AC302-Advanced Management Accounting

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: AC201 Management Accounting or AC208 Management Information
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Ekililu Salifu

Email: e.salifu@henley.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Management accounting may be seen as a way of providing information in three main areas: costing, decision-making, and planning and control. The emphasis of this module will mainly be on the last two areas (i.e., decision making and planning and control). In reality, however, it is often difficult to separate any one area from the other two. For example, standard costing provides costing information which is then used as a tool for planning and control.



This module is delivered at University of Reading UK, University of Reading Malaysia and Beijing Institute of Technology.


Aims:

This module aims to further develop students’ critical understanding of the role of management accounting in organisational decision making and control. It seeks to provide students with a critical conceptual and technical understanding of management accounting tools and techniques relating to the provision and use of financial and managerial information in organisational decision-making, planning and control. An emphasis is placed on the strategically focused organisation in the modern business environment.


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:



1. Discuss the requirements of accounting for managers in relation to planning, decision making and control in the modern business context;



2. Prepare or complete quantitative statements to provide a basis for effective management problem solving and decision-making;



3. Recognise and discuss the qualitative aspects, including behavioural aspects, of decision-making, planning and control and appraise these in relation to management accounting problems especially in relation to:



     a. the effects of using traditional management accounting systems in a modern business environment



     b. performance measurement and performance management



     c. organisational change



     d. effective remuneration and incentive (reward) systems.



4. Organise and communicate information clearly, succinctly and in the required format, both under timed conditions and in assessed work; and



5. Critically assess selected academic and professional literature


Additional outcomes:

Structured activities are designed to develop independent learning, including reflective, adaptive and collaborative learning. Students will be provided with opportunities to use information and communications technology for business applications through use of relevant web resources and electronic communication techniques, including Blackboard. An emphasis is placed on collaborative learning through use of Blackboard Wikis or the Discussion Board to develop solutions to case study problems.


Outline content:

Use of traditional management accounting in the modern business environment; analysis of costs using high/low and regression methods; advanced costing techniques; multiple product CVP; multiple scarce resources and the calculation of shadow prices; pricing strategies including the consideration and calculation of price elasticity of demand; effects of the learning curve; performance measures, including balanced scorecard; divisionalisation; behavioural factors in decision making processes including a consideration of remuneration and incentive (reward) systems.


Global context:

The module is situated in an internationalised context. Relevant case studies will be drawn on where necessary, to explore and develop a practical understanding of aspects of the module.



 


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

A combination of lectures and practical classes/workshops will be used for the delivery of the module. Lectures will be used for the exposition of the main concepts, principles and techniques associated with the discipline. The workshops will focus on numerical practice and discussion of examination style and case study questions.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 2
Practicals classes and workshops 16
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 25
    Wider reading (directed) 20
    Exam revision/preparation 22 20
    Advance preparation for classes 20
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 20
    Group study tasks 20
    Essay preparation 5
    Reflection 10
       
Total hours by term 156 22 22
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

One 150 minutes closed book unseen written exam in the Summer term.


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One 2000-word written group coursework essay to be submitted by the end of week 7, Autumn term and a 500- word individual reflective account to be submitted by the end of week 7, Autumn term.


Formative assessment methods:

Formative assessments are available in the text book for all topics. In addition, exam style questions are available on Blackboard and students will practice exam style questions and case studies in workshops. Marking guides and feedback are provided where appropriate so that students can assess their own performance.


Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy. 

•  where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;

•  where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf

You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

 



 


Assessment requirements for a pass:
A minimum mark of 40% is required for a University pass.

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment is through examination only in August / September of the same year.


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Required text books - £47: Drury C., 2018.  Management and Cost Accounting, 10 ed., Cengage: London.

Calculator - £15: Casio FX-83GTPLUS or Casio FX-85GTPLUS



 


Last updated: 8 April 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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