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ACCT20077 - Accounting for Management Decision Making

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to the techniques and information provided by accounting information systems to resolve managerial problems. In this unit you will examine the managing and reporting of a company’s financial position, financial performance and cash flows. You will analyse and interpret a company’s financial statements, and examine the different forms of cost-volume-profit analysis. You will also examine full costing and budgeting techniques, capital investment strategies and current trends and issues in accounting.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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).

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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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
2. Examination 60%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 45.45% response rate.

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.

Source: Unit Evaluation via Moodle
Alternate zoom session timings
Zoom sessions have been organised around Assessment time periods when students need the most assistance.
Action Taken
Zoom sessions in 2019 T1 were implemented and students were supportive of these sessions.
Source: Student evaluations and during the actual zoom sessions
The students were very pleased with the Zoom sessions and requested more during the semester
More zoom sessions will be held during the semester and during the revision week.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse and interpret the information provided from an accounting information system
  2. Critically analyse standard management problems, and using appropriate accounting analytical techniques, correctly determine the appropriate parameters for a management decision
  3. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of accounting tools and techniques for assisting managerial decision making by being able to critically analyse and report on the range of appropriate accounting methods applicable to a given management decision making problem
  4. Demonstrate accuracy in presenting or analysing accounting information in a range of business management problems presented in this unit.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Examination