Finance professionals need to demonstrate that they understand and can apply ethical and professional behaviour in real-world work situations. The EPSM helps you develop these practical real-world skills so you can make an impact from day one in organisations.
Just like our exams, we regularly update the module so it contains all the latest ethical, professional and digital skills needed by finance professionals today. This means there may have been new units added to the module since you completed it and received your completion certificate.
Should this be the case your completion bar may fall below 100%, but this does not impact impact your completion status and it is not compulsory for you to complete any new content added to the module. However, you will be able access this new content should you wish to keep your skills up-to-date.
The module takes approximately 15 hours to complete and you are able to access any of the module content again once completed if you wish to refresh your knowledge.
The module will also support you to exam success at Strategic Professional. We therefore recommend you complete the module towards the end of completing your Applied Skills exams and before attempting any Strategic Professional exams.
The principal of peer assessment is that students review and objectively assess the work of other students and also have their own work reviewed and assessed using consistent criteria and associated grade descriptors.
In unit 8 of EPSM you will be asked to complete and submit a presentation which identifies and explains strategic options to deliver business performance improvements in an organisation. Your presentation will be reviewed and rated by five other students and you will be required to review and assess five presentations prepared by others.
Peer assessment improves the knowledge and skills of learners since they benefit from seeing others’ work and also get feedback on their own work. Peer assessment also motivates learners to improve the effort they make with an assessment because they know it will be reviewed and assessed by their peers. A final benefit is the fairness of the assessment in that the learner is not wholly reliant on the opinion and judgement of one assessor and can be more assured that their result will be safeguarded against inconsistent marking.
You will be asked to prepare and upload your presentation to the Peer Assessment Point in Unit 8, section 8. The system will then randomly allocate you five presentations that have been completed by other students. You will need to rate each submission against three assessment criteria by selecting one of five grade descriptors. Once this has been completed and your submission has been reviewed by five peers, the system will provide you with a dashboard which notifies you of your assessment result (pass or fail). You will also receive feedback on your presentation. After the peer assessment has been successfully completed you will be able to continue with the EPSM module.
In order to complete peer assessment three things need to happen:
1. You submit your presentation
2. You peer review and rate the presentations of five peers
3. Five peers review and rate your presentation
To enable students to pass quickly through peer review it important that all students review and rate presentations in a timely manner. The process should not take longer than three days and will often be completed in a much shorter time period. If you have not received your result within three days of submitting your presentation and completing your review of five presentations, you should contact the Connect help desk who will individually investigate your submission.
If you have not been successful you will be provided with feedback and invited to resubmit your presentation. The same peer review process is then repeated with another virtual peer assessment group. The benefit of the feedback received is that you can identify where you underperformed and can work on weaker areas before resubmitting your work.
The module helps you to develop the professional skills you need to demonstrate in your Strategic Professional exams. It helps focus your thinking on real world work scenarios, developing your understanding and skills on how to approach the challenges presented. This is very similar to the approach you’ll be required to take at Strategic Professional exams.
Professional skills are specific skills that you generally acquire through work-place experience – for example team-working, communication, negotiation ability.
As a result of the changing business landscape globally, employers are looking for finance professionals to add value immediately. So to have technical knowledge, skills and abilities - combined with professional skills and qualities - will be much more in demand by employers.
There are a series of tests throughout the module and the final unit of the module is an assessment which you will need to pass. If you don’t pass first time, then you will get feedback and you can try again until you are successful - without having to pay any additional fees.
There is a one off cost for the module, with no resit fees. Once a student has paid for the module they will be able to do the assessment multiple times and have unlimited access to the module content.
To find out the cost of the module please visit our pricing page.
No, however EPSM will support your learning for Strategic Professional exams so we would still recommend that you take the EPSM if you have any of these exams yet to complete.