Research component

Search job advertisements for cost accountants and management
accountants from diverse job websites, to identify selection criteria for cost and management
accountant roles, and to reflect on the skill set required to fulfil the responsibilities of management
accounting position in the work place
Part 1: 300 words
1) Summarise the positions in the following areas:
 The job websites where majority of your positions are found
 The common sector (industry or government organisations) of the positions
 Whether the positions are classified as ‘cost accountants’, ‘management
accountants’, or other classifications (if so, what are these classifications?)
 The common requirements, selection criteria, responsibilities, and others, of the
positions
 The common requirements, selection criteria, responsibilities, and others, which
relate to cost and management accounting knowledge and skills
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Part 2: 700 words
2) Describe the most common cost and management accounting skills and knowledge being
sought for the positions. Discuss why these knowledge and skills are being sought. You are
expected to explain and justify your own opinions in your discussion. You may refer to extra
sources to support your arguments.
3) Identify the less common cost and management accounting skills and knowledge being
sought for the positions. Discuss why these knowledge and skills are not as highly sought as
those in Area 2 above. You are expected to explain and justify your own opinions in your
discussion. You may refer to extra sources to support your arguments.
4) Draw practical implications from your research findings: Apart from cost and management
accounting knowledge and skills, identify and explain any challenge(s) facing management
accountants, which could be implied in the advertisements of the positions.
5) Explain and elaborate the alignments you have provided in the last column of Table 2: What
are the specific topics that you have learnt in ACCT 6004, which have helped you align the
cost and management accounting related criteria of the positions with the specific learning
outcomes of ACCT 6004? To what extent do you think the subject learning outcomes are
aligned to job requirements?
6) Reflect on your research: What cost and management accounting knowledge and skills,
which are being sought for in the positions, are not taught in ACCT 6004? Do you think these
knowledge and skills should, or should not, be covered in ACCT 6004? Why?