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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on the strategic aspects of management planning and control for profit seeking firms and examines the contribution management accounting makes in setting and maintaining organisational direction. Topics include the development of performance measurement and evaluation systems within decentralised firms; the use of financial and non-financial performance measures for evaluating business unit performance; pricing intra-organisational exchanges; the cost allocation problem; and contemporary topics such as strategic cost management, customer profitability analysis and investment in new technology.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Accounting major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of how management accounting information assists managers to make effective planning and controlling decisions through in-depth knowledge of management accounting concepts and techniques; (2) apply management accounting techniques to various types of manufacturing businesses that assist in decision making; (3) critically analyse problems that may arise in manufacturing and service businesses; (4) evaluate solutions to problems to arrive at reasonably logical decisions in management accounting; (5) communicate clearly, concisely and logically, both orally and in written form; and (6) demonstrate an ability to work effectively in teams.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) Student participation & Quizzes; (2) group assignment and verbal presentation; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Thanesvary Subraamanniam
Unit rules
ACCT1112 Management Accounting
or ACCT2112 Management Accounting
ACCT2203 Contemporary Managerial Accounting
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.