MMM054-Cases in Financial Management and Control

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: MMM062 International Financial Reporting 1
Modules excluded: MMM027 Designing Organisations
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Dan Zhou

Type of module:

Summary module description:

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


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; executive remuneration; investment decisions ; the dividend decision; cash management and working capital decisions; merger and acquisition decision.

  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 12
Practicals classes and workshops 18
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 70
    Exam revision/preparation 20
    Preparation for performance 10
    Preparation of practical report 10
    Group study tasks 60
Total hours by term 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Practical skills assessment 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

One 2.5 hours (150 minutes) unseen written exam in the Summer term. 

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Coursework: group assignment which will be an A3-size poster of 1,000 words for a specific topic.10% excess of word length is allowed. Coursework has a weight of 30% in the final assessment mark. 

Coursework will be submitted in week 7 of the spring term. 

Formative assessment methods:

Questions and discussions in practical classes and feedback on presentations. 

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:

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

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment by means of unseen written exam which takes place in August/September of the same year.? 

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Printing and binding £1-3 per student

Last updated: 13 May 2021


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