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ACCT19060 Management Accounting
Management Accounting
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General Information

Overview

This unit builds on the concepts of managerial accounting introduced in first-year accounting. The unit develops numerous cost concepts and some pricing approaches. Students should employ critical thinking skills in applying these concepts and approaches to solve problems, make management accounting decisions and evaluate the impact of these decisions on profitability. Other topics covered include activity-based costing, capacity costing, product and service costing, the allocation of support-department and common costs and of revenues of bundled products. Budgeting concepts previously studied are extended and form the basis of computing variance analyses. Spreadsheets are used as a means to enhance students' competence in applying information technology in management accounting.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: ACCT11081 or ACCT19084

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2018

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Examination
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student evaluations

Feedback

Make solutions of on-line quizzes available.

Recommendation

A databank of questions for the on-line quizzes was developed from the publisher of the textbook's resources. This databank questions are used every term and every year and consequently cannot be made available.

Feedback from Student evaluations

Feedback

The textbook is very well written, with lots of exercises and examples.

Recommendation

The textbook will be used for at least three years.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify and discuss what management accounting encompasses, its role in decision making and control
  2. Apply numerous cost concepts and pricing approaches to management control systems to make decisions and evaluate the impact of these decisions on profitability
  3. Identify, explain and prepare budgets and perform variance analyses
  4. Identify what information is relevant to particular management accounting decisions and apply such information to solve problems when making these decisions
  5. Produce spreadsheets to illustrate how a diverse range of pricing and costing issues impact on decsion making and to demonstrate how spreadsheets can be used to support decision making in management accounting
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Managerial Accounting

Asia-Pacific edition (2016)
Authors: Mowen, M., Hansen, D., Heitger, D., Sands, J., Winata, L., Su. S.
Cengage Learning
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9780170258616
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

There are two options available: Option 1: Print book, which includes an eBook and Cengage Now (an on-line learning resource managed by the publisher) - roughly $145 Option 2: eBook, which includes Cengage Now (an on-line learning resource managed by the publisher) - roughly $70 This textbook has been used in 2017.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Natasja Steenkamp Unit Coordinator
n.steenkamp@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 05 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Introduction to Managerial Accounting

Chapter

1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 12 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Basic managerial accounting concepts

Chapter

2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 19 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Master budget and behavioural issues

Chapter

7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment task 1: on-line test 1. Opens Thursday 22 March at 1pm AEST (assesses Chapters 1 and 2)

Week 4 Begin Date: 26 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Cost behaviour

Chapter

3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 02 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Job-order costing

Chapter

4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 09 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 16 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Short-run decision making: Relevant costing

Chapter

12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment task 2: Part A (15% practical part, assessing Chapter 7) 



Practical and written assessment Due: Week 6 Monday (16 Apr 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 23 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Process costing

Chapter

5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment task 1: On-line test 2. Opens Thursday 26 April at 1pm AEST (assesses Chapters 3 and 4).

Week 8 Begin Date: 30 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Activity-based costing

Chapter

6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment task 2: Part B (15% practical and written part, assessing Chapter 12) Due Wednesday 2 May at 11:45pm AEST

Week 9 Begin Date: 07 May 2018

Module/Topic

Standard costing: A managerial control tool

Chapter

8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment task 1: on-line test 3. Opens Thursday 10 May at 1pm AEST (assesses Chapters 5 and 6)

Week 10 Begin Date: 14 May 2018

Module/Topic

Flexible budgets and overhead analysis

Chapter

9

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 11 Begin Date: 21 May 2018

Module/Topic

Cost-volume-profit analysis: A managerial planning tool

Chapter

11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment task 1: on-line test 4. Opens Thursday 24 May at 1pm AEST (assesses Chapters 8 and 9)

Week 12 Begin Date: 28 May 2018

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 04 Jun 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Jun 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

You require Microsoft Office or equivalent (wordprocessing and speadsheet) to do Assessment task 2

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
online quiz(zes) 20%

Task Description

This assessment task consists of four (4) on-line tests, each weighs 5% of your final mark. Each test consists of 20 multiple choice questions. You have a window of 48 hours to do each test, but each test has a time limit of 40 minutes. Thus you have 40 minutes from when you start your attempt to submit your answers.


Number of Quizzes

4


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Due in weeks 3, 7, 9 and 11. Each test opens 1pm AEST on the Thursday of the particular week in which the test is due. Each test is open for 48 hours only. Each test will assess the content taught over two weeks. Test 1 assesses chapters 1 and 2; test 2 assesses chapters 3 and 4; test 3 assesses chapters 5 and 6; and test 4 assesses chapters 8 and 9.


Return Date to Students

Results will be available on Moodle immediately when you submit your on-line test. The answers cannot be made available.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The tests are marked on-line and the answers are based on accuracy. The questions and the answers to these tests are not available after the tests.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit within 40 minutes from starting time. You only have one attempt for each test. Please start the test at least 40 minutes before it closes at 1pm AEST on the Saturday of the assessment period. The test closes at 1pm and the system will log you out automatically and submit your answers. Please ensure that you save your answers throughout your attempt. If you do not and experience problems with the technology, your answers will not be saved and you will not get a second opportunity to undertake the test. Please take screenshots of any problems you may encounter with technology as evidence.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify and discuss what management accounting encompasses, its role in decision making and control
  • Apply numerous cost concepts and pricing approaches to management control systems to make decisions and evaluate the impact of these decisions on profitability
  • Identify, explain and prepare budgets and perform variance analyses
  • Identify what information is relevant to particular management accounting decisions and apply such information to solve problems when making these decisions


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical and written assessment

Task Description

Assessment task 2 consists of two parts, both weighing 15% of the final grade. Part A is designed to enhance your skills in the planning, designing and using of spreadsheets. You will be required to use spreadsheets such as excel in Microsoft Office in doing Part A. Part B is designed to enhance your communication, critical thinking, decision-making, and analytical skills, and your ability to apply theory to a fictitious practical situation. You may be asked to write an essay or report or to simply answer questions relating to various costing issues that need to be considered in making decisions. Part A and Part B are not related, hence it is not necessary that you get the results of Part A back before you will be able to start or do Part B.

The questions for both parts will be uploaded to Moodle in the Assessment block during the term. Please check Moodle and your email regularly for any updates or information relating to both parts of assessment task 2 during the term.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (16 Apr 2018) 11:45 pm AEST

Part A (practical part) of assessment task 2 is due Monday 16 April 2018 at 11.45pm AEST, in week 6. Part B (practical and written part) of assessment task 2 is due in week 8, on Wednesday 2 May 2018 at 11:45pm AEST.


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Monday (30 Apr 2018)

Part A assignments will be returned to students by 11:45pm AEST on Monday 30 April for Part A, and on Wednesday 16 May for Part B. If you submit your assignment late, it will not be returned on these dates.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

A marking criteria sheet for each part will be uploaded to Moodle and indicates how marks are allocated.

You can choose to do both parts of assessment task 2 as an individual or in a pair, thus limited to two (2) students. If you choose to do it in a pair, you must email the Unit Coordinator seeking approval to do so before the due dates provided on the Assignment Questions.

Please note that there is a 5% penalty per day of the potential mark for late submissions.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
If you work in a pair, only one student has to submit the assignment to Moodle, including the names of both students on the submitted assignment.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply numerous cost concepts and pricing approaches to management control systems to make decisions and evaluate the impact of these decisions on profitability
  • Identify, explain and prepare budgets and perform variance analyses
  • Identify what information is relevant to particular management accounting decisions and apply such information to solve problems when making these decisions
  • Produce spreadsheets to illustrate how a diverse range of pricing and costing issues impact on decsion making and to demonstrate how spreadsheets can be used to support decision making in management accounting


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology Competence

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
180 minutes

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only
Closed Book
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