Advanced Management Accounting

Commerce & Business Administration
Course Code
ACCT 4520
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
Using lectures or online instruction and case analysis, this course develops an advanced understanding of the development and application of management accounting information. Students learn to perform analysis, develop and utilize information for operational and strategic decision making, and, to acquire an understanding of the ethical responsibilities of management accountants. Topics include: the strategic context of management accounting; implementing ethic control systems; planning and control issues in decentralized operations; performance measurement; managing quality; customer profitability analysis; and, strategic cost management. Data analytics tools are used for descriptive and predictive analysis.
Course Content
  1. The strategic context of management accounting, including developing strategy maps and effective decision support systems;
  2. Ethics: issues and implementing corporate ethics programs, including privacy issues related to information technology;
  3. Planning and control issues in decentralized operations;
  4. Performance management, including the effect of transfer pricing on business unit performance;
  5. Strategic cost management of supply chains;
  6. Information as a corporate resource to be managed strategically.
  7. Integration of course themes and decision making in a strategic context through the use of cases and appropriate data analytics tools;
Methods Of Instruction

In class or online: lectures (live or video), group discussions, case analysis, and projects.

Means of Assessment
Strategy map group project                                                             10%
Case studies (minimum of three)   60%
Final examination   30%

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy.


To pass this course, students must obtain a minimum of 50% on the final exam.

Students may conduct research as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans, which can require obtaining Informed Consent from participants and getting the approval of the Douglas College Research Ethics Board prior to conducting the research.



Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. Analyze alternatives in a variety of decision making situations and recommend a feasible course of action;
  2. Apply management control techniques in achieving corporate objectives;
  3. Choose performance measures that aim to align business unit work with corporate objectives
  4. Select and effectively communicate data that is critical to support a recommendation.


Textbook Materials

Textbooks and materials:

  • Selected cases and/or textbook(s) of cases, various periodical articles, instructor compiled materials (if applicable),
  • Or other textbook(s) and material(s) as approved by the accounting department

Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration approved calculators



ACCT 3420 with a grade of “C” or better


ACCT 3880 with a grade of “C” or better


(CMNS 1115 OR ENGL 1130 with a grade of “C” or better

currently active in the PDD Accounting or PDD Accounting Studies or PBD Accounting or PBD Accounting & Finance)


No corequisite courses.


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit 2007/09/01 to 2009/08/31
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU ACCT 4720 (3) 2009/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG FMGT 3223 (3) 2012/01/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit 2007/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BBUS 4250 (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU BBUS 425 (3) 2008/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU BUSI 324 (3) 2007/09/01 to -
University Canada West (UCW) UCW ACCT 4XX (3) 2009/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV BUS 3XX (3) 2007/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC COM 4XX (1.5) 2007/09/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU ACCT 362 (3) 2008/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.