Accounting (ACCT) 355
Cost Analysis (Revision 11)
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Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)
Faculty: Faculty of Business
ACCT 355 has a Challenge for Credit option.
Télé-université du Québec equivalency: FIN 2005
ACCT 355 will take you through the details of cost accumulation and product costing, as well as the measurement and identification of relevant costs for managerial decision making, planning, control, and performance measurement.
Lesson 1 serves as a foundation for the course, providing a general perspective of management accounting and how it relates to financial accounting. The first part of the lesson discusses the three broad functions of management and the role of management accountants in an organizational structure. It also describes how the ever-changing business environment has affected the practice of management accounting and the accountant's role in an organization. The second part of Lesson 1 looks at management accounting practices and terminology, and provides an overview of basic concepts in identifying and classifying costs.
Lessons 2 through 10 are organized according to three themes:
- Lessons 2 to 4 focus on cost accumulation and product costing for inventory valuation and income determination. This theme focuses mainly on assigning costs to products and services to separate costs incurred during a period between costs of goods sold and inventories.
- Lessons 5 to 7 discuss the measurement and identification of relevant costs for different types of managerial decisions.
- Lessons 8 to 10 concentrate on the processes involved in planning, control, and performance measurement. The emphasis is on the accounting process as a means of providing information to help managers control the activities for which they are responsible.
- Lesson 1: Accounting, Business, and Competitiveness
- Lesson 2: Product Costing—Job Order Costing
- Lesson 3: Product Costing—Process Costing
- Lesson 4: Activity-Based and Service Department Costing
- Lesson 5: Decision-Making: Cost-Volume-Profit (CVP)Analysis
- Lesson 6: Incremental Analysis and Absorption versus Variable Costing: A Decision-Making Perspective
- Lesson 7: Pricing and Inventory Decisions
- Lesson 8: Budgetary Planning: The Master Budget
- Lesson 9: Budgetary Control and Responsibility Accounting
- Lesson 10: Planning for Capital Investments
To receive credit for this course, you must write a final examination and pass it with a grade of at least 50%. In addition, you must achieve a minimum overall course grade of D (50 percent). Any quizzes or assignments not submitted will receive a grade of 0%.
The following chart describes the credit weight associated with each assessment activity:
|Activity||Credit weight||When to complete|
|Quizzes (6@ 2.5%)||15% of final grade||After Lessons 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9|
|Assignment 1||10% of final grade||After Lessons 4|
|Assignment 2||10% of final grade||After Lessons 7|
|Assignment 3||10% of final grade||After Lessons 10|
|Final Examination||55% of final grade||End of course|
|Total||100% of final grade|
The examination 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.
Your performance in ACCT 355 will be evaluated on the basis of the work conducted on assignments and on the results of the examination. Because the assignments and the examination have been designed to assess analytical skills, you will need to synthesize the concepts learned throughout the course.
Weygandt, J.J., Kimmel, P.D., Kieso, D.E., & Aly, I.M. (2015). Managerial Accounting: Tools for Business Decision-Making (4th Cdn. Ed.). Toronto: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd. ISBN 978-1118856994
A print version of the eText can sometimes be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
Students will access all other course materials online.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
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 11, August 8, 2016.
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Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services