ACCTING 7014 - Management Accounting (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

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 Tony McMurtrie

    Course coordinator and Lecturer:

    Name: Associate Professor VG Sridharan
    Location: Room 13.07, Nexus 13th Floor, 10, Pulteney Street
    Telephone: 8313 0730

    Course Website: 
    Course Timetable

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

    Detailed session-wise schedule will be posted on MyUni before the commencement of the course.
  • 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. Learn how costs are analysed for different product costing contexts such as job-order, process or joint-product systems
    4. Develop and apply standards and budgets for planning and controlling purposes.
    5. Apply incremental analysis to a range of business scenarios.

    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

    The required textbook for this course is Horgren's Cost Accounting a Managerial Emphasis by Datar and Rajan, Pearson Publishers 16th Edition. 
    Students will need to purchase the text book containing the MyAccounting Lab application. Several options exist to purchase (or even rent for about 180 days) this book:

    1.  Print version with the My Lab Accounting electronic resource;
    2. E-book with the My Lab Accounting electronic resource or
    3. Just the My Lab Accounting (though this will not be the preferred option).

    The only purchase/rent option at this stage is through on-line. URL information for this is as follows:

    Recommended Resources
    Please see the relevant information on acquiring the textbook from the previous title on "Required Resources". Note that the textbook is actually mandatory because we will be using several exercises and work through several solutions as part of practice exercises in the class.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is presented in Seminar Mode. There will be a three hour seminar each week that students are required to attend.

    The seminar will be in two parts. During the first part, the presenter will outline the core issues of the subject for that week. During the second part of the seminar, students will be divded into teams and given problems to solve. At the end of the seminar some of the treams will lead a discussion around the solution to the problems.

    Please check your student email and MyUni as course-related announcements are communicated via email.
    Consultation hours of the tutors will be advised on MyUni Course homepage.

    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 1 three hour seminar each week. Seminars commence in week and there will be a mid semester test in week 6.

    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 13 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:

    Learning Activities Summary
    Seminar Schedule
    Management Accounting Semester 1 2020
    Readings are the chapters form the prescribed text book


    Seminar Number



    Week 1


    Introduction to Cost and Management Accounting.

    Chaps 1, & 2

    Week 2


    Cost Behaviour

    Job Costing


    Chaps 10 & 4

    Week 3


    Process Costing

    Spoilage and Rework


    Chaps 17 & 18

    Week 4




    Chaps 5 & 3

    Week 5


    Support Dpt Costs

    Cost Allocation Joint and By Products

    Chaps 15 & 16

    Week 6

    Mid semester test (cover topics 1 & 2)

    Week 7



    Master Budgets and Responsibility Accounting

    Chap 6

    Week 8


    Flexible Budgets

    Chaps 7 & 8

    Week 9


    Pricing Decisions

    Decision Making and Relevant information


    Chaps 13 & 14

    Week 10


    Inventory and Capacity analysis

    Inventory Management


    Chaps 9 & 20

    Week 11


    Management Control Systems.

    Performance Management


    Chap 22 & 23

    Week 12


    Balanced Scorecard

    Revision and Exam Prep


    Chap 12 pp 497 - 515

    Week 13


    Optional Teaching week No Classes planned


    Week 13


    SWOT Vac


    Specific Course Requirements
    Consultation and communication

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

    Tutors will also 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



    Due Date

    Weight (%)

    Learning Outcomes

    On Line Tests x4





    Mid-semester test


    Week 6



    Class Participation





    Final exam


     Exam Period





    The assessment details will be available on MyUni and explained in Seminar 1

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    To support the changes to teaching, the following revisions to assessment have been made:-

    The mid-semester test and the final exam will now be conducted on-line.

    The mid-semester test will still be in week 6 and details regarding access will be published shortly/

    The final exam will be conducted during the final exam period at a time yet to be determined by the central exam office.

    The other online test will continue to be presented although there may be some modification of the delivery of them.

    Details of the assessment grading is set out below:

    On Line Tests * 4 - Various 15% weighting

    Mid-semester test – on line - Week 6 15% weighting

    Class Participation – Various 0% weighting

    Final exam – on line - 70% weighting
    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 if markers are unable to read answers 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. The assessment details will be available on MyUni and explained in Seminar 1

    Online Tests

    ·        Students will need to complete a series of on-line test during the semester.

    ·        There will be 4 tests.

    ·        The dates the test are available will be advised during semester class times. Students are required to complete each test by the due date. Students must answer all questions correctly to complete the test.

    ·        The test can be undertaken as many times as needed to complete correctly.

    ·        Marks will awarded for each test that is completed by its due date. Failure to complete a test by its due date will result in a zero mark for that text.

    ·        Each test must be successfully completed before the next test can be undertaken

    Mid-semester test

    ·        There will be a mid-semester test during week 6.

    ·        The test will be paper-based. It will cover the first four weeks of the course (Seminars 1-1 to 2-3 inclusive).

    ·        It may be a combination of both MCQ and practical questions.

    Participation marks
    Marks will be based on students’ preparation and participation during seminar exercise solution discussions.

    Marks will be allocated to students based on their contribution to the overall discussion.

    Final Exam

    The final exam will be a three hour exam. All lectures, tutorials and set readings are examinable.


    General Assessment 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.

    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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