Managerial Accounting Fundamentals
- MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING AND COST BEHAVIOR
- Welcome to the course -- we're glad you're here! During this first week, we'll distinguish managerial from financial accounting, including the financial and related information managers need to help them make decisions. We'll then move on to cost behavior including different types of costs, their classifications, and how these classifications help with decision-making. From there, we'll show how to use a scatterplot and the high-low method to estimate cost functions. Let's get started!
- COST-VOLUME-PROFIT ANALYSIS
- Now that we've learned the fundamentals of cost behavior, we're ready to move on to discussing the relationships between cost structure, volume, price, and profit. We'll then see why these relationships matter as we conduct cost-volume-profit analyses to answer questions around breaking even and generating profit.
- COST ALLOCATION
- After learning how to conduct cost-volume-profit analyses, we're ready to discuss cost allocation and the different types of systems we can use: traditional and activity-based. From there, we'll learn how to calculate overhead rates and allocate overhead within both types of systems.
- RELEVANT COSTS AND BENEFITS
- In our final week, we'll discuss costs and benefits, and gain an understanding of those that are relevant for a given decision. We'll evaluate the financial impact of a given decision, then determine a reasonable course of action.