Financial Strategy and Governance (Master)



Module Code MAN00014M
Module Financial Strategy and Governance
Module Leader Viktor Manahov
Assessment Open
Maximum Word Count 3,000
Release Date Spring Term Week 2
Submission Date Summer Term Week 2
Weighting Coursework – 80%


Important information


A penalty of five marks will be deducted for late submissions that are made within the first hour after the deadline. Submissions that are more than one hour late but within the first 24 hours of the deadline will incur a penalty of ten marks. After the first 24 hours have passed, ten marks will be deducted for every 24 hours (or part thereof) that the submission is late for a total of 5 days. After 5 days it is treated as a non-submission and given a mark of zero. The consequences of non-submission are serious and can include de-registration from the University.


If you are unable to complete your open assessment by the submission date indicated above because of Exceptional Circumstances you can apply for an extension. If unforeseeable and exceptional circumstances do occur, you must seek support and provide evidence as soon as possible at the time of the occurrence. Applications must be made before the deadline to be considered.



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Word count requirements


The word count for this assignment is 3,000 words.


You must state on the front of your assignment the number of words used and this will be checked.


The main text for this assignment must be word-processed in Arial, font 12, double spacing, minimum 2cm margins all around.


You must observe the word count specified in this assignment brief. The School has a policy of accepting variations to the recommended word count of plus or minus 10%.


What does this mean for you?


Markers will mark your work up to the word count maximum plus 10% and then will stop marking; therefore all words which are in excess of the word count plus 10% will not be marked.


Where your word count is more than 10% below that specified, it is likely that this will result in a lack of analytical depth or relevant content, which will be reflected in the mark assigned.


What is in the word count?


The word count includes:


–          the main text, including in-text reference citations and quotations.


The word count does not include:


–       Appendices.


These may be used to include supporting data, which may be too detailed or complex to include as a Table. They are not a device to incorporate material, which would otherwise cause you to exceed the word limit.


–       Title page

–       Contents page

–       Abstract/executive summary

–       Tables, figures, legends

–       Reference lists

–       Acknowledgements




Coursework – 80%


Students are required to choose a real-life company and evaluate its current financial strategy in order to identify and propose a new financial strategy. This essay should comprise critical assessment and limitations of the current and the proposed strategy. Corporate governance should be incorporated in the final part of the essay in order to ensure that the proposed strategy comply with the regulatory environment.












































Module: Financial Strategy & Governance
Generic criteria Module specific learning outcomes relevant to this assessment
G1 Presentation S1 Understand a range of theoretical perspectives underpinning financial practice.
G2 Understanding and use of Theory S2 Apply the use of corporate finance models and theories to evaluation of the operating environment.
G3 Analysis and problem solving S3 Analyse the role of finance theory in the determination of corporate behaviour and strategy.
G4 Structure and argument S4 Appreciate the nature and purpose of financial planning techniques.
G5 Conclusions S5 Apply and critically evaluate different financial strategies.
    S6 Understand perspectives that challenge conventional opinions about the role of financial strategy in market economies.
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End of Assessment.