Enhancing the Teaching of Management Accounting Through the Use of Innovative Assignment Design

Waldmann, Erwin
December 2010
Journal of Applied Management Accounting Research;2010, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p81
Academic Journal
This paper describes a computer program that was developed by an educational software firm for use by accounting educators. The author received a beta version of the software for evaluation and research purposes. The program generates individual management accounting assignments for students enrolled in an accounting degree. The program also generates solutions to each unique assignment. This assists tutors in their marking and provides students with detailed feedback. The assignment generator was designed to help overcome various educational problems associated with plagiarism. This paper discusses related issues of ethics, equity, motivation and cooperative learning. The effectiveness of the program was evaluated after implementation. Student performance on individual and traditional accounting assignments was compared. The findings indicated that academic misconduct and its related consequences was significantly diminished without increasing administrative or marking costs. An associated aim of the project was to show the feasibility of this approach to accounting educators who possess reasonable programming skills.


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