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ACCT71-606: Management Accounting and Strategy May 2018 [Standard]

General information

The goal of this subject is to study the contribution management accounting can make to the management of organisations and to provide students with a framework for analysing and understanding the unique cost and revenue structures of each business. This understanding will facilitate organisational planning, control and decision making about the short-term (operational) and long-term (strategic) directions of the business.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:ACCT71-606
Subject title:Management Accounting and Strategy
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Seminar 1
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Seminar 2
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Study time and reviewing materials


Prescribed resources:
  • Brooks, A., Eldenburg, L.G., Oliver, J., Wolcott, S., and Vesty, G. (2011). Management Accounting. 2nd, New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc
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Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of key management accounting principles, concepts and practices. (Graduate attribute 1)
  2. Apply knowledge of management accounting to resolve organisational strategy, planning and control problems, and communicate effectively its application in addressing problems. (Graduate attributes 1 and 3)
  3. Discuss the relevance and importance of management accounting and strategy as an integral part of the overall management process for organisations. (Graduate attributes 1 and 2)
  4. Know the standards of ethical conduct and professional judgement that are expected by the management accounting profession, and explain how those standards affect the conduct of management accountants. (Graduate attribute 4).


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
In-Class Quiz - Individual Five In-Classs Quizzes 15% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4.
Essay Team assignment 20% Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4.
Computer-Aided Examination (Limited Open) Comprehensive Final Exam 40% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4.
Computer-Aided Examination (Limited Open) Mid-semester Examination 25% Week 6 (Mid-Semester Examination Period) 1, 2, 3, 4.

Pass requirement

Students are required to get an overall mark of 50 to pass this subject. Students must achieve 50% of total individual pieces of assessments, including quizzes, mid-term exam and final exam to pass the subject.

  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Introduces management accounting and explains how it differs from financial accounting. Considers the ethical requirements of professional accountants and the application of fundamental principles to the management accountant’s decision making. Concludes with an introduction to key cost terminology, allocation procedures, and inventory costing flows.

Overviews product costing in a manufacturing environment and extends to job costing and process costing systems and the differences between the two. The cost allocation system is contrasted with the more contemporary activity-based costing system in terms of the allocation of overhead costs. Explores the application of activity-based costing concepts to a range of scenarios.

Use regression and analytical techniques to identify the cost behaviour and function for use in pricing decisions, budgeting decisions, and profit forecasts. The use of spreadsheet software to graph and estimate a cost function. Apply regression analysis to detect earnings management.

Contrasts the usefulness of absorption costing and variable costing income statement formats. Focus on internal decision making, planning and performance evaluation based on variable costing system. Cost volume profit analysis is introduced and used to determine break-even points, target profit, evaluate operating risk, and special order and equipment replacement decisions.

Process of creating a master budget report, and the use of budgeting for planning and control. The flexible budget introduced as a management accounting tool that facilitates investigation into various budget variances. Calculation and interpretation of variances and making recommendations for improvement.

Introduces external strategic analysis tools including PESTEL, Porter’s five forces, and market segmentation analysis, and explores the implication of external analysis on pricing strategies. Price elasticity and optimal price, promotional pricing and demand analysis, cost-plus and market-based pricing, product lifecycle pricing strategies, and discrimination pricing, and related concepts are explored.

Internal strategic analysis tools including value chain analysis, resource audit analysis, SWOT analysis, competitive advantage, and market positioning, and the implications of internal analysis on internal costing management. Covers costing management and value creation strategies including target costing, Kaizen costing, product life costing, just-in-time inventory management, productivity management, capacity management, top quality management and activity-based management.

Considers the relevant and irrelevant information in various decision situations (e.g., outsourcing, dropping a department, product mix, and replacement of equipment). Considers opportunity costs, quantitative and qualitative factors in decision making. Identifies agency conflicts and examines performance-evaluation models that mitigate these conflicts.

Considers relevant cash flows for long-term investment decisions. Coverage is given to capital budgeting techniques, including NPV analysis, IRR, accounting rate of return, and payback period. Discussions are also given to after-tax effect on cash flows and depreciation shield. Discusses conflicts between long-term decision making model and performance evaluation model using accounting numbers.

Balanced scorecard model to evaluate strategy. Performance evaluation and the promotion of goal congruency, examples of dysfunctional behaviours, and an overview of agency costs, are covered. Compares decentralised and centralised organisational control and identifies advantages and disadvantages of both. Single-rate and dual-rate methods of cost allocation of support department costs. The implications of transfer pricing on taxes and performance evaluation.

Approved on: Mar 23, 2018. Edition: 1.4
Last updated: May 22, 2018.