Course Outline

ACC610 Strategic Management Accounting

Course Coordinator:Monte Wynder ( School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2021ATMC Semester 1

USC Sydney

USC Melbourne

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

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


In Strategic Management Accounting you will develop an advanced body of knowledge to prepare you for a career as a future business leader. Technical and communication skills will be developed and practiced as you creatively and critically analyse and evaluate business problems. You will communicate your solutions utilising various digital tools and through oral communication. Your community consciousness will increase as you evaluate the social, environmental, and economic impacts of business decisions. The ability to collaborate with team members will also be an important skill that will prepare you to adapt to the changing role of the management accountant and contribute to the strategic management of the organisations in which you will work. 

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Lecture 2hrs Not applicable Not Yet Determined
Tutorial/Workshop 1 1hr Not applicable Not Yet Determined

Course Topics

  1. The role of accounting information in management decision making and workflow and process analysis
  2. Working in teams
  3. Measuring and reporting sustainability
  4. An introduction to cost terms and inventory costing
  5. Product and service costing
  6. Student Oral Presentations
  7. Spreadsheeting skills demonstrated
  8. Determining how costs behave
  9. Activity-based costing and activity-based management
  10. Pricing decisions and customer-profitability analysis
  11. Flexible budgets, direct-cost variances and management control
  12. Strategy and the balanced scorecard

What level is this course?

600 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

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 Prepare and analyse complex management accounting data. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2 Utilise management accounting data to convincingly communicate strategic initiatives. Creative and critical thinker
PC1.1, PC1.2, PC1.3, PC3
3 Incorporate social and environmental objectives into management accounting analyses. Sustainability-focussed
PC4, PC5
4 Demonstrate an understanding of strategies for effectively leading and working in teams in a business context. Engaged
PC2, PC3
5 Demonstrate advanced oral communication skills in a business context. Engaged

* Competencies by Professional Body

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
PC1.1 Written Communication
PC1.2 Oral Communication
PC1.3 Digital Literacy
PC2 Collaboration
PC3 Creative and Critical Thinking
PC4 Community Consciousness
PC5 Cultural Awareness

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”.


Enrolled in any PGRD Program


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

A basic 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

Formative feedback will be provided in tutorials from Week 2.

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 Oral and Written Piece Individual 25%
5 minutes per individual.
Week 5 In Class
All 2 Report Group 25%
Week 10 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 50%
2 hours
Exam Period Exam Venue
All - Assessment Task 1:Oral Presentation
You will reflect on your contribution to team processes and present recommendations from your team’s spreadsheet model.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
This is an individual assessment item. You will make a 5-minute oral presentation. Although this may be done in teams, assessment will be based on individual performance. 
This task is being used for measuring assurance of learning towards Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. The following Program Learning Objective will be assessed:
Program Learning Objective 2.1 - Demonstrate an understanding of strategies for effectively leading and working in teams in a business context.
Program Learning Objective 1.2 - Demonstrate advanced oral communication skills in a business context.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrate advanced oral communication skills in a business context.
Demonstrate an understanding of strategies for effectively leading and working in teams in a business context.
Assessment criteria are mapped to the course learning outcomes.
1 2 3 4 5
All - Assessment Task 2:Report
You will develop collaboration skills through the production of a strategic management project using Microsoft Excel.
Product: Report
In teams of three (3), you will plan and prepare a spreadsheet model.
This task is being used for measuring assurance of learning towards Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. The following Program Learning Objectives will be assessed:
Program Learning Objective 4.1 - Demonstrate a capacity for a socially responsible and sustainable approach to business decisions.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Design a spreadsheet model to address the business problem presented to you.
Demonstrate a capacity for a socially responsible and sustainable approach to business decisions.
All - Assessment Task 3:Final examination
You will demonstrate your competence in the analytic tools presented in this course.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
The final examination is an unseen, closed book, two-hour examination, comprising both theoretical and practical questions in an extended answer format.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrate competence in the use of course specific analytic tools

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 Horngren, C.T., Datar, S., Rajan, M., Maguire, W., and Tan, R. 2018 Cost Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis 3rd Ed. Pearson: Frenchs Forest

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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