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Diploma in Cost Accounting

Learn about the components of cost accounting, cost classification, and budgetary control from this free online course.

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This free online course provides a comprehensive guide on the importance of financial management and the components of cost accounting. Learn about ways cost can be classified along with the functions of marginal cost. You will also learn about the importance of having a budgetary control system in an organization and the formulas for calculating material cost labour variance. Start this course now and improve your cost accounting knowledge.
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    6-10 Hours
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This free online course in cost accounting will begin by introducing you to the essential steps to consider in financial management, the different components of cost accounting, the various ways cost can be classified, and the components of cost volume profit analysis. You will learn about the methods of calculating profit, the importance of marginal cost, as well as the objectives of cost volume profit analysis in cost accounting along with its assumptions.

This course will also introduce you to the function of the breakeven point in cost accounting along with how to apply it to real-life accounting problems. This course will teach you about the functions of sensitivity analysis, under which condition the cost volume profit (CVP) assumption can be changed,  the importance of having a budgetary control system in an organisation, the objectives of budgeting, as well as the various types of budgeting available in cost accounting.

Finally, this course will acquaint you with how the budget contribution margin is computed using illustrations in cost accounting. You will learn about the formula for computing material cost variance as well as the formula for calculating labour variance. This course will give you insights into the reasons why an organization faces overhead variance along with the reasons for labour cost variance in cost accounting. Start this course now and improve your knowledge of cost accounting

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Introduction to Cost Accounting

Breakeven Point and Sensitivity Analyses in Cost Accounting

Cost Accounting Case Studies

Diploma in Cost Accounting - First Assessment

Introduction to Budgeting

Types of Costing and Variance Analysis

Diploma in Cost Accounting - Second Assessment

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the concept of cost accounting and the types of cost in cost accounting.
  • Explain cost volume profit analysis and the breakeven point.
  • Explain how graphs are plotted for a fixed cost, the variable cost, and semi-variable cost.
  • Explain how breakeven point analysis can be applied in cost accounting.
  • Discuss the concept of sales mix and how to calculate the breakeven point of the sales mix.
  • Explain the concept of sensitivity analysis and its importance in cost accounting.
  • Discuss the concept of budgeting and the types of budgeting in cost accounting.
  • Analyze the components and importance of a budgetary control system.
  • Discuss the concept of zero-based budgeting and its application in cost accounting.
  • Discuss the concept of variance as well as the types of variance.


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