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  • Using the Strategic Level Common Case David R Harris www.cimaguru.com
  • Who am I?
    • CIMA member
    • Ex-training manager (manufacturing)
    • Ex-tutor (private sector)
    • Management consultant (SME strategy etc.)
    • Technical consultant to CIMA
    • Examiner (Paper P6) 2005-2009
    • Author of CIMA: Pass First Time!
  • Plan for the session
    • General stuff
    • Q&A
    • Analysis and familiarisation period
    • Q&A
    • In the exam room
    • Q&A
    • Close
  • Assessment strategy
    • There will be a written examination paper of three hours, plus 20 minutes of pre-examination question paper reading time. The examination paper will have the following sections:
    • Section A – 50 marks. A maximum of four compulsory questions, totalling fifty marks, all relating to a pre-seen case study and further new unseen case material provided within the examination. (Note: The pre-seen case study is common to all three of the strategic level papers at each examination sitting i.e. Paper E3, P3 and F3).
    • Section B – 50 marks. Two questions, from a choice of three, each worth twenty five marks.
  • Pre-seen material – WHY?
    • To allow students to see how ALL the Strategic Level syllabus applies to ONE organisation/industry
    • To introduce SOME of the skills needed for T4B
  • Any questions?
  • Let’s look at the pre-seen…
  • Initial read-through
    • Skim read
    • Personalities and reporting lines
    • Organisation(s) and industry
  • Technical analysis
    • Use the pre-seen material as a learning/revision tool
    • Knowledge audit
    • Apply all your Strategic Level knowledge and experience
    • Use good old common-sense, and recognise the limitations of theory
    • Avoid “death by over-analysis”
  • Key issues
    • Brainstorming
    • Identification
    • SWOT
  • Familiarisation
    • HEALTH WARNING: DON’T SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ON THIS!
    • Classroom discussions
    • Web searches
    • Modify SWOT
  • Any questions?
  • Into the exam room…
  • Reading time activities
    • Read and analyse question requirements
    • Analyse additional scenario data
    • Match new material to requirements
    • Identify ‘gaps’ that relate to pre-seen
    • Get what you need from the pre-seen
  • Planning
    • Usual rules apply
    • Watch the verbs
    • Identify points
    • Add in a few ‘real world’ references
    • Use 90% unseen, 10% pre-seen (maximum)
  • Writing
    • Layout and presentation
    • Style of narrative
    • Depth and breadth
    • Time management
  • Review
    • Re-read requirements
    • “ Acid test”
    • Correct and/or supplement quickly
    • Move on to Section B
  • Any questions?
  • Using the Strategic Level Common Case David R Harris www.cimaguru.com