Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Within organisations accounting practice and data directly influence everyday management decision making. The course introduces students to the concept of cost, cost behaviour, product costing systems, cost allocation and activity-based costing, budgeting, and standard costing control systems, relevant costing, pricing decisions and customer profitability analysis. Professional communication within management settings and contexts will be emphasised as an important attribute.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Sydney Elizabeth Street

  • Trimester 3 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss the preparation and use of management accounting information in an organisation;

2. Explain cost concepts used in management decision making;

3. Apply key costing methods and principles to generate information for decision making;

4. Critically analyse costing information taking into account the needs of management; and

5. Solve management accounting problems ethically using cost concepts, methods and principles.


The course deals with the principles and methods in the determination of the cost of activities, products, and services and the issues involved in such determination. Relevant conceptual costing models, the various approaches to costing for purpose of stewardship and management needs are examined:

  1. To impart knowledge about and develop a fundamental understanding of the principles and methods in the determination of the cost of activities, products and services;
  2. To heighten critical understanding of the conceptual elements, parameters, strengths and weaknesses of the range of generally accepted costing models;
  3. To reinforce sound reasoning, critical analysis and judicious judgement in the selection and application of relevant conceptual costing models for the various costing, financial reporting and management decision making purposes.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Professional Accounting, M Prof Acct (Adv), M Prof Acct/M Bus, M Prof Acct/M Bus Admin, and Grad Cert Prof Acct.

Assumed knowledge

PACC6000 Financial Accounting 1

Assessment items

In Term Test: Mid-Semester Test

Written Assignment: Assignment

Formal Examination: Examination

Contact hours

Sydney Elizabeth Street


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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