Core Module Information
Module title: Managing High Performance Organisations

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: FIN11603
Module leader: James Dunn
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accounting and Finance

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module will help you to gain an understanding of a number of approaches to the managing of organisations. The particular focus of this module will be on the management of operational and financial activity. We will critique the 'traditional' measures of these activities and introduce alternative approaches to their management: we will focus on the Balanced Scorecard throughout the module as, firstly, a mechanism to help an organisation examine its success before, secondly, investigating how even such a balanced measure can lead to dysfunctional management and, thirdly, exploring some suggestions of how to combat such issues, including for example the role of assurance, and of audit in improving governance and performance

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1 Calculate, and discuss the use of, financial ratios to analyse organisational performance
LO2 Evaluate the role of finance in an organisation’s success
LO3 Critically evaluate traditional financial measures of success against more ‘balanced’ measures of performance
LO4 Critically evaluate different approaches and methods of managing the performance of organisations (including consideration of accounting systems)
LO5 Critically assess the role of audit in improving governance and organisational performance

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: ONLINE
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Paul Langford
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is delivered remotely: Lectures will be collated into 12 'units'. Each unit consists of multiple pre-recorded videos of around 20 minutes, each of which is accompanied by a prompting question(s) which you should reflect upon between each video in order to consider the application of this theoretical knowledge to your specific practice area: thus enhancing the research-practice linkage. Additionally, online discussion forums will allow you to understand how this knowledge applies to other practice areas as well as developing a deeper understanding of these other areas.

Development of learning will be supported by weekly online seminars where further discussion around the lecture topics will be facilitated by the tutor. Individual reflection and group discussion of these ideas will enhance your ability to develop a critical understanding of the topics, particularly critiquing practices within management which exclude others or (counter to organisational claims) inhibit sustainable practices.

Formative Assessment:
You will have the opportunity to submit a brief outline in bullet point form of your report, on
which you will receive formative feedback for to identify areas for improvement ahead of
your final submission

Summative Assessment:
The report covers LO1-3 and will focus on a specific firm as a case study. The final
essay will consider LO1-5 and will synthesise the perspectives from the Balanced
Scorecard with additional considerations of support from technology, and the
implications for audit in improving governance and performance

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 26
Online Tutorial 13
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 LO1-3 8 , WORDS= 2500
Essay 50 LO1-5 14/15 , WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Managing High Performance Organisations