ACCTING 7014 - Management Accounting (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

The course introduces students to contemporary management accounting concepts and techniques. Topics: the role of accountants in internal decision-making; tools used to design and develop costing systems; preparation of budgets and their role as a planning and control tool; other decision-making tools including CVP analysis, pricing decisions, inventory issues and costs of quality; fraud.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ACCTING 7014
    Course Management Accounting (M)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites ACCTING 7019
    Incompatible COMMERCE 7021
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr VG Sridharan

    Course coordinator and Lecturer:

             Dr VG Sridharan
             Associate Professor of Accounting
             Location: Room 13.07 Level 13, 10 Pulteney Street

            Nurmalisa Che Ali
    Yijing (Claire) Gao
    Saira Saquib

    The tutors' office location and consulting hours will be posted later.

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Explain the three primary purposes of management accounting namely, inventory valuation, decision support and cost control.
    2. Compare traditional and contemporary costing approaches for the above purposes.
    3. Develop and apply standards and budgets for planning and controlling purposes.
    4. Apply incremental analysis to a range of business scenarios.
    5. Present and critically analyse information pertaining to accounting, management, ethical, and social issues to assist management decision making.
    6. Identify various decision contexts and examine when teams are involved in developing appropriate solutions.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Horngren, Datar, and Rajan (2018). Horngren's Cost Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis. 16th Edition, Pearson.

    Kindly note that the My Accounting Lab software is used only for your own additional practice and not currently linked with your assessment in this semester.

    The students can purchase the complete bundle: the text along with the access code for My Accounting Lab from the University Cooperative Bookshop at Hub Central, Level 4, Hughes Building for a bundle-discounted price of $146.65.  Please contact Jake Kempf, Store Manager at the Uni Coop Bookshop.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The teaching and learning activities for this course include:
    · Lectures – to provide an outline of work to be covered.
    · Tutorials – to give opportunity for reflection on and the application of materials covered in lectures and assignments and to discuss issues relating to course matter.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This course is provided in internal mode and contains:
    · 2 hours lecture per week for 12 weeks
    · 1 hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks (Tutorial begins in Week 2. There is no tutorial in Week 6 when mid-semester test is held.)
    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours for a three-unit course or 12 hours for a four-unit course, of private study outside of your regular classes.

    Students in this course are expected to attend all lectures throughout the semester plus one tutorial class each week.
    Please refer to Access Adelaide for your timetable and enrolment details:

    Tutorial classes will be held weekly commencing Week 2 beginning Monday 6 March 2017. Membership of tutorial classes is to be finalised by the end of the second week of semester. Students wishing to swap between tutorial classes after this time are required to present their case to the course coordinator, but should be aware that such a request may not be approved.

    Tutorials are an important component of your learning in this course. The communication skills developed in tutorials by regularly and actively participating in discussions are considered to be most important by the School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.

    Tutors' details will be advised on MyUni when they become available.
    Learning Activities Summary




    Tutorial Questions

    1. Course outline and structure
    2. Introduction to cost terms and purposes
    Ch. 1 pp. 21-33
    Ch. 2 pp. 49-65
    No tutorial in Week 1. Tutorials start
    in Week 2.
    1. Departmental cost allocation
    2. Activity-based allocation
    Ch. 15 pp. 622-639
    Ch. 5 pp. 172-195
    1-1; 1-3; 1-4; 1-5; 1-17; 1-20; 1-26; 1-32; 2-8; 2-11; 2-21; 2-30; 2-33; 2-35; 2-45;2-47
    1. Job costing
    2. Process costing_Basic treatment
    Ch. 4 pp.127-151
    Ch. 17. pp. 695-701 
    15-1; 15-5; 15-7; 15-8; 15-18; 15-21; 15-22; 15-31; 5-1; 5-2; 5-7; 5-16; 5-17; 5-18; 5-20; 5-21; 5-23; 5-24; 5-27; 5-29
    4 1. Process costing_Advanced treatment
    2. Joint product and byproduct costing
    Ch. 17 pp. 704-715
    Ch. 16 pp. 663-675
    4-16; 4-17;4-19; 4-20; 4-21; 4-24; 4-25; 4-35;4-36; 4-37; 4-38; 4-39; 4-41; 17-1; 17-3; 17-19; 17-21; 17-23;17-24; 17-25
    1. Relevant information
    2. Cost-volume-profit analysis
    Ch. 11 pp. 446-462
    Ch. 3 pp. 86-108
    17-13; 17-14;17-31; 17-39; 17-41; 17-43; 16-2; 16-3; 16-19; 16-23; 16-25; 16-26; 16-29; 16-31; 16-36; 16-38
    Mid-semester break April 2-13
    6 Mid semester class test (no lecture or tutorial this week)
    7 1. Customer profitability analysis
    2. Pricing decisions
    Ch. 14 pp. 579-598
    Ch. 13 pp. 544-553
    11-2; 11-3; 11-6; 11-8; 11-18; 11-20; 11-21; 11-26; 11-27; 11-34; 11-35; 3-2; 3-4; 3-22; 3-25; 3-29; 3-30; 3-35; 3-39; 3-40
    1. Cost estimation
    2. Master budget and responsibility accounting
    Ch. 10 pp. 397-405
    Ch. 6 pp. 218-239
    14-1; 14-5; 14-10; 14-19; 14-21; 14-23; 14-31; 13-2; 13-9; 13-20; 13-22; 13-25
    9 1. Flexible budgets and direct cost variances
    2. Overhead cost variances
    Ch. 7 pp. 269-284
    Ch. 8 pp. 308-319
    10-4; 10-14; 10-15; 10-21; 10-22 (2&3); 10-27; 10-28 (2&3); 10-30; 10-35;6-2; 6-4; 6-15; 6-16; 6-22; 6-23; 6-24; 6-25; 6-32
    1. Variable and absorption costing
    2. Capacity analysis
    Ch. 9 pp. 349-360
    Ch. 9 pp. 363-367
    7-7; 7-10; 7-18; 7-19; 7-22; 7-23; 7-26; 7-27; 7-30; 7-36; 7-37; 8-1; 8-2; 8-21; 8-22; 8-23; 8-24; 8-29; 8-35
    11 1. Strategy and balanced scorecard
    2. Cost of quality
    Ch.12 pp. 497-514
    Ch. 19 pp.769-779
    9-1; 9-9; 9-17; 9-19; 9-21; 9-23; 9-25; 9-27; 9-29; 9-30; 9-31; 9-34; 9-35
    12 1. Introduction to Management Control
    2. Exam review
    Ch. 22 pp. 877-881 12-1; 12-6; 12-18; 12-19; 12-25; 12-26; 12-27; 12-28; 12-37; 19-1; 19-3; 19-4; 19-5; 19-20; 19-21; 19-27

    SWOT/Exam period: Saturday 16 June - Saturday 30 June
    Specific Course Requirements
    Consultation and communication

    Please check your student email and MyUni as course-related announcements are communicated via email.

    Students' consultation is scheduled at the following times:

    Wednesday 2 pm-3.30 pm during Weeks 2-12 in Room 13.07.
    Nexus 10 - 10 Pulteney Street

    All other consultation is by appointment only.

    Tutors will inform you of their consultation arrangements in the first tutorial. This information will also be placed on MyUni.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Due date & time Weighting Related Learning Outcome
    Lecture attendance  Weeks 1-12  5%
    Mid Semester Test
    (1 hour closed book test on topics 1-4)
    Week 6
    Venue: Bonython Hall
    Date & time: During Lecture time - 
    Details to be announced later.
    25% All
    Tutorial  participation Weeks 2-12 (except week 6) 5%
    Final Examination (3 hours closed book) Date & time: to be announced later. 65% All
    Total 100%
    Assessment Detail
    1. In order to pass this course students must achieve an overall minimum grade of 50% as well as at least 45% in the final exam.
    2. Any written assignment must be presented using the appropriate Microsoft program, i.e., MSWord, Excel, etc.
    3. Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. Marks may be deducted in the final examination because of poor hand-writing.
    4. Students in this course are not permitted to take a DICTIONARY (English or English-Foreign) into the examination
    5. The use of a non-programmable calculator incapable of storing text in the examination is permitted in this course.
    Presentation of Assignments
    · Please retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
    · All individual assignments must be attached to an ‘Assignment Cover Sheet’, which is signed and dated by the student before submission. Lecturers will withhold student’s results until such time as the student has signed the Assignment Cover Sheet.
    · All group assignments must be attached to a ‘Group Assignment Cover Sheet’, which must be signed and dated by all group members before submission. All team members are expected to contribute approximately equally to a group assignment.

    Lecturers can refuse to accept assignments, which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism.

    Assignment Guidelines including Referencing Details
    A copy of the Postgraduate Programs: Communication Skills Guide will have been given to you at the beginning of your program. This guide will assist you structure your assignments. A copy of the guide can also be downloaded from

    This publication also provides guidelines on a range of other important communication skills including writing essays and management reports, making oral presentations etc.

    In preparing any written piece of assessment for postgraduate studies it is important to draw on the relevant ‘literature’ to support critical analysis. Also essential is to reference the literature used. Correct referencing is important because it identifies the source of the ideas and arguments that you present, and sometimes the source of the actual words you use, and helps to avoid the problem of plagiarism. (Further information on plagiarism is provided later in this course outline.)

    The Harvard system is widely used in the Business School. Guidelines for the use of this style of referencing can be found in the Communication Skills Guide.

    Further assistance with referencing is available from the Faculty’s Learning Support Advisors. The contact details are provided on page 6 of the Communication Skills Guide.

    Late Assignment Submission

    Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system. Extensions will generally only be given for medical or other serious reasons. All requests for extensions must be emailed to the lecturer in charge of the course before the due date. Each request will be assessed on its merits. A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a 5% mark reduction for each day that it is late. 

    Return of Assignments

    Lecturer’s aim to mark and return assignments to students within three (3) weeks of the due date with relevant feedback.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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  • Policies & Guidelines
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