TOPCIMA: From This September's Sitting, P10 Question Papers Will No Longer Contain the Full Marking Matrix. Teresa Jacobs Explains the Institute's Decision
Jacobs, Teresa, Financial Management (UK)
In response to questions and comments from TOPCIMA candidates and tutors, the CIMA panel that prepares the case studies for the exam has produced guidance on how the assessment criteria should be interpreted. In essence, it explains what you need to do to earn enough marks in each assessment criterion to pass paper P10.
From September the full version of the marking matrix will no longer appear in the exam paper. This change has been made in response to feedback indicating that the matrix needed to be overhauled to provide better guidance, which could be absorbed in preparation for the exam. Students said that they preferred to focus their reading time on the unseen material presented on the day of the exam. Therefore, in support of the guidance presented below, only a reminder of how the 100 marks are allocated across the criteria will be included in the question paper.
Teresa Jacobs is quality assurance manager at CIMA.
Guidance on mark breakdown In order to succeed in TOPCIMA you, in your role as consultant to an organisation, need to: 1 Use analytical techniques to help you analyse the issues in the unseen material with relevant reference to the pre-seen material and the industry setting as well as real-life parallels of the issues. You will also need to apply your technical knowledge. 2 Prioritise the issues and discuss the impact these may have on the organisation. You will then need to suggest a range of alternative actions that the organisation could undertake to address the issues. You will need to discuss the impact these issues may have on the organisation. In doing this, you also need to recognise any relevant ethical implications. 3 Make recommendations to whoever has commissioned your report on your choice of action for each issue from the alternative actions discussed earlier. Marks are awarded for fulfilling each of the three stages according to the criteria shown in the tables below. The pass mark is 50. 1 Analysis of issues Technical Use relevant theoretical 5 techniques and frameworks and perform relevant calculations to help you analyse the case material and support your arguments. Application Use the techniques, 15 frameworks and calculations you have produced to support your analysis of the issues and your choices of actions. Diversity Display knowledge of 5 relevant real-life situations in the same or a similar context as that in which the case is set. Also, display knowledge of real-life commercial or organisational issues relevant to the situation in the case. These may occur in the industry or organisational setting in which the case is set or in different industries or settings. 25 2 Strategic choices Focus Select the issues you feel to be the 5 most important and make sure that you properly address these issues in the report you produce. …