Management Case Study - 2015 syllabus

The focus of Management level is on the medium term and monitoring and implementation of strategy. In the Management/Gateway Case Study exam, your role will be that of a Finance Manager.

The 2015 CIMA Syllabus will still be examined until 3rd November 2019 for objective tests and for case studies the last examination window will also be November 2019.

2019 CIMA Syllabus

The Case Study exam is essentially a virtual business role play. Therefore, students need to understand their role within the case study exam in order to produce a good answer, demonstrating knowledge and applying skills from across the syllabus.

The table below provides an overview of the role students are expected to take on at Management and Gateway Case Study exam, who they will be seeking to influence and examples of the syllabus area they may be tested upon.

Who are you?

At Management/Gateway level, your role will be that of a Finance Manager.

Equivalent job titles in a real organisation might be:

  • Management Accountant
  • Financial Controller
  • Financial Analyst
  • Head of Finance
What is the main focus of your role?

Overall focus
Medium term and monitoring and implementation of strategy

You may be involved in

  • Analysing cost information and advising on product investment decisions
  • Assessing/advising on risk
  • Pricing decisions
  • Performance measurement.

You will need to understand

  • The regulatory environment in depth
  • The business environment
  • Performance measures and improvement
  • Change management
  • Options for long term finance. 
Who is your audience/who are you seeking to influence? Your manager (Senior Finance Manager), Financial Director, colleagues within the finance department plus other senior business managers – may be non-financial.
Examples of topic areas and tasks you may be asked to look at in the exam (based on Variant 1 of the Nov 2015 Management Case Study exam) Your role

You are a Financial Manager in ABC Solutions; ABC is an IT service provider founded in 1996 by 3 friends. The company is in Kayland, an industrialised country in northern Europe with an advanced economy and a sophisticated infrastructure. During the exam you will need to demonstrate:

Technical skills
Conduct value chain analysis (P2 A1)
Analyse the impact on Return on Capital Employed, including a discussion on how ROCE could be affected in different years by gains or losses on disposal F2 C1)

Business skills
Identify the economic substance of a contract (F2 B1)

People skills
Evaluate the performance of a departmental head (P2 B2)

Leadership skills
Explain the challenges associated with managing business relationships (E2 C2) 

Competency weightings for your exam

Competency Weighting is the basis of distribution of marks from various sections in the exam. You will have to obtain minimum threshold marks (approximately 1/3) for each competency along with a scaled score of 80 to pass the exam.

Technical skills - 39%
Business skills - 16%
People skills - 21%
Leadership skills - 24%

NOTE: These are just illustrations to help you set the Case Study exam in context and are not exhaustive.

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Case Study exams

Format: computer based
Availability: four windows each year (Feb, May, Aug, Nov) at any of the 5,000 Pearson VUE centres around the world
Length: 3 hours
Marking: human marked
Results: available 5 weeks after the close of the exam window

Further information
The Case Study exams are used to test a variety of skills including research and analysis, how to present information, persuasion and communication skills. The move to more Case Study exams has been deliberate to test a wider range of skills and integrated learning across the syllabus.

Case Study exams reflect a real life business scenario, comprising a series of time bound tasks set for students to complete based on pre-seen material.

  • Pre-seen material released to tutors: 9 weeks prior to the exam window through Tutor Resource Hub(Tutor log in details required)
  • Pre-seen material released to students: 6 weeks prior to the exam window through CIMAconnect (Student contact ID and password required)

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