ACX4090 - Issues in management accounting - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Accounting

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Matthew Hall

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus block of classes)


Students must be enrolled in course B3701 or B6002.


The unit provides an overview of research in management accounting, including consideration of the major theoretical foundations of the management accounting discipline and the variety of research methods employed to investigate management accounting topics. Research related to a variety of management accounting practices is examined including budgeting, performance measurement, incentives, and formal and informal methods of control.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. discuss research paradigms and relevant theories as they relate to management accounting research
  2. evaluate and contrast research paradigms and different research methods used in management accounting research
  3. critically evaluate empirical research and develop an ability to identify major research questions in management accounting research
  4. apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills in individual and/or group activities dealing with issues in management accounting research.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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