Course Outline

ACC310 Management Accounting

Course Coordinator:Ratna Paudyal ( School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


In this course, you will develop managerial accounting skills to apply analytical tools for decision-making in a diverse range of costing, planning and control scenarios. Management accounting analysis provides valuable insights for effectively managing organisations and adapting to a rapidly changing business environment. The ability to utilise both quantitative and qualitative data to make compelling recommendations is a vital skill set applicable to any career.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities. 1hr Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled face to face workshops. 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities. 1hr Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled online workshops (Recorded). 2hrs Week 1 12 times

Course Topics

  • Management accounting in context; workflow and process analysis
  • Managing teamwork
  • Measuring and reporting on sustainability
  • An introduction to cost terms, inventory costing, and relevant costing
  • Determining how costs behave
  • Product and service costing
  • Activity-based costing and activity-based management
  • Assignment guidance
  • Pricing decisions and customer-profitability analysis
  • The Master Budget
  • Standard cost variance analysis
  • Strategy and the Balanced Scorecard

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
1 Use critical thinking to identify, analyse and solve problems in management accounting. Creative and critical thinker
PC3, PC6.2
2 Work effectively with teams from diverse backgrounds, display effective leadership behaviours and effectively communicate commerce-related knowledge and information. Knowledgeable
PC1.1, PC1.2, PC2, PC2.1
3 Understand and interpret commerce-related knowledge and information and apply such knowledge and information to regional, national and/or global management accounting business situations and decision making. Knowledgeable
PC3.1, PC6, PC6.2
4 Identify economic, social and environmental sustainability issues concerning management accounting. Sustainability-focussed

* Competencies by Professional Body

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
PC1.1 Written Communication
PC1.2 Oral Communication
PC2 Collaboration
PC2.1 Teamwork
PC3 Creative and Critical Thinking
PC3.1 Problem Solving
PC4.1 Social Responsibility and Sustainability
PC6 Career-ready
PC6.2 Discipline Knowledge

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.




Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

A specific awareness of the features and functions of Microsoft Excel.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Practice questions will be made available on Canvas for self-directed learning and feedback will be given in tutorials.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Written Piece Individual and Group 50%
2500 words
Week 9 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 50%
2 hours
Exam Period Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Project Plan and Group Report (EXCEL model)
You will work together as a team, demonstrate an understanding of teamwork, and reflect on your team’s plan in preparing group reports, including Excel Model. You will use management accounting tools and analytic techniques to provide quantitative and qualitative analysis to support your recommendations.
Product: Written Piece
This is a group assessment. In teams of three (3), you will prepare a report. Your individual mark will be determined by the quality of an individual plan, the group report, and your individual contribution (measured by peer evaluation).

This task is being used for measuring assurance of learning towards Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. The following Program Competency will be assessed:
PC2.1 - Demonstrate an understanding of effectively managing and working in teams in a business context.

This task comprises two parts. The first part is an individual submission, weighing 25%, and the second is a group report submission weighing 25%. The first part is an individual plan and reflection on completing the group report. First, you will plan to manage the teamwork necessary to complete the Group Report and prepare an individual plan. Your individual plan should include an evaluation of team members’ strengths and assigned responsibilities, time management (a schedule including milestones), communication management (including how to handle possible disputes), and risk management (constraints and problems that might arise). Although the project plan is assessed on individual performance, your team approach should present a coherent, coordinated, and consistent plan. After completing a project, your individual team plan should also include your reflection on teamwork.

The second part is the group report including the Excel Model, which is the outcome of your team plan and actual teamwork.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Structure of the project plan (Team plan- individual)
Clarity, logic and flow of arguments presented within the project plan (Team plan- individual)
Depth and breadth of the project plan (Team plan- individual)
Knowledge and application of effective group processes
Use of interpersonal skills when engaging with team members
Acknowledgement and facilitation of strengths and skills of team members
Individual contribution to the group task
Identification and critical analysis of pertinent issues in a management accounting context
1 4
Knowledge of problem-solving and/or analytical processes to develop and evaluate appropriate solutions to management accounting issues
1 4
Demonstrate critical thinking in addressing management accounting issues.
1 3 4
Application of knowledge of sustainability frameworks, theories and concepts and responsibilities in a business context
1 4
All - Assessment Task 2:Final examination
This exam is designed to allow you to demonstrate your competence in the analytic tools presented in this course.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
This assessment task is an online, open-book and invigilated exam. You will need to take the exam on Canvas at a specific time and date scheduled by the University, while also attending a live Zoom session and sharing your screen for invigilation purposes. You will need a working computer device, a stable internet connection and a webcam. In the Zoom session, an invigilator will verify your identity and supervise your computer screen and webcam feed throughout the duration of the exam. In special circumstances (for example if you do not have access to a computer or a reliable internet connection), you will be able to request an exam seat in one of UniSC computer labs to take the exam on Canvas and in the presence of an invigilator in a computer lab. More details about this exam will be provided on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Discussion and application of appropriate accounting theories for problem solving.
1 3

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Charles T. Horngren,Srikant M. Datar, Madhav V. Rajan, William Alexander Arthurs Maguire, Rebecca C. W. Tan 2017 Horngren's Cost Accounting: a Managerial Emphasis 3rd Ed. Pearson

Specific requirements

You will be required to have access to a computer. Computers are provided on campus. It is your responsibility to have a calculator.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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