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University of Madras - Institute of Distance Education - Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - Commerce

Course Title

MPhil Commerce

Course Duration

The course of study shall extend over a period of two academic years commencing from 1st September. The examination for Part I shall be taken in the month of August of the next year and Part II - Dissertation at the end of the second year.

Eligibility Criteria / Entry Requirements

a) Candidate who have qualified for any of the following Post-Graduate Degrees prior to 1st January 1991, subject to such conditions as may be prescribed therefor shall be eligible to register for the Degree of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) and undergo the prescribed course of study in an approved Institution or Department of the University.
Master's degree in Arts (or) Master's Degree in Science in the Faculty of Science (or) Master's Degree in Basic Sciences including Material Science offered for the Degree of Master of Science in Applied Sciences under the Faculty of Engineering (or) Master's Degree in Commerce (or) Master's Degree in Education (or) Master's Degree in Business Administration of this University (or) of any other University recognised by the Syndicate as equivalent thereto.

(b) Candidates who have qualified for any one of the Post-Graduate Degrees mentioned in Regulation 1(a) supra on or after 1st January 1991, shall be required to have obtained a minimum of 55% of marks in their respective Post-Graduate Degrees to become eligible to register for the Degree of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) and undergo the prescribed course of study in approved Institution or Department of the University.

(c) Teacher candidates working in affiliated Colleges or in Departments of the University or in Polytechnics approved by the Department of Technical Education or in approved Higher Secondary Schools as well as High Schools under the State Board or Central Board or Education Instructors of the Indian Armed Forces who possess the qualifications prescribed in Regulation 1 supra, shall be eligible to register for the Degree of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) and undergo the prescribed course of study in an approved Institution or Department of this University.

(d) Concession of 5% marks for SC/ST.

(e) Candidates who have qualified for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or B.Sc., (Honours) or B.Com (Honours) under the Old Regulations of this University or any other University recognised by the Syndicate as equivalent thereto may also be permitted to register for the M.Phil.Degree.

Course of Study

The course of study for the degree shall consist of (a) Part I comprising three written papers according to the syllabi duly approved by the Chairman of the Board of Studies concerned from time to time; and (b) Part II - Dissertation.
Part I shall consist of Paper 1- Research Methodology, Paper 2 - An advanced paper in the main subject and Paper 3 - which shall be a back-ground paper relating to the proposed dissertation conducted internally by the College/Department.
Provided that candidates admitted under inter-disciplinary basis shall be required to take Paper 1 - Research Methodology and Paper 2 - An advanced paper in the main subject and Paper 3 - which shall be an inter-disciplinary paper relating to the proposed dissertation, conducted internally by the College/Department. The syllabus for the inter-disciplinary paper shall be approved by the Chairman of the respective Board of Studies.

Scheme of Examination

Part 1 - Written Examinations - Papers 1, 2 and 3
Part II - Dissertation

Part 1 - Written Examinations - Papers 1, 2 and 3

The examinations for Papers 1, 2 and 3 shall be held in the month of August of the following year.
The duration for each paper shall be 3 hours carrying 100 marks each.
The question paper setters shall be appointed from the standing list of examiners submitted by the respective Chairman of the Board of Studies.
The written papers shall be valued by one internal and one external examiner.
The examiners shall be appointed from the panel of four names for each paper submitted by the respective Heads of Departments in consultation with the supervisor.
If both the examiners have awarded fail marks, irrespective of any difference, the candidates shall be declared to have failed in the written paper.
If the both the examiners have given pass marks, candidates shall be declared to have passed in the written paper irrespective of the difference taking the average of the two valuations.
If one examiner gives pass marks and the other examiner gives fail marks, the written paper may be referred to a third examiner irrespective of the difference and the third valuation shall be final.

Part II - Dissertation

The exact title of the dissertation shall be intimated within one month after the completion of the written examination.(i.e. at the end of the First year) Candidates shall submit the dissertation to the University through the Supervisor and Head of the Department / Principal before the end of the second year.The Dissertation shall be valued by the internal examiner (Supervisor) and one external examiner appointed by the University from a panel of four names sent by the supervisor through the Head of the Department / Principal at the time of intimating the title of the dissertation.
The examiners who value the dissertation shall report on the merit of the candidate as 'Highly commended' or 'Commended' or 'Not commended'.
If one examiner commends the dissertation and the other examiner does not commend, the dissertation may be referred to a third examiner and the third valuation shall be final.
Re-submission of dissertation shall be done before 30th October.

Passing Minimum

i) A candidate shall be declared to have passed Part 1 of the examination if he/she secures not less than 50% of the marks in each paper, including Paper 3 for which examinations are conducted internally.
ii) A candidate shall be declared to have passed Part II of the examination if his/her dissertation is Commended / Highly Commended.
iii) All other candidates shall be declared to have failed in the Examinations.
RANGE OF DISSERTATION MARKS
Not Commended - 49% and below, Commended - 50% to 69% Highly Commended - 70 % and above.

Restriction in number of chances

No candidate shall be permitted to re-appear for the written examination in any paper on more than two occasions or to re-submit a dissertation more than once. Candidates shall have to qualify for the degree passing all the written papers, dissertation within a period of three years from the date of commencement of the course.

Conferment of degree

i) No candidate shall be eligible for conferment of the M.Phil Degree unless he/she is declared to have passed both the parts of the examination as per the Regulations.
ii) Candidates who have qualified for Post M.A., Diploma in Economics or the Post M.S., Diploma in Physics, Botany, or Zoology of this University may register with the University for Part II of the M.Phil course concerned to work under an approved guide. They shall be exempted from the written papers of the M.Phil degree examination but shall be required to submit a dissertation. Candidates declared successful in the dissertation shall be declared to have qualified for the M.Phil Degree. However, candidates who have qualified for the Post M.A., Diploma in Economics or the Post M.Sc., Diploma in Physics, Botany or Zoology of this University and have submitted a dissertation as part of the scheme of examination taken by them for the above Diploma may be considered on par with the M.Phil Degree.

Qualification for persons conducting the M.Phil Course

No teacher shall be recognised as a Supervisor unless he/she possesses a Ph.D., Degree or two years of Post-Graduate teaching experience after qualifying for M.Phil or M.Litt.
Teachers qualified for M.Phil Degree are eligible to guide the M.Phil Programme irrespective of the fact whether they have taken Methodology paper for their M.Phil examination or not.
Only the Post-Graduate departments of affiliated Colleges and Departments of the University will be recognised for conducting the M.Phil course, provided however, the Syndicate shall have the power to decide any other Institution of Higher Learning / Research within the University area for conducting the M.Phil course on merits.

Entrance Examination Syllabus & Model Paper

Unit-I

Management, Planning and Decision Making: Basic concepts and principles of Management, planning and management-their relationship to other managerial functions-Types of plans and decisions. Implementation of plans and decision. Directing and Leading: Basic concepts and techniques. Communication, motivation and leadership-processes and approaches. The concept, principles and applications of organizational behaviour. Control and coordination: Basic concepts, elements, processes and techniques of control and co-ordination.

Unit-II

Marketing-Modern approach type of Marketing-products, marking securities marketing, services marketing etc.-commodity exchange and regulated markets-organized and unorganized marketing sector-marketing segmentation and targeting-marketing environment in the developing countries. Marketing finance-sources-sale on open account-bank credit, factor accounts receivable financing-alternative methods-financing or internal marketing and external marketing-drawback in marketing finance-role of Exim bank, Insurance companies and other institutions in marketing finance, RTPs and UFTP as per MRTP Act-Consumer Protection Act-Marketing Ethics. Marketing research and information system-sources and importance of marketing information-nature and scope of marketing research-market research vs. Market survey-factors governing maket research technique and designs-areas of research-planning and formulating research problems-methods of collection of data-analysis-report-marketing information system as an effective tool of sales promotion-marketing audit.

Unit-III

Nature and scope of Management Accounting - Objectives - Functions - Utility - role of the Management Accountant. Financial Statement Analysis - Ratios, Fund Flow, Cash Flow analysis. (Theory). Sources of long term and short term finance - Lease Financing - Cost of capital - Computation of different sources of finance and weighted average and marginal cost of capital. (Theory). Budgets and budgetary control - functional budget (including responsibility budgets) leading to preparation of market budget - fixed and flexible budgeting - performance budgeting - zero based budgetting reporting on performance at difference levels. (Theory)

Unit-IV

Cost classification and analysis - Cost concepts in decision making - relevant cost - differential cost - incremental cost and opportunity cost. Marginal costing - distinction between marginal costing and absorption costing - Break-even analysis - cost - volume - profit analysis - break-even charts - contribution margin and various decision making problem like make or buy, shut down or continue, expand or contract, pricing decisions in special circumstances, Product decisions. (Theory only) Cost control as distinct from cost determination, control over wastages, scrap, spoilages and defectives. Management control - responsibility accounting - cost, profit and investment centers, problems on transfer pricing using the contribution approach. (Theory only)

Unit-V

An overview of financial services - economic environment - macro economic aggregates and policies - financial services and economic environment legal and regulatory framework - securities contracts (Regulations) Act financial instituions - other players in financial services sector - an overview of financial markets - capital markets and capital market instruments - money market and money market instruments - government securities market - foreign exchange market - international financial markets derivative securities - introduction to swaps. Factoring - introduction and features - legal aspects - cost of factoring - recent development in the Indian context - factoring Vs. bill discounting - consumer finance - credit cards - financing schemes for consumer durables. Venture capital - concept and characteristics - evaluation of new project ideas and technology venture capital scheme and guidelines - infrastructure financing - tax and legal aspects - entrepreneur profiles - mutual funds - credit rating CRISIL - ICRA. New issues market and stock exchange - role of new issues market in Industrial financing - Floating of new issues - organization and function of stock exchange in India - Trading in stock exchange - listing of securities - regulations and control of stock exchanges in India - OTC exchange of India.

Model Question Paper for Entrance Examination

Time: 3 Hours Max.Marks: 50

Section - A

Answer any Five questions (5x4=20 Marks)

All questions carry marks. Answers to each question should not exceed 200 words.

1. (a) What are the essential tasks of managment? In your opinion, which of them is more important and why?

Or

(b) What are the different approaches to leadership? Distinguish between
leadership,domination and headship.

2. (a) Briefly explain the various marketing functions.

or

(b) What are the reasons of selling industrial goods directly to industrial users?

3. (a) State and explain the relevance of Current Ratio, Stock Turnover Ratio and E.B.I.T
from the investor's point of view.

or

(b) Enumerate different Budgets that are included in Master Budget.

4. (a) What is meant by Break Even Analysis? Explain the practical untility of Break Even
Analysis.

or

(b) Describe briefly the various methods of Costing with suitable exampels.

5. (a) What are the principal components of a financial system? State their inter-relationship
diagrammatically.

or

(b) Explain the various financing schemes of consumer durables.

6. (a) What economic functions are performed by a well-ordered stock market?

or

(b) What are the salient features of the gilt-edged security market in India?

7. (a) Discuss the various types of staff authority. State their advantages and disadvantages.

or

(b) What do you understand by the term `Policy'? How does it differ from `Procedure'?

8. (a) State the reasons for the importances of Cost of Capital

or

(b) What is Performance Budget Analysis and state the rational behind Performance
Budget Analysis.

Section - B

Answer any Three questions (3x10=30 Marks)

All questions carry equal marks. Answers to each question should not exceed 800 words.

9. (a) What do you mean by human needs? Explain the classification and hierarchy of
need as given by Maslow.

or

(b) What are the main features of organisation behaviour and how does it differ from
organisational theory and behavioural science?

10. (a) Enumerate various marketing environment in India. How far are they different from
developed contries?

or

(b) What are various methods of collecting market data and how are they analysed?

11. (a) What are the sources of long-term and short-term finance?

or

(b) State the importance of Fund Flow and Cash Flow Analysis.

12. (a) How far is contribution related to transfer pricing? Explain in detail.

or

(b) In what way are trade cycles and marginal costing relevant to each other? Give
examples.

13. (a) How is degree of operating leverage measured?

or

(b) Who are the different financial intermediaries available in India?

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