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A. Explain the role and contribution that business planning offers to an organisation. (Learning outcome 1) 1000 words B. Using your knowledge of key concepts, tools and techniques, identify and evaluate the key ?hard? and ?soft? system factors that are known to impact upon success and failure in the development/implementation of business plans. (Learning outcome 2 & 3) 1000 words C. Using an organisation of which you have knowledge: 1. Explain the business planning process that is currently used, clearly identifying the operational and financial aspects. 2. Critique the process making use of relevant elements that you have identified in B above. 3. Explain how the resulting developed plan is finalised and approved. 4. Compare the approach explained in 3 above with what may be considered best practice. (Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) 2,500 words A. Explain the role and contribution that business planning offers to an organisation. (Learning outcome 1) 1000 words ?? Has the student identified the benefits that are obtained from planning? ? To include how those benefits are useful as the plan is ? implememented and operated ? How is the plan useful to measure performance? ? B Using your knowledge of key concepts, tools and techniques, identify and evaluate the key ?hard? and ?soft? system factors are known to impact upon success and failure in the development/implementation of that business plans. (Learning outcome 2 & 3) 1000 words 20 marks ? What Tools and Techniques can be used to assist planning ? Students should explain the concepts of analysis relevant to the planning ? activity and identify appropriate tools that bwill assist. ? Students should explain the hard & soft factors and ,with examples ,demonstrate an understanding of the effect those hard & soft factors may have. ?? C.???? Using an organisation of which you have knowledge: 1. Explain the business planning process that is currently used, clearly identifying the operational and financial aspect Students should explain, with the aid of diagrams, how the organisation plans. ? Identifying: Strategic Planning, ? financial planning ? Operational planning ? and their integration ?? 2. Critique the process making use of relevant elements that you have identified in B above. Critically review the process, Examples of what is good and bad should be provided ? to develop a logical critique based on the principles learnt in ? the module and the students’ experience. ? 3. Explain how the resulting developed plan is finalised and approved. ? Students should explain how the approval decision is made. ? How is it reviewed and tested? ? Is it aligned or tested against the strategic direction and plan? ? Are soft factors considered? ? 4. Compare the approach explained in 3 above with what may be considered best practice. ? Students should explain, briefly, what they consider the essential elements of best practice to be. ? ? Compare, with examples, the process explained above with best practice. ? The key texts for this module are: Barrow, C. et. al. (June, 2008). The Business Plan Workbook, Kogan Page Johnson, Scholes & Whittington, (2007) Exploring Corporate Strategy, FT Prentice Hall Drury, C., (2007). Management and Cost Accounting. CEngage Learning Inc. Stutely, R. (2007) The Definitive Business Plan: The Fast Track to Intelligent Business Planning for Executives and Entrepreneurs. Times Prentice Hall. Accounting & Finance for Non-Specialists (2011) P.Atrill & E.McLaney, FT Prentice Hall. Management Accounting for business decisions, (2011), W.Seal, McGraw Hill. Business accounting (2012), Collis, Holt & Hussey, Palgrave Macmillan

A. Explain the role and contribution that business planning offers to an organisation.
(Learning outcome 1) 1000 words
B. Using your knowledge of key concepts, tools and techniques, identify and evaluate the key ?hard? and ?soft? system factors that are known to impact upon success and failure in the development/implementation of business plans.
(Learning outcome 2 & 3) 1000 words
C. Using an organisation of which you have knowledge:
1. Explain the business planning process that is currently used, clearly identifying the operational and financial aspects.
2. Critique the process making use of relevant elements that you have identified in B above.
3. Explain how the resulting developed plan is finalised and approved.
4. Compare the approach explained in 3 above with what may be considered best practice.
(Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) 2,500 words

A. Explain the role and contribution that business planning offers to an organisation.
(Learning outcome 1) 1000 words
??
Has the student identified the benefits that are obtained from planning?
?
To include how those benefits are useful as the plan is
?
implememented and operated
?
How is the plan useful to measure performance?
?
B Using your knowledge of key concepts, tools and techniques, identify and evaluate the key ?hard? and ?soft? system factors
are known to impact upon success and failure in the development/implementation of that business plans.
(Learning outcome 2 & 3) 1000 words
20 marks
?
What Tools and Techniques can be used to assist planning
?
Students should explain the concepts of analysis relevant to the planning
?
activity and identify appropriate tools that bwill assist.
?
Students should explain the hard & soft factors and ,with examples ,demonstrate
an understanding of the effect those hard & soft factors may have.
??
C.???? Using an organisation of which you have knowledge:
1. Explain the business planning process that is currently used, clearly identifying the operational and financial aspect

Students should explain, with the aid of diagrams, how the organisation plans.
?
Identifying: Strategic Planning,
?
financial planning
?
Operational planning
?
and their integration
??
2. Critique the process making use of relevant elements that you have identified in B above.
Critically review the process,

Examples of what is good and bad should be provided
?
to develop a logical critique based on the principles learnt in
?
the module and the students’ experience.
?
3. Explain how the resulting developed plan is finalised and approved.
?

Students should explain how the approval decision is made.
?
How is it reviewed and tested?
?
Is it aligned or tested against the strategic direction and plan?
?
Are soft factors considered?
?
4. Compare the approach explained in 3 above with what may be considered best practice.
?

Students should explain, briefly, what they consider the essential elements of best practice to be.
?
?
Compare, with examples, the process explained above with best practice.
?
The key texts for this module are:

Barrow, C. et. al. (June, 2008). The Business Plan Workbook, Kogan Page

Johnson, Scholes & Whittington, (2007) Exploring Corporate Strategy, FT Prentice Hall

Drury, C., (2007). Management and Cost Accounting. CEngage Learning Inc.

Stutely, R. (2007) The Definitive Business Plan: The Fast Track to Intelligent Business
Planning for Executives and Entrepreneurs. Times Prentice Hall.

Accounting & Finance for Non-Specialists (2011) P.Atrill & E.McLaney, FT Prentice Hall.

Management Accounting for business decisions, (2011), W.Seal, McGraw Hill.

Business accounting (2012), Collis, Holt & Hussey, Palgrave Macmillan

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