Strategic Finance

Accounting and Finance

Unit Code
Level 7
Distance Learning
Class Room
Unit Code
Level 7
Distance Learning Fee
Face to Face Fee
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£2360 (£1600 during the tuition waiver period)

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Course Overview

The Strategic Finance module gives managers a basic understanding of finance and its practical applications in organisational decision-making. Topics covered in the module include the accounting equation, preparing financial statements, the accounting cycle, appraisal and familiarity with the content of published annual accounts, financial ratio analysis, and aspects of costing and management accounts. By the end of the module, learners will be able to develop and interpret financial statements and accounting reports, evaluate how managers use accounting strategies for communication with stakeholders, and demonstrate a critical understanding of the accounting framework.

Course Content

Introduction to the module

Basic Accounting Concepts

  • What Is Finance
  • Basic Accounting Concept
  • Understanding Financial Management and Security Market
  • Understanding the Financial Security Market

Introduction to the Basic Financial Statements

  • Introduction to Financial Strategy and Planning
  • Financial Planning and Forecasting
  • The Key Financial Statements
  • The Balance Sheet
  • The Statement of Cash Flow
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Business Intelligence
  • Internal and External Constraints of Strategy
  • Stakeholder Conflicts

Analysis of Financial Statements and Data

  • Financial Data
  • Sources of Financial Data
  • Income and Asset Value Measurement System
  • Financial Instruments
  • Unit 4 : Analysis and Financial Planning
  • Cash Flow Analysis and Financial Planning
  • Performance Measurement in Strategic Finance

Capital, Inventory and Securities Management

  • Overview of Working Capital Management
  • Cash and Marketable Securities Management
  • Receivables, Payables and Inventory Management

Working Capital Management

  • Short Term Financing
  • Returns, Spreads and Yields
  • The Valuation of Long Term Securities

Cost of Capital and Risk Management

  •  Risk and Return
  • Operating and Financial Leverage
  • Capital Structure
  • Cost of Capital

Business Valuations, Mergers & Acquisitions and Dividend Policy

  • Business Valuation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Treasury and Portfolio Management

  • Treasury an Introduction
  • Accounts and Audit of Treasury Operations
Learning Outcome & Assessment Criteria

1.  Be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the accounting framework & how it is used in organisational decision-making

  1. Assess the importance of an accounting framework for the implementation of business strategy
  2. Analyse the risks of financial business decisions
  3. Evaluate the impact of ‘creative accounting’ techniques when making strategic decisions
  4. Assess the limitations of ratio analysis as a tool for strategic decision-making

2.  Be able to develop and interpret financial statements & accounting reports

  1. Evaluate the sources of financial data that can be used to inform organisational strategy
  2. Interpret financial statements and accounting reports to assess the viability of an organisation
  3. Recommend, with justifications, methods and tools that allow businesses to analyse financial statements & accounting reports

3.  Be able to evaluate how managers use accounting strategies for communication with internal & external stakeholders

  1. Review accounting strategies managers use to communicate with internal & external stakeholders
  2. Make recommendations to an organisation based on the analysis and interpretation of the financial information
  3. Determine the impact of a business proposal on internal and external stakeholders’ buy-in

4.  Be able to use accounts for evaluating, motivating, and coordinating employees

  1. Review how accounts can be used for performance management and appraisal
  2. Explain the benefits of budgeting for improved communication, planning, coordination, and evaluation of employees
  3. Assess the importance of cash flow management when evaluating, motivating, and coordinating employees
  • The assessment strategy for this course is designed to test all the learning outcomes.
  • Learners must demonstrate successful achievement of all learning outcomes to pass the course.
Assessment Marking Criteria


Citizens of the following countries are eligible for a 50% scholarship upon writing a personal statement. All scholarships are to be approved by the Academic Board. The list of countries are: Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, Bhutan, Morocco, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Laos, Cambodia, India, Nigeria, Ghana, Bangladesh, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal and South Africa. Please talk to your student counselor and ask for the Coupon Code to get the 50% Tuition Waiver.

  • The assessment criteria for a pass will be presented with the summative exercise.
  • Further information and guidance on the assessment will be made available through the tutor.
Unit Pass Requirements

To pass the unit a 40% overall grade must be achieved.

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