ACCT7011 - Finance: Planning and Control

Title:Finance: Planning and Control
Long Title:Finance: Planning and Control
Module Code:ACCT7011
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Accounting, Auditing and Accountability
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2022/23 ( September 2022 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Claire OSullivan Rochford
Module Author: Scott McGowan
Module Description: This module will introduce management students to some of the most important techniques and models used by management accountants to aid with planning, control and decision making.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain the role of the management accountant and outline how management accounting has evolved.
LO2 Describe basic cost behaviour and apply cost, volume and profit analysis.
LO3 Construct product costing models such as traditional overhead costing and activity based costing methods.
LO4 Explain the budgeting process and prepare the various budgets.
LO5 Analyse and apply the various planning and control models in order to aid management with decision making.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to management accounting
Understanding what management accounting is. Understanding the role of the management accountant in the modern organisation.
Cost, Volume & Profit Analysis.
Cost Behaviour and the various cost types. Cost, Volume & Profit Analysis: Calculate break-even points by distinguishing between fixed and variable costs. Calculate margins of safety, target profits and perform sensitivity analysis. Use break-even analysis to aid decision making.
Overheads and cost allocation methods
Traditional Absorption Costing and Activity Based Costing methods for overheads analysis and apportionment. Performing detailed overheads analysis on a given scenario.
The budget process and detailed budget preparation. Cash budgets and mixed budgets (production budgets, materials use and materials purchases budgets).
Relevant Costing
Prepare calculations to help mangers make timely decisions.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions In class exam. Perform cost, volume and profit analysis on a given set of scenarios. Interpret the results of the analysis. Understand the evolution of management accounting and understand the role of the modern management accountant in the current business environment. 1,2 40.0 Week 6
Practical/Skills Evaluation In-class exam. Prepare various functional budgets for a given business scenario. Prepare an overhead analysis model for a given scenario. Interpret the results of the various planning and control models. 3,4,5 60.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Formal lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Discussion / Practical demonstration 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self study 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Formal lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Directed Learning Self Study 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Peter Atrill and Eddie McLaney 2021, Management Accounting for Decision Makers, 10th Ed., 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,, Pearson [ISBN: 1292349530]
  • Colin Drury 2021, Management and Cost Accounting, 11th Ed., 1,2,8,9,10,11,15,16, 23, Cengage Learning EMEA [ISBN: 1408041804]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Pauline Weetman 2010, Management Accounting, 2nd Ed., Financial Times/Prentice Hall [ISBN: 0-273-70199-1]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BBUSS_7 Bachelor of Business 5 Mandatory
CR_BIBLA_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Business with Language 5 Elective