How is the Strategic Business Leader syllabus examined? The exams introduce work-related tasks and simulated realistic experiences, so better preparing students for situations they are likely to encounter in the workplace. It will address any current gaps in professional skills and at the same time broaden behavioural and business skills.
Strategic Professional – Essentials | Strategic Business Leader 7 TECHNICAL MARKS The marking scheme will comprise 80 marks for the correct use and application of syllabus knowledge. This is not dissimilar to the other ACCA Strategic Professional examinations in that the usual question verbs will be used with each requirement to probe the students’ knowledge and their ability to demonstrate this appropriately in the context of the case study. Obviously one major difference is that all questions will be based upon the same scenario to integrate the questions set, but this could well be an advantage to the student who will be focusing on one overall context for their tasks. However, additional information, more closely associated with each individual task, will be revealed to help the candidate with the specific context of the requirements associated with that particular task. PROFESSIONAL MARKS In addition, there will be 20 marks for professional skills and competences which permit ACCA to examine professional and behavioural skills pervasively throughout all of the case requirements. This approach allows an assessment of the student’s capabilities to demonstrate more than just their technical proficiency and to show professional skills which are deemed essential for a successful accountant and business leader in the 21 st century. These are broadly under five headings: § Communication § Commercial acumen § Analysis § Scepticism § Evaluation Each of the five main professional skills has three leadership capabilities associated with it. The examination will use these capabilities to allocate marks to each requirement as appropriate. Analysis § Investigate § Scrutinise § Consider In summary, this means the candidates have to thoroughly investigate and research information from a variety of sources and logically process it with a view to considering it for recommending appropriate action. Communication § Inform § Persuade § Clarify In summary, this means the candidates have to express themselves clearly and convincingly through the appropriate medium while being sensitive to the needs of the intended audience. Commercial acumen § Demonstrate awareness § Use judgement § Show insight In summary, this means the candidates have to show awareness of the wider business and external factors affecting business, using commercially sound judgement and insight to resolve issues and exploit opportunities. The Professional skills and capabilities are: How is the exam to be marked?
Strategic Professional – Essentials | Strategic Business Leader 8 As far as earning professional skills marks are concerned, depending on the particular skill being examined in the requirement, the examiner will be looking for that skill to be evident in how you
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- Summer '15
- Management, strategic business leader