Course Title: Management Accounting and Business

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Management Accounting and Business

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


615H Accounting


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021


Kolej Metropolitan


615H Accounting


Offsh 3 09,
Offsh 1 10,
Offsh 3 10,
Offsh 1 11,
Offsh 3 11


Singapore Inst of Management


615H Accounting


Offsh 3 09,
Offsh 1 10,
Offsh 3 10,
Offsh 1 11,
Offsh 3 11,
Offsh1 12,
Offsh3 12,
Offsh1 13,
Offsh3 13,
Offsh1 14,
Offsh3 14,
Offsh1 15,
Offsh3 15,
Offsh1 16,
Offsh3 16,
Offsh3 17,
Offsh3 18,
Offsh1 19,
Offsh3 19,
Offsh1 20,
Offsh3 20,
Offsh1 21


Malaysia Institute of Managemt


615H Accounting


Offsh 1 10


RMIT University Vietnam


615H Accounting


Viet2 2007,
Viet3 2007,
Viet1 2008,
Viet2 2008,
Viet3 2008,
Viet1 2009,
Viet2 2009,
Viet3 2009,
Viet1 2010,
Viet2 2010,
Viet3 2010,
Viet1 2011,
Viet2 2011,
Viet3 2011,
Viet1 2012,
Viet2 2012,
Viet3 2012,
Viet1 2013,
Viet2 2013,
Viet1 2014,
Viet2 2014,
Viet3 2014,
Viet1 2015,
Viet2 2015,
Viet3 2015,
Viet1 2016,
Viet2 2016,
Viet3 2017,
Viet1 2018,
Viet2 2018,
Viet1 2019,
Viet2 2019,
Viet1 2020,
Viet3 2020


Universitas Pelita Harapan


615H Accounting


Offsh1 16


RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus


615H Accounting


Viet1 2020,
Viet3 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Sarath Ukwatte

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5763

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Level 11, Building 80, Swanston Street, Melbourne

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



Course Description

This course develops the theory and application of finance in a management accounting control context. The course provides an opportunity for you  to understand how finance theory and applications are used by managers in management accounting decision making and to fulfil their accountability to stakeholders.. Key finance methods used by management accountants for a variety of planning, strategic and risk management decisions are explored in detail in this course.

Case-based scenarios are used to illustrate a variety of organisational contexts designed to engage students in active discussion each week. Practical skills in areas of standard costing, contemporary approaches to budgeting, working capital management and capital investment decisions for business operations will be developed. The practical application enables students to further conceptualise and articulate the use of finance within organisations, in a management accounting context.

In this way, you will gain a broader understanding of the implications of finance in management accounting decisions.  The advantages and limitations of finance techniques in decision making expose students to the broader social and behavioural context of finance in management accounting control.  You will explore the situations in which finance supports, or hinders, both short and long term strategic investment decisions.  A critique of financial risk management calculation is a key focus area for this course. 

It is assumed you will have knowledge of introductory accounting and management accounting to be able to apply them in a business setting.

You are advised to follow the sequence of courses in the degree structure.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On the successful completion of this course you will demonstrate your work-readiness skills by being able to:

  1. Prepare, analyse and communicate management accounting and finance data for decision making to specialists and non-specialists.  
  2. Prepare and evaluate analytical reports for short-term operational plans and long-term strategic capital investments.   
  3. Evaluate and make assumptions about pricing business and operating plans and recognise the trade-off required if different courses of action are taken.  
  4. Identify business risks faced by organisations and develop and communicate risk management strategies to specialists and non-specialists. 
  5. Evaluate contribution of management accounting and finance functions to the accountability and social aspects of an organisation while maintaining organisational sustainability

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 



Overview of Assessment


Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs:1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.