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University of Exeter Business School

Managerial Accounting

Module titleManagerial Accounting
Module codeBEA2010
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Vicky Kiosse (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This module introduces management accounting concepts and techniques such as traditional and activity-based costing, transfer pricing, flexible and activity-based budgeting as well as simple and multiple regression analysis in the context of cost estimation. In addition, it discusses employee motivation, performance evaluation and compensation systems. Further, it evaluates the behavioural impacts of various management accounting techniques and systems as well as their implications for control system design. Students will acquire a clear understanding of how to use and apply the techniques of managerial accounting as well as their behavioural implications.

Additional information


This module takes an international perspective and considers the effectiveness of management accounting methods in different countries.


You will acquire knowledge and understanding of managerial accounting that concern practitioners and researchers and which have practical relevance in the workplace (careers in management accounting, internal control, management control and consultancy). In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop analytical, problem-solving, and argument-building skills during the seminar classes and while completing various activities, skills which are essential in the workplace.


Sustainability is built into the curriculum. In addition, most of the resources for this course are available on the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment).

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the management accounting concepts and techniques that are used in contemporary businesses. In particular, the course will discuss the manner in which managerial accounting information is used by contemporary businesses and how such information aids the design and operation of management control systems. After discussing the changes that took place in the business environment, this module discusses employee motivation, performance evaluation and measurement systems, compensation systems, costing systems, budgeting, transfer pricing as well as their behavioural implications. You will acquire both a clear understanding of different management accounting and control systems and will be capable of designing systems appropriate to particular contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. develop cost and management accounting problem-solving skills;
  • 2. identify and evaluate alternative management accounting systems;
  • 3. synthesize information from various management accounting methods;
  • 4. explain and evaluate the impact of alternative budgeting approaches.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. explain the interaction between financial accounting and managerial accounting;
  • 6. identify and discuss the consequences of operating a particular management accounting system.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. work effectively independently as well as part of a group;
  • 8. develop problem-solving, analytical and argument-building skills.

Syllabus plan

Introduction to managerial accounting and control

• Performance evaluation and measurement systems
• Costing systems: Traditional and Activity-based costing
• Strategic management systems and the balanced scorecard                 
• Cost behaviour and estimation
• Employee motivation, incentives and compensation systems
• Flexible budgeting and activity-based budgeting                              
• Quality and costs of quality
• Transfer  pricing  
• Allocating support service costs
• Review of the course

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities22Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities10Seminars: Students will be expected to work on the exercises and problems in advance. They will then be expected to discuss these in groups during the seminar sessions and to actively participate in solving problems and discussing questions.
Guided Independent Study118Reading, preparation for classes and tutorials.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Participation in seminar classes6 hours1-8Discussion during the seminar sessions. Indicative solutions will be uploaded on ELE.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
In class test301 hour1-8Feedback will be provided to students.
Exam (Written)351 hour1-8Written feedback.
Exam (MCQs)351 hour1-8Written feedback.

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
In class test (30%) In Class Test (30%) [1 hour]1-8Referral/deferral period
Exam (Written) (35%)Exam (Written) (35%) [1 hour]1-8Referral/deferral period
Exam (MCQs) (35%)Exam (MCQs) (35%) [1 hour]1-8Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you have been deferred for any assessment you will be expected to submit the relevant assessment. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be expected to submit the relevant assessment. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:
Lecture slides and detailed lecture notes will be provided by the module convenor.

Other resources (students can also consult previous editions of these textbooks, if they wish):

• Hilton, R.W., & Platt, D.E. (2017). Managerial accounting: creating value in a dynamic business environment (11th ed.). Singapore: McGraw-Hill Education.
• Burns, J., Quinn, M., Warren, L., & Oliveira, J. (2013). Management accounting. Maidenhead London: McGraw-Hill Education.
• Bhimani, A., Horngren, C.T., S. Datar, S.M., & Rajan. (2015). Management and cost accounting (Ebook.). Harlow: Pearson Education.
• Anthony, R., Govindarajan, V., Hartmann, F., Kraus, K., & and Nilsson, G (2014). Management control systems (European ed.),. New York: McGraw-Hill Education..
• Zimmerman, J.L. (2016). Accounting for decision-making and control (9th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Web based and electronic resources:

-  Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), 

-  Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), 

-  Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW),



Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Additional material will be provided by the course convenor when appropriate.

Web support:

The course outline and other useful information are also available on the ELE coursepage. Relevant material will be made available before the sessions for downloading. Answers to the seminar questions will be available on ELE after the seminar take place.

Key words search

Managerial Accounting

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

BEA1013 Introduction to Accounting

Module co-requisites

Cannot be taken with BEA2017 Intermediate Management Accounting or BEA3017 Advanced Management Accounting

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