Accounting (ACCT) 356

Strategic and Competitive Analysis (Revision 8)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study** (check locations) - both options with eTextbook

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: ACCT 355. MKTG 396 is recommended but not required.

Faculty: Faculty of Business

ACCT 356 is not available for challenge.

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**Note: Students registering in grouped study mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the Faculty of Business Student Support Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


ACCT 356 provides intermediate coverage of managerial accounting concepts and the use of managerial accounting tools for strategic planning, measurement, and analysis. Students will develop an understanding of the role of management accounting information in building and managing a company's strategies—whether a for-profit or nonprofit organization.


  • Lesson 1: Strategy, Balanced Scorecard, and Strategic Profitability Analysis
  • Lesson 2: Environmental Scanning (Industry Analysis)
  • Lesson 3: Environmental Scanning (Internal Analysis of Value Chain)
  • Lesson 4: Strategic Measurement (Performance Evaluation)
  • Lesson 5: Strategic Measurement (Financial Statement Analysis)
  • Lesson 6: Sustainability
  • Lesson 7: Revenue and Customer Profitability Analysis
  • Lesson 8: Project Costing and Risk Management
  • Lesson 9: (Part A): Budgetary Control in Nonprofit Organizations
  • Lesson 9: (Part B): Performance Evaluation in Nonprofit Organizations


To receive credit for ACCT 356, you must achieve a composite course grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Final Exam Total
15% 15% 15% 55% 100%

Note: Students planning to transfer this course to a Chartered Professional Accountant designation are advised that they will be required to achieve a grade higher than the minimum passing grade. See CPA Requirements for details.

The examination(s) for this course will be written in the traditional pen and paper format.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Strategic and Competitive Analysis (2016), Second Custom Edition for Athabasca University. Pearson Learning Solutions. ISBN 978-1-323-38934-8.

A print version of the eText can be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided in the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

A sample lesson is available for you to review.

Current Grouped Study Locations

Current as of: July-06-2016 10:45

Institution Dates Delivery Contact
Grande Prairie Regional College
Grande Prairie
Alberta (AB)

Classroom & Online  e-text

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 8, October 3, 2016.

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Updated October 04 2016 by Student & Academic Services