Management Accounting

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Management Accounting

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Accounting, Management Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BSB110 or CTB110

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit introduces students to accounting systems and techniques that provide management at all levels with information for use in planning, controlling and decision making. This can be contrasted with financial accounting, which provides summary financial information principally for external users (i.e. shareholders, creditors, banks, etc). Emphasis is placed on developing a range of accounting systems (in particular product costing) which may be used in manufacturing firms, although the principles and concepts used to develop such systems can be adapted to service organisations.
    Learning Outcomes
    Upon completion of this unit, you should be able to:
    1. Describe and discuss current management accounting knowledge and apply technology skills appropriate for real world management accounting
    2. Perform key calculations and prepare reports using different costing and budgeting methods in different management accounting contexts
    3. Exercise critical thinking and judgement for decision making and planning across a range of management accounting contexts
    4. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of ethical perspectives relating to achieving common organisational goals and optimisation of business performance
    5. Professionally communicate management accounting knowledge, advice and recommendations in written form.
    The content of this unit has been selected with the specified aim and learning outcomes in mind. The majority of the unit examines the accumulation and analysis of information prepared for the current needs of management, e.g. data for budgeting, product costing, decision-making and performance evaluation. The issues covered in management accounting are techniques practiced both in Australia and overseas.
    The generic capabilities this unit develops are:-
    • discipline knowledge;
    • technology skills;
    • synthesising and analysing skills;
    • critical thinking and judgement; and
    • ethical perspectives.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    This unit encourages you to conceptually link the theoretical aspects of the unit with the practical aspects, which will enable you to apply your knowledge to a wide variety of accounting situations. There are three elements to the learning and teaching strategies employed in this unit:
    1. lectures,
    2. tutorials, and
    3. additional weekly practice questions.
    All three are included to enable you to fulfil the aim and objectives of the unit as discussed above.
    Lectures will provide an introduction to the topics and will complement rather than substitute the textbook. Lectures will also include relatively simple worked examples to illustrate cost accounting techniques and processes. For all lectures the PowerPoint slides are available on-line prior to the lecture. The value of attending lectures is you can see problems being worked, rather than just being presented with the outcome of the process.
    The basic understanding provided in lectures will be further developed through tutorials and the weekly practice questions. Fully-worked solutions to all questions will be provided on-line after the tutorial.
    Tutorials commence in week 2. You are required to attempt the tutorial questions before the tutorial. The tutorials give you:
    · the chance to resolve any questions;
    · the opportunity to see 'how' problems are worked; and
    · discuss with tutors 'why' something is done a certain way.
    Attendance at tutorials is strongly recommended.
    To ensure that you do not get behind in the work, you are encouraged to complete all weekly questions in the allotted week.
    Proper attention to the teaching and learning strategies should enable students to meet the assessment requirements of the unit. You will be assessed on your developing knowledge, understanding and skills using a range of inter-related assessment methods.
    Assessment name: Multiple Choice Quiz
    Description: An on-line quiz (linked to the text book) will be held. The quiz will cover Weeks 1-4.
    Length: 60 minutes
    Formative or Summative: Both
    Relates to objectives: 1 & 2
    Weight: 20
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Week 6
    Assessment name: Report
    Description: The assignment is a report which includes material covered in five lectures in the unit. Students are required to prepare a series of management accounting reports, and also prepare a written report to management addressing specific issues.
    Length/Duration: Report comprises written (no more than 1000 words) and practical elements
    Formative or Summative: Both
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3 & 5
    Weight: 30
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Week 11
    Assessment name: End of Semester Examination
    Description: The final examination will consist of both practical and theoretical questions. While the final is not an open book examination, students will be permitted to bring into the examination one white A4 double-sided page, containing any material at all (any size, handwritten or typed, any colour, any margins). The final exam will have two parts: Part A and B. The practical questions (calculations) in Part A will cover Weeks 5-12. Theory questions in Part A and B (discussion) may relate to any of the content covered in the unit.
    Length: 2 hours working time plus 15 minutes perusal
    Formative or Summative: Summative
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3 & 4
    Weight: 50
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Central Exam Period

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