HOLMES INSTITUTE
FACULTY OF
HIGHER EDUCATION
HI5017 MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT T2 2019
Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines
Trimester T2 2019
Unit Code HI5017
Unit Title Managerial Accounting
Assessment Type Assignment
Assessment Title Individual Assignment
Purpose of the
assessment (with ULO
Mapping)
Students are required to develop their understanding of the purpose and use of
management accounting systems, and its usefulness in aiding managers make
informed decisions. You are to critically evaluate two journal articles to analyse the
practical use of management accounting systems by contemporary companies, in
terms of their relevance to the real-life companies’ decision-making by managers and
achievement of business goals (ULO 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 & 8)
Weight 30% of the total assessments
Total Marks 30
Word limit Not more than 3,000 words. Please use “word count” and include in assignment.
Due Date Week 10 Sunday at 11.59 p.m.
Submission
Guidelines
 All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed
Assignment Cover Page.
 The assignment must be in MS Word format, no spacing, 12-pt Arial font and 2 cm
margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings and page
numbers.
 Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately
at the end in a reference list using Harvard referencing style.
 It is the responsibility of the student who is submitting the work, to ensure that the
work is in fact her/his own work. Incorporating another’s work or ideas into one’s
own work without appropriate acknowledgement is an academic offence. Students
should submit all assignments for plagiarism checking on Blackboard before final
submission in the subject. For further details, please refer to the Unit Outline and
Student Handbook.
Format of the Assignment Submission:
You should at least have the following details:
a. Assignment Cover page clearly stating your name and student number
b. Abstract (one paragraph)
c. Table of Contents
d. Body of the assignment with appropriate section headings
e. Conclusion
f. List of References.
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HI5017 MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT T2 2019
Individual Assignment Specifications
Purpose:
This assignment aims at developing your understanding of the purpose and use of management accounting
systems, and its usefulness in aiding managers make informed decisions. You are to critically evaluate two
journal articles to analyse the practical use of management accounting systems by contemporary companies,
in terms of their relevance to the real-life companies’ decision-making by managers and achievement of
business goals.
Assignment Task:
Journal Article Critique (30 Marks)
You are required to read the journal article by Watts, Yapa and Dellaportas (2014), “The Case of a Newly
Implemented Modern Management Accounting System in a Multinational Manufacturing Company”,
Australasian Accounting, Business and Finance Journal, 8 (2), p. 121-137. The journal article is attached as a
separate file in Blackboard under the folder .
Required: Critically evaluate the role of management accounting systems (MAS) and the provision of
accounting information for the case company by answering the 4 questions below:
Questions:
1. Identify any three (3) specific examples of the different types of management accounting methods and/or
techniques from the case. (3 marks)
2. Are MAS relevant to contemporary organisations? Discuss this with reference to:
i) What evidence is there from the case company? Include examples in your answer. (5 marks)
ii) Compare and contrast this finding with one other journal article you will need to find that has discussed
about management accounting systems in another real-life company or companies. Did this second study
have similar findings as the first chosen article, or mixed and/or different findings? Explain with examples.
(5 marks)

3. What conclusions do you make about the relevance of MAS in today’s competitive and (in most cases),
uncertain business environment? (4 marks)
4. Provide four (4) specific outcomes or lessons learned from each of the two articles’ research findings that
will be useful for management accountants in Australian companies to learn from, and justify your answer
[i.e. provide 2 outcomes from each of the two studies]. (8 marks)
Another 5 marks are determined by the overall presentation of your assignment.
Additional Information:
a) You are encouraged to choose the second journal article from the following Accounting and Management
Accounting Journals:
Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal;
Journal of Management Accounting Research
Journal of Applied Management Accounting Research
b) The journal article need to study a real-life company or companies’ MAS from year 2010 onwards, (in any
country).
c) You can access these journals in ProQuest Database by clicking on the above links. Log in details for
ProQuest are – Username: Holmes2004; Password: holmes. These journals can also be accessed via the
ProQuest Database link available via the Student Login page in the Holmes website.
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Marking Criteria
Marking Criteria Weighting
Journal Article Critique
1. Identify any three (3) specific examples of the different types of management
accounting methods and/or techniques from the case.
3%
2. Are MAS relevant to contemporary organisations? Discuss this with reference to:
i) What evidence is there from the case company? Include examples in your answer.
5%
ii) Compare and contrast this finding with one other relevant journal article you will
need to find that has discussed about management accounting systems in another reallife company or companies. Did this second study have similar findings as the first
chosen article, or mixed and/or different findings? Explain with examples.
5%
3. What conclusions do you make about the relevance of MAS in today’s competitive
and (in most cases), uncertain business environment?
4%
4. Provide four (4) specific outcomes or lessons learned from each of the two
articles’ research findings that will be useful for management accountants in
Australian companies to learn from, and justify your answer [i.e. provide 2
outcomes from each of the two studies].
8%
Overall Presentation of Assignment 5%
TOTAL Weight 30%
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Marking Rubric
Excellent Very Good Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
Journal Article Critique
Examples of the different
types of management
accounting methods
and/or techniques from
the case (3 marks)
(3 marks)
Identify 3
examples of
management
accounting
methods and/or
techniques from
the case with
very good
discussion of
the examples.
(2 marks)
Identify 3
examples of
management
accounting
methods and/or
techniques from
the case with
good discussion
of the
examples.
(1.8 marks)
Identify 2 – 3
examples of
management
accounting
methods
and/or
techniques
from the case
with minor
errors and/or
omissions in
the discussion.
(1.5 marks)
Identify 2 – 3
examples of
management
accounting
methods and/or
techniques from
the case with
errors and/or
omissions in the
discussion.
(0 – 1 mark)
Identify 1 or less
example of
management
accounting
methods and/or
techniques from
the case.
Relevance of MAS to
contemporary
organisations (5 marks)
(5 marks)
Present an
excellent
discussion of
the relevance of
MAS to
contemporary
organisations
with examples
provided from
the case
company.
(4 marks)
Present a very
good discussion
of the relevance
of MAS to
contemporary
organisations
with examples
provided from
the case
company.
(3 marks)
Present a good
discussion of
the relevance
of MAS to
contemporary
organisations
with or
without
examples
provided from
the case
company.
(2 marks)
Present a
reasonable
discussion of
the relevance of
MAS to
contemporary
organisations
without
example
provided from
the case
company.
(0 – 1 mark)
Unable to
explain the
relevance of
MAS to
contemporary
organisations.
Compare and contrast
the finding with one
other relevant journal
article (5 marks)
(5 marks)
Clear, concise,
compelling
discussion with
excellent
examples.
(4 marks)
A very good
discussion with
very good
examples.
(3 marks)
A good
discussion
with good
examples.
(2 marks)
Adequate
discussion with
adequate
examples.
(0 – 1 mark)
Unable to
present a
proper
discussion with
no examples or
confusing.
Conclusions about the
relevance of MAS in
today’s business
environment (4 marks)
(4 marks)
Clear, concise,
compelling
conclusions
about the
relevance of
MAS in today’s
competitive and
uncertain
business
environment.
(3.5 marks)
Very good
conclusions
about the
relevance of
MAS in today’s
competitive and
uncertain
business
environment.
(3 marks)
Good
conclusions
about the
relevance of
MAS in today’s
competitive
and uncertain
business
environment.
(2.5 marks)
Adequate
conclusions
about the
relevance of
MAS in today’s
competitive and
uncertain
business
environment.
(0 – 1.5 marks)
Unable to
present proper
conclusions or
confusing.
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Outcomes or lessons
learned from each of the
two articles’ research
findings (8 marks)
(8 marks)
Clear, concise,
compelling
discussion of 4
lessons learned
(2 from each
study).
(6 marks)
A very good
discussion of 4
lessons learned
(2 from each
study).
(4 marks)
A good
discussion of 4
lessons
learned (2
from each
study).
.
(2.5 marks)
An adequate
discussion of 4
lessons learned
(2 from each
study).
(0 – 1.5 marks)
Unable to
present a
proper
discussion of 4
lessons learned
(2 from each
study).
Overall Presentation (5
marks)
(5 marks)
Include all
elements and is
very well
presented.
Writing flows
clearly and
sections are
linked very
effectively.
Referencing is
exemplary.
English is used
very effectively
and error-free.
(4 marks)
Include all
elements and is
well presented.
Writing flows
clearly and
sections are
linked
effectively.
Referencing is
of a high
standard.
English is used
effectively with
very few errors
present.
(3 marks)
Include all
elements and
is generally
presented
appropriately.
Writing mostly
flows well and
sections are
linked.
Referencing is
in accordance
with
guidelines.
English is used
effectively
with few
errors present.
(2 marks)
Include most
elements and is
adequately
presented.
Writing
sometimes does
not flow clearly
leaving the
paper to seem
disjointed in
areas.
Referencing is
somewhat in
accordance with
guidelines. Basic
English is used
with some
errors present.
(0 – 1 mark)
Lack key
elements and is
poorly
presented.
Writing does
not flow clearly
leaving the
paper to seem
disjointed.
Referencing is
not in
accordance with
relevant
guidelines. Basic
English is used
with errors
present.
Total Marks (30) /30

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