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ACC1101 Accounting for Decision-Making

Semester 2, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Commerce

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Examiner: Gregory Jones
Moderator: Christina James-Overheu

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at //


This course is designed as an introduction to accounting and commerce. Students cover the fundamentals of both financial and management accounting, and an introduction to tools for managers to analyse financial information and improve their business decisions.


This course introduces students to the complex world of commerce. It emphasises the practical and functional nature of business decisions from the perspective of financial accounting; managerial costing and budgetary policies; investing; and financing of business operations. Designed to provide a solid foundation for further study in both accounting and non-accounting disciplines, the course provides a logical introduction to the accounting environment and to the common financial accounting (external) reports and management accounting (internal) tools used for decision-making purposes. As it is important to develop an understanding not only of how the accounting reports are used, but how they are derived, the course also addresses the procedures underlying their preparation. As the course assessment includes online tests, students will require Internet access to UConnect. Access to a valid email account will also be required.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. professional literacy and ethical research and enquiry through an understanding of the environment in which businesses operate in Australia and the importance of accountability in decision making
  2. an understanding of the need for career development building and management, networking and teamwork to enhance future employability and to apply common models of reflective practice and learning
  3. an understanding of how a business operates with regard to decision making, planning and control and problem solving and demonstrate management planning and organisation skills using cost volume profit (CVP) analysis and budgeting techniques
  4. professional literacy and problem solving through a theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles and concepts that underpin accounting systems, the underlying business transactions and their effect on the accounting equation, individual accounts and the financial reports of a business
  5. professional literacy and problem solving skills through a theoretical and practical knowledge of how merchandising operations, accounts receivable and payable subsidiary ledgers and bank reconciliations impact on financial accounting process
  6. problem solving, professional literacy, ethical research and enquiry and management planning and organisation skills through the completion of balance day adjustments, closing entries, preparation of the key financial statements for a business, application of common financial statement analysis techniques and interpretation and discussion of the results of these analysis techniques and their implications for a business
  7. problem solving, management planning and organisation skills and professional literacy by being able to explain the business investment decision-making process and apply common investment appraisal tools
  8. ethical research and enquiry, an understanding of sustainability issues and the implications of triple bottom line accounting in the context of key factors that are relevant to operating a sustainable business.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Accounting and the business environment 8.00
2. Professional skills development 8.00
3. Business operations: transaction analysis, the accounting equation and double entry 8.00
4. Business operations: the recording process - general journal, ledgers, and the trial balance 9.00
5. Business operations: the recording process - balance day adjustments 9.00
6. Internal control, bank reconciliations and the adjusted trial balance 9.00
7. Reporting financial performance and position 9.00
8. Analysis of business performance 8.00
9. Planning for business: cost-volume-profit analysis 8.00
10. Planning for business: budgeting 8.00
11. Business capital expenditure decisions - growing the business 8.00
12. Sustaining the business: triple bottom line considerations 8.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Horngren, CT, Harrison, W, Oliver, S, Best, P, Fraser, D, Tan, R & Willett, R 2013, Accounting, 7th edn, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Birt, J, Chalmers, K, Brooks, A, Byrne, S & Oliver, J 2011, Accounting: business reporting for decision making, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.
  • Cunningham, B, Nikolai, LA, Bazley, J, Kavanagh, M, Slaughter, G & Simmons, S 2012, Accounting: information for business decisions, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Hoggett, JR, Edwards, L & Medlin, JF 2011, Accounting, 8th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.
  • Marshall, DH, McManus, WW & Viele, DF 2010, Accounting: what the numbers mean, 9th edn, McGraw Hill/Irwin, Boston, Massachusetts.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Lectures 24.00
Private Study 97.00
Tutorials 24.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PRACTICE ONLINE TEST 10 0 14 Aug 2014 (see note 1)
ONLINE TEST 1 10 5 15 Aug 2014
ASSIGNMENT 15 15 05 Sep 2014 (see note 2)
ONLINE TEST 2 40 20 19 Sep 2014
EXAMINATION PART A 25 15 End S2 (see note 3)

  1. Students should attempt ALL online tests. The practice online test is formative (0%). Online test 1 is worth 5% and online test 2 is worth 20% (25% in total). Students are strongly encouraged to complete tests as they fall due in order to keep up with course content.
  2. The professional skills development assignment requires all students to listen to a career development presentation by a guest speaker and to write a personal reflection journal related to the presentation and to complete a network/teamwork activity.
  3. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date for exam (parts A and B) after the timetable has been finalised. The total working time for exam (parts A and B) is 2 hours. The combined weighting of the exam (parts A and B) is 60%.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a restricted examination. Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    1. writing materials. These must be non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination.
    2. calculator which cannot hold textual information. The student must indicate on the examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) used during the examination.
    3. unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary). A student whose first language is not English may take an appropriate dictionary into the examination room. A dictionary with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.
    Students are not permitted to take mobile telephones, pagers or other electronic means of communication into the examination room.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Course weightings:
    Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to questions testing those topics in an examination paper. The examination may test material already tested in previous summative assessment items.

  2. Referencing in assignments:
    Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at //

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at //