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1. Performance Management Syllabus rationale(F5) This is a narrative explaining how the syllabus is structured and how the main capabilities are linked.June & December 2013 The rationale also explains in further detail what the examination intends to assess and why.This syllabus and study guide is designed to helpwith planning study and to provide detailed Detailed syllabusinformation on what could be assessed inany examination session. This shows the breakdown of the main capabilities (sections) of the syllabus into subject areas. This isTHE STRUCTURE OF THE SYLLABUS AND the blueprint for the detailed study guide.STUDY GUIDE Approach to examining the syllabusRelational diagram of paper with other papers This section briefly explains the structure of theThis diagram shows direct and indirect links examination and how it is assessed.between this paper and other papers preceding orfollowing it. Some papers are directly underpinned Study Guideby other papers such as Advanced PerformanceManagement by Performance Management. These This is the main document that students, tuitionlinks are shown as solid line arrows. Other papers providers and publishers should use as the basis ofonly have indirect relationships with each other their studies, instruction and materials.such as links existing between the accounting and Examinations will be based on the detail of theauditing papers. The links between these are shown study guide which comprehensively identifies whatas dotted line arrows. This diagram indicates where could be assessed in any examination session.you are expected to have underpinning knowledge The study guide is a precise reflection andand where it would be useful to review previous breakdown of the syllabus. It is divided into sectionslearning before undertaking study. based on the main capabilities identified in the syllabus. These sections are divided into subjectOverall aim of the syllabus areas which relate to the sub-capabilities included in the detailed syllabus. Subject areas are brokenThis explains briefly the overall objective of the down into sub-headings which describe the detailedpaper and indicates in the broadest sense the outcomes that could be assessed in examinations.capabilities to be developed within the paper. These outcomes are described using verbs indicating what exams may require students toMain capabilities demonstrate, and the broad intellectual level at which these may need to be demonstratedThis paper’s aim is broken down into several main (*see intellectual levels below).capabilities which divide the syllabus and studyguide into discrete sections. Learning MaterialsRelational diagram of the main capabilities ACCAs Approved Learning Partner - content (ALP- c) is the programme through which ACCA approvesThis diagram illustrates the flows and links between learning materials from high quality contentthe main capabilities (sections) of the syllabus and providers designed to support study towards ACCA’sshould be used as an aid to planning teaching and qualifications.learning in a structured way. ACCA has one Platinum Approved Learning Partner content which is BPP Learning Media. In addition, there are a number of Gold Approved Learning Partners - content. 1 © ACCA 2013 All rights reserved.
For information about ACCAs Each subject area in the detailed study guide Approved Learning Partners - content, please go included in this document is given a 1, 2, or ACCAs Content Provider Directory. 3 superscript, denoting intellectual level, marked at the end of each relevant line. This gives an The Directory also lists materials by Subscribers, indication of the intellectual depth at which an area these materials have not been quality assured by could be assessed within the examination. However, ACCA but may be helpful if used in conjunction with while level 1 broadly equates with the Knowledge approved learning materials. You will also module, level 2 equates to the Skills module and find details of Examiner suggested Additional level 3 to the Professional level, some lower level Reading which may be a useful supplement to skills can continue to be assessed as the student approved learning materials. progresses through each module and level. This reflects that at each stage of study there will be a requirement to broaden, as well as deepen ACCAs Content Provider Directory can be found capabilities. It is also possible that occasionally here– some higher level capabilities may be assessed at http://www.accaglobal.com/learningproviders/alpc/c lower levels. ontent_provider_directory/search/. LEARNING HOURS AND EDUCATION Relevant articles will also be published in Student RECOGNITION Accountant. The ACCA qualification does not prescribe or A basic level of numeracy will help you achieve this recommend any particular number of learning hours exam. If you require further support with your for examinations because study and learning numeracy skills you may find ACCA’s self-check patterns and styles vary greatly between people and modules helpful. They are free to use and available organisations. This also recognises the wide via the ACCA website: diversity of personal, professional and educational http://studentvirtuallearn.accaglobal.com/). circumstances in which ACCA students find themselves. The self-check modules includes two maths tests and As a member of the International Federation of five interactive maths learning modules, helping you Accountants, ACCA seeks to enhance the education improve your numeracy skills. recognition of its qualification on both national and international education frameworks, and with INTELLECTUAL LEVELS educational authorities and partners globally. In doing so, ACCA aims to ensure that its qualifications The syllabus is designed to progressively broaden are recognized and valued by governments, and deepen the knowledge, skills and professional regulatory authorities and employers across all values demonstrated by the student on their way sectors. To this end, ACCA qualifications are through the qualification. currently recognized on the education frameworks in several countries. Please refer to your national The specific capabilities within the detailed education framework regulator for further syllabuses and study guides are assessed at one of information. three intellectual or cognitive levels: Each syllabus contains between 23 and 35 main Level 1: Knowledge and comprehension subject area headings depending on the nature of Level 2: Application and analysis the subject and how these areas have been broken Level 3: Synthesis and evaluation down. Very broadly, these intellectual levels relate to the GUIDE TO EXAM STRUCTURE three cognitive levels at which the Knowledge module, the Skills module and the Professional level The structure of examinations varies within and are assessed. between modules and levels.2 © ACCA 2013 All rights reserved.
The Fundamentals level examinations contain Options papers will offer a choice of two from three100% compulsory questions to encourage questions, with each question attracting 20 marks.candidates to study across the breadth of eachsyllabus. All Professional level exams contain four professional marks.The Knowledge module is assessed by equivalenttwo-hour paper based and computer based The pass mark for all ACCA Qualificationexaminations. examination papers is 50%.The Skills module examinations are all paper basedthree-hour papers. The structure of papers variesfrom ten questions in the Corporate and BusinessLaw (F4) paper to four 25 mark questions in GUIDE TO EXAMINATION ASSESSMENTFinancial Management (F9). Individual questionswithin all Skills module papers will attract between ACCA reserves the right to examine anything10 and 30 marks. contained within the study guide at any examination session. This includes knowledge, techniques,The Professional level papers are all three-hour principles, theories, and concepts as specified.paper based examinations, all containing twosections. Section A is compulsory, but there will be For the financial accounting, audit and assurance,some choice offered in Section B. law and tax papers except where indicated otherwise, ACCA will publish examinableFor all three hour examination papers, ACCA has documents once a year to indicate exactlyintroduced 15 minutes reading and planning time. what regulations and legislation could potentially be assessed within identified examination sessions..This additional time is allowed at the beginning ofeach three-hour examination to allow candidates to For paper based examinations regulation issued orread the questions and to begin planning their legislation passed on or before 30th Septemberanswers before they start writing in their answer annually, will be assessed from June 1st of thebooks. This time should be used to ensure that all following year to May 31st of the year after. .the information and exam requirements are properly Please refer to the examinable documents for theread and understood. paper (where relevant) for further information.During reading and planning time candidates may Regulation issued or legislation passed inonly annotate their question paper. They may not accordance with the above dates may bewrite anything in their answer booklets until told to examinable even if the effective date is in the future.do so by the invigilator. The term issued or passed relates to whenThe Essentials module papers all have a Section A regulation or legislation has been formally approved.containing a major case study question with allrequirements totalling 50 marks relating to this The term effective relates to when regulation orcase. Section B gives students a choice of two from legislation must be applied to an entity transactionsthree 25 mark questions. and business practices.Section A of both the P4 and P5 Options papers The study guide offers more detailed guidance oncontain one 50 mark compulsory question, and the depth and level at which the examinableSection B will offer a choice of two from three documents will be examined. The study guidequestions each worth 25 marks each. should therefore be read in conjunction with the examinable documents list.Section A of each of the P6 and P7 Options paperscontains 60 compulsory marks from two questions;question 1 attracting 35 marks, and question 2attracting 25 marks. Section B of both these 3 © ACCA 2013 All rights reserved.
Syllabus A Explain and apply cost accounting techniques APM (P5) B Select and appropriately apply decision-making techniques to facilitate business decisions and promote efficient and effective use of scarce business resources, PM (F5) appreciating the risks and uncertainty inherent in business and controlling those risks C Identify and apply appropriate budgeting F2/FMA techniques and methods for planning and control AIM D Use standard costing systems to measure and control business performance and to To develop knowledge and skills in the application identify remedial action of management accounting techniques to quantitative and qualitative information for planning, E Identify and discuss performance decision-making, performance evaluation, and management information systems and control assess the performance of a business from both a financial and non-financial viewpoint, appreciating the problems of controlling divisionalised businesses and the importance of allowing for external aspects MAIN CAPABILITIES On successful completion of this paper, candidates should be able to: RELATIONAL DIAGRAM OF MAIN CAPABILITIES Specialist cost and management accounting techniques (A) Decision-making techniques (B) Performance management systems, measurement and control (E) Budgeting (C) Standard costing and variance analysis (D)4 © ACCA 2013 All rights reserved.
RATIONALE management. Accountants should also appreciate the difficulties in assessing performance inThe syllabus for Paper F5, Performance divisionalised businesses and the problems causedManagement, builds on the knowledge gained in by failing to consider external influences onPaper F2, Management Accounting. It also prepares performance. This section leads directly to Papercandidates for more specialist capabilities which are P5.covered in P5 Advanced Performance Management. All of the subject areas covered in this syllabusThe syllabus begins by introducing more specialised could be examined in either a public sector ormanagement accounting topics. There is some private sector context.knowledge assumed from Paper F2 – primarilyoverhead treatments. The objective here is toensure candidates have a broader background inmanagement accounting techniques.The syllabus then considers decision-making.Candidates need to appreciate the problemssurrounding scarce resource, pricing andmake-or-buy decisions, and how this relates to theassessment of performance. Risk and uncertaintyare a factor of real-life decisions and candidatesneed to understand risk and be able to apply somebasic methods to help resolve the risks inherent indecision-making.Budgeting is an important aspect of manyaccountants’ lives. The syllabus explores differentbudgeting techniques and the problems inherent inthem. The behavioural aspects of budgeting areimportant for accountants to understand, and thesyllabus includes consideration of the wayindividuals react to a budget. The preparation offixed, flexible and incremental budgets is assumedknowledge from F2.Standard costing and variances are then built on.All the variances examined in Paper F2 areassumed knowledge in F5. Mix and yield variances,and planning and operational variances are exploredhere and the link is made to performancemanagement. It is important for accountants to beable to interpret the numbers that they calculateand ask what they mean in the context ofperformance.The syllabus concludes with performancemanagement systems, measurement and control.This is a major area of the syllabus. Accountantsneed to understand how a business should bemanaged and controlled and how informationsystems can be used to facilitate this. They shouldappreciate the importance of both financial andnon-financial performance measures in 5 © ACCA 2013 All rights reserved.
DETAILED SYLLABUS E Performance management systems, measurements and control A Specialist cost and management accounting techniques 1. Performance management information systems 1. Activity-based costing 2. Sources of management information 2. Target costing 3. Management reports 3. Life-cycle costing 4. The scope of performance measurement 4. Throughput accounting 5. Divisional performance and transfer pricing 5. Environmental accounting 6. Performance analysis in not-for-profit B Decision-making techniques organisations and the public sector 1. Relevant cost analysis 7. External considerations and behavioural aspects 2. Cost volume analysis 3. Limiting factors 4. Pricing decisions 5. Make-or-buy and other short-term decisions APPROACH TO EXAMINING THE SYLLABUS 6. Dealing with risk and uncertainty in decision- Paper F5, Performance Management, seeks to making examine candidates’ understanding of how to manage the performance of a business. C Budgeting The paper builds on the knowledge acquired in 1 Budgetary systems Paper F2, Management Accounting, and prepares those candidates who choose to study Paper P5, 2. Types of budget Advanced Performance Management, at the Professional level 3. Quantitative analysis in budgeting The syllabus is assessed by a three-hour paper- 4. Behavioural aspects of budgeting based examination. D Standard costing and variances analysis The examination will contain five compulsory 20- mark questions. There will be calculation and 1. Budgeting and standard costing discursive elements to the paper with the balance being broadly in line with the pilot paper. The pilot 2. Mix and yield variances paper contains questions from four of the five syllabus sections. Generally, the paper will seek to 3. Planning and operational variances draw questions from as many of the syllabus sections as possible. 4. Behavioural aspects of standard costing6 © ACCA 2013 All rights reserved.
Study Guide b) Describe the different methods a business may use to account for its environmental costs. A SPECIALIST COST AND MANAGEMENT B DECISION-MAKING TECHNIQUES ACCOUNTING TECHNIQUES 1 Relevant cost analysis1. Activity based costing a) Explain the concept of relevant costing..a) Identify appropriate cost drivers under ABC. b) Identify and calculate relevant costs for ab) Calculate costs per driver and per unit using specific decision situations from given data. ABC. c) Explain and apply the concept of opportunityc) Compare ABC and traditional methods of costs. overhead absorption based on production units, labour hours or machine hours. 2. Cost volume profit analysis2. Target costing a) Explain the nature of CVP analysis.a) Derive a target cost in manufacturing and b) Calculate and interpret break even point and service industries. margin of safety.b) Explain the difficulties of using target costing in c) Calculate the contribution to sales ratio, in service industries. single and multi-product situations, and demonstrate an understanding of its use..c) Suggest how a target cost gap might be closed. d) Calculate target profit or revenue in single and multi-product situations, and demonstrate an3. Life-cycle costing understanding of its use.a) Identify the costs involved at different stages of e) Prepare break even charts and profit volume the life-cycle. charts and interpret the information contained within each, including multi-productb) Derive a life cycle cost in manufacturing and situations. service industries. f) Discuss the limitations of CVP analysis forc) Identify the benefits of life cycle costing. planning and decision making.4. Throughput accounting 3. Limiting factorsa) Calculate and interpret a throughput a) Identify limiting factors in a scarce resource accounting ratio (TPAR). situation and select an appropriate technique.b) Suggest how a TPAR could be improved. b) Determine the optimal production plan where an organisation is restricted by a single limitingc) Apply throughput accounting to a multi-product factor, including within the context of “make” decision-making problem. or “buy” decisions..5. Environmental accounting c) Formulate and solve multiple scarce resource problem both graphically and usinga) Discuss the issues business face in the simultaneous equations as appropriate. management of environmental costs. 7 © ACCA 2013 All rights reserved.
d) Explain and calculate shadow prices (dual b) Calculate and compare “make” costs with prices) and discuss their implications on “buy-in” costs. decision-making and performance management.  c) Compare in-house costs and outsource costs of completing tasks and consider other issues e) Calculate slack and explain the implications of surrounding this decision. the existence of slack for decision-making and performance management. d) Apply relevant costing principles in situations (Excluding simplex and sensitivity to changes involving shut down, one-off contracts and the in objective functions) further processing of joint products. 4. Pricing decisions 6. Dealing with risk and uncertainty in decision- making a) Explain the factors that influence the pricing of a product or service. a) Suggest research techniques to reduce uncertainty e.g. Focus groups, market b) Explain the price elasticity of demand. research. c) Derive and manipulate a straight line demand b) Explain the use of simulation, expected values equation. Derive an equation for the total cost and sensitivity. function(including volume-based discounts). c) Apply expected values and sensitivity to d) Calculate the optimum selling price and decision-making problems. quantity for an organisation, equating marginal cost and marginal revenue d) Apply the techniques of maximax, maximin, and minimax regret to decision-making e) Evaluate a decision to increase production and problems including the production of profit sales levels, considering incremental costs, tables. incremental revenues and other factors. e) Draw a decision tree and use it to solve a f) Determine prices and output levels for profit multi-stage decision problem maximisation using the demand based approach to pricing (both tabular and algebraic f) Calculate the value of perfect and imperfect methods) . information.  g) Explain different price strategies, including: C BUDGETING i) All forms of cost-plus ii) Skimming 1. Budgetary systems iii) Penetration iv) Complementary product a) Explain how budgetary systems fit within the v) Product-line performance hierarchy. vi) Volume discounting vii) Discrimination b) Select and explain appropriate budgetary viii) Relevant cost systems for an organisation, including top- down, bottom-up, rolling, zero-base, activity- h) Calculate a price from a given strategy using base, incremental and feed-forward control. cost-plus and relevant cost. c) Describe the information used in budget 5. Make-or-buy and other short-term decisions systems and the sources of the information needed. a) Explain the issues surrounding make vs. buy and outsourcing decisions. d) Explain the difficulties of changing a budgetary system.8 © ACCA 2013 All rights reserved.
e) Explain how budget systems can deal with b) Outline the methods used to derive standard uncertainty in the environment. costs and discuss the different types of cost possible.2. Types of Budget c) Explain and illustrate the importance of flexinga) Prepare rolling budgets and activity budgets in performance management. based budgets. d) Explain and apply the principle ofb) Indicate the usefulness and problems with controllability in the performance management different budget types (including fixed, flexible, system. zero-based, activity- based, incremental, rolling, top-down, bottom up, master, 2. Material mix and yield variances functional). a) Calculate, identify the cause of, and explainc) Explain the difficulties of changing the type of material mix and yield variances. budget used. b) Explain the wider issues involved in changing3. Quantitative analysis in budgeting material mix e.g. cost, quality and performance measurement issues.a) Analyse fixed and variable cost elements from total cost data using high/low method. c) Identify and explain the relationship of the material usage variance with the material mixb) Estimate the learning effect and apply the and yield variances. learning curve to a budgetary problem, including calculations on steady states  d) Suggest and justify alternative methods of controlling production processes.c) Discuss the reservations with the learning curve. 3. Sales mix and quantity variancesd) Apply expected values and explain the a) Calculate, identify the cause of, and explain problems and benefits. sales mix and quantity variances.e) Explain the benefits and dangers inherent in b) Identify and explain the relationship of the using spreadsheets in budgeting.  sales volume variances with the sales mix and quantity variances.4. Behavioural aspects of budgeting 4. Planning and operational variancesa) Identify the factors which influence behaviour. a) Calculate a revised budget.b) Discuss the issues surrounding setting the b) Identify and explain those factors that could difficulty level for a budget. and could not be allowed to revise an original budget.c) Explain the benefits and difficulties of the participation of employees in the negotiation of c) Calculate, identify the cause of and explain targets. planning and operational variances for: i) sales, including market size and marketD STANDARD COSTING AND VARIANCES share; ANALYSIS ii) materials; iii) labour, including the effect of the learning1. Budgeting and standard costing curve.a) Explain the use of standard costs. 9 © ACCA 2013 All rights reserved.
d) Explain and discuss the manipulation issues d) Identify and discuss the indirect costs of involved in revising budgets. producing information. 6. Behavioural aspects of standard costing e) Discuss the limitations of using externally generated information. a) Describe the dysfunctional nature of some variances in the modern environment of JIT 3. Management reports and TQM. a) Discuss the principal controls required in b) Discuss the behavioural problems resulting generating and distributing internal from using standard costs in rapidly changing information. environments. b) Discuss the procedures that may be necessary c) Discuss the effect that variances have on staff to ensure security of highly confidential motivation and action. information that is not for external consumption. E PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, MEASUREMENTS AND CONTROL 4. The scope of performance measurement a) Describe, calculate and interpret financial 1. Performance management information systems performance indicators (FPIs) for profitability, liquidity and risk in both manufacturing and a) Identify the accounting information service businesses. Suggest methods to requirements and describe the different types improve these measures. of information systems used for strategic planning, management control and operational b) Describe, calculate and interpret non-financial control and decision-making.  performance indicators (NFPIs) and suggest method to improve the performance b) Define and identify the main characteristics of indicated. transaction processing systems; management information systems; executive information c) Explain the causes and problems created by systems; and enterprise resource planning short-termism and financial manipulation of systems. results and suggest methods to encourage a long term view. c) Define and discuss the merits of, and potential problems with, open and closed systems with d) Explain and interpret the Balanced regard to the needs of performance Scorecard, and the Building Block model management.  proposed by Fitzgerald and Moon. 2. Sources of management information e) Discuss the difficulties of target setting in qualitative areas. a) Identify the principal internal and external sources of management accounting 5. Divisional performance and transfer pricing information.  a) Explain and illustrate the basis for setting a b) Demonstrate how these principal sources of transfer price using variable cost, full cost and management information might be used for the principles behind allowing for intermediate control purposes.  markets. c) Identify and discuss the direct data capture b) Explain how transfer prices can distort the and process costs of management accounting performance assessment of divisions and information.  decisions made.10 © ACCA 2013 All rights reserved.
c) Explain the meaning of, and calculate, Return on Investment (ROI) and Residual Income (RI), and discuss their shortcomings.d) Compare divisional performance and recognise the problems of doing so.6. Performance analysis in not for profit organisations and the public sectora) Comment on the problems of having non- quantifiable objectives in performance management.b) Explain how performance could be measured in this sector.c) Comment on the problems of having multiple objectives in this sector.d) Outline Value for Money (VFM) as a public sector objective.7. External considerations and behavioural aspectsa) Explain the need to allow for external considerations in performance management, including stakeholders, market conditions and allowance for competitors.b) Suggest ways in which external considerations could be allowed for in performance management.c) Interpret performance in the light of external considerations.d) Identify and explain the behaviour aspects of performance management  11 © ACCA 2013 All rights reserved.
SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO F5 regulatory and advisory bodies and learning providers. ACCA periodically reviews its qualification syllabuses so that they fully meet the needs of The changes to the syllabus are detailed below. stakeholders such as employers, students, Table 1 – Additions to F5 Section and subject area Syllabus content C3(a) Types of budget Prepare rolling budgets and activity based budgets E 1 Performance management information systems a) Identify the accounting information requirements and describe the different types of information systems used for strategic planning, management control and operational control and decision-making. b) Define and identify the main characteristics of transaction processing systems; management information systems; executive information systems; and enterprise resource planning systems. c) Define and discuss the merits of, and potential problems with, open and closed systems with regard to the needs of performance management. E 2 Sources of management information a) Identify the principal internal and external sources of management accounting information. b) Demonstrate how these principal sources of management information might be used for control purposes. c) Identify and discuss the direct data capture and process costs of management accounting information. (d) Identify and discuss the indirect costs of producing information. e) Discuss the limitations of using externally generated information. E 3 Management reports a) Discuss the principal controls required in generating and distributing internal information. b) Discuss the procedures that may be necessary to ensure security of highly confidential information that is not for external consumption. The following has been clarified: c) Explain and illustrate the importance of flexing D 1 Budgeting and standard costing budgets in performance management12 © ACCA 2013 All rights reserved.
Table 2 – deletion from F5The following have been removed from the syllabus as it will be assumed knowledge from F2 syllabusSection and subject area Syllabus contentC1 Objectives a) Outline the objectives of a budgetary control system. b) Explain how corporate and divisional objectives may differ and can be reconciled. c) Identify and resolve conflicting objectives and explain implications.C4 quantitative analysis in budgeting b) Explain the use of forecasting techniques, including time series, simple average growth models and estimates based on judgement and experience. Predict a future value from provided time series analysis data using both additive and proportional data. D1 budgeting and standard costing d) Prepare budgets and standards that allow for waste and idle time.D2 basic variances and operating statements a) Calculate, identify the cause of and interpret basic variances:  i) Sales price and volume ii) Materials total, price and usage iii) Labour total, rate and efficiency iv) Variable overhead total, expenditure and efficiency v) Fixed overhead total, expenditure and, where appropriate, volume, capacity and efficiency. b) Explain the effect on labour variances where the learning curve has been used in the budget process. c) Produce full operating statements in both a marginal cost and full absorption costing environment, reconciling actual profit to budgeted profit. d) Calculate the effect of idle time and waste on variances including where idle time has been budgeted for. e) Explain the possible causes of idle time and waste and suggest methods of control. f) Calculate, using a simple situation, ABC-based variances. g) Explain the different methods available for deciding whether or not too investigate a variance cause. 13 © ACCA 2013 All rights reserved.
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