Faculty of Business and Economics

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Accounting and Finance
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2013 (Day)


This unit is an introduction to cost and management accounting. Topics include basic terms and concepts, classification and behaviour of costs, recording product cost transactions for manufacturing firms, process costing, overhead costs, cost-volume-profit analysis, standard costing, spoilage and waste, apportioning joint costs for multiple products, activity-based costing, pricing and product mix decisions, risk and uncertainty and information for management decisions.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. describe cost behaviour under different assumptions
  2. compare systems designed to provide relevant and timely information to managers for resource management and allocation decisions
  3. apply conventional and contemporary cost management techniques used in manufacturing and service industries
  4. explain the benefits and limitations of contemporary cost management techniques
  5. identify aspects broader than only financial aspects (such as environmental, social, economic and governance) in decision making
  6. apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills to individual and/or group activities dealing with cost information for decision making and demonstrate in individual summative assessment tasks the acquisition of a comprehensive understanding of the topics covered by AFS2770.


Within semester assessment: 30% Examination: 70%

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Contact hours

3 hours per week