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In order to sign up for this master's level course, you must have a previous Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree.


  • Kohderyhmä: Anyone interested in accounting and have a previous Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree
  • Hakuaika: 20.12.2020-31.1.2021
  • Ajoitus: 15.1.-30.4.2021
  • Laajuus: 5 ECTS
  • Sijainti: Online
  • Hinta: 75 €

This accounting course is offered in different master's programmes. Students who have no background in accounting are also welcome, This course is about learning to "speak the language of accounting" which is the language of the management.

You will learn to explain the importance of cost accounting and budgeting for decision making, and you will learn to make Excel budgets for a cabin rental business. You will learn about different key performance indicators in the service development context, how customer profitability can be analysed, and you will develop your skills in cost accounting and pricing

Learning outcomes

The student is able to

  • explain the importance of cost accounting and budgeting for decision making
  • use key performance indicators in the service development context
  • analyse customer profitability
  • develop value-based pricing


This course includes lectures, workshops, individual assignments, writing and essay and working in teams on a chosen topic. All five modules are compulsory. Absence during the last two full days, 19.-20.3., must be compensated with an additional assignment. This course is offered online in Zoom in spring 2021.

The course is divided into five modules. Estimated time required:

1. Orientation and Introduction to Management Accounting: 10 hours
2. Cost Accounting and Pricing (Excel assignments and discussion): 15 hours
3. Budgeting and Control (Excel budgets for cabin rental business): 35 hours
4. Essay: 40 hours
5. Team work, presentation, peer review: 35 hours


Online Zoom sessions:

  • Thursday 4.2.2021 at 16.30-19.30 (evening session): Orientation and management accounting basics, info about the assignments
  • Thursday 4.3.2021 at 16.30-19.30 (evening session): Cost accounting and pricing, Excel workshop
  • Friday 19.3.2021 at 9-16.30 (full day session): Budgeting and control, Excel workshop
  • Saturday 20.3.2021 at 9-16.30 (full day session, team presentations)
  • Deadline for essay and budgeting assignment 18th April.

Materials and literature

Suggestions, Management Accounting books:

  • Drury, Colin. Management and Cost Accounting
  • Gowthorpe, Catherine. Management accounting
  • Atrill, Peter. Accounting and finance for non-specialists.
  • There are many other accounting books in libraries and online. Find books on Management Accounting (not Financial Accounting). You need a basic book on management accounting for the orientation and module 1 assignments.



The final grade for this course is a weighted average of your assignments. The weights are:

  • Orientation: pass/fail
  • Modules 1, 2 and 3 (Individual assignments): 40%
  • Module 4 (Individual essay): 30%
  • Module 5 (Team work): 30%