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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


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Weekly Post-Class Quizzes (Best 10 out of 11 x 1%) 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Weekly LearnSmart Unit Assignments (Best 10 out of 11 x 1%) 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Chapter Quizzes (2) 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Midterm 25% 1, 2, 3, 6
Final Exam 35% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Total 100%  

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


Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. 

Please view the Technical Considerations.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Management Accounting
September 08, 2022 to December 02, 2022
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $713.81 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,106.72 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 H. Garrison, Theresa Libby, Alan Webb © 2021 McGraw-Hill Education 12th Canadian edition ISBN 13: 9781260881479
  • Publishers Access Code (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Option 2: Purchase 12 months of access to Connect. Connect access includes the SmartBook version of the textbook. (Purchase a binder-ready (loose leaf) version of the text from the Connect site, after you have purchased access.) McGraw-Hill ISBN 13: 9781260881127
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