You study two units: Academic and Professional Development; and a dissertation. (If you are an affiliate of CIMA you will study an additional 10 credit unit: Key Issues in Business Management)
Key Issues in Business and Management (KIBM) (10 credits)
This unit involves self-directed study under the guidance of a tutor. An individual schedule will be agreed with you at induction. You will receive a range of assignment titles and you can choose a topic that you wish to research. The topic can be a leading edge concept or new development relevant to your work or it can be new approaches to an existing business process. The assessment is by a 3,000 word assignment.
Who is KIBM for?
This unit is for students who are a CIMA Affiliate who wishes to study for MSc Strategic Business Management (campus based).
What does KIBM lead on to?
A student with Affiliate status can obtain Accredited Prior Learning of 80 credits.On completion of the KIBM unit, you will be able to proceed onto the block dissertation course. This is six days between February – October. This block course represents 90 credits. The students will therefore have gained the 180 credits required for a Masters degree.
Academic and Professional Development
This unit equips you with the knowledge and skills to identify and investigate accounting issues and practices that will stimulate and support improvements to the accounting and finance strategies and practices of organisations.
You will have the opportunity in this unit, and later through the dissertation, to research a live accounting issue; for example it could be an assessment of the impact of financial reporting standards; an investigation of the effect of the economic climate on management control practices; or an evaluation of sustainability reporting practices in a business sector. The choice of topic will be yours, and you will have the opportunity to follow your interest and develop a real area of expertise.
The dissertation is your opportunity to undertake a significant applied research project into a particular accounting issue of your interest. Building on the work you undertake in the Academic and Professional Development Unit, you will conduct original research, usually in an organisational setting, with a view to making practical recommendations for organisational practice and deepening the understanding of the issue amongst accounting professionals and commentators.
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