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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Managerial Accounting: Tools for Facilitating and Guiding Business Decisions

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera


In this course, you will explore how to use accounting to allocate resources and incentivize manager and employee behaviors with these resources. You will also learn how financial and non-financial accounting information facilitates strategic performance measurement and how to integrate this information to continuously improve strategy.

You will be able to:

• Understand the role of managerial accounting information and use it to avoid common pitfalls in business decisions
• Understand the iterative and interrelated nature of budgeting and apply the key components to preparing a master budget
• Evaluate capital investments via a variety of measures
• Calculate, interpret, and investigate variances
• Understand decentralization and its advantages and disadvantages
• Communicate the role of non-financial measures and strategic performance measurement systems
• Compute and interpret financial performance measures and identify associate issues

This course is part of Gies College of Business’ suite of online programs, including the iMBA and iMSM. Learn more about admission into these programs and explore how your Coursera work can be leveraged if accepted into a degree program at


  • Course Overview and Relevant Information for Decision Making
    • In this module, you will become familiar with the course, your instructor, your classmates, and our learning environment. Decisions are at the heart of all organizations. In this module, you will also explore the nature and role of relevant information in common business decisions, and how such information facilitates these decisions and helps managers and employees avoid common pitfalls. You will also consider how the financial perspective adopted by accountants complements other, qualitative perspectives.
  • Standard Costing and Variance Analysis
    • After establishing goals, setting targets, and the budget, upper management uses variance analysis to compare, assess, and investigate differences between actual and expected performance. In this module, you will learn how upper management uses variance analysis to motivate and monitor managers and employees, how to perform variance analysis on any aspect of the organization, and ultimately understand the power of this important tool for planning and control.
  • Performance Measurement and Evaluation
    • Accountants help implement, communicate, and evolve organizational strategy via the information they provide to owners, managers, and employees. Specifically, they help plan, monitor, and control decisions via the performance measurement, evaluation, and compensation system. In this module, you will explore many aspects of this important system, including decentralization, financial and non-financial performance measurement, strategic performance measurement systems, and subjective performance evaluation.
  • Budgeting for Planning and Control
    • At the heart of an organization’s planning and control function is its budget. In this module, you will explore the purpose of budgeting, the role of managers and employees in budgeting, and related implications. You will also develop an organization’s budget, ultimately understanding the iterative nature among the budget’s key components: the operations, financing, and capital investments budgets.

Taught by

Gregory Davis


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4.7 rating at Coursera based on 596 ratings

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    Joe Neumann
    A little tougher than the first part of the course. This portion contains more actual calculations and math behind the analysis. The material covered in this course is very relevant to today's business world and the instructor is very engaging. The lectures are easy to understand and there is a lot of help offered through professor office hours, CA help, and all are very active on the forums.
  • Anonymous
    It helped me deepen my managerial accounting knowledge and skills in budgeting, variance analysis and performance measurement. It also gave me a deeper perspective on how to apply the Balance Score Card in measuring the performance of the company's manages in meeting the strategic goals and objectives of the firm.
  • Anonymous
    Is a great and excellent course, I hope this one and the rest of the courses from University of Illinois continuous there, is a lot to be learned, and the teachers are superb.-
    Thank You¡¡¡
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