Management Accounting: Planning & Control

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Management Accounting: Planning & Control

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Accounting, Financial Management, Management Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module develops a students understanding of the role and importance of management and cost accounting within an organisation. It will enhance the ability to record, prepare, analyse, interpret, critically evaluate and use cost data for planning and control. Its also develops an awareness of actual management accounting practice and an interest in emerging issues in management accounting, through review of articles from relevant journals.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Describe the role of management accounting in organisational control and performance management.
    2. Compute and communicate revenue and expenditure variances, including: materials (cost and mix/yield variances), labour, variable overhead, fixed overhead, sales variances.
    3. Select, apply and interpret appropriate control and performance reports and measures depicting the financial performance of an organisation, including reporting by exception, variance control charts and reconciliations.
    4. Develop and record standard product/service costs and variances in the books of account
    5. Describe behavioural issues encountered in the budgeting, planning and control process.
    6. Discuss alternatives to the traditional budgeting process, including rolling forecasts.
    7. Assess and apply non-financial performance measurement tools, including the Balanced Scorecard.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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