Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After this course students will:

  • Understand and apply basic concepts of costs and profitability
  • Understand and apply basic and advanced cost tracing and assignment methods (job costing, process costing, traditional costing, ABC) to accurately determine profitability
  • Understand and apply tools for profitable operational and strategic decision making (cost volume profit analysis, pricing and product mix decisions, customer analysis)

Credits: 6

Schedule: 27.10.2022 - 09.12.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): David Derichs

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Managing costs (understood as capacity and material inputs to the implementation of organizational strategy) is essential for achieving product and service profitability and ultimately organizational profitability. Understanding what gives rise to costs is hence essential for the survival of any kind of organization. This course focuses on developing an actionable understanding of profitability from the costing perspective.

    Students will gain an intermediate-level understanding of profitability and profitability management from the costing perspective. They will also explore various cost assignment and tracing techniques, and discuss their applications, as well as their strengths and weaknesses. After arriving at a basic understanding on costing we explore uses of cost information for profitable decision making performance management.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Cases (group work)
    Oppotunity to earn bonus points - detailed info provided on the course page

    To pass the course the student has to get: (a) at least 50% of the exam and (b) + cases / exercises of at least 50% 

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Period II implementation - main, campus implementation:

    • Live teaching 12 h (f2f - interactive; unless announced otherwise).
    • Pre-recorded lectures: 18 h
    • Case work (group (intended) or individual (if necessary)): 18 h
    • Individual home assignments: 18 h
    • Independent study: 86 h
    • Exam 2 h - booked through the EXAM system and taken in EXAM facilities

    Period IV implementation - secondary, online assynchronous only!

    • Pre-recorded lectures: 18 h
    • Case work (group (intended) or individual (if necessary)): 18 h
    • Individual home assignments (about 60% more individual work): 30 h
    • Independent study: 86 h
    • Exam 2 h - booked through the EXAM system and taken in EXAM facilities


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Points from the exercises are valid only in the course exam and the re-exam after that. If the students take the course again, they need to gain the exercise points again.

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn II
    2022-2023 Spring IV
    2023-2024 Autumn II
    2023-2024 Spring IV

    Enrollment :

    Registration for Courses: in Sisu