CIMA Operational Case Study – Mock Exams – May/August 2021
No matter how well you know the theory and the pre-seen, unless you can use your knowledge in an exam situation, all of your revision is worthless!
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Mock exam synopses
OCS mock exam 1 - synopsis
In assessing potential new services it is important to consider the impact of marketing campaign options. A way to assess the impact of marketing campaigns is to use expected values, standard deviation and coefficient of variables but what do these mean and how does attitudes to risk affect the decisions on which marketing campaign to run and what are the limitations of using time series analysis to determine future sales volumes?
The finance department has a key role to play in Acellerate but in what areas can the finance function interact with the IT and marketing functions in ensuring that Acellerate meets its objectives. Furthermore what is the best approach to managing working capital for Acellerate given the nature of its business and the economic environment?
Finally as Acellerate changes it will procure new machinery and dispose of old machinery that is no longer required and how this is recorded in the financial statements needs to be considered.
OCS mock exam 2 - synopsis
There will be a need to evaluate the suitability of proposals based on our risk appetite hence pay off tables will play a pivotal role in achieving this. Given the uncertainty surrounding most of the decisions being taken, it will be prudent to make use of what-if analysis and sensitivity analysis to remain proactive and vigilant. Activity based costing will be explored and the current participative budgeting approach will also be analysed to make sure it does not produce negative behavioural impacts.
Should the strategies to increase sales be successful, mechanisms to counter any resulting cash deficits will need to be put in place. In addition, at the end of it all, success of the decisions will be evaluated using key performance indicators as well as variance analysis.
OCS mock exam 3 - synopsis
New avenues of acquiring vehicles will be explored, a particular area of interest being the leasing option along with the treatment of this in the financial statements. Acellerate will be faced with ethical dilemmas which will have to be handled in a professional manner. To preserve the time value of money, short-term investment opportunities will be considered.
The performance will be closely monitored and KPIs will form the basis of performance evaluations for all departments. Acellerate will also place emphasis on fair performance evaluations by splitting variances into planning and operational variances. Inevitably, financial considerations will make up part of the justification for the selection of options. In that regard, the appropriateness of using marginal costing when making financial decisions will be analysed.
OCS mock exam 4 - synopsis
Closing existing maintenance facilities is another route that is being explored and the impacts of this on surplus inventory and equipment needs to be considered. Additionally, the benefits of utilising a number of different business decision-making tools across the organisation are to be appraised – how can Activity Based Costing, limiting factor analysis TQM and the EOQ model be effectively leveraged to drive improved performance?
Finally, shifting focus back to the current operations of the business, there is a need to understand the causes of different variances within the maintenance function, and how this can be overcome to improve performance.
OCS mock exam 5 - synopsis
Additionally, as part of its expansion plan, it is negotiating a partnership with an electric scooter hire company. If Acellerate offers these scooters, how much should it charge?
Acellerate is also facing some potential ethical issues. It currently charges relatively high repair fees, and a competitor has come under fire in the Everland press for running a similar policy. How should Acellerate respond?
As part of its expansion plan, the company also wants to look at the impacts expansion might have on its cleaning costs. It will need to forecast these, and one way to do this is using the high-low method. How could this be done, and what might the drawbacks of this method be in this case?
The company is also thinking about its approach to budgeting. Might an imposed approach to budgeting be effective for the organisation overall? What about zero-based budgeting for the IT department? The pros and cons of these approaches will need to be weighed up and applied to the company.
Further, Acellerate is considering working with a new supplier, ElectronFix. Before they make any major deals, however, the company wants to analyse the potential supplier’s working capital position.
In the last question, Acellerate is analysing its performance. This will include variance analysis and a look at its most recent KPI figures. Further, the company is looking to implement new KPIs to gauge the success of the new services it is planning to launch.
Mock exam debrief videos
We have produced video debriefs for every one of our OCS mock exams that give you all the information you need to construct a high-quality answer. Our experienced OCS tutor analyses every question and takes you through a step-by-step guide on the best way to approach them!
By watching the debrief videos you will understand how to…
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The hour-long videos are designed to be watched after completing each mock. This allows you to assess your performance and identify how you can improve going into your remaining mocks and the final exam.
In our sample video, our OCS tutor takes you through question 1 of the mini mock. The full mini mock debrief can be accessed for free in the studyHUB.
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