BØK 3541 Managerial Accounting and Control

Norwegian version

BØK 3541 Managerial Accounting and Control

Responsible for the course
Tor Tangenes

Department of Accounting - Auditing and Business Analytics

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

This course builds on BØK 3411 Finance and Managerial Accounting I, BØK 3421 Finance and Managerial Accounting II og BØK 3531 Financial Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis. The course is structured according to a generic management cycle and relate to real business problems. The course focuses on planning and management of value creation process and relevant decision support for value creation, both in situations where the strategy is given and in situations of strategic corrections, based on learning.

Learning outcome
Acquired knowledge
The students shall acquire knowledge of:

  • How the field of management accounting and control relates to value creation, and how the strategic process can be managed by means of the balanced scorecard.
  • Business planning by means of budgets.
  • The resource-based and the positioning-based view as main explanations of value-creation and competitive advantage.
  • Value chain descriptions of the firm as basis for process and activity analyses.
  • Cost relevance
  • Activity-based costing.
  • The lean philosophy and multi-dimensional process analysis.
  • Value analysis, including revenue and cost relevance.
  • Financial performance metrics and the measurement of effectiveness.

Acquired skills
The students shall acquire skills about:
  • The causality and suitability of objectives and measures in a balanced scorecard model, and be able to elaborate strategy maps in concrete cases.
  • The preparation of budgets and analysis of budget information with respect to the financial implications of intended activities
  • The allocation and analysis of costs in an activity structure, including allocation of costs between departments and between activities, from activities to products and customers, and between used and unused capacity.
  • The preparation and assessment of profitability analyses.
  • The adjustment of financial accounting data for effectiveness and performance measurements, and the assessment of the firm’s effectiveness.

After taking the course, the students shall acknowledge management control as a contextual field, where conflicts of interest and ethical norms affect management actions .

(BØK 3411 Finance and Managerial Accounting I and BØK 3421 Finance and Managerial Accounting II), (BØK 1113 Managerial Accounting and BØK 1121 Finance I) or equivalent.

Compulsory reading
Gjønnes, Svein H. og Tor Tangenes. 2013. Arbeidsbok til Økonomi- og virksomhetsstyring. 2. utg. Fagbokforlaget
Gjønnes, Svein H. og Tor Tangenes. 2016. Økonomisk Styring 2.0. Fagbokforlaget

Recommended reading

Course outline
Part 1: Planning and management of value creation process
About Managerial Accounting and Control
Goals and objectives
Strategy maps and strategic issues
Measures, validity and reliability
The budget roles and interaction with other tools
The budget as a tool to test the financial and capacity-related impact of possible plans
Performance measurement of financial metrics

Part 2: Decision Support for the value creation
Value drivers, cost drivers and the value chain analysis
Resource and cost concepts
cost relevance
Allocation of costs and the cost centers

Part 3: From analysis to improvement
Lean philosophy
Multidimensional process analysis

Computer-based tools
Students are expected to use spreadsheets (e.g. Excel) when solving and submitting assignments. Students must use It's learning to submit mini-exercises.

Learning process and workload
The course consists of lectures, assignment reviews by the lecturer and self-tuition (reading the syllabus and doing exercises/assignments that are both mandatory and voluntary). Each student must hand in three mandatory assignments.

Throughout the course, the students shall discuss and solve a number of case–oriented business problems from the private and public sector.

Recommended workload in hours:
Participation in theory-based lectures
Participation in assignment reviews by lecturer
Participation in case discussions and solutions
Preparations for case solutions, individually and team-based, organized by the students
Preparations for lectures (approx. 1.5 hours per hour of lectures or assignment reviews by lecturer)
Work on It' Learning assignments (approx. 4 hours per assigment)
Preparation for exams
Recommended total hours used

The plenary sessions will consist of lectures on parts of the syllabus and review of assignments. Students are expected to work on those parts of the syllabus that are not covered by the lectures or the assignment reviews. The lectures and assignment reviews are based on students having prepared for the lectures (i.e. that the students have read the syllabus and have solved the assignments before the lectures start).

For students to receive feedback on their progress and to enable them to gain experience in solving exam relevant tasks, there will be posted automatically tests on Itslearning during the course.

The e-learning platform It’s learning is used by the e-learning centre to administrate the mandatory exercises, and make students able to communicate with each other ant the Lecturer. Module sessions are carried out at the beginning of the semester and before exams. The e-learning students are also offered a study guide which is an educational guide to the syllabus.

Recommended workload in hours:
Participation in theory-based lectures
Preparations for case solutions, individually and team-based, organized by the students
Work with litterature, assignments and It's Learning activities
Preparation for exams
Recommended total hours used

    A five-hour written exam concludes the course, which counts for 100 % of the grade.
    Examination code(s)
    BØK 35411 - Written exam, counts for 100 % of the grade in the course BØK 3541.

    Examination support materials
    Interest tables and BI approved exam calculator. Examination support materials at written examinations are explained under examination information in the student portal @bi. Please note use of calculator and dictionary in the section on support materials (https://at.bi.no/EN/Pages/Exa_Hjelpemidler-til-eksamen.aspx).

    Re-sit examination
    Re-sit examination is offered every term.
    Students that have not passed the written examination or who wish to improve their grade must re-take the examination in connection with the next scheduled examination.

    Additional information