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Course Description

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This course emphasizes the use of accounting information to facilitate effective management decisions. Topics include cost determination, cost control and analysis, budgeting, profit-volume analysis and capital investment analysis.

Note: This course may be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.
Note: This course is accredited by the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA) and may be applied towards the CHRP designation.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Clearly demonstrate an understanding and application of the various managerial accounting concepts;
  2. Categorize costs into different classifications based on their managerial decision usefulness;
  3. Identify optimal managerial decisions through Cost-Volume-Profit and relevant costing analysis;
  4. Apply variable, absorption and standard costing as appropriate in various contexts;
  5. Apply budgeting and budget projection tools in a business setting; and
  6. Incorporate managerial accounting tools in decision-making processes for immediate and long-term decisions.

Course Topics

  • Managerial Accounting and the Business Environment
  • Cost Terms, Concepts and Classification
  • Cost Behaviour – Analysis and Use
  • Cost-Volume-Profit Relationships
  • System Design – Job-Order Costing
  • Activity-Based Costing – A Tool to Aid Decision Making
  • Variable vs. Absorption Costing, A Tool for Management
  • Budgeting for Costs and Cash
  • Standard Costs
  • Reporting for Control
  • Relevant Costs for Decision Making
  • Capital Budgeting Decisions

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): ACCT*1220 or ACCT*2220

Equate(s): AGEC*2230, BUS*2230

Restriction(s): This is a Priority Access Course. Enrolment may be restricted to particular programs or specializations. See department for more information.


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Weekly Post-Class Quizzes (Best 10 x 2%) 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Weekly LearnSmart Unit Assignments (Best 10 x 1%) 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Problem Solving Assignment 10% 1, 2, 4 and 5
Midterm 10% 1, 2, 3 and 6
Online Final Exam 50% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
Total 100% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

Note: The student must pass the final exam to pass the course.


Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use McGraw-Hill Connect. Connect is a digital learning environment administered by McGraw-Hill Education. Visit their website to complete a check that ensures your computer meets the Connect system requirements.  

This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements: 

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. 

  1. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM. 

  1. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer. 

  1. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used. 

  1. Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.) 

  1. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection. 

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Management Accounting
May 13, 2021 to August 09, 2021
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,748.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes
Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.
Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Option 1: Managerial Accounting (Purchase a hard copy of the textbook bundled with a Connect access code. Connect access includes the SmartBook version of the textbook.)) by Ray Garrison, G. Richard Chesley, Ray Carroll, Alan Webb, and Theresa Libby © 2018 McGraw-Hill Education 11th Canadian edition ISBN ISBN13: 9781260193770
  • Publishers Access Code (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Option 2: Purchase 12 months of access to Connect. Connect access includes the SmartBook version of the textbook. McGraw-Hill ISBN ISBN13: 9781260193749
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