ACCT4440 Management Accounting: Issues and Perspectives

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Accounting [Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)]
This unit provides an advanced study in management accounting. The focus is on the theoretical development of management accounting and advances in management accounting research. Emphasis is placed on the theoretical perspectives and methodologies associated with empirical research in management accounting, including budgeting, performance evaluation, behavioural issues, systems design and changing philosophies.

Topics include the development and importance of management accounting research; evaluation of journal quality; underlying theories; systematic empirical research in performance evaluation (early studies, complex studies, extensions); contemporary issues; changing philosophies; systems design; determinants of systems and performance; effects of budgetary participation; budgetary control systems; judgement and decision making; compensation schemes and performance.

Selected journal articles and research studies are used to assist students in understanding and applying management accounting concepts and techniques, developing research proposals and undertaking empirical research in management accounting.
Students are able to (1) evaluate the theoretical advantages and disadvantages of management accounting information systems to evaluate products, strategies and employees; (2) visually and orally present a real implementation of a management accounting information system; (3) critically evaluate a real implementation of a management accounting information system; (4) work in teams to formulate advice to improve an existing management accounting information system accounting issues and changing management accounting philosophies; (5) incorporate different points of view in the critical evaluation of a management accounting information system; and (6) demonstrate the ability to produce clear and concise written communication in a complex accounting context to accountants and non-accountants.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) class participation; (2) group report and presentation; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Thanesvary Subraamanniam
Unit rules
ACCT1112 Management Accounting
ACCT2112 Management Accounting
ACCT5633 Accounting for Planning and Control
Contact hours
lectures/Practical Classes/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
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