Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 2 hour lecture per week
Practical 8 x 3 hour practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Business budgeting and appraisal assignment  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6  100%
Supplementary Assessment Re-presentation of assignment using modified data  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Construct and analyse a set of financial statements

2. Describe the requirements when budgeting for businesses.

3. Identify the different techniques and resources available for budgeting.

4. Construct fully detailed farm business budgets (including financial statements).

5. Prepare an investment plan, including appraisal and selection of appropriate finance

6. Identify informational requirements of financial institutions in lending assessments.


Business budgeting, appraisal and investment are all essential aspects of management and necessary for successful business control. This module provides a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles involved in managing a business and incorporates analysing and solving business problems. In addition this module provides students with appraisal techniques essential for managers in controlling the business.

Transferable skills

.1 Independent project work
Business budgeting and appraisal assignment allows students to develop own ideas on the future direction of case study farm. This will be based on own collection of data and own analysis.

.2 IT and information handling
Case study submission is word processed.
Extensive use of spreadsheets for accounts/budget construction
Extensive data analysis using spreadsheets

.3 Use and analysis of numerical information
Preparation of farm budgets
Analysis of farm budgets

.6 Careers need awareness
Case study is based on a real life scenario which a student could be expected to encounter

.7 Self-management
The Business budgeting and appraisal assignment requires the selection and analysis of appropriate information, within a specified timescale, to allow for the development of a budget. The volume of information encountered will not see the assignment submitted within set deadlines if self management is not practised.

.8 Group activity
Farm visits are a group activity

Reading List

Barnard, C and Nix J S (1979) Farm planning and control 2nd CUP Primo search Norman and Coote The Farm Business Primo search Secrett M (1993) Mastering Spreadsheet Budget and Forecasts: A Practical Guide Primo search Throup, G Making profits with dairy cows and quota Primo search Turner, J and Taylor, M (1998) Applied farm management 2nd Blackwell Science Primo search Warren, M F (1998) Financial management for farmers 4th Blackwell Science Primo search Agra Europ Primo search CAP Monitor Primo search Farm business survey Published annually Primo search Farm incomes in the UK MAFF (published annually) Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5