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 Strategic Study exam, who they will be seeking to influence and examples of the syllabus area they may be tested upon.
|Who are you?
At Strategic level, your role will be that of a Senior Finance Manager.
Equivalent job titles in a real organisation might be:
- Senior Management Accountant
- Group Accountant
- Financial Director
|What is the main focus of your role?
Long term and setting the strategy for the business.
You may be involved in
- Measuring, analysing and managing risk
- Advising on strategic decisions
- Investigating potential business developments and investments
- Advising on long term sources of finance and financial strategy.
You will need to understand
- Leadership and its role achieving change management
- The full context in which the business operates
- The importance of looking ahead and advanced planning.
|Who is your audience/who are you seeking to influence?
||Chief Financial Officer/Board, senior management team - other senior non-financial staff.
|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)
You are a Senior Finance Manager employed by Wodd, a forestry company which was founded in 1983 and has been a quoted company since 2001. Wodd is based in Marland, a European country, heavily industrialised in the South, but with large uninhabited areas in the North. Its climate is temperate and is well suited to growing timber.
The emphasis in the Strategic Case Study exam is the Enterprise pillar and showing a balance of skills across all competency areas but all subjects will be tested. During the exam you will need to demonstrate:
Advise on the implications of diversification for shareholders and directors (P3 E1)
Advise on predicting the impact of a weakening USD (E3 A1)
Advise on briefing analysts (F3 C2)
Advise on managing the share price (E3 B1)
|Competency weightings for your exam
Competency Weighting is the basis of distribution of marks from various sections in the SCS exam. You will have to obtain minimum threshold marks(approximately 1/3) for each competency along with score of 80 to pass the Strategic Case Study exam.
Technical skills - 25%
Business skills - 25%
People skills - 25%
Leadership skills - 25%
NOTE: These are just illustrations to help you set the Case Study exam in context and are not exhaustive.
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