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ZUG1042 Fundamentals of Management Accounting

0.125 EFTSL


Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa

  • Term 1 2018 (On-campus)
  • Term 3 2018 (On-campus)


This unit deals with the fundamental knowledge and techniques that underpin management accounting. It identifies the position of the management accountant within organisations and the role of CIMA. It portrays the role of management accounting in the contexts of commercial and public sector bodies and its wider role in society.

The identification and classification of costs and their behaviour provides the basis for understanding and applying the tools and techniques needed to plan, control and make decisions. Budgetary control requires the setting of targets and standards which then allow the performance of organisations to be reported and analysed by the calculation of variances. Investment appraisal, break-even analysis and profit maximisation are used to inform both long and short-term decision making.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. Explain the purpose of Management Accounting and the role of the Management Accountant, as well as the role of CIMA as professional body.
  2. Demonstrate cost identification and classification.
  3. Apply absorption costing and marginal costing.
  4. Prepare budgets for planning and control.
  5. Apply variance analysis to reconcile budgeted and actual profits in a marginal format.
  6. Calculate appropriate financial and non-financial performance measures.
  7. Prepare accounts and reports for managers.
  8. Demonstrate the impact of risk.
  9. Demonstrate the use of appropriate techniques for short-term decision making.
  10. Demonstrate the use of appropriate techniques for long-term decision making.


There will be a mock examination and a two hour computer based assessment, comprising 60 compulsory objective test questions. Short scenarios may be given to which one or more objective test questions relate.