This is a graduate level course in cost management with a strategic cost emphasis. The course presents an in-depth study of contemporary management techniques used by managers in a contemporary business environment. The balanced scorecard, critical success factors, and strategic analysis are emphasized and integrated with other decision making techniques in this accounting course.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
Foundational to the degree of Master of Business Administration is a thorough understanding and wise application of cost management and contemporary management techniques. No manager can consistently manage effectively or efficiently produce long-run success in a business organization without this knowledge and ability. Cost management information provides the information the manager needs to develop and implement strategies crucial to the long-run competitive success of the firm.
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will participate in 2 Discussions, each spanning 2 modules. In the first module, the student will submit a thread of 400–650 words directly addressing the discussion prompt. In the following module, the student will submit a meaningful reply of 350–400 words to a classmate’s thread. All posts must contain references to the textbooks and scholarly journal articles and adhere to current APA format.
The student will submit 2 Learning Project Assignments. The first project requires the analysis and evaluation of an organization. This project must be at least 5 pages, excluding the 2 charts. The second project is a research paper that explores a contemporary management technique and applies it to the organization evaluated in the first project. This paper must be 15 double-spaced pages. Both projects must adhere to current APA format.
The student will complete 3 quizzes based on the Learn material for the assigned modules. The quizzes will be open-book/open-notes and contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions. The student will have 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete each quiz. Some of the questions will be computational in nature; however, all will require the student to analyze, synthesize, and apply the Learn material in order to produce the correct answer. Thus, despite the quizzes being open-book/open-notes, the student will not necessarily be able to find the exact answers in the Learn material.