ACC-40006 - Performance Management
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

The module introduces key skills in case study analysis and presentations based on critically assessing performance management issues in different types of organisations including corporations, not-for-profit organisations, multi-nationals, charities and the public sector. The module will familiarize students with techniques in performance management and demonstrate their use and application in case studies using research data from Bloomberg. It provides students with hands on experience of designing and analyzing performance management systems using the Bloomberg application. Students will cover the strategic aspects of performance management by analyzing real life data from the Bloomberg application, and use the information to evaluate performance management issues in practical case study scenarios. Students can synthesize the knowledge and skills they gain in case study analysis based on systematic data retrieval from the Bloomberg application and can use these skills in recognizing the key performance management issues in a real world business scenario. The module also emphasizes awareness of wider performance management issues and current developments in performance management and their practical application using case studies.

The aim of this module is to provide students with a critical understanding of the principles and the application of Performance Management techniques in business scenarios through case study learning using research data from Bloomberg. It further develops students┐ skills in the application of accounting techniques by covering the key aspects of performance management from a strategic planning, and practical perspective. The module introduces students to practical case studies in performance management and equips students with the tool to analyse case studies from a strategic planning perspective to enable an understanding of the role of performance management in planning, setting, and monitoring strategic objectives. In doing this, students have a hands on experience of applying performance management techniques using the Bloomberg application to design, monitor and analyse performance management systems. The module also provides knowledge of the nature, purpose, scope, and current developments in performance management through case study work. The module aims to engage students to work in groups researching relevant performance management issues. Students will use external data sources from applications such as Bloomberg in analyzing the case studies and designing appropriate performance management systems that fits with the observed scenario in the case studies.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Understand how to use accounting information as a manager by applying managerial accounting techniques in relevant case studies. will be achieved by assessments: 1, 3
Apply knowledge of decision making techniques, their assumptions and limitations in interpreting the implications of the results in case studies will be achieved by assessments: 1, 3
Use external databases such as the Bloomberg application to retrieve information that will enable students make informed decisions on the design, monitoring and control of a performance management system will be achieved by assessments: 1,2, 3
Identify the benefits and limitations of performance management for a given case/scenario. will be achieved by assessments: 2
Identify and advise on Performance management issues in different forms of organisations including Charities, Public sector, Multinationals, and Non-Governmental organisations will be achieved by assessments: 2

Study hours

30 hours lectures/tutorials
50 hours directed reading and class preparation
70 hours independent study and assessment preparation

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Group Presentation weighted 20%
Group Presentations
Group presentations analysing a given case study

2: Essay weighted 60%
Final Assessment will be a 2,500-word essay
Final Assessment will be individual 2,500-word essay that will focus on intended learning outcomes 3, 4 and 5

3: Group Report weighted 20%
1,500 word group report summarising evidence presented in 01 above
Group report on case study forming basis of presentation