Throughout the session, the following textbook is referred to: Merchant, K.A. & Van der Stede, W.A. (2017) Management Control Systems (Pearson, 4th edition). Please note that unless otherwise directed, students must not use the 3rd edition of the required textbook because the content is different to the content in the 4th edition. All relevant chapters and cases from the textbook can be accessed electronically through the library, using the Leganto link on iLearn. Whilst students may wish to purchase the textbook it is not necessary as all required reading materials are available on Leganto.
Other required readings, such as academic journal articles are also available electronically through the library using the Leganto link on iLearn. The unit schedule contains a summary of the required chapters, cases and academic articles students are expected to read each week. Please note that whilst the Unit Convenor monitors the availability of learning materials available from the library, accessibility of these materials is directly under the control of the University Library. If you experience any problems accessing the readings on Leganto, please contact the unit convenor.
Unit Web Page
1. All course material is available on the learning management system (iLearn).
2. iLearn can be easily accessed via the university's student webpage or at http://ilearn.mq.edu.au
3. You are expected to regularly consult this unit's web page. You will find administrative updates (announcements), lecture notes, assessed coursework activities, grading rubrics, helpful resources and the assessment guide posted there.
4. If you are unable to access the website because you are not aware of or have forgotten your username and password, please see the URL http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/ on how to obtain assistance from the IT helpdesk. The IT help desk will also be able to assist you with using iLearn. You may also refer to the help feature in iLearn.
5. Please remember to log out when you have finished using iLearn. Failure to do so could result in unauthorized access to your iLearn account.
Technology Used and Required
Students are required to use information technology in this unit. Students will need to use:
- Library databases to source academic research papers, which are accessed electronically;
- Leganto (see ACCG8028 website) to access the required readings for this unit;
- Microsoft Word for assessment tasks;
- Microsoft Excel for assessment tasks if required;
- Microsoft Power Point for seminar notes, 'Participatory Tasks' (when required) and the 'Media Presentation';
- Electronic (internet) access to iLearn to download assessment guide and lecture material each week;
- Internet access to research organisations and to access other materials for the 'Research Project' undertaken in teams;
- Smartphones or a digital camera to film a video for the 'Media Presentation'; there is no requirement for equipment to be purchased.
Lectures & Workshops
This unit comprises three hours of teaching per week, consisting of a weekly three hour workshop which can be completed either online or face to face. All classes commence in week 1 and continue through until week 13. Students are able to choose whether they attend an online or face to face workshop. Please select your preference via e-student. The timetable for the weekly workshops can be found at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au. Once you have enrolled in a workshop you are excepted to attend that class for the entirety of the session.
As workshops constitute a critical learning experience of this unit, students must attend all workshops and come prepared to participate in the discussion and workshop activities. A high participatory teaching strategy with inclusive practice is adopted, where students can engage with their fellow students and the Unit Convenor. Please note that Workshops 10 and 12 are self-study workshops and students are not required to attend workshops during these weeks. Students are required to complete work for these workshops online, including assessed coursework activities. There is no workshop in Week 13. Students should work towards preparation of the video presentation.