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UMAD47-15-M MANAGING FINANCE

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UWE logoFACULTY OF BUSINESS AND LAW

ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/22

Coursework Assessment Brief

Module Code: UMAD47-15-M Module Title: MANAGING FINANCE Submission Deadline: 18 May 2022 Assessment Component: Coursework

Assessment Weighting: 75 per cent of total module mark

Marking and feedback deadline (20 working days after end of grace period): 17 June 2022

N.B. all times are 24-hour clock, current local time (at time of submission) in the UK

Assessment Instructions Choose from one of the two options. Option A-

You are required to write an investigatory business report identifying problems and/or recommending solutions for improvement in the management of profitability, liquidity and/or efficiency of an existing business either from students’ own workplace or a public listed company* (PLC). This will be carried out by using Ratio Analysis on the latest data available in the published financial statements of the business for 2019-2021. Absence of data for 2021 will lead to a failure in this assignment. You should use the ratios which were taught in this module. The report should be predominately analytical rather than descriptive. Please read the marking guidelines carefully which give a good indication on the possible contents and structure for this report.

*Marks & Spencer Plc is a case study for our class discussion. Students are not allowed to choose this company. Using Marks & Spencer data for the  analysis will lead toa failure in the coursework.

Option B-

This option is available to students who would like to start a business in the future. It gives you an opportunity to put that idea in words and numbers, research on related matters e.g. demand and need for the idea, industry growth, marketing etc. and how you would start the business by taking into account the capital required and how it would be invested. The business plan must include;

  • Financial assumptions – expected inflows (sales ) and outflows (expenses) giving a detailed breakdown of these items.
  • Monthly cash flow budget for first year of operation,
  • Budgeted Income Statement
  • Budgeted Balance Sheet for the first year and
  • Financial Ratios and Key Performance indicators of this future business.

The report (option A or B) should be written in a professional manner using tables and graphs with clear sections and headings. This is an individual piece of work. You should also follow the guidance given in the class.

This assessment aligns with the following learning outcomes for this module.

  • Critically analyse financial statements and make appropriate recommendations. MO1
    • Apply data analysis to complex, incomplete or contradictory information and communicate the outcome effectively. MO3
    • Incorporate detailed financial planning and budgeting aspects into a coherent business plan. MO4

Marking Criteria

The following criteria will be used in evaluating this assessment:

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 information in apresent thepresent thesummarise theconfused
 “to the point”,information in ainformation in areport in aexecutive
 concise andconcise andconcise manner.concise andsummary with
 clear mannerclear mannerHowever, somebusiness style.abstracts or
 and in businessand in businessof theNo data/introduction,
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Summary 10%gives the reader an excellent understandinggives the reader a good understandinghighlighted. There are few structural/preseof the report. It either exceed a page or fullthis part OR this part was not given at all
 of the report.of the report.ntation issues. Itpage has not 
   either exceeds abeen used. 
   page or full  
   page has not  
   been used.  
              Introduction, aim and methodology 10%Gives relevant background information, set the right & clear aim and SMART objectives Clearly sets aims and SMART objectives with clear methodology on executing the task. Uses sub- sections and bullet points where appropriate.A good effort to give relevant background information, sets clear aim and SMART objectives with description on how the task was completed. Uses sub- sections and bullet points where appropriate.A good effort to give relevant background information, sets aim and objectives which could be improved following SMART guidelines. Gives description on how the task was completed. Sub-sections and bullet points should be used where appropriate.Fails to give relevant background information, aim and objectives which could be improved following SMART guidelines. Does not gives description on how the task was completed. Sub-sections and bullet points should be used where appropriate.Fails to give relevant background information, aim and objectives. Does not gives description on how the task was completed.
          Data analysis / numerical investigation Ratio Analysis 25% Business Plan 35%Accurate and useful numerical illustration being central to the investigation with well- considered supplementary tables and graphs. Calculations given which can be verified. Application and identification of the appropriate numerical techniques used.Mostly accurate and useful numerical illustration being central to the investigation with well- considered supplementary tables and graphs with minor issues. Calculations given which can be verified. Application and identification of the appropriate numerical techniques used.Reasonable standard of numerical work. Use of tables, graphs are scarce with errors or absent. Calculations given but cannot be verified and/or errors found. Management accounting techniques used.Numerical errors and absence of tables, graphs and other visual aids to comprehension. Calculations cannot be verified or not present.Poor assembly of data and Inaccurate, flawed or lack of quantitative information to support the investigation. No calculations given.
                  Findings, analysis, interpretatio n of results and conclusion Ratio Analysis 35% Business Plan 25%Findings expressed in a clear manner highlighting the problem areas. Provides solutions and recommendatio ns for the issues identified. Meaningful conclusion has been drawn from the numerical investigation by referring to the relevant theories and linking the findings with current economic and industry related issues. Use of graphical tools to enhance analysisCritical examination and evaluation of the findings as a basis for problem solving, using insight, vision and logical argumentation. Reasonable discussion and critique of the study undertaken and its implications. Competently summarised and explained in the conclusion. Use of graphical tools to enhance analysis. Further research could enhance this part.Tendency for discussion to be descriptive and for analysis to lack considerable depth. Little or no evidence of research.Weak understanding of key concepts and arguments difficult to follow and inadequate application and evaluation of source material.Lack of depth, rigour and insight to the analysis. Weak or missing conclusions.
                Presentation 10%Professionally presented with clear subheadings and sections and written in a clear, direct, well explained and easy to read style with good spelling, grammar and use of English and within the word limit. Extensive and effective use of visual aids. includes everything required to assess the work.Presentation skills are generally effective and competent, but with some minor errors. Within word limit. Effective use of visual aidsPresentation and referencing are generally competent, some more serious errors or omissions. Within word limit.Poor or careless presentation, errors of spelling or grammar, minor infringement of word limit.Poor spelling, grammar and presentation, wordy, unclear, repetitive or greatly over word imit.
                  Referencing 10%Referencing always according to Harvard style. Accurate in-text referencing of data and consistent full list of references. Financial statements, relevant notes and other relevant (only) documents to the accounts given in appendix. High Quality of sources used.Referencing mostly according to Harvard style. Accurate in-text referencing of data and consistent full list of references. Financial statements, relevant notes and other relevant (only) documents to the accounts given in appendix with some omissions. High Quality of sources used with few exceptions.A good effort to use Harvard style for referencing but occasionally failed to give sources. Good in-text referencing of data and list of references. Financial statements and other relevant documents given in appendix with some minor omissions. Quality of some of sources used is not acceptable.Referencing frequently does not comply to Harvard style. Persistent mistakes with in-text referencing and full list of references. Financial statements and other relevant documents given in appendix with some major omissions. Quality of some of sources used is not acceptable. no sourcing of in- text data and visual aids.Referencing frequently does not comply to Harvard style. Incomplete or inexistent references. Absence of financial statements and other documents in appendix.

Formative feedback and support during the module

You will have plenty of opportunities to discuss this coursework during the classes where you will receive guidance on which companies to choose and how to get started. You will have an opportunity to present and discuss your plan or draft with the tutor in a one-to-one meeting.

Further information about this assessment is available on the Blackboard site for this module and includes:

  • Assessment details
    • Assignment advice
    • Examples of Executive summary
    • How to write a business report

Formatting

Please use the following file format

MS Word or PDF (with correct word count)

Only ONE file must be submitted. Markers may choose to ignore other attachments.

We cannot ensure that other formats are compatible with markers’ software and cannot

guarantee to mark incorrect formats.

The first page of your coursework must include:

  • Your student number
  • The module name and number
  • Your word count
  • The coursework title

Word Limit

The maximum word limit for this coursework is 2000 words

  • There is no +/- 10% on word count and anything after the maximum word count will not be marked, in line with UWE Bristol’s Word Count Policy.
  • In line with UWE policy, this word count includes everything in the main body of the text (including headings, tables, citations, quotes, lists, etc.).
  • The Executive summary, appendices, references, bibliography and footnotes (provided footnotes only include references) are NOT included in this word count.

Referencing and Assessment Offences

Please ensure you reference all sources used when developing your assessment, using the UWE Harvard system. Failure to properly reference your work to original source material can be grounds for the assessment offence of plagiarism and may result in failure of the assessment or more serious implications. Further guidance on correct referencing is available on UWE’s Study Skills referencing pages.

UWE’s Assessment Offences Policy outlines potential offences and it is your responsibility to understand this policy and avoid potential offences. Details of what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it can be found on UWE’s Study Skills pages about avoiding plagiarism.

Text-matching software (e.g. SafeAssign) is used to check every submission against other submissions made at the same time, previous submissions to UWE and other universities, and internet sources. We may also manually search for matches. When submitting your work, you will be required to confirm that the work is your own.

It is an assessment offence to:

  • copy work from any source, including your own previous assessments, and present it as your own work for this assessment, or to provide your own work to others
  • to work with others on the assessment in any way, or for anyone to make amends on your work (including proofreaders, who may highlight issues but not edit the work)
  • change individual words but keep, essentially, the same sentences and/or structures from other sources: this will be detected by text-matching software. Please write in your own words and style to convey your own learning.

Instructions for submission

You must submit your assignment before the stated deadline by electronic submission through Blackboard. Notification that the electronic submission portal is open for your assignment is displayed (usually two weeks before the submission date) in the Coursework tab in myUWE, the Coursework tab in Blackboard and via an announcement in the Blackboard course.

Please allow sufficient time to upload your assignment, as the system becomes busier and slower as the deadline approaches. Only your final upload will be counted. Ensure all your information is submitted at one attempt to avoid overwriting your intended submission. Always check and retain your receipts.

For full guidance on online submission through Blackboard, see UWE’s Academic Advice pages

on Assignments.

Submissions of coursework by any other method (including a paper copy, on disk or by email) are NOT permissible for this module unless specifically agreed in advance of the submission date.

Before submitting your work, please ensure that:

  • You have proof read you work thoroughly to ensure your work is presented appropriately
  • You have addressed all the required elements of the assessment
  • You have referenced in accordance with the guidance provided
  • You have addressed each of the marking criterion
  • The submission is in the correct format
  • This assessment has a three day grace period in which students can submit their work without penalty. While students are expected to plan their work so that they are not impacted by minor illness or delay, if you experience difficulties which affect your ability to submit your work at the published deadline the University allows a three day grace period in which you can submit your work without penalty for this type of assessment. Please note that the submission deadline at the conclusion of the three day grace period is absolute and based on UWE server time, therefore you are strongly advised to submit work well ahead of the deadline dates to avoid your work not being accepted for marking. For full information please see; Assessment support options – Academic information | UWE Bristol

Final feedback and marks release

Students will normally receive marks and feedback on their submission within 20 working days of the submission deadline (not including public holidays or university closure days). Any delay in returning students’ work will be communicated by the module leader via Blackboard.

Feedback on this module is not limited to the written comments you will receive on individual written assessment submissions.

You can always discuss your work and feedback with the marker to get better understanding of it.

Feedback and marks for this module will be available by 17 June 2022. For further guidance on feedback, please refer to the module handbook.

Further guidance and support

There are a number of sources of support to improve your study skills, including:

  • The UWE Library Study Skills pages – for online support and bookable workshops
    • The Faculty of Business and Law’s Academic Success Centre for bookable workshops
    • Guidance on using UWE’s Library.

Specific study skills pages relating to this module include:

  • How to plan and structure your writing
    • Presentation skills
    • Writing skills
    • Further research skills / techniques
    • Report writing
    • Reflective writing
    • How to write critically
    • English language support

For further guidance on UWE assessment regulations and terminology see www.punjabassignmenthelp.com

Personal Circumstances

If you are experiencing difficulties in completing a piece of assessment on time due to unexpected circumstances (for example illness, accident, bereavement), seek advice from a Student Support Adviser at the earliest opportunity. Appointments can be made via an Information Point or online www.hndassignmenthelp.com

Student Support Advisers can advise as to whether you should submit an application for ‘Personal Circumstances (PCs)’, how to do so and what evidence is required to support the application. Further details on PCs can be found on the Student Support Pages.

The module leader CANNOT grant personal circumstances or extensions.