Students should attend three hours of face-to-face teaching per topic consisting of a 1.5-hour lecture and a 1.5-hour tutorial.
Lecture attendance is critical to students' learning in this unit. The lectures provide a general overview of the topics, highlighting the important concepts and techniques. Examples that are critical to the core themes of the course and reference to real-life examples are also discussed in the lectures to assist students in the application of the conceptual frameworks. Lecture notes will be made available on iLearn prior to the lectures. The lectures will also be live streamed via Echo360 Active Learning Platform on iLearn.
Tutorials constitute a critical learning experience of this unit, including a highly student-centred discussion of answers to pre-tutorial homework questions, and additional in-class exercises. The active participation in tutorials will assist students in developing problem-solving, and critical, analytical, and integrative thinking skills. Before attending the tutorial, students should have: (1) undertaken the required readings outlined in Unit Schedule; (2) attended or listened to the lecture; (3) completed the homework questions outlined in Unit Schedule; and (4) read and printed off the relevant Case Study chapter to bring to class, along with a hard copy of other materials (lecture slides, textbook, extra readings…) in order to attempt the in-class exercises. Students must attend their registered tutorial to earn marks towards tutorial assignments, group research report and class test.
The timetable for ACCG301 classes can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/
Expectations and Workload
Students are expected to spend 150 hours working on this unit. As a guide a student should spend these approximate amounts of time on each of the following activities:
||Assessment Task 1 (Tutorial Assignments)
||Assessment Task 2 (Group Research Report)
||Assessment Task 3 (Class Test)
||Assessment Task 4 (Final Examination)
There are prizes for this unit, namely the CPA Australia Prize for 300-level accounting and a Macquarie University Accounting and Corporate Governance Prize. See the following website for more information:
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
- Management Accounting: Information for creating and managing value by Kim Langfield-Smith, David Smith, Paul Andon, Helen Thorne and Ronald Hilton, 8th Edition, 2018, McGraw-Hill.
The prescribed text can be purchased from the Macquarie University Co-op Bookshop, and there are also copies of this text placed on closed reserve in the Macquarie University Library.
Recommended Academic Journals
- Accounting, Organisations and Society
- Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal
- International Journal of Operations and Production Management
- Contemporary Accounting Research
- Journal of Small Business Management
- Management Accounting Research
- Journal of Management Accounting Research
Please note that these journals are available electronically through Macquarie University Library.
Technology Used and Required
Students are required to use information technology in this unit.
Students will need to use:
- Library databases to source materials for the research reports, which are accessed electronically;
- Electronic (internet) access to iLearn to download unit outlines and other materials required for class activities and assignments;
- Electronic (internet) access to "Connect", an online study tool from McGraw-Hill for this unit (optional);
- Microsoft word and excel (where applicable) for the research reports.
You can check your computer’s software and hardware compatibility with Macquarie University Blackboard standard requirements at: https://learn.mq.edu.au/webct/RelativeResourceManager/25994001/Public%20Files/uw/software.html.
Unit Web Page
Course material is available on the learning management system (iLearn). The web page for this unit can be found at https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/ through which students will be able to access resources to support their learning throughout the semester. Students must regularly visit the website and use it as a resource centre to assist with their learning.
The following course materials and information will be available on Blackboard:
- Unit Schedule
- Important announcements
- Lecture notes
- Information on assessments
- Staff consultation hours and contact details
- Selected tutorial solutions
- Other relevant material
If you are unable to access the website because you are not aware of or have forgotten your username and password, please contact the IT helpdesk located on Level 1 of the Library on 9850 6500. The IT helpdesk will also be able to assist you with using iLearn. Please note that there is also a help feature in iLearn and you may refer to this instead for assistance in using iLearn. Please remember to log out when you have finished using iLearn. Failure to do so could result in unauthorised access to your iLearn account.