ACCTING 7014 - Management Accounting (M)

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

The course introduces students to contemporary management accounting concepts and techniques. Topics include: 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 and costs of quality.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ACCTING 7014
    Course Management Accounting (M)
    Coordinating Unit Accounting
    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 This course's assessments include active engagement, tests and final exam.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Mahmud Al Masum

    Course coordinator and Lecturer

    Name: Dr Mahmud Masum
    Location: Room 13.09, Nexus 10, 13th Floor, 10 Pulteney Street
    Course Timetable

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

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Explain the planning and control functions of management accounting.
    2. Describe the traditional and contemporary costing approaches.
    3. Explain management control systems.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    1, 2 & 3

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources


    The required textbook for this course is Horngren's Cost Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis, Global Edition, 17th Edition, by
    Srikant M. Datar and Madhav V. Rajan, Pearson.

    Pearson publishes both the eBook and print versions of the textbook.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is presented in Seminar Mode. There will be a three-hour interactive seminar class each week that students are advised to attend. Each seminar comprises a conceptual discussion followed by some case studies and exercises.

    Please check your student email and MyUni course homepage for course-related announcements. Consultation hours are advised at the MyUni Course homepage.

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

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

    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 of private study outside of your regular classes for this course.

    Students in this course are expected to attend all seminar classes.
    Please refer to Access Adelaide for your timetable and enrolment details:
    Learning Activities Summary

    Topic list

    1. Introduction to management accounting and cost terms.
    2. Cost behavior and cost-volume-profit analysis.
    3. Job and process costing.
    4. Activity-based costing and activity-based management
    5. Support-department costs, Common costs, and revenues
    6. Master budget and responsibility accounting
    7. Flexible budgets, variances, and management control
    8. Relevant information, pricing decisions, and cost management
    9. Balanced scorecard
    10. Management control systems
  • 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 items Learning Outcome
    Active engagement* 1
    Test 1* 1
    Test 2* 2 & 3
    Final Examination** 1, 2 & 3
    *   Specific time, scope, and modes of the assessments will be informed at the MyUni course homepage.
    ** According to the University Exam Timetable.
    Assessment Detail
    None of the assessments in this course is redeemable. If a student fails to participate in an assessment (e.g., a test), it will not contribute any mark to the final grade. The assessments will take place at the times specified on the MyUni course homepage and there will be no alternate time for any of the assessments.

    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.

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