Financial Decision Making

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
24 September 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC LN1412 Financial Economics and Accounting,
MSC N4N312 Accounting and Financial Management,
MSC N4N324 Accounting and Financial Management

Module description

The module will critically examine a range of issues that relate to financial and managerial decision-making, including incremental costing, cost volume profit analysis, budgeting, activity-based costing, capital structure and long term financing, capital investment appraisal, and financial analysis of commercial projects. Students will be expected to critically evaluate the issues outlined above and to engage actively in discussions.

Module aims

The module aims to provide students without a first degree in accounting or an accounting related subject with a sufficient grounding in management accounting and management control principles, investment appraisal and financial control principles, and market and managerial behaviours.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

• Critically reflect on issues related to accounting and financial/managerial decision making.
• Develop a critical understanding of short term decision making principles and techniques, such as incremental costing and cost volume profit analysis.
• Critically evaluate the role of budgeting and management control in organisations and discuss the conflicting implications of budgeting decisions.
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of how activities can form a basis for managerial decisions as opposed to traditional methods of costing.
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of how the management of working capital such as inventories, the accounts payable, accounts receivable as well as cash conversion cycle can form a basis for short term financial decision making.
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of whether long term investment and financing decisions should aim at maximising organisational profitability and owners’ wealth.
• Develop a critical understanding of financial and non-financial performance measurement and management control methods.
• Demonstrate an understanding of rational economic, interpretative and critical perspectives on accounting.
• Develop presentation skills, critical thinking, and reflective analysis.

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

At the end of this module you should be able to demonstrate the following attributes:

• Research Skills and techniques- to be able to use the coursework to demonstrate the ability to analyse critically and evaluate one’s findings and those of others, summarize findings and write a report, use the coursework to advance their knowledge of how to find and collect relevant background information linked to the coursework.
• Enhance oral communication skills by using workshops and collaborative tasks to present information and ideas clearly and concisely, presents opinion and ideas in an open objective way.
• Critical thinking- to be able to rely on the lectures, to review different points of view or ideas and make objective judgement, and investigating all possible solutions to a problem by considering the pros and cons.
• Personal effectiveness- use the coursework to show initiative, work independently and be self-reliant, demonstrate the willingness and ability to learn and acquire knowledge.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Module contents are delivered over ten weeks. There will be a two-hour session each week, comprising of about one hour lecture and one hour seminar. Students will be expected to actively participate in lectures and seminars and read the lecture and seminar materials assigned in this module outline before coming to class.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   3,000 word essay    100% 
Exam  1440 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Jacob Agyemang, email:
Dr Azimjon Kuvandikov, email:
Dr Jacob Agyemang, Dr Azimjon Kuvandikov



External examiner

Dr Chandana Gnanapriya Alawattage
University of Aberdeen Business School
Dr Mohamed Karim Sorour
Northumbria University
Associate Professor of Accounting/ Head of Accounting Subject
Available via Moodle
Of 80 hours, 20 (25%) hours available to students:
60 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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