Assessment Task – Tutorial Questions
Unit Code: HI5017
Unit Name: Managerial Accounting
Purpose: This assignment is designed to assess your level of knowledge of the key topics covered in this unit
Unit Learning Outcomes Assessed:
1. Critically evaluate the various approaches to performance measurement and control in various types of organisations, and devise and evaluate indicators of performance;
2. Demonstrate the need for a balance between financial and non-financial information in decision making, control and performance evaluation applications of management accounting;
3. Analyse a company’s financial statements and/or management reports and identify the strengths and weaknesses of the company and articulate these to the various stakeholders.
Description: Each week students were provided with three tutorial questions of varying degrees of difficulty. These tutorial questions are available in the Tutorial Folder for each week on Blackboard. The Interactive Tutorials are designed to assist students with the process, skills and knowledge to answer the provided tutorial questions. Your task is to answer a selection of tutorial questions for weeks 6 to 10 inclusive and submit these answers in a single document.
The questions to be answered are:
South Hampton University is preparing its budget for the upcoming academic year. This is a specialised private university that charges fees for all degree courses. Currently, 30,000 students are enrolled on campus. However, the university is forecasting a 5 per cent growth in student numbers in the coming year, despite an increase in fees to $3,000 per subject. The following additional information has been gathered from an examination of university records and conversations with university managers:
• South Hampton is planning to award scholarships to 200 students, which will cover their fees.
• The average class has 80 students, and the typical student takes 4 subjects per semester. South Hampton operates 2 semesters per year.
• The average academic staff salary is $120,000 per annum including on-costs.
• South Hampton’s academic staff are evaluated on the basis of teaching, research, administration and professional/community service. Each of the academic staff teaches the equivalent of three subjects during the academic year.
a) Prepare a revenue budget for the upcoming academic year.
b) Determine the number of staff needed to cover classes.
c) Assume there is a shortage of full-time academic staff. List at least five actions that South Hampton might take to accommodate the growing student numbers. (maximum 200 words)
The accountant for Barry Ltd compares each month’s actual results with a monthly plan. The standard direct labour rates and the standard hours allowed, given the actual output in April, are shown in the following schedule:
Standard direct labour rate per hour Standard direct labour hours allowed, given April output
Labour class III $26.00 1,000
Labour class II $22.00 1,000
Labour class I $12.00 1,000
A new union contract negotiated in March resulted in actual wage rates that differed from the standard rates. The actual direct labour hours worked and the actual direct labour rates per hour for April were as follows.
Actual direct labour rate per hour Actual direct labour hours
Labour class III $28.00 1,100
Labour class II $23.00 1,300
Labour class I $14.00 750
a) Calculate the following variances for April, indicating whether each is favourable or unfavourable:
i direct labour rate variance for each labour class.
ii direct labour efficiency variance for each labour class.
b) Discuss two advantages and two disadvantages of a standard costing system in which the standard direct labour rates per hour are not changed during the year to reflect events such as a new labour contract. (maximum 150 words)
Spark Ltd has two divisions, assembly and electrical. The assembly division transfers partially completed components to the electrical division at a predetermined transfer price. The assembly division’s standard variable production cost per unit is $550. This division has spare capacity, and it could sell all its components to outside buyers at $680 per unit in a perfectly competitive market.
a) Determine a transfer price using the general rule.
b) How would the transfer price change if the assembly division had no spare capacity?
c) What transfer price would you recommend if there was no outside market for the transferred component and the assembly division had spare capacity?
d) Explain how negotiation between the supplying and buying units may be used to set transfer prices. How does this relate to the general transfer pricing rule? (maximum 200 words)
Duncan’s Pizzas is a chain of pizza stores. Pizzas are made fresh in-store, and then delivered to customers by a fleet of drivers. The senior management team has identified the strategic priorities for the business as on-time delivery and product quality.
a) For each of the strategic priorities, suggest three performance measures. (6 marks)
b) If the company is successful in achieving challenging targets for these performance measures, will it also necessarily achieve high profitability? Explain your answer. (maximum 400 words)
Lucid Images Ltd manufactures premium high definition televisions. The firm’s fixed costs are $4,000,000 per year. The variable cost of each TV is $2,000, and the TVs are sold for $3,000 each. The company sold 5,000 TVs during the previous year. (In the following requirements, ignore income taxes)
Treat each of the requirements as independent situations:
a) Calculate the break-even point in units.
b) What will the new break-even point be if fixed costs increase by 10 per cent?
c) What was the company’s net profit for the previous year?
d) The sales manager believes that a reduction in the sales price to $2,500 will result in orders for 1,200 more TVs each year. What will the break-even point be if the price is changed?
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