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Accounting and Finance AAF044

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Unit title & code Accounting and Finance AAF044-6

Assignment number and title

Assignment two Assignment type  Business report Weighting of assignment              60%

Size or length of assessment        3,000 words

Unit learning outcomes                 1. Demonstrate the following knowledge and understanding:  Demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding and broad knowledge of financial statements and the concepts of corporate finance and investment appraisal in order to evaluate management decisions against strategic corporate objectives.

  1. Demonstrate the following skills and abilities: Analyze financial statements and evaluate management decisions through the application of relevant financial tools and techniques to assess their validity in achieving strategic corporate objectives.

What am I required to do in this assignment?

The  main  task  is  to  analyze  for  a  listed  company  of  your  choice  from  the  Mobile  Telecommunications  industry  sector,  the following:

(i)           Background to the company –its key corporate objectives – showing good reading of appropriate sources (a needs analysis  if  you  like).  The  reason  for  this  is  that  the  background  will  reveal  that  kind  of  problems  that  the organization faces and must therefore make decisions about – a relevant background!  We do not want the history of the organization. (20%)

(ii)          The capital structure and dividend policy of the company and how it has impacted on the company’s performance over the past 3 years. (30%)

(iii)         How investment appraisal tools could be used by managers to make investment decisions to ensure the company’s corporate objectives are met. (25%)

(iv)         Corporate  Governance  –  This  should  include  analysis  &  discussion  on  how  effective  the  Corporate  Governance system has been. It should NOT be a repetition of the Corporate Governance policies. (15%)

(v)          Conclusion – This should analyze the company’s dividend policy, investment strategy and corporate governance in terms of how well they have helped the company meet its corporate objectives. (10%)

What do I need to do to pass? (Threshold Expectations from UIF)

Form a judgement on the appropriateness and effectiveness of an organization’s financial strategy and its alignment with strategic corporate objectives through a thorough understanding of an organization’s financial information and by reference to relevant literature.

How do I produce high quality work that merits a good grade?

The work demonstrates excellent in-depth knowledge of key corporate objectives, capital structure, dividend policy and corporate governance and evidence of extensive independent study and thinking.

The work shows evidence of synthesis, independent critical analysis of current research/knowledge, clearly argued alternative approaches, and the ability to reason in a clear and effective manner and the ability to independently assess own and others’ work with very clear justifications and sound judgement is demonstrated.

The work demonstrates an ability to independently synthesize information and ideas, to create a range of new insights/original responses to problems that may expand or redefine existing knowledge and/or develop new approaches to unpredictable situations.

The work demonstrates an ability to present confident, tightly structured, stimulating, and rigorous arguments that show a high level of academic ability.

Clear evidence of analysis and interpretation of data and in reaching conclusions.

How does this assignment relate to what we are doing in scheduled sessions?

Teaching plan

Core text: Atrill, P, McLaney, E, (2014) Accounting and Finance for Non-Specialist. 9 th ed. Harlow: Pearson

Session                                                        Topic                                                             Reading guide

1           What is accounting and finance?                                                                     Chapter 1

2           Measuring and reporting financial position                                                   Chapter 2

3           Measuring and reporting financial performance                                          Chapter 3

4,5         Analysing and interpreting financial statements                                          Chapter 7

6           Analysing and interpreting financial statements                                          Chapter 7

7,8         Library session on using databases such as FAME

9           Assignment on review

10         Cost behaviour and relevant cost                                                                    Chapter 9

11,12       Budgeting                                                                                                            Chapter 12

13,14       Capital and investment appraisal                                                                   Chapter 14

15         Sources of finance and capital structure                                                       Chapter 15

16         Managing working capital                                                                                Chapter 16

17         Agency theory and corporate governance                                                     Chapter 5

18         Assignment two review

How will my assignment be marked?

Your assignment will be marked according to the threshold expectations and the criteria on the following page. You can use them to evaluate your own work and consider your grade before you submit.

Pass – 40-49%     Pass – 50-59%   Commendation – 60-69%               Distinction– 70%+

Background to the company – 20%

The capital structure and dividend policy of the company-30%

Use of investment appraisal tools-25%

Effectiveness of Corporate governance-15%

The case is presented with a basic description of the organization. No key issues or decision areas identified.

Basic analyses of capital structure and limited understanding of the dividend policy of the company

Basic analysis of analysis of investment appraisal tools and demonstrating some understanding of how they can be used.

Minimal understanding of the effectiveness of Corporate Governance as implemented by the company

An overview of the company is presented identifying at least one key issue

Fair analysis of capital structure and dividend policy and implications for the company

Fair analysis of investment appraisal tools and demonstrates basic understanding of how they can help the company in achieving their corporate objectives

Fair understanding of the effectiveness of Corporate Governance as implemented by the company

An overview of the company is presented with key issues identified

Good analysis of capital structure and dividend policy and implications for the company and able to link with some non-financial information

Good analysis of investment appraisal tools and demonstrates some understanding of how they can help the company in achieving their corporate objectives

Good understanding of the effectiveness of Corporate Governance as implemented by the company

A clear overview of the case with key issues identified and linking them with the decision areas.

Excellent analysis of capital structure and dividend policy and implications for the company and able to link with non-financial information

Excellent analysis of investment appraisal tools and how they can help the company in achieving their corporate objectives

Excellent understanding of the effectiveness of Corporate Governance as implemented by the company

Conclusion-10%     Minimal understanding of the relationship between corporate governance, dividend policy & investment strategy as adopted by the company

Good but satisfactory Overview of the relationship between corporate governance, dividend policy, investment strategy as adopted by the company

Good understanding between the relationship between corporate governance, dividend policy, investment strategy as adopted by the company

Excellent understanding between the relationship between corporate governance, dividend policy, investment strategy as adopted by the company

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