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Insegnamento a.a. 2018-2019


Dipartimento di Accounting / Department of Accounting

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BESS-CLES (6 cfu - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07)
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Classes: 32 (I sem.)

Class group/s taught in English

Mission & Content Summary

The most successful managers need clear details on the economic and financial performances, acquired through their activity, to run winning companies. They use a deep understanding on where (in which business segment, product, distribution channel, geographical area, etc.) they are able the produce the bests results and how (pricing strategy, cost efficiency, profitable investment, service, quality, care, etc.). Managerial Accounting is the subject providing the set of knowledge to drive performances in the right direction implementing successful strategies. Cost measurement, cost management, pricing decisions, costs and decision making, product costing, budgeting and reporting, capital budgeting and return on investments, performance management and decentralization are essential tools and techniques to grant an effective performance management. The mission of this course is to explore the role of Managerial Accounting and its tools in supporting the strategy implementation, in directing the managerial decisions and in appraising the performances to run successful companies.


The most important topics we consider during this course are the following:

  • Cost definition and cost classification.
  • Cost behaviour and Break Event Point analysis.
  • Costs and decision making in actual contexts.
  • Pricing decisions.
  • Traditional and Activity Based Cost accounting systems.
  • Job costing and process costing systems.
  • Budgets, standard costing systems and variance analysis.
  • Reporting systems.
  • Responsibility accounting.
  • Decentralization and performance measurement.
  • Transfer pricing.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Appreciate the role of quantitative accounting techniques to support decision-making.
  • Understand the relationships between costs, revenues and profit at various activity levels.
  • Comprehend management accounting as models to analyze business decisions and advise on the most appropriate course of action.
  • Appreciate the role of the planning and control mechanisms in formulating standards and budgets and in assigning responsibility to managers.
  • Understand the principles of cost allocations for pricing, stock valuation, and decision making in marketing, sales and operations.
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Evaluate the best option in decision making to maximize the company’s result.
  • Set profitable prices compared to the costs incurred by the company.
  • Define goals and target to meet the expectations of stakeholders.
  • Motivate managers to accomplish the expected performances.
  • Delegate targets’ acquisition to the team of collaborators.

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Exercises (exercises, database, software etc.)

During the lessons, a selected number of exercises are solved in class.

Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
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  • Individual assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
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    • The exam consists of two partial written tests. Students pass the exam if both tests are positive. The final grade is the average of the two grades (rounded) + additional points.
    • During the lessons, 4 small optional assignments are distributed to students without notice. The assignments are individually solved by students and returned to the instructor after 10-15 minutes. Each assignment receives a “pass or fail” grade. Each pass provides one additional point (there are no negative points for fails). In any case, the additional points accumulated during the lessons are optional and not necessary to reach the maximum grade.
    • The exam consists of a final written exam. In this case, students need to enter one of the formal exam dates.
    • The additional points, eventually accumulated during the lessons, are considered valid and added to the final written exam up to the end of February 2019. In any case, the additional points accumulated during the lessons are optional and not necessary to reach the maximum grade.

    Teaching materials
    • The reference textbook is: C.T. HORNGREN, G.L. SUNDEM, D. BURGSTAHLER, et al., Introduction to Management Accounting, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2014, Sixteenth Edition (chapters 1-14 version or chapters 1-17 version).
    • The course materials (slides, solutions, mock exams, etc.) are available on the e-learning.
    Last change 02/06/2018 09:01