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2020/2021  BA-BIBAO3011U  Managerial Accounting

English Title
Managerial Accounting

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Business, Asian Language and Culture
Course coordinator
  • Cristiana Parisi - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Accounting
  • Economics
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 29-06-2020

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Learning objectives
At the exam the student should demonstrate the following learning objectives:
  • Describe and understand the notion of opportunity cost and organizational architecture and explain how they together constitute a framework for analyzing management accounting systems in a decision making and a control perspective
  • Describe and understand different management accounting theories and discuss their strengths and limitations from a decision making as well as a control perspective
  • Use terms, models, perspectives and theories on specific cases to identify the economy-based problems.
  • Analyze the cost of improving accounting systems decision making ability and effectiveness as a control device and reflect upon the trade-off between the use of accounting for different purposes
  • Reflect on and assess the value and relevance of specific management accounting systems in a particular organizational setting.
Managerial Accounting:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 24 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

The exam date will be announced on Digital Exam


Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Aim of the course

The overall purpose of this course is to learn how to understand, implement and discuss managerial accounting concepts and tools used to manage organizational operations in the short and long run as well as at the local and global level.


Managerial Accounting aims to give students knowledge about how companies are using Managerial Accounting as a strategic technology for controlling. The economic control is using information about costs, prices, benefits, resources etc. to make decisions on a local or central level in a way to secure the best possible result for the company. 


More specifically, Managerial Accounting will address the planning and organizing of a company, with a focus on calculations, design, and implementation of performance goals, measuring and reporting, and interpretation of the achieved results. This is giving the opportunity to handle practical tasks in the operation (e.g. budgeting) and to view every single task in a more overall perspective.


During the course, the following central issues will be presented and discussed:


  • The nature of costs and cost allocation
  • Opportunity cost
  • Organizational architecture
  • Transfer pricing
  • Budgets
  • Absorption cost and standard cost
  • Variances 

The course relies on lectures, exercises, and case-discussions of different issues in the field of managerial accounting. More specifically, the topics include the analysis of costs and cost behavior, standard and activity based-costing, break-even analysis, planning, and budget preparation, divisional performance measurements but also some basic financial statement analysis.

Description of the teaching methods
The program is organized around lectures and exercises both in class and online.
A high degree of activity from the students is required in order to achieve the best result. The lectures will not necessarily cover all aspects of the curriculum, but the main topics will be discussed and supported by a number of exercises and questions that the students are expected to solve before the lectures. The purpose of these exercises is to explicate the theory and to bring a more practical angle into the course. Various topics will be covered during the lessons in a way where it will be natural to bring in practical exercises. This means there will not be any formal distinct demarcation between formal lessons and solving problems (exercises).
The course also makes use of online elements with both multiple-choice tests, lectures and exercises.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback regarding the course will take place in three forms:
1) Guiding/indicative solutions to the exercises worked within the lessons will be uploaded on Canvas and
2) Feedback in class during the lessons will take place due to the form of the lessons that are based upon active dialogue between lecturer and students.
3) Individually answered tests will be issued online during the semester followed by a lesson, where indicative answers are given and discussed

Student workload
Lectures 25 hours
Exercises 40 hours
Preparation (i.e. hours spent for reading, group work, etc.) 117 hours
Exam 24 hours
Further Information

Please note that this course runs for the first time in the autumn semester of 2020 following the IBA programme reform.

Expected literature

Zimmerman, Jerold

Accounting for Decision Making and Control, latest ed.



Please note: these reading materials are only tentative and changes may occur. Final literature lists will be uploaded on LEARN before the course begins. 

Last updated on 29-06-2020