie.liu@henley.ac.uk

Summary module description:
«p»This module introduces the theory and practice of management accounting in relation to organisational decision-making, planning, control and performance evaluation. Please note that qualitative and quantitative models will be used in the module. Therefore, basic numeric skills are essential. «/p»

Aims:

This module involves a consideration of the technical language and practices of management accounting, their location within the organisational and business context, and the theoretical and empirical evidence concerning the development and current practice of management accounting. 


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:

1. Explain the role of management accounting in providing information to managers for decision-making, planning, control and performance evaluation

2. Describe and discuss the changes taking place in the business environment and their influence on management accounting systems and practices

3. Produce solutions to practical decision-making, planning, control and performance evaluation scenarios by applying management accounting concepts and techniques

4. Recognise the qualitative aspects of decision-making, planning, control and performance evaluation and appraise these in relation to management problems

5. Analyse, summarise and synthesise selected academic and professional literature relevant to management decision making and performance evaluation

6. Organise and present information clearly, succinctly and in the required format, both under timed conditions and in assessed work 


Additional outcomes:

The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and the students’ effectiveness in group situations in class and through coursework. Structured activities are designed to develop independent learning skills, including reflection on the processes of learning. Students are encouraged to develop additional IT skills through use of relevant web resources and electronic communication techniques, including Blackboard. 


Outline content:

• The role and nature of management accounting

• Cost terms and concepts

• Cost volume profit analysis

• Decision making using variable and marginal costing

• Full costing including activity based costing

• Pricing decisions

• Budgeting and management control

• Standard costing and variance analysis

• Performance measurement and management


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures of two hours per week will be used for the exposition of major concepts, principles and techniques under consideration. These will be followed by two hour workshops where the principles are applied through numerical examples and discussion. 


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18 3
Practicals classes and workshops 12
Guided independent study 167
       
Total hours by term 197.00 3.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Written assignment including essay 25
Class test administered by School 15

Other information on summative assessment:

The assignment will be group work and should not exceed 3,000 words(10% excess will not be allowed).


Formative assessment methods:
Workshop questions and directed self-study exercises.

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



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

Length of examination:
One 2 hour closed book unseen written exam in the Summer term.

Requirements for a pass:
A weighted average mark of coursework and examination of 50%.

Reassessment arrangements:
By examination only (one 2-hour unseen written paper) in August/September. Coursework will not be included in the re-assessment.

Last updated: 3 July 2017

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