• Class Number 2491
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Wei Zeng
    • Dr Wei Zeng
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course provides students with an appreciation of management accounting concepts related to decision-making, planning and control. The course introduces a range of management accounting tools, including job and process costing, activity based costing, budgeting and variance analysis, and the balanced scorecard. The course also introduces the application of management accounting tools for the purpose of pricing, cost allocation, budgetary control, and performance evaluation.  Students will learn how to assess these through cost-benefit analysis.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the management accounting tools, including cost accounting system, budgeting system and performance measurement system;
  2. apply management accounting tools for the following purposes: cost allocation, budgetary control, performance evaluation, pricing and cost management;
  3. appraise the costs and benefits of different conventional and modern costing systems (e.g., absorption and variable costing, standard costing, activity-based costing);
  4. demonstrate an appreciation of the need for a balance between financial and non-financial information in decision making, control and performance evaluation applications of management accounting;
  5. collaborate with team members for successful completion of assigned tasks.

Research-Led Teaching

This course draws upon business practices, case studies and the research experience of the convenor. The team assignment is set in a practical business context and requires students to conduct research and refer to past empirical accounting research.

Examination Material or equipment

Details regarding materials and equipment that is permitted in an examination room can be found on the ANU website:


Information  regarding  permitted  examination  materials  for  the  course  will  be  available  on  the examination timetable website when the examination timetable is released:  http://timetable.anu.edu.au/

Required Resources

Horngren, C., Datar, S., Rajan, M., Wynder, M., Maguire, W. and Tan, R. (2018) Cost Accounting. A Managerial Emphasis, 3rd Australian Edition, Pearson Education.

Students are expected to have access to a copy of the prescribed book for the duration of the semester. The book can be purchased from the on campus bookshop.

An ebook version of the text is available from the Chifley Library (http://library.anu.edu.au/record=b4744387).

Other References

Hansen, D.R. and Mowen, M.M. (2006) Cost Management: Accounting and Control, 5th edition, South-Western College Publishing.

Garrison, R.H., Noreen, E.W. and Brewer, P. C. (2006) Managerial Accounting, 11th edition, McGraw- Hill/ Irwin.

Kaplan, R.S. and Atkinson, A.A. (1998) Advanced Management Accounting, 3rd edition, Prentice Hall.

Cielens, M. and Aquino, M. (1999). The Business of Communicating, 4th edition, McGraw-Hill/ Irwin. Dwyer, J. (2009). Communication in Business: Strategies and Skills, 4th edition, Pearson Education. Eunson, B. (2005). Communicating in the 21st Century. John Wiley and Sons.

Manalo, E., Wong-Toi, G. and Hansen, M. (1998). The Business of Writing: Written Communication Skills for Business Students. Addison Wesley Longman.

May, C. B. and May, G. S. (2003). Effective Writing: A Handbook for Accountants, 6th edition, Prentice Hall.

Windschuttle, K. and Elliot, E. (1999). Writing, Researching, Communicating: Communication Skills for the Information Age, 3rd edition, McGraw-Hill.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups and individuals

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information


Any student identified, either during the current semester or in retrospect, as having used ghost writing services will be investigated under the University’s Academic Misconduct Rule.


Email and Forums on the Wattle Course Website

Email and the Wattle course website are the preferred ways of communication. Student forums are set up on Wattle for each topic and can be viewed by all enrolled students and teaching staff. Students are encouraged to post any questions they have in the appropriate forum.

If necessary, the lecturer and tutors for this course will contact students on their official ANU student email address. Students should use this email address when contacting staff as spam filters used by ANU may not allow other email addresses to be received. Information about your enrolment and fees from the Registrar and Student Services' office will also be sent to this email address.



Students are expected to check the Wattle site for announcements about this course, e.g. changes to timetables or notifications of cancellations. Notifications of emergency cancellations of lectures or tutorials will be posted on the door of the relevant room.


Your final mark for the course will be based on the raw marks allocated for each of your assessment items. However, your final mark may not be the same number as produced by that formula, as marks may be scaled. Any scaling applied will preserve the rank order of raw marks (i.e. if your raw mark exceeds that of another student, then your scaled mark will exceed the scaled mark of that student), and may be either up or down.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to Cost Terms and Concepts
2 Cost Behaviour & CVP Analysis
3 Job and Process Costing Systems
4 Inventory Costing Methods & Activity-Based Costing
5 Activity-Based Management & Enterprise Information Systems
6 Mid-term Exam (No Lecture nor Tutorial)
7 Budgets and Flexible Budgets
8 Variances Analysis
9 Allocation of Support Department Costs Team Case Study Due
10 Performance Measurement System
11 Decision Making (Pricing and Relevant Costing)
12 Sustainability & Management Accounting

Tutorial Registration

Please see Wattle for tutors’ information.

Tutorial signup for this course will be done via the Wattle website. Detailed information about signup times will be provided on Wattle. When tutorials are available for enrolment, follow these steps:

1. Log on to Wattle, and go to the course site.

2. Click on the link "Tutorial enrolment".

3. On the right of the screen, click on the tab "Become Member of ……" for the tutorial class you wish to enter.

4. Confirm your choice.

If you need to change your enrolment, you will be able to do so by clicking on the tab "Leave group…" and then re-enrol in another group. You will not be able to enrol in groups that have reached their maximum number. Please note that enrolment in ISIS must be finalised for you to have access to Wattle.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial Work 5 % 04/03/2019 05/04/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Mid Semester Examination 25 % 01/04/2019 13/05/2019 1,2,3
Team Assignment (Case Study) 20 % 08/05/2019 27/05/2019 1,2,3,5
Final Examination 50 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 04/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 05/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Tutorial Work

Due Date: The due date listed in the assessment summary is the earliest possible date. This assessment task is assessed weekly.

Tutorial questions are provided with the aim of encouraging you to assume responsibility in the learning process. The tutorial mark will be determined by the preparation of set questions, exercises and problems for each tutorial. Each tutorial is worth a maximum of 1 mark and the overall tutorial mark is the sum of your top five tutorial marks.

Feedback: Progressive feedback will be provided on participation by Week 6 via the release of grades on Wattle gradebook.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 01/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 13/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Mid Semester Examination

Topics covered from Weeks 1 to 5 up to, and including, “Activity-Based Management & Enterprise Information Systems” will be examined.

Centrally administered examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. Mid-semester exams will be held in either Week 6 or Week 7. The due date listed in the assessment summary is the earliest possible date. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information. Exam scripts will not be returned. Students may review their exam scripts by appointment during scheduled sessions at the RSA School Office.

This examination is closed book but the following are permitted:

Translation dictionaries with signed permission forms. Permission forms for translation dictionaries are available from the Wattle or the RSA School Office foyer. Electronic dictionaries are not allowed.

Non-programmable calculator.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 08/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 27/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5

Team Assignment (Case Study)

Due Date: 8th May 2019 (Week 9)

Details: This is a team assignment to be completed in teams of 3 to 4 students. Further details will be available on Wattle latest by Week 5.

Presentation requirement: Assignments are to be word-processed, using the Times New Roman font size 12 (or equivalent). The line spacing must be at least a line and a half and there must be a minimum page margin 2.5 cm on all sides. Use of strict, professional expression is expected.


Both online and hard copy submission will be used.  Assignments are submitted using Turnitin in the course Wattle site. Hard copy submission is through the slot under the counter of the Research School of Accounting (RSA) Office by 4pm on the due date. Assignments must include the RSA cover sheet. Please sign on the cover sheet. All assignments are cleared, sorted and date-stamped on due date.

Do not hand your assignment to the lecturer or tutor. If you intend to submit the assignment prior to the due date, you must advise the office staff in advance of your intention to do so.

Late assignments are to be placed in the assignment submission box with a note on the cover sheet to stipulate the due date and actual date of submission.

Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Examination

The final examination will involve a 3 hour paper, plus a 15 minute reading time. The examination will be based on the topics scheduled in weeks 1 to 12 inclusive. The examination will be a closed book.

Centrally administered examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. The due date listed in the assessment summary is the earliest possible date. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information. Exam scripts will not be returned. Students may review their exam scripts by appointment during scheduled sessions at the RSA School Office.

Permitted materials for the final examination:

Translation dictionaries with signed permission forms. Permission forms for translation dictionaries are available from the Wattle or the RSA School Office foyer. Electronic dictionaries are not allowed.

Non-programmable calculator.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

The team assignments will be returned to students in tutorials in Week 12.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

This course does not accept resubmission of assignment.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Wei Zeng

Research Interests

Management Accounting

Dr Wei Zeng

Tuesday 15:00 17:00
Dr Wei Zeng

Research Interests

Dr Wei Zeng

Tuesday 15:00 17:00

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