ACCTING 7014 - Management Accounting (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 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 2
    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.





    Tutorial Questions 
    [will be announced shortly]

    1 26 July 1. Course Introduction
    2. Management Accounting in Context
    Course Profile
    Chapter 1
    2 2 August 1. Introduction to Cost Terms
    2. Cost Behaviour
    Chapter 2 &
    Chapter 10 (392-409)
    3 9 August 1. Job Costing
    2. Process Costing
    Chapter 4 &
    Chapter 17
    4 16 August 1. Conventional Cost Allocation
    2. Activity Based Costing
    Chapter 15 &
    Chapter 5
    5 23 August 1. Inventory Costing
    2. Capacity Analysis
    Chapter 9  
    6 TBA Mid semester test (no lecture & tutorial classes this week)
    7 6 Sept 1. Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis
    2. Decision Making and Relevant Information
    Chapter 3 &
    Chapter 11
    8 13 Sept 1. Pricing Decisions
    2. Customer Profitability Analysis
    Chapter 13 &
    Chapter 14
    Mid semester break 18-30 September
    9 4 Oct 1.Master Budget & Responsibility Centres
    2. Flexible Budget & Direct Cost Variances
    Chapter 6 &
    Chapter 7
    10 11 October 1. Flexible Budget & Overhead Variances
    2. Introduction to Balanced Scorecard
    Chapter 8 &
    Chapter 12
    11 18 October 1.Cost of Quality and Time
    2. Just-in-Time Costing
    Chapter 19 &
    Chapter 20
    12 25 October 1. Performance Measurement
    2. Exam review
    Chapter 23 (897-910)
    SWOT/Exam 31 October - 4 November
  • 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
    This course is taught through:
    · 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 matters.


    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 hours tutorial per week for 10 weeks (tutorial begins in Week 2)
    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:

    Tutorial classes will be held weekly commencing Week 2 beginning Monday 31 July 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 Lecturer-in-Charge, 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.

    Tutor details will be advised on MyUni when they become available.

    Tutors will inform you of their consultation arrangements in the first tutorial. This information will also be placed on MyUni.
    Learning Activities Summary
    A breakdown of the scheduled learning activities is available in the Course Timetable section.
  • 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
    Attendance/Participation Weeks 1-12
    (except Week 6)
    Mid-semester test
    (75-minute closed book test)
    Week 6
    Venue: Bonython Hall
    25% All
    Final Examination 
    (3 hours closed book exam)
    Date & time: TBA 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.

    No information currently available.

    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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