The Role of Management Accounting in Organisational Sustainability’

The Role of Management Accounting in Organisational Sustainability’

Aligned course & subject learning outcomes    •?K2  Synthesise underlying concepts and principles  for making business decisions
•?S1 Critically evaluate data and resources in the context of relevant academic literature
•?S3  Convey information clearly and fluently, in high quality written form appropriate for their audience
•?A2  Demonstrate an awareness of ethical and social responsibility in    professional practice
Weights    20%
Due date    Due Week 8 (Friday 22nd May 2015 at 9 am)
Assessment task 2: DESCRIPTION
Individual 1500 word Assignment (20%) due in week 8.  The topic area of this assignment is ‘Accounting for Sustainability’, and is introduced in class in week 6.  The assignment is to be done individually, and must comply with the usual academic writing standards, including a properly structured report with Introduction and Conclusion, a discussion section which contains critical analysis and discussion of the specific assignment topic (below), and a bibliography containing relevant references that you have obtained in your own research for this assignment and used to support your discussion and analysis. Proper academic referencing is required, as with all university assignments plagiarism will be penalised in accordance with the University rules. You should use APA referencing formats.
The topic to be researched and discussed is:
In Lecture 1 of BX3172 you learned that Managerial Accounting focusses on information that supports decisions and has a future focus.  In Lecture 6 we discussed Triple Bottom Line reporting, and its role in capturing a diverse portfolio of performances, including the familiar financial (economic) performances of business, with additional focus on performances in the social and environmental fields.  To illustrate these triple performance areas, choose one of the companies from the Australian retail sector (like Woolworths, Wesfarmers) and discuss what you consider would be the twelve most helpful performance measures (four in each of the three areas of the TBL reporting framework), and comment on their relevance for future decision-making – both for the company you choose, and for the community in which they operate.  Your overall conclusion in your report should summarise the key points arising from your discussion and conclude as to the relevance of TBL for the company, and for the community.
Some useful journals to search include (various other journals may also be useful):
1. Accounting Horizons
2. Harvard Business Review
3. Journal of Cost Management
4. Management Accounting Research
5. Management Accounting (UK)
6. Strategic Finance
7. Australian Accounting Review
8. Accounting and Finance
9. Australian Accounting Research

Specific requirements for Submission and Return of your essay assignment
The ability to adhere to deadlines is a key feature of any competent professional. Right from the beginning, new students should acquire the habit of meeting deadlines for their work, by organising their study time appropriately.
The following points apply to the submission of this assessment:
•?An electronic version should be submitted through Learnjcu SafeAssign gateway by 9 am, 22nd May 2015. Please sign a coversheet and submit it to the lecturer on or before the submission deadline.
•?At the discretion of the course coordinator extensions will be granted in cases of illness or personal issues (medical certificate/counsellor’s statement required); or inescapable, unexpected, documented work commitments. You should contact your lecturer before the due date if you are likely to require an extension.
•?This report must be submitted in hard copy. Students may not email or fax an assignment without prior approval from the Subject Coordinator/Lecturer.
•?The essay will be returned with feedback within 21 days (12th June 2015) of the assignment due date.