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This course outline (AY2011 Term 2) is provided to you as a sample course outline.

There may be minor changes in the course outline for the coming term.

Instructor: Katherine Yuen Wong Suay Peng Jennifer Koh Charles Li

Date: 22/06/2012

ACCT102 Management Accounting G1-G10


Course Outline 2011/2012 Term 2

A.InstructorandContactInformation Group TimingandLocation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Mon12:0015:15 Wed12:0015:15 Tue08:3011:45 Tue15:3018:45 Thu15:3018:45 Fri12:0015:15 Tue12:0015:15 Thu12:0015:15 Wed08:3011:45 Wed15:3018:45

Instructors

KatherineYuen TelephoneNumber: (65)68280952 EmailAddress:katheriney@smu.edu.sg OfficeSOA5045

JenniferKoh TelephoneNumber: (65)68280614 EmailAddress:jenniferkoh@smu.edu.sg OfficeSOA5021 WongSuayPeng TelephoneNumber: (65)68085245 EmailAddress:spwong@smu.edu.sg OfficeSOA5038 JimmyLee TelephoneNumber: (65)68085234 EmailAddress:jimmylee@smu.edu.sg OfficeSOA4005

Locationsofalltheabove10sessionsareatSOA/SOLSeminarRoom12 Allinstructorsarebasedatthe5thflooroftheSchoolofAccountancy(SOA),SingaporeManagement University,Singapore178900,Faxnumber:(65)68280600 InstructorsConsultation: 1.Physicalmeeting:Appointmentthroughemailorphone 2.DiscussionforuminSMUelearn,ifappropriate 3.Directemail TeachingAssistants:PleasecheckSMUelearnandinstructorspostingforlatestdetails.

B.CoursePrerequisites Althoughthereisnoprerequisiteforthiscourse,studentsMUSThavebasicknowledgeoffinancial accountingterms(e.g.understandingof"asset","liability","equity","incomestatement","balancesheet", "revenue","expense","depreciation",etc.)andconcepts(e.g."debits","credits",doubleentrysystem). ThusitisrecommendedthatstudentshavecompletedFinancialAccounting(ACCT101,orACCT103,or ACCT111).Inaddition,studentsareencouragedtoacquirefundamentalskillsinExcelasthiswillbeused inthecourse. C.CourseDescription This course introduces cost and management accounting topics to enable students to understand how accountinginformationisusedtomanageanorganization. The course focuses on the factors that differentiate one company from another. For example, What makes one company more profitable and/or better managed than another? The course will look at variousfunctionalareaswithinthefirm,rangingfrommanufacturingtomarketing,andfromaccountingto human relations. In addition, the concept of management, how senior managers plan, implement and controlthoseplansthroughpeoplewillbebrieflydiscussed. The course will enhance students personal skills in preparation for more advanced courses at the university in the following ways: working in groups, analyzing cases, writing reports, and making presentations. D.LearningApproach Thepedagogicalapproachtothiscourseconsistsofthreeinterlockingelements: InstructorfacilitatedLearning:Facilitation,Clarification,Synthesis IndividualLearning:Preparation,Analysis,Action CollaborativeLearning:Teamwork,Discussion,Sharing Learningactivitiesareplannedtotakeintoaccountthesethreeelementsoflearning.Boththetechnical learningandskillsobjectiveswillbedevelopedthroughablendoftheoryandpractice. Anunderstandingofbasicmanagementaccountingknowledgeonelementaryconceptstobecoveredin thefirstfewclassesisimportantforsubsequentstudiesofthesubject.Thusitisimportantforstudentsto ensure their learning and understanding through active in class participation and selfpractice on exercises. Each topic will start with a session on basic technical knowledge, followed by practice using exercises, discussionsandotherclassmaterialstoenforcestudentsunderstandingofthetopic. Theroleoftheinstructor istofacilitate,provideclarificationofcriticalconceptsandguidestudentsto acquire fundamental concepts and the skills to adapt and adopt such concepts into practice and future applications.Often,itisimportanttobeabletoseethetreesfromtheforestsandsynthesiseonwhy certainthingsmattersarejustasimportantashowspecificprocesses/proceduresareperformed. Students are remindedthat their individual contributiontolearningstarts before class. Studentsshould prepare by prereading, analysing the materials/tasks/cases to be covered before coming to class and activelyparticipateinclassdiscussions.Preparationistheprerequisiteforanalysiswhichwillallowyouto takeactioninyourindividuallearning.

Collaborative learning elements are developed through your contribution to your classmates learning experiences,eitherthroughteamworkinyourgroupprojectorotherassignedtasks,andbeingwillingto contribute to class and forum discussions and share your findings and work so others will benefit. Naturally, your individual preparation, analysis and action will determine how much you are able to contributetocollaborativelearning. E.TextbookandOtherResources Garrison,RayH.,Noreen,EricW.,Brewer,PeterC.,Cheng,NamSangandYuen,C.K.Katherine ManagerialAccounting:AnAsianPerspective,McGrawHill,2012 SUPPLEMENTARYTEXTS Horngren,Sundem,Stratton,Burgstahler&SchatzbergIntroductiontoManagementAccounting GlobalEdition,15edition,Pearson2010 HiltonManagementAccountingCreatingValueinaDynamicBusinessEnvironment,International Edition,8thedition.McGrawHill,2009. ADDITIONALREFERENCES: Young,SMarkReadingsinManagementAccounting,6theditionPrenticeHall2012 Newspaper:StudentsareencouragedtoreadtheTheBusinessTimesdailywhichisfreeatthefollowing URLafter6pm:http://businesstimes.asia1.com.sg/home Additionalreadingmaterialsmaybeprescribedfromtimetotimeasappropriate. Otherthantheprescribedreadingmaterials,studentsareencouragedtoreadanymaterialthatmaybe relevanttotheirfieldofstudies. F.LessonPlan Class sessions are of 3hour duration and will include a review of study materials, class discussions and otherlearningactivities.CoursematerialswillbepublishedinSMUelearn(https://elearn.smu.edu.sg/). Abriefoutlineofcoursescheduleisprovidedbelow.AdetailedcourseworkplanisavailableinAnnex1. Standardcost Costbehaviour Budgeting Breakevenanalysisforsingleandmultiproduct Varianceanalysis Absorptioncostingandvariablecosting BalancedScorecard Activitybasedcosting Relevantcostfordecisionmaking Jobordercosting Capitalbudgeting Processcosting G.Assessment To pass the course, a student is required to obtain a TOTAL mark of 50% or better. The assessment componentsarelistedbelow:PreparationandClassLearningActivities(10%),ProgressAssessments(20%), GroupProject(20%)andFinalExamination(50%).

You should refer to the School of Accountancy Writing Guide for any written work submitted for this course. 1.Preparation&ClassLearningActivities(10%) Students are strongly encouraged to actively participate in class and forum discussions as well as group presentations. Students will be graded on an individual basis according to their contribution to theclass participation,forumdiscussion(ifapplicable)andgrouppresentations.Preclassreadingandcompletionof postclasshomeworkformpartofthepreparationmarks. Instructor may give unannounced quizzes and check students class attendances and preparations from time to time. In this respect, students should come well prepared for every session and on time throughouttheterm. 2.ProgressAssessments(20%) Therewillbe2tests.ScopeofeachtestcanbefoundinAnnex1.Thetestswillbeconductedinclassonthe 5th and 9th weeks at the start of the class. Test 1 will account for 8% of the course whereas Test 2 will account for 12% of the course. There will be no makeup test for absentees. A brief summary of the topicstobecoveredinthesetestscanbefoundinAnnex1.Furtherdetailsofthetestswillbeannounced during the course. If you have to miss a test due to reasons beyond your control, bring necessary documentstoproveittoyourinstructor.Subjecttoyourinstructorsapprovalandpotentialpenalty,the scoreofyourmissingtestmaybe adjustedbyincreasingtheweighttothenexttest.Besuretobringa calculatortothetests. Inaccountingtestsandexams,studentsoftencompetenotonlyinhowwellyouunderstandthematerials but also in how quickly you can recall and use the materials in solving problems. After reading chapter readings, students are strongly encouraged to gauge their level of understanding by solving as many exercisesandproblemsaspossible. 3.GroupProject(20%) Youneedtoformgroupsforyourgroupproject/assignment.Theproject/assignmentdetailsaredescribed inAnnex3.Pleaseconsultyourinstructorfordetailbreakdownofthemarkallocationonproject. 4.FinalExamination(50%) Thefinalexaminationon21April2012(Saturday)at1:00pmwillbea3hour,closedbookpaper,which mayconsistofmultiplechoicequestions,fillblankquestions,andproblemquestions.Ifyoumissthefinal examination,youcannotcompletethecourseandwillhavetotaketheexaminthenextterm.Besureto bringacalculatortothefinalexamination.

H.AcademicIntegrity Allactsofacademicdishonesty(including,butnotlimitedto,plagiarism,cheating,fabrication,facilitation ofactsofacademicdishonestybyothers,unauthorizedpossessionofexamquestions,ortamperingwith theacademicworkofotherstudents)areseriousoffences.Allwork(whetheroralorwritten)submitted for purposes of assessment must be the students own work. Penalties for violation of the policy range from zero marks for the component assessment to expulsion, depending on the nature of the offense. When in doubt, students should consult the instructors of the course. Details onthe SMU Code of AcademicIntegritymaybeaccessedathttp://www.smuscd.org/resources.html. Preparedby:JimmyLee JenniferKoh WongSuayPeng KatherineYuen 11December2011 Approvedby:TheminSuwardy 27December2011

Annex1:ClassPlan&PracticeQuestions
Week (starting date) 1 (9Jan) 2 (16Jan) 3 (23Jan) 4 (30Jan) 5 (6Feb) 6 (13Feb) 7 (20Feb) 8 (27Feb) 9 (5Mar) Topic Topic1: Introduction&Overviewofthetopicsrelatedtothe projectChapter1 Topic2: CostConceptsChapter2 Topic3: CostBehaviourChapter3 CVPAnalysisChapter4includingApp4A Topic4: VariableversusAbsorptionCostingChapter5including App5Aand5B Topic5: CostAllocationChapter6 Topic6: ActivitybasedCostingChapter7 **TESTI(8%ofTotalScore;Ch1to5)** Topic6: ActivitybasedCostingChapter7 Topic7: JobOrderCostingChapter8 Topic8: ProcessCostingWeightedAverageChapter9 **SubmissionofProjectProposal17Feb2012Fri12nn** Topic9: MasterBudgetChapter10 PracticeQuestions E12 P214 P312 E47 E415 E55 PA52 E13 P223 E3A1 E410 P422 E57 E211 P224 E44 E412 P427 P515

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E64

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E75 E711 E81 E817 P913 E108 P1020

E76 E714 E88 P825 P915 P1015 P1022

E710 P716 E815 E98 P916 P1017

SCHOOLRECESS **TESTII(12%ofTotalScore;Ch1to10)** Topic10: BalancedScorecardChapter13balancedscorecard session

P1322 E111 P1119 P1212 P12A8 E145 P1418 E155 P1527

E114 E125 P1214 E146 P1423 E1511 E1117 E127 P1215 E1415

Topic11:FlexibleBudgetsChapter11 10 StandardCostingandVarianceAnalysisChapter12 (12Mar) includingApp12A 11 Topic12:RelevantCostsforDecisionMakingChapter14 (19Mar) ProjectPresentations 12 Topic13:CapitalBudgetingChapter15includingApp15A&15B (26Mar) ProjectPresentations 13 (2Apr) 14 (9Apr) 15 (16Apr) ProjectPresentations REVISIONWEEK **SubmissionofProjectReport9Apr2012Mon12nn** **FINALEXAMComprehensive;Ch115,21Apr2012Sat1pm**

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Thedetailedcourseworkplanabovesetsouttheagendaforthewholeterm.Itisgoingtobeapackedworkload,and youareadvisedtosetasideadequatetimetoprepare,participateandrevieweachsession.Itisexpectedthatyou willneedtospendanything4to8hoursonaverageperweektokeepuptodatewiththecoursematerialsandgroup work. You should also note that preclass reading of the notes and textbook as well as the relevant readings will help studentsunderstandthetopicsbetterandfaster.Postclassreinforcementexercises(practicequestions)aresetto makesurethatyoucanactuallydothebareminimumexpectedlearningoutcomesforeachsession.Insomeway, learningaccountingislikeplayingpiano,thereisonlysomuchyoucandoreading/listeningaboutit,youhavetoroll your sleeves and go out and actually do and practise it! Additional exercises may be given to students for such purpose. Youmustcompleteyourpracticeexercisesontheweeklybasisasunannouncedquizzesmaybegiventotestyour preparationandunderstanding.Scoringsontheseunannouncedquizzescontributepartoftheoverallassessment underthepreparationcomponent.

Annex2A:GradingPoliciesonClassLearningActivities(10%)
Class learning activities (or usually called Class Participation by other instructors) are an integral pedagogical approachatSMU.TheimportanceofclassinteractionisenshrinedintheSMUMissionStatement:Delivering an interactive, participative and technologicallyenabled learning experience . It is also one aspect of assessmentthatoftencausesdiscomforttosomestudentsduetoitspotentialambiguity.Thisgradingpolicyon classlearningactivitiesintendstogiveyousomeindicationonhowyouwillbeassessed. Inshort,wehavetheresponsibilityandprofessionaldutytoassessyourconduct,performanceandachievement inthecourse,takingintoaccountallaspectsofassessments,includingwritten,oral,participation,contributionto thelearningprocessandeverythingelseinbetween.ThereissomeRELATIVITYelementforthiscomponentof assessment. Grading YourClassLearningActivitiesgradewillreflectourassessmentofyourlevelofIndividualLearning(Preparation, Analysis,Action)havingapositiveimpactonCollaborativeLearning(TeamWork,DiscussionandSharing),and your overall level of professionalism. Thus, illprepared blabbering is inappropriate, neither does hijacking the airwaveswithoutdueconsiderationofothers. OutstandingPerformance(As,about8 10outof10) Demonstratesexcellentpreparation;successfullycompletedallpreclassreadingandpostclass homework;andconsistentlyexhibitsknowledgeofassignedcontent. Bringsupquestionsthatneedfurtherexploration;consistentlyofferanalysis,synthesisandevaluationof coursematerialsand/orcases;respondsverythoughtfullytootherstudents'comments;andusually generatetheflowofideasbroughtforwardinclassandforumdiscussions. Abilitytoapply,analyse,evaluateandintegratecoursematerials;andshowsawillingnesstotakeriskin attemptingtoanswerdifficultquestions; Demonstratesongoingveryactiveinvolvement,withenergyandinterestinthesubjectmatter. GoodPerformance(Bs,about77.9outof10) Demonstratesgoodpreparation;successfullycompletedmajoritypreclassreadingandpostclass homework;andexhibitsknowledgeofassignedcontent. Contributeswelltoclassdiscussions;respondstootherstudents'points;thinksthroughownpoints, questionsothersinaconstructiveway;andoffersargumentsonideasbroughtforwardthemajority opinion. Abilitytoanalyseandapplycoursematerial;andshowsawillingnesstoattempttoanswerquestions; Demonstratesongoinginvolvement,withinterestinthesubjectmatter. AveragePerformance (Cs,about66.9 outof15) Demonstratesomepreparationoccasionally;attemptedsomepreclassreadingandpostclasshomework; andexhibitsomeknowledgeofassignedcontent. Participatesindiscussionwhensolicited;showssomeknowledgeofcoursematerials;offersinput,but tendstoreiteratetheintuitive;reluctanttoshareinformation;andsometimesfollowtheflowofideas broughtforwardinclassandforumdiscussions. Attendsclassregularly;anddemonstratessomeinterestinthesubjectmatter PoorPerformance(DsorFs,lessthan5.9 outof10) Demonstrateveryminimalpreparation;littleornosuccessfulattemptsatpreclassandpostclassquizzes, andexhibitthebigspongementality(YoucancontributetoMYlearningbutIwontcontributeto YOURS) Failedtoparticipateevenwhensolicited;showsveryminimalknowledgeofcoursematerials;offers inputbutoftenirrelevantorunrelated;andusuallydonotfollowtheflowofideasbroughtforwardin classandforumdiscussions. Attendclassesbutremainpassiveordisruptivethroughout

Annex2B:ClassParticipationRubric(10%)

Score Attribute Preparation (forclasspre andpost) 0to1(D+/D/F) Belowaverage Demonstratesveryminimalorno preparationforclass.Completes littleornoprereadingsorassigned preparatorywork.Expectstobe spoonfedbutshowsnointerestto contribute. Absentfromclassesonmany occasionswithoutvalidreasons and/orpriornotification.Very passiveorevendisruptiveduring classactivities. Hasneverorhardlyeverheard him/herspeakinclass.Offerslittle contributionevenwhencalled. Presencenotfeltinclass. 2(C+/C/C) Fair Demonstratesoccasionalpreparation forclass.Completessomepre readingsorassignedpreparatory work.Takesmarginalinitiativein contributingeffort. 3(B/B) Average Demonstratesadequatepreparation forclassmostofthetime.Completes majorityofprereadingsorassigned preparatorywork.Exhibitsadequate knowledgeofassignedcontent. 4(A/B+) Good Demonstratesgoodpreparationfor class.Successfullycompletesmost prereadingsorassignedpreparatory work.Exhibitsgoodknowledgeof assignedcontent. 5(A+/A) Excellent Demonstratesexcellentpreparation forclass.Successfullycompletesall prereadingsorassignedpreparatory work.Consistentlyexhibitssolid knowledgeofassignedcontent.

Involvement (inclass activities)

Absentfromclassesonsome occasionswithoutvalidreasons and/orpriornotification.Somewhat passiveduringclassactivitiesbut neverdisruptive. Makessomeefforttospeakinclass, albeitsporadically.Contributesto thediscussiononlywhencalled. Presenceweaklyfeltinclass.

Attendsclassesregularly. Demonstratessomeinterestinthe subjectmatterandinclassactivities.

Attendsclassesveryregularly. Demonstratesongoinginvolvement, withstronginterestinthesubject matter.

Attendsallclasses.Demonstrates veryactiveongoinginvolvement, withexceptionalenthusiasmand interestinthesubjectmatter.

Consistency (inclass participation)

Takesinitiativetocontributefairly regularlytotheclassdiscussion. Presencesomewhatfeltinclass.

Takesgoodinitiativetocontribute regularlytotheclassdiscussion. Presencekeenlyfeltinclass.

Contributesregularlyand enthusiasticallytotheclass discussion,withoutbeing domineering.Presencepositivelyfelt andwelcomedbypeers. Contributingverythoughtfuland insightfulcommentsandsolutions thatsignificantlyenhanceboththe learningexperienceaswellaspeers understandingofthesubjectmatter. Showshighrespectandtolerancefor others.Oftenoffersconstructive comments.Displaysexemplary behavior.Skillfullydemonstrates decorumwithoutwaveringon professionalintegrityandjudgment. Verycordialandsincere.Affablewith peers.Sharesideasgenerouslyand selflessly.Viewsparticipationno longerasameanstoscoremarksbut toengageinafriendlyandmutually enrichingconversation.

Quality (ofclass contribution)

Participationlimitedtoaskingshort andsimplequestions,regurgitating knownorobviousfacts,orproviding commentsthatarenotmeaningful orirrelevanttothediscussion. Showsdisrespectandintolerancefor others.Makesslycommentsthat reflectadesiretosmearothers,or converselytomerelyimpress/flatter others.Engagesinpersonalactivities thatdistracttheclass. Haughty,obnoxious,andself centered.Viewsparticipationsolely asameanstoenhancehis/herown personalstandingandperformance attheexpenseofothers.

Askingmarginallythoughtful questions,oroccasionally contributingcommentsoranswers thatdemonstrateabasic understandingofthesubjectmatter. Showsverymodestrespectand toleranceforothers.Somewhat indifferenttothecommentsof others,butavoidsmaking destructivecomments.

Askingmoderatelythoughtful questions,orcontributing meaningfulcommentsoranswers thatdemonstrateagood understandingofthesubjectmatter. Showsmoderaterespectand toleranceforothers.Considers thoughtfullythecommentsof others,butofferslittleorno constructivecomments.Displays acceptablebehavior. Recognizesthepresenceofpeers. Givesmoderateregardtothevalue ofcooperativeinteractionand relationwithpeers.

Askingindepthquestionswhilealso contributinginsightfulcomments andanswersthataddvaluetothe classdiscussion.

Maturity (inthought andaction)

Showsgoodrespectandtolerance forothers.Considersthoughtfully thecommentsofothers,and occasionallyoffersconstructive comments.Displaysgoodbehavior.

Collegiality (withpeers)

Somewhatindifferentandoblivious tothepresenceofpeers.Overly concernedwithscoringparticipation marks,withlittleornoregardtothe valueofcooperativeinteractionor relationwithpeers.

Cordialandsincere.Valuesthe importanceofpeers.Contributesto thecollectiveresponsibilityand cooperativeinteractionamong peers.

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Annex3:GroupProject(20%) TERM220112012GROUPPROJECT/ASSIGNMENT 1.DescriptionoftheProject Thetwomainobjectivesoftheprojectare: Todemonstratetheunderstandingonpotentialimplicationsofmanagementaccountingconceptsin doingabusiness. Toillustratetheabilitytoapplyandexplainthemanagementaccountingconceptsinabusinessthat youareinterestedin. Eachteamistoprepareaprojectonproposingtomakeandsellaproduct/productsortoprovide services.Ifyourcompanyisinvolvedinmanufacturing,youneedtoconsidertherawmaterial,labourand overheadissues.Whichone(s)is/arethebettercostingsystem(s)foryourbusiness,forexample,job costing,processcostingoractivitybasedcosting?Insomebusinesses,theremaybeaneedtousea combinationofthesystems.Performaforecastontheprofitability(3to5years)backedupbysupporting details.Projectedbalancedsheetandcashflowstatementarenotrequired.Considerhowtomakeyour businessmostsuccessfulbyhavingapropercostcontrolsystemandotherinnovativeideas.Extramarks willbegiventocreativeandviablebusinessideasandproducts.Youcanusearealcompanysmodelto supportyourworkbutyouneedtoprovidesourceofinformationtosupportyourforecastandcosting. Forexample,ifyourcompanyisinvolvedinmakingandsellingcookies,youmayliketoconsidersomeof thefollowingsinordertocompileyourprojectedprofitabilityforecast:

Howarethemanufacturingcostsofeachcookiedetermined?Canwemakeuseofthedifferentcost classificationconcepts,suchasdirectmaterials,directlabour,manufacturingoverheads,variableand fixed,directandindirect,differential,opportunity..?Howdotheseconceptshelpustoget reasonablecostinformation? Whatcostingsystemoracombinationofsystemsareyougoingtouse?Willitbejobcosting,process costing,activitybasedcosting.? Willtherebeanyrejectedunitsbecauseofqualitycontrol?Howwillthisaffectthecostofeach cookie? Whatarethesellingandadministrativeexpenses?Howdowejustifysayanincreaseinadvertising, payingovertimeinordertocompleteajobontime.? Howmuchdowehavetosellinordertobreakeven?Whatisthemarginofsafetyanddegreeof operatingleveragesunderdifferentscenarios? Willyoubeabletodeterminethetotalthroughputormanufacturingcycletime?Forexample,flour mixing+bakingtimeforabatchofcookiesxnumberofbatchesrequired+packagingtime+downtime +cleanuptime Canweidentifyvalueaddedandnonvaluedaddedactivitiesandusetheinformationtoimprovethe business? Howdoyoudeterminethepricingofyourproduct(s),willcostsbeagoodbasetouse? Whataretheassumptionsrequired/madeduringtheforecastingandbudgetingprocess?

Someofthequestionsmaynotbeapplicabletoyourchosenbusiness.Youshouldconsiderthespecific requiredanalysesforyourchosenbusinessandyoumayprefertodoonlyafewanalysesbuttodothemin greaterdetails.

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2.ProjectRequirements Thetotalnumberofwordsinyourmainreportshouldnotexceed3,500words.Inadditiontothe3,500 words(or12pages),whereappropriateandnecessary,youmayaddPictures,TablesandAppendices. Attheendofeachprojectreport,eachteamisrequiredtoincludeonepageeachofthefollowings: Reflection:e.g.maindifficultiesencounteredandthekeytakeawaysofdoingtheprojectand Learningpointsfromwatchingotherprojectteamspresentations. ReflectionandLearningPointsareoutsideofthewordlimitof3,500words. 3.CopyrightRequirement Ifoutsidematerialorresearchisusedintheproject,sourcesaretobecited.Studentsshouldonlydivulge confidentialinformationwiththeagreementofthecompaniesinvolved. 4.SubmissionDeadlines ProjectProposal Studentsare required to submit ashortproject proposal(nomorethan250words) forinstructors approvalby12nn17February2012Week6Friday.Theproposalshouldinclude: 1. GeneralInformation SectionNo(e.g.G1,G2,G3..G10) TeamNo(e.g.T1T10) NameofTeamMembers 2. Descriptionofthebusiness,forexample,nameofthebusiness(actualnameormakeupname), contactofthebusinessifapplicable,productsorservicesprovided,approximateannualsalesand staffsize,targetedcustomersgroups 3. TheintendedMAtopicstoapply. 4. Sourcesofinformation(e.g.throughcontactsorotherresearchmethods). FinalReport Studentsaretosubmit 1. Ahardcopyoftheproject(doublesidedtosavepapers)toyourinstructorforgradingpurpose. 2. AsoftcopytoyoursessionsdropboxinSMUelearnwhichwillautomaticallyperformplagiarism check.Filesshouldbeneitherpasswordnorextractionprotected. Subject to individual instructors final announcement and preference, the deadline is 12nn 9 April 2012Week14Monday,latesubmissionwillnotbeentertained, Thefollowinggeneralinformationmustbeindicatedonthefrontpageofthereport: SectionNo(e.g.G1,G2,G3..G10) TeamNo(e.g.T1T10) NameofTeamMembers 5.GradingofGroupProject:GeneralGuideline Studentswillbeawardedamaximumof20marksforthisprojectandtheywillbeassessedbasedonthe content(abilitytoevaluate,bringupideasandconcepts,etc.)andthepresentation(structure,coherence, readability,etc.)oftheproject.

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Thereshouldbeminimalreplicationofinformationfromyourreadings.Instead,youshouldfocusonthe discussionoftheactualdetailsoftheselectedbusiness/projectandprovideaqualityproposalthatcan convincebankers,venturecapitalists,yourinstructorandprobablyyourpeers. Your Group Project grade will reflect your instructors assessment of your level of research, critical analysis and your ability to convey what you have analysed into a meaningful, wellstructured, well presented report. This is, by default, a shared grade amongst the group members, unless there are indications of a nonfunctioning group where other allocation basis may be more appropriate. Groups havinginsurmountableconflictsareadvisedtogetintouchwithmeassoonaspossible.Annex4isthe form for your peer evaluation and will only be reported on exceptional basis (i.e. when you think that thereareunfaircontributionsamongyourgroupmembers). Recapofimportantelementsofadesirablegroupprojectreport: Structure: A cohesive structure that gracefully flows from one section to another, demonstrating a holistic understanding of the overall purpose of the report rather than piecemeal, pointbypoint answerstoaseriesofquestions. o Aproperexecutivesummarythatsummarisesyourreport,notanexecutiveagenda. o An introduction that explains to the intended reader of your scope, agenda, approach, assumptions,etc. o Good, clean and consistent formatting, appropriate spacing, consistency of styles, and good Englishexpressions,adherencetogrammarandsentencestructure. o Properlycitedreferencesthatdemonstrateanattempttolearnbeyondthecoursematerials. o Aproper,strongconclusion. Analysis: A comprehensive assessment of the companys business environment, strategy, critical successfactors,operationandfinancialposition,atalevelappropriateforthecourse,basedonthe prescribedmethodology. o Exhibitsufficientlevelanddepthofanalysis. o Useofappropriatebenchmarksinfinancialanalysis. o Appropriateuseofsummarytables,charts,figures,appendices,etctoillustrateyourpoints. o Technicalproficiencies(calculations)areassumed,unlessyourreportcastsdoubtsofyourability. o Budgetingdetailscanbesubmittedaspartoftheappendicesofthereport. Presentationformspartofthegroupprojectrequirement. YourGroupProjectReportgradewillbebasedontheelementslistedabove.Thegradesbelowareoutof 20pointsassignedtothiscomponentofassessment. A+ [about1920] trulyexceptionalreportexceedingexpectation,reservedforthosewho managetodemonstratealloftheaboverequirements AandA [about1718] excellentreport,meetingsignificantmajorityoftheaboverequirements Bs [about1416] goodeffort,meetingmostoftheaboverequirements Cs [about1113] commendableattempt,butlackinginmanyareas Ds/Fs [about0to10] extremelypooreffort

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Annex4:GroupProjectPeerReviewForm
(Pleasecompletethisformonlyifyouhavedisputeonfreeridingorunfairworkload/contributionwith respecttotheGroupProject)


SessionDateandTime: GroupNumber: YourName: NameofYourGroupMembers: ContributionScore (010max) Comments

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