MMM054-Cases in Financial Management and Control

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: MMM062 International Financial Reporting 1
Modules excluded: MMM027 Designing Organisations
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Dan Zhou

Email: d.zhou@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This is designed as a capstone module which aims to develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills acquired in previous studies.

Aims:
This module aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in financial reporting, management accounting and business finance through their application to real-world business problems and case study scenarios.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Apply knowledge and skills from accounting and finance to underpin the analysis of organisational problems.
2. Analyse, summarise and synthesise the decisions made by and choices available to an organisation with regard to, for example: strategy implementation, performance measurement; financing decisions; investment decisions; the dividend decision; cash management and working capital decisions.
3. Understand and apply business valuation models to a real company.
4. Make recommendations based on reasoned analysis and argument.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills, and the students’ effectiveness in group situations. Case study work will help students integrate their knowledge across modules and topics and to apply ideas creatively.

Outline content:
The case study may require students to revisit the content of other modules. In particular, students will need to revise and develop their understanding of theory, techniques and skills from management accounting, financial reporting, business finance and strategy.

New content will include the use of business valuation models to assess the future prospects of a listed company and to evaluate its current share price.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be an emphasis on case studies and discussion in weekly 3- hour class-based sessions. Students will work in small groups and/or individually, to dissect and analyse case study materials and to develop their skills in using their accounting and business finance knowledge.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Practicals classes and workshops 20
Guided independent study 170
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Practical skills assessment 30
Class test administered by School 70

Other information on summative assessment:
Students will complete two pieces of work, one of which will be an individual assessment based on an extended case study.
Coursework has a weight of 100% in the final assessment mark.

Formative assessment methods:

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

Length of examination:
None.

Requirements for a pass:
A minimum mark of 50% is required for a University pass.

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment by means of a single case-study which takes place in September of the same year.

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: 21 December 2016

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