|Purpose of the
assessment (with ULO
|30% of the total assessments
|3,000 words. Please use “word count” and include in assignment.
|tuesday 11 pm
| 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
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
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
f. List of References.
HI5017 MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT T2 2019
Individual Assignment Specifications
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
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 <Assignment>.
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:
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.
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.
a) You are encouraged to choose the second journal article from the following Accounting and Management
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
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.