ACCTING 7025 - Accounting Essentials for Decision Makers (M)

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 1 - 2018

This course introduces students to both financial accounting and management accounting. It provides an overview of accounting concepts and principles, the major external financial accounting reports and accounting systems and the accounting cycle. Management accounting tools of costing and budgeting are introduced, as well as performance analysis and capital investment decisions. Students are also provided with the tools for analysing and interpreting the financial statements of an organisation and managing the working capital and long term financing of the business.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ACCTING 7025
    Course Accounting Essentials for Decision Makers (M)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Trimester 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
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Dale Blackmore

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. explain accounting concepts and the structure and purpose of financial statements.
    2. analyse and apply accounting information to facilitate decision making.
    3. explain and apply the concept of relevant costing to a range of decision making situations.
    4. explain and apply flexible budgeting as a means of exercising control and assist in decision making in a business.
    5. create and evaluate investment proposals within a business environment.
    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)
    1 - 5
    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
    1 - 5
    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
    1 - 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Text Book:

    Accounting for Non-Specialists 7th edition, Atrill P, McLaney EJ, Harvey D, 2018, Pearson, Melbourne (ISBN: 9781488612589)
    Recommended Resources
    The financial press – both newspapers and business magazines cover a wide range of business topics.

    Websites such as those provided by ASIC, ASX, CPA and CA.
    Online Learning
    Course resources available on the course website: include:

      Lecture documents and related material.
      In class exercises and discussion questions.
      Assignment related documents.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is run in seminar mode combining the elements of lecture and tutorial in the one class.
    To facilitate a full understanding of any topic, students are encouraged to both ask questions and participate in in-class activities. If there is material that any student does not understand, asking of questions at any time during the seminar is encouraged.
    In-class activities will include preparation of responses to text book questions, case questions and 'real world' situations.  Students will be required to present their findings to the class as a whole to encourage evaluation of findings.

    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 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 classes throughout the trimester.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1       Identification and Definition of Financial Statements
    Week 2 Analysis and Interpretation of Financial Statements
    Week 3 C-V-P analysis
    Week 4 Full product costing
    Week 5 Budgeting

    Week 6

    Capital investment decisions

  • 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 TaskTask TypeLengthWeightLearning Outcomes
    1 Assignment 1 summative - Individual 20%
    2 Assignment 2 summative - Group 30%
    3 Exam 50%
    Total 100%

    All assessment tasks are summative in nature, that is, all tasks form part of your overall grade for the course

    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Items

    Assignment 1 - 20% (Individual)
    This assignment will require students to undertake an evaluation of a company's financial statements, using techniques studied before the due date of the assignment.  Full details of the assignment will be provided in class and be made available on MyUni.

    Assignment 2 - 30% (Group)
    This assignment will require students to form a group and apply their knowledge in the creation and evaluation of specific cases.  Full details of the assignment will be provided in class and be made available on MyUni.

    Examination - 50%
    An examination will be held at the end of the course covering all topics undertaken in the course.

    Notes on Assessment

    1. All set work must be provided by the due date and must be genuine attempts, to complete the course.

    2. Presentation, including legible hand-writing, and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process.  You may lose marks because of poor hand-writing, poor presentation and/or poor grammar.

    3. Assessment marks prior to the final exam will be displayed on MyUni. Students are encouraged to check their marks and notify the lecturer-in-charge of any discrepancies.

    4. Any assignment submitted after the advised due date will incur a penalty of 10% of the total available mark per calendar day (or part thereof).  Any assignment submitted 7 calendar days after the advised due date without prior written approval will receive a mark of zero.

    All assessment tasks are summative in nature, that is, all tasks form part of your overall grade for the course

    Presentation and Submission of Assignments

    · Retain a copy of all assignments submitted.

    · 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.

    Assignments, which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism, may be refused.

    In preparing any written piece of assessment for your 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 the preferred style of referencing for this course. 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.

    Guidance for assignments (including referencing information) may be obtained from the Writing Skills Centre, details of which are available at

    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.  Other assignments or too much work are considered not to be valid 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.

    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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