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ACCG8308 – CPA - Strategic Management Accounting

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstance

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Leisa Henness
Contact via Contact via email
Consultation hours to be advised via ilearn
Unit Moderator
Ranjith Bala Appuhamilage
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(40cp at 6000 level and (ACCG921 or ACCG8121) and (ACCG923 or ACCG8123) and (ACCG926 or ACCG8126) and admission to MProfAcc or MProfAccgLead) or admission to MAdvProfAcc and 10cp at 8000 level
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit provides extended formal academic support to students concurrently enrolled in the Strategic Management Accounting unit of the CPA program. Specifically, the unit offers a strong theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of the strategic importance of management accounting. It emphasises the importance of correct understandings of environmental and organisation analysis. It stresses that management accounting must provide the correct knowledge that is critically important for effective decisions by management. In the increasingly competitive global business environment this knowledge includes not only financial issues but vitally important environmental and social concerns. The unit identifies the ‘strategic management accountant’ as a key member of organisation strategy development teams. It discusses the importance of the strategic management accountant acting as a moral compass within organisations being a key player involved in corporate social responsibility measurement and reporting and stakeholder recognition.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Investigate strategic management decision making in order to demonstrate how management accounting is essential to the creation, management and enhancement of value within entities and for societies.
  • ULO2: Integrate and apply the correct accounting tools and processes relevant to the selection, planning, implementation, control and monitoring of ongoing operations and of unique projects.
  • ULO3: Assess the characteristics of value chain analysis at both industry and organisational levels in order to ensure the design and construction of effective value adding strategies and activities and effective value drivers and value chains within an entity.
  • ULO4: Formulate ethical strategic and corporate social responsibility related performance measurement and controls systems within an entity and for the benefit of society generally.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Class Participation 15% No Various - detailed information on ilearn
Class test 1 20% No Week 4 - date and window TBA
Class Test 2 35% No Week 10- date and window TBA
CPA External Exam 30% No CPA exam period ( 7- 25 April)

Class Participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 13.5 hours
Due: Various - detailed information on ilearn
Weighting: 15%

 

Students are required to prepare and submit homework submissions which are graded, and attend and actively participate in class. Class participation is designed to encourage and help students achieve the learning outcomes of this unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Investigate strategic management decision making in order to demonstrate how management accounting is essential to the creation, management and enhancement of value within entities and for societies.
  • Integrate and apply the correct accounting tools and processes relevant to the selection, planning, implementation, control and monitoring of ongoing operations and of unique projects.
  • Assess the characteristics of value chain analysis at both industry and organisational levels in order to ensure the design and construction of effective value adding strategies and activities and effective value drivers and value chains within an entity.
  • Formulate ethical strategic and corporate social responsibility related performance measurement and controls systems within an entity and for the benefit of society generally.

Class test 1

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Week 4 - date and window TBA
Weighting: 20%

 

An online class test comprising multiple-choice questions and extended-response questions will be conducted during class time. This test is designed to provide feedback to students on their level of understanding of key topics and concepts covered, and to identify any particular learning challenges or areas of difficulty.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Investigate strategic management decision making in order to demonstrate how management accounting is essential to the creation, management and enhancement of value within entities and for societies.
  • Integrate and apply the correct accounting tools and processes relevant to the selection, planning, implementation, control and monitoring of ongoing operations and of unique projects.
  • Assess the characteristics of value chain analysis at both industry and organisational levels in order to ensure the design and construction of effective value adding strategies and activities and effective value drivers and value chains within an entity.
  • Formulate ethical strategic and corporate social responsibility related performance measurement and controls systems within an entity and for the benefit of society generally.

Class Test 2

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: Week 10- date and window TBA
Weighting: 35%

 

An online computer exam, mirroring the CPA exam conditions and length, will be conducted on line at home. This test is designed to provide feedback to students on their level of understanding of key topics and concepts covered and to identify any learning challenges or areas of difficulties.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Investigate strategic management decision making in order to demonstrate how management accounting is essential to the creation, management and enhancement of value within entities and for societies.
  • Integrate and apply the correct accounting tools and processes relevant to the selection, planning, implementation, control and monitoring of ongoing operations and of unique projects.
  • Assess the characteristics of value chain analysis at both industry and organisational levels in order to ensure the design and construction of effective value adding strategies and activities and effective value drivers and value chains within an entity.
  • Formulate ethical strategic and corporate social responsibility related performance measurement and controls systems within an entity and for the benefit of society generally.

CPA External Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: CPA exam period ( 7- 25 April)
Weighting: 30%

 

Examination administered by CPA Australia. CPA Australia will advise on the format and topics included in the final exam. Students need to achieve at least a Pass mark in this CPA external examination. If students do not pass this CPA examination, students will not pass this unit.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Investigate strategic management decision making in order to demonstrate how management accounting is essential to the creation, management and enhancement of value within entities and for societies.
  • Integrate and apply the correct accounting tools and processes relevant to the selection, planning, implementation, control and monitoring of ongoing operations and of unique projects.
  • Assess the characteristics of value chain analysis at both industry and organisational levels in order to ensure the design and construction of effective value adding strategies and activities and effective value drivers and value chains within an entity.
  • Formulate ethical strategic and corporate social responsibility related performance measurement and controls systems within an entity and for the benefit of society generally.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Required Text: CPA Professional Program: CPA104 Strategic Management Accounting Study Guide, Deakin University and CPA Australia, Edition as provided by CPA Australia in S1 2020.  The CPA Australia Study Guide is provided to you by CPA Australia.  You may also find a full software version on the CPA MyOnline Learning website.
Unit Web Page:
  • Course information is available on (iLearn).
  • iLearn access is at https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/
  • Advice for iLearn including login advice and relevant support is all available at the iLearn site.
  • The student web page for this unit is located on iLearn. This includes course material, announcements and results.
  • Each week you will find on iLearn Lecture Guidance Notes and In-Class Discussion Questions.  You will also find relevant reference materials on iLearn.
Technology Used and Required:
  • The principal technology used in this unit comprises web based access to resource materials (see above) and the learning management system called ‘iLearn’. 
  • Regular access to iLearn is strongly encouraged so that you have access to:
    • Resources developed for each class
    • Additional recommended reading and research resources
    • Additional information regarding assessment items that may be required
    • Any new information that may arise in relation to contingencies – including  any changes in dates, timetables or class details
    • iLearn communication and discussion tools as an effective means to enhance learning for all students and staff.
  • Please note that YOUR University email address must be used for both receiving and sending university emails.
Delivery Format and Other Details:

Seminars

  • Seminars:  Times and Locations will be advised on iLearn - you will attend one three hour seminar each week. At this stage it is likely there will be only an online seminar
  • To complete the unit successfully, you should attend one three hour seminar per week, attendance is recorded each week. 
  • Please refer to the class diary at the end of this unit guide for detailed weekly class content.
  • The University web site shows timetables:  https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2021/
Recommended Readings:
  • Langfield-Smith, K, Thorne, H and Hilton, R Management Accounting, McGraw Hill, North Ryde.  Any recent edition will provide useful background reading and also support for CPA Australia’s “assumed knowledge” protocols.
  • The CPA Australia CPA104 Strategic Management Accounting Study Guide ( 3rd Edition) provides a comprehensive reference list at the end of each module containing all references cited by the authors.  These references provide research sources for assignments and further reading on topics. 
  • Additional materials and research references will be made available or advised on iLearn.  Please note you MUST refer to iLearn regularly in order to gain current materials and relevant administrative advice.
Other Course Materials: 

Preparation for seminars

It is essential that you prepare for each seminar by reading all materials and references carefully.  This will include working through the relevant CPA Study Guide Modules carefully, noting any issues which you might like to discuss in class and, of course, contributing to in-class discussions and overall ‘group learning’.

You may download additional relevant class materials required each week from iLearn – login at https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/  These class materials will be placed on iLearn prior to class time.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you access and have copies of relevant material prior to classes. You should allow time for thorough reading of all materials before each class.

Learning and Teaching Activities

Each 3 hour seminar will consist of a combination of activities including seminar presentations by the lecturer, discussions and activities which will review key concepts. You are encouraged to engage in class discussion relating to questions raised, case studies and their analysis, current events/issues and practical, problem solving exercises. 

The material to be covered each week is shown in the Class Schedule (part of this Unit Guide) –additional information will be noted on the ilearn page which adds detailed date information to that shown in the Unit Guide.

A seminar that includes revision will be held prior to the external CPA Program exam.  This class will include analysis, questions and cases designed to explore the entire course.

Unit Schedule

UNIT SCHEDULE   ACCG8308 CPA – Strategic Management Accounting – Session 1 2021

Week

Class/Date

Topic

Module

Other information

W1

 

Class 1

Week start

25th January

 

 

Introduction to Strategic Management Accounting

 

 

Module 1

Introduction

Review of Unit Guide

W2

 

Class 2

Week start

1st February

Information for Decision Making

 

Module 2

 

W2

 

Class 3

Week start

1 February

Critical Management Accounting Technique workshop

(Saturday 8th August- recorded lecture)

 

Assumed Knowledge Review

 

 

W3

 

Class 4

Week start

8th February

 

Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting

 

 

Module 3

 

 

 

W4

 

Class 5

Week start

15th February

 

 

Class Test 1 (online)

 

 

 

 

Class Test 1

 

 

In Class Test 1 (20%) will cover modules 1-3

W5

 

Class 6

Week start

22nd February

 

Project Management

Module 4

 

W6

 

Class 7

Week start

1st March

Performance Management

Module 5

 

W7

 

Class 8

Week start

8th March

Tools for creating & managing value  

 

Module 6

 

 

 

W7  

Tools for creating & Managing Value

(Saturday 13th March - live zoom session - time TBA

Module 6 & Case study

 

W9

 

Class 10

Week start

15th March

 

Practice Examination Review Class

 

 

W10

 

Class 11

Week start

22th March

 

Class Test 2 (online)– 35% of marks – test is compulsory.  This test will mirror the CPA exam (to be advised when details are released by CPA) – covers all Modules. 

 

Class Test 2

 

35% of total marks covering modules 1-6.

 

 

W11

Class 12

Week start

29th March

 

Class  review.  Exam techniques discussion.

MQ Exam review & revision

 

 

 

W13

 

 

 

No Classes

 

 

Final (CPA Australia) Exam – CPA Exam period commences 7- 25th April

 

 

 

CPA Australia EXAM

30% of total marks

You must check ALL exam details with CPA Australia

Policies and Procedures

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Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

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Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

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