grades are in for FNM18

The grades came back for FNM18 – and am glad to say that I have passed !
The result, yet to be passed by the exam board, is 64%, which I’m really happy with (resulted in buying cakes for coworkers…) – its not my highest grade of the year, but it was a tough subject for me, so the extra work really paid off.

Any other students taking this module here is my advice –

  • get all the annual reports for your selected companies ahead of the exam date, make sure you have all of them. I got caught out on BP publishing a Q4 report where i had to incorporated all the figures. Get familiar with the reports – myself and a number of students found that even tho they are FTSE companies, they will use different terminology for different standard accounting terms.
  • Use FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy) at your discretion – i used it as a reference for cross checking only, not for the actual basis of the report values. You could come unstuck quite quickly if you only used FAME for the inputs. It would show in the calculations. I’d rather be slightly out on traceable values, than totally out on values I didn’t understand on how they were created.
  • For the performance management allow equal amounts of time, unless you feel really confident you know about alternate accounting methods (ABC)
  • Give yourself time for breaks/sleep during the exam weekend – I didn’t to the cost of my health, staying awake for nearly 4 days straight didn’t help crosschecking and I made some simple mistakes towards the end.
  • I was lucky enough to get a 48 hour extension due to various factors – let the teachers/course admin know ASAP if you think your aren’t going to submit in time, there is always a possibility you will get an extension – for me that is worth an extra 14% points above the 50% I would of got for being a day late without the extension request.

UPDATE!!

Its been a while – but heres the news !
Marketing – erm, have to see what the exam board say about my results…
International Strategic Management – Got my proposal thru the initial phases. I’ve actually managed to find something in the public domain I can discuss about my employer \o/
I’m waiting on my grades for Accounting & Performance Management. If your a Student of Brighton Uni MBA and thinking of doing this module, take advantage of the prep-time ! I was end-to-end with so little sleep to complete this, in the end i obtained an extension for 24 hours because I had a number of interruptions to during the weekend.
I was really amazed at how much I enjoyed Accounting & Performance Management. Working out different costing methods for Performance Management was really an eye opener. Using the annual reports for the financial analysis was really tough, but I was really happy I could get all the results out the actual reports – I couldn’t coorelate the values from Financial Analysis Made Easy (FAME) to what were in the reports, so I just stuck to the values in the reports. As much as I’m a person that says I’d like a Merit or a Distnction grade, I will be really happy with a Pass on that module.
We have had a big break from lectures but we restart again on Monday with the amazing Leu Perring. Its our penultimate lesson, but I have thorughly enjoyed every single one. It is one paper I am actually feeling very excited about writing, rather than just having to complete to make it thru the MBA.