LO1: Develop advanced knowledge and understanding on key theories | NO PLAGIARISM

Learning Outcomes tested
(from module syllabus)

Assessment Criteria To achieve the module learning outcomes.
In addition to LSC Common Assessment and Academic Marking Criteria, students are expected to meet the following threshold descriptors for a pass grade. 

LO1: Develop advanced knowledge and understanding on key theories, models and framework of financial management and identify main factors influencing financial management and investment decision making processes

Describe key financial models and frameworks that are used to evaluate the financial performance of a company

Use relevant financial data to interpret the financial position of the company and justify the interpretations through the discussions of relevant theories and models

Identify the strategic issues emerging from the analysis of the financial performance of the company and discuss possible directions that can be adopted by the senior management within the company.

Use relevant theories to justify the recommendations

LO2: Effectively interpret and analyse financial report and data to form critical judgement and develop effective solutions to solve financial problems confronting business enterprises, particularly problems relating to corporate investment, asset management and financing decisions

LO3: Comprehend complex data and interpret strategic implications underpinning the financial report and formulate informed decision makings for the organizations.

LO4: Define and identify the concept of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurism, and key models of new venture creation.

Describe the concept of entrepreneurship and the key processes involved in new venture creation
Identify the key factors (both internal and external ) influencing the processes of new product / service development
Using relevant theories / models to explain the process of value creation and conduct value chain analysis for new product development
Use business model canvas to illustrate the value creation through the introduction of new product / service
Use key theories of risk management and financial mix to explain the variability of new business model and how to create sustainable competitive advantages.

LO5: Evaluate and critically analyse the relationships between knowledge, entrepreneurship and new venture development and complex factors which contribute to the new business development within the national and international context.

LO6: Apply models for the screening of new ventures/opportunities to live start-up concepts and ideas, and subsequently develop a live case business plan suitable for presentation to investors and industry participants.

TASK DESCRIPTION: Assignment ONE (50%)

Choose any two competing companies that are listed on a stock exchange around the world (example, the London Stock Exchange) and compare their financial performance for the past five years. Your chosen companies must be comparable in size and operate in one of the following industries:  Food & Beverages, Hotel & Hospitality, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals & Biotech, Telecommunications and Utilities.
Note: Agree on your choice of companies with your Lecturer at least four (4) weeks before the Assignment submission date.
Obtain the annual reports for your chosen companies, for the last FIVE years, from their websites or other credible sources.
Write an introductory report on the activities of your chosen companies and their position in the industry.
Critically compare and analyse the financial performance of the two companies over the last FIVE years. Relating to each category of ratios, which company has performed better? Overall, which company is better managed. Explain the reasons for those assertions.
Based on your analysis, identify any strategic and operational issues that need to be addressed by the companies and make appropriate recommendations with justifications.
Explain clearly any problems, limitations and assumptions that you need to make to address the above tasks
2500 words maximum.

FORMATTING AND LAYOUT

Please note the following when completing your written assignment:
Writing: Written in English in an appropriate business/academic style
Focus: Focus only on the tasks set in the assignment.
Formatting: Typed on A4 paper in Times New Roman or Arial font 12 with at least 2.5 centimetre space at each edge, double spaced and pages numbered.
Document format: Report
Ensure a clear title, course, and name or ID number is on a cover sheet
Referencing: Harvard referencing system.
Research: Research should use reliable and relevant sources of information e.g. academic books and peer-reviewed journals. The research should be extensive.

marking criteria and Student FEEDBACK – Assignment 1(50%)

This section details the assessment criteria. The extent to which these are demonstrated by you determines your mark. The marks available for each criterion are shown. Lecturers will use the space provided to comment on the achievement of the task(s), including those areas in which you have performed well and areas that would benefit from development/improvement

Common Assessment Criteria (applied to all parts of the project)

Marks available

Marks
awarded

1. Research-informed Literature: Extent of research and/or own reading, selection of credible sources, application of appropriate referencing conventions.

 

 

Extent of research and/or own reading, selection of credible sources, application of appropriate referencing conventions

10

 

2. Knowledge and Understanding of Subject: Extent of knowledge and understanding of concepts and underlying principles associated with the discipline.

 

 

Extent of knowledge and understanding of concepts and underlying principles associated with the discipline.

10

 

3. Analysis: Analysis, evaluation and synthesis; logic, argument and judgement; analytical reflection; organisation  of ideas and evidence

 

 

Analysis, evaluation and synthesis; logic, argument and judgement; analytical reflection; organisation of ideas and evidence for:
Liquidity, Profitability, Efficiency, Capital structure and Stock market performance

50
(10 marks for each area of analysis)

 

4. Practical Application and Deployment: Deployment of methods, materials, tools and techniques; application of concepts; formulation of innovative and creative solutions to solve problems.

 

 

Deployment of methods, materials, tools and techniques; application of concepts; formulation of innovative and creative solutions to solve problems.
Problems, limitations and assumptions of the analysis
Issues identified and recommendations for management.

 

 

20

5. Skills for Professional Practice: Attributes in professional practice: individual and collaborative working; deployment of appropriate media; presentation and organisation.

 

 

Attributes in professional practice: individual and collaborative working; deployment of appropriate media; presentation and organisation.
Overall Presentation

10

100

Assignment Mark (Assessment marks are subject to ratification at the Exam Board.  These comments and marks are to give feedback on module work and are for guidance only until they are confirmed. )

Late Submission Penalties (tick if appropriate)

%

TASK DESCRIPTION: Assignment Two (50%)

Choose a company of your choice that intends to internationalise their operations. Write a report to recommend the internationalisation strategy(s) that will work for the expansion of their operations
Note: the chosen company should be agreed upon with your Lecturer.
To complete the tasks, you should address the following:
Write a brief overview of the company, covering their historical development and current market context.
Analyse the new market environment, conduct marketing research, value chain analysis and identify key factors that impact on the promotion of the selected new product.
Explain the new product’s unique positioning on the market.                                              
Critically analyse the financial resources that are required to support the development of the product and its introduction to the new market entry.
Explain the appropriate market entry strategy for the internationalisation of your chosen company.
Critically evaluate the potential risks for the proposed business idea and how those could be managed.   2500 words maximum.

FORMATTING AND LAYOUT

Please note the following when completing your written assignment:
Writing: Written in English in an appropriate business/academic style
Focus: Focus only on the tasks set in the assignment.
Formatting: Typed on A4 paper in Times New Roman or Arial font 12 with at least 2.5 centimetre space at each edge, double spaced and pages numbered.
Document format: Report
Ensure a clear title, course, and name or ID number is on a cover sheet and a bibliography using Harvard referencing throughout is also provided.
Research: Research should use reliable and relevant sources of information e.g. academic books and peer-reviewed journals. The research should be extensive.
Referencing: Harvard referencing system.

Marking criteria and Student FEEDBACK – Assignment 2 (50%)

This section details the assessment criteria. The extent to which these are demonstrated by you determines your mark. The marks available for each criterion are shown. Lecturers will use the space provided to comment on the achievement of the task(s), including those areas in which you have performed well and areas that would benefit from development/improvement.

Common Assessment Criteria (applied to all parts of the project)

Marks available

Marks
awarded

1. Research-informed Literature: Extent of research and/or own reading, selection of credible sources, application of appropriate referencing conventions.

 

 

Extent of research and/or own reading, selection of credible sources, application of appropriate referencing conventions

10

 

2. Knowledge and Understanding of Subject: Extent of knowledge and understanding of concepts and underlying principles associated with the discipline.

 

 

Extent of knowledge and understanding of concepts and underlying principles associated with the discipline.

10

 

3. Analysis: Analysis, evaluation and synthesis; logic, argument and judgement; analytical reflection; organisation  of ideas and evidence

 

 

Analysis, evaluation and synthesis; logic, argument and judgement; analytical reflection; organisation of ideas and evidence

60
 

 

4. Practical Application and Deployment: Deployment of methods, materials, tools and techniques; application of concepts; formulation of innovative and creative solutions to solve problems.

 

 

Deployment of methods, materials, tools and techniques; application of concepts; formulation of innovative and creative solutions to solve problems.

 
10

 

5. Skills for Professional Practice: Attributes in professional practice: individual and collaborative working; deployment of appropriate media; presentation and organisation.

 

 

Attributes in professional practice: individual and collaborative working; deployment of appropriate media; presentation and organisation.
Overall Presentation

10
 
TOTAL

 

100

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