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CIMA Management Case Study / Gateway – Mock Exams – August 2019 – Cruisecalm

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Mock exam synopses – August 2019 – Cruisecalm

MCS Mock Exam 1 - Synopsis

Tragedy strikes at one of Cruisecalm’s cruises. Symptoms of food poisoning are reported, and the Board contemplates what to do next. In particular, the ethical aspects of the situation are analysed. Aside from ethics, financially, Cruisecalm will have to determine passenger refunds and how transactions that yield losses or no-profit can still be commercially beneficial to the company.

The recent announcement on changes to the calculation of tax depreciation has excited the Board, who might have misconstrued the message. The requirement calls for elaborating the differences between book and tax depreciations and how the new tax changes really affect Cruisecalm. A proposal from Cheepair, a low-cost airline partner, is also evaluated.

Political risks surface in Volnar, one of the more popular ports that Cruisecalm cruises visit, and the government decides to ban cruises from travelling to the area for safety reasons. Cruisecalm decides to reroute cruises to another destination but wants to ensure that it will not face the same issues with the new place. While this decision is in the works, the value that the new port replacement brings to the cruises is financially assessed.

Three months after the above incidents, Cruisecalm’s Q1 results are analysed. The numbers and other factors are used to determine how well the Board is doing its job. The behaviour resulting from performance-related compensation is also discussed.

I would classify this mock to be moderate in difficulty.

MCS Mock Exam 2 - Synopsis

This is a challenging mock that includes a lot of evaluation of a significant amount of background information and associated reference material including financial information. Many students may find they get bogged down in the volume of information and will then find that time management becomes a challenge.

This technical evaluation of the material provided needs to be combined with knowledge of the pre-seen to do analysis and make recommendations around current internal and external issues affecting Cruisecalm.

The issues facing Crusiecalm are wide ranging and include how Crusiecalm should respond to increased competition and how Crusiecalm should use segmental reporting. You will need to show an understanding of investment appraisal techniques including MIRR and the impact of a potential takeover of a smaller company on Crusecalm earnings per share. You will need to have a good grasp of the pre-seen material and some understanding of the industry to apply your knowledge of big data. Internal issues include dealing with a potential disciplinary issues and how Cruisecalm develops KPIs and how to implement a balanced scorecard.

MCS Mock Exam 3 - Synopsis

This mock is difficult. There is a lot of unseen content to digest and time management is key. The mock looks at the strategic, financial and operational aspects of the introduction of new innovative technology.

The first section analyses an innovative new technology to address customer concerns. The funding options for this are then discussed.

The second section looks at the project management techniques required to control the new technology project as well as the factors required to build an effective project team.

The third section looks at how to motivate staff in light of redundancies and usage of the new technology. The consequent change management issues will also be discussed.

The final section discusses competitor benchmarking to improve performance and the non-cash payment options if the competitor being benchmarked against, was acquired.

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