adds much greater value and which students will see as being a more coherent and holistic syllabus than either syllabus of the two exams that it is replacing. To confirm this line of thinking, the main section headings of the Strategic Leader syllabus are sequenced as follows: § Leadership, communication and professional ethics § Corporate governance § Strategy § Risk § Technology and data analytics § Organisational control § Finance § Innovation and change management § Professional skills Although self explanatory, each section heading comprises a comprehensive array of syllabus content so students will be required to undertake an extensive and intense period of study before being in a position to sit the Strategic Business Leader examination. The new exam is aligned to test those skills that employers are looking for, as well as introducing much greater focus on strategic thinking, business direction and problem solving. This will better prepare students for the workplace with a clear focus on the application of knowledge in a strategic context. What is Strategic Business Leader all about The Strategic Business Leader examination, when introduced, will directly replace the P1 and P3 examinations. Although the core technical syllabus content is largely drawn for these two existing Professional level papers, ACCA has taken this opportunity to refresh, restructure and re-purpose much of this content in a way that is most relevant to the strategic business leadership role.
Strategic Professional – Essentials | Strategic Business Leader 6 As a 4-hour exam with a single compulsory section, it uses an integrated case study model with a number of tasks and all requirements are to be related to the one scenario. To ensure that the tasks are realistic and that ACCA can examine the syllabus more widely, candidates may have to take on different leadership or management/consultant roles in different contexts, to demonstrate a wider set of leadership skills. The skills that are assessed tend to be more practical and analytical rather than technical or academic, and could include: § Data analysis of spreadsheets and their interpretation § Analysing visual aids such heat maps, flowcharts, process maps, etc. § Problem identification and resolution § Making supported recommendations § Drafting reports, memos, letters, articles or another form of written business communication § Drawing up some presentation slides with accompanying notes This is certainly not an exhaustive list of tasks, but provides an idea of the range of disparate information sources that might be provided in the examination paper as well as the style and types of answers required from the students. The exam will both look and feel very different to anything the student will have experienced before!
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