Courses & Units

Accounting for Managers BFA526



Prior completion of BFA507 OR BFA707 The Accounting Framework means that BFA526 should not be taken, although BFA526 is not equivalent to BFA507 for the purposes of credit to the MPA or MPAS.


This unit focuses on role of accounting for managers. Students will learn to use financial and management accounting techniques to enable and enhance their decision making. Financial statement analysis will help students make decisions about an organisation’s financial position, performance and cash flow. Students will also explore other forms of corporate reporting and critically evaluate issues of ethics and corporate governance in business


Unit name Accounting for Managers
Unit code BFA526
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Accounting and Accountability
Coordinator Doctor Bernadette Smith
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Appraise and apply financial accounting in the preparation of simple financial reports.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate information from organisations to make decisions and communicate these through written reports.
  • Appraise and apply management accounting techniques for business planning, control and capital investment decisions.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090103 $1,828.00 $858.00 not applicable $2,702.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

2-hour weekly workshops ofered online and face-to-face. Workshops will be recorded for those not able to attend.

AssessmentTest - Online quiz (20%)|Portfolio (50%)| (30%)
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Cunningham, B, Nikolai, L, Bazley, J, Kavanagh, M, Simmons, S, James, C 2021, Accounting: Information for Business Decisions, 4 th edn, Cengage Learning Australia, South Melbourne.

Option 1 – Digital Platform with eBook – called ‘MindTap’

The eBook version of the textbook has been packaged with the MINDTAP digital learning path. This additional resource presents each chapter in the eBook as an interactive eReader, where you can read or listen to your book. It has core concept videos of 1-3 minutes, application activities, flash cards and interactive revision quizzes for each chapter that are automatically graded.

Students can purchase MindTap with an eBook at:

• URL:

• Click the Digital Platform tab

• 10% discount code: 10UTAS


Option 2 – eBook / Textbook ONLY Students can purchase an eBook or paperback copy textbook directly from the publisher at:

• URL:

• Click on the Textbook/eBook tab

• 10% discount code: 10UTAS


Option 3 – Hardcopy

A hardcopy of the prescribed text is available from Booktopia Ltd. Click on the following link:

• Discount offered to UTas students is 17%


Option 4 – Shared Library Access . A copy of the eBook is available free for students to access from the Reading List for this unit. See the link in MyLO, or by going to the the Reading Lists page on the University Library website. NOTE: The digital platform with additional resources in MindTap is NOT available to institutions and therefore is not available through the shared library access.


Atrill, P, McLaney, E, Harvey, D, and Jenner, M, 2018, Accounting for business students, 1 st edn, Pearson Education Australia, Sydney.

Birt, J, Chalmers, K, Maloney, S, Brooks, A, Oliver, J, and Bond, D 2020, Accounting: Business Reporting for Decision Making, 7th edn, John Wiley and Sons Australia, Milton.

Hancock, P, Robinson, P. Bazley, M, 2020, Contemporary accounting, 10th edn, Cengage Learning Australia, South Melbourne.

LinksBooktopia textbook finder

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