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ACC2113 Management Accounting I

Semester 6, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Commerce

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Examiner: Suzy Maloney
Moderator: Bonnie Hampson


Pre-requisite: ACC1101

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 //


The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the management accounting tools and concepts that are used in businesses across the globe. The focus of the course is on the practical application and interpretation of management accounting techniques. This course aims to provide students with an understanding of how these tools support business practice.


This course focuses on the provision and use of management accounting information for planning, control and decision making. The course encourages an understanding of the management accounting function within an organisation by taking a business value chain perspective. The process of budgeting (operational and financial) and standards as an aid to management in planning and controlling business activities is explored. Also included is an analysis of cost behaviour, absorption and variable costing, a study of the principles of job and process costing systems, the application of activity based costing, as well as other facets of management accounting which support decision making.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate professional literacy though a knowledge of the role of management accounting in the management process
  2. demonstrate problem solving and planning and management skills through the analysis of cost behaviour, and the application of cost-volume-profit relationships to different decision making contexts
  3. demonstrate professional literacy and problem solving skills to understand the issues and techniques associated with cost allocation generally and activity based costing principles and techniques in particular
  4. demonstrate professional literacy to accumulate costs for (and determine the costs of) products/services in job and process cost environment and use management and planning skills to apply these techniques to appropriate organisational settings
  5. demonstrate professional literacy and problem solving skills to prepare operating and financial budgets and understand the behavioural and ethical factors associated with budgeting
  6. demonstrate professional literacy and problem solving skills to guide the development of standard costs and compute variances for management control reports
  7. demonstrate professional literacy and problem solving skills to understand variable and absorption costing principles, and prepare income statements in accordance with those principles and use management and planning skills to apply these techniques to appropriate organisational settings
  8. demonstrate problem solving skills to determine and analyse relevant information for management decision making.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The management accounting environment and cost terminology 5.00
2. Cost behaviour and estimation, and cost-volume-profit analysis 9.00
3. Job costing 9.00
4. Activity based costing 9.00
5. Cost allocation issues and techniques 8.00
6. Process costing 9.00
7. Master budget and responsibility accounting: Part 1 8.00
8. Master budget and responsibility accounting: Part 2 9.00
9. Flexible budgets, variances and management control: Part 1 9.00
10. Flexible budgets, variances and management control: Part 2 8.00
11. Variable and absorption costing 9.00
12. Relevant information for decision making 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). (

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  • Horngren, CT, Datar, SM, Foster, G, Rajan, M, Ittner, C, Wynder, M, Maguire, W & Tan, R 2011, Cost accounting: a managerial emphasis, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.
    (1st Australian edition.)
  • Computer hardware/software requirements are set out in the Introductory Book.

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.
  • Langfield-Smith, K, Thorne, H & Hilton, RW 2012, Management accounting: information for creating and managing value, 6th edn, McGraw Hill, North Ryde, New South Wales.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Directed Study 56.00
Private Study 89.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PRACTICE CMA TEST 10 0 03 Oct 2014
CMA TEST 1 20 10 24 Oct 2014
CMA TEST 2 20 10 21 Nov 2014
CMA TEST 3 20 10 05 Dec 2014
EXAMINATION - PART A 30 21 End S6 (see note 1)

  1. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date after the timetable has been finalised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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 (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination)
    2. calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination)
    3. one A4 page of notes which can be hand-written or typed on both sides.

  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. Assignments:
    1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must submit the assignment to the USQ.
    2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner.
    3. In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.
    4. The examiner will normally only accept assignments which are electronically submitted through the USQ Study Desk for this course.

  2. 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 assignments.

  3. 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 //

  4. Dishonest actions:
    1. Any student who is alleged to have performed a dishonest action relating to any assessment in the course will have a course of action taken against him/her as outlined in the academic regulations.
    2. Pieces of assessment should be the work of individual students. Joint pieces of assessment are not permitted unless written approval has been obtained from the examiner.
    3. Dishonest action in relation to assessment includes: copying or attempting to copy the work of others; use of or attempting to use information prohibited from use in that form of assessment; submitting the work of another as your own; consciously committing acts of plagiarism, that is, taking and using another's thoughts or writings as one's own with intent to deceive, which occurs when paragraphs, sentences, a single sentence or significant parts of a sentence which are copied directly, are not enclosed in quotation marks and appropriately footnoted or referenced in the text; direct quotations are not used, but text is paraphrased or summarised, and the source of the material is not acknowledged by footnoting or other reference in the text.

Other requirements

  1. Computer/Software requirements are outlined in the Introductory Book for external students or will be outlined in the initial lecture for on-campus students.