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CIMA Operational Case Study Mock Exams

CIMA Operational Case Study – Mock Exams – May/August 2020 – ChargeIT

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OCS Mock Exam 1 - Synopsis

The company is considering expanding its product range by beginning to manufacture beauty electricals. The first decision that needs to be made is the exact range of products that ChargeIT should make, the likely success of each possible range has been outline by a market research company – but how can charge it use this information, and how will the risk appetite of the organisation impact upon this choice?

Another key areas of focus is the company’s current costing system and in particular the board is keen to understand the appropriateness of adopting an ABC approach. With this new venture, the use of forecasting techniques and the tax implications of international trading are also under review, alongside the companies budgetary system and HR practices.

In addition to the issues that arise as a direct result of the new product range; the company also has to address concerns relating to its supply chain and the shortage of a key material. Consequently the possibility of switching of suppliers arises, but what implications are there for ChargeIT when considering the working capital management practices, as well as the cash and revenue position, of this company?

OCS Mock Exam 2 - Synopsis
Due to ChargeIT’s recent growth in staff numbers and subsequent human resource management challenges, the company is looking to implement a new automated HR system. The requirements of the system have been provided by the HR team, but decisions need to be made about whether the benefits of the system will outweigh the costs.
From a more financial perspective, another area where the company has been experiencing staff-related issues is budgeting. Complaints about ChargeIT’s existing top-down approach are coming to the forefront. Would a participative budget setting approach be better? And what about the incremental nature of the budget itself; would zero-based budgeting be advantageous for ChargeIT?
The company is also looking to expand its factory by creating a new robotic production line. The Production Director has provided estimated expenses associated with this, as well as working capital ratios from the previous and current years. How can ChargeIT use this information to better measure and manage their inventory going forward?
In addition to these issues, the influx of new employees has resulted in the performance of a new production line manager being brought to the attention of senior management. Material variances that have occurred since the manager in question took over the role have been highlighted. Should the manager be held accountable for these variances, or are they more likely to be as a result of factors outside his control?
OCS Mock Exam 3 - Synopsis

Mock 3 opens with ChargeIT deciding to invest in new equipment for its production operations. Initially, you are asked to handle the financial accounting requirements of this investment. As the mock progresses, further queries come into play in relation to measuring the performance of this investment. ChargeIT’s financial infrastructure and systems are then examined in depth (from both a financial and management accounting point of view) in the rest of the mock.

OCS Mock Exam 4 - Synopsis
Mock 4 focuses around ChargeIT’s exploitation of the robotic lawnmowers market, with you initially being asked to assess this venture from a risk point of view. Task 2 then takes on a wider management and financial accounting focus, before Task 3 focuses on governance and how ChargeIT can improve its performance in this area. Finally, budgeting and external partnerships form the basis for Task 4.
OCS Mock Exam 5 - Synopsis
Mock 5 opens with ChargeIT deciding to expand its product range further into the power tool market. Initially, you are asked to handle queries on activity based costing and break-even. As the mock progresses, you are asked about measuring the performance of this product range, as well as how accounting for the lease of new production machinery. Finally, the mock’s focus then turns to budgeting and variance analysis, as well as specific questions on receivables management in light of the new product range..
OCS Mock Exam 6 - Synopsis

Mock 6 opens with ChargeIT experiencing a decline in the sales of its principle upright vacuum ranges. Initially, you are asked to handle queries in relation to forecasting and inventory management, in relation to this trend. As the mock progresses, you are tested on the potential discontinuation of declining product ranges, before the potential development of a ChargeIT app raises further questions. Finally, the mock the mock concludes by testing your knowledge of key financial reporting standards, as well as the implications of costing a digital product for the business.

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