Accounting for Operational Activities: Illustrative Transactions and Financial Statements Answers

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CHAPTER FIVE: COST ESTIMATION Introduction When managers make decisions they need to compare the costs (and benefits) among alternative actions. In this chapter, we discuss how to estimate the costs required for decision making (Lanen, 2008). Learning Objectives: According to Lanen (2008), after completing Chapter 5 you should: 1. Understand the reasons for estimating fixed and variable costs. 2. Estimate costs using engineering estimates. 3. Estimate costs using account analysis. 4. Estimate costs using statistical analysis. 5. Interpret the results of regression output. 6. Identify potential problems with regression data. 7. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of alternative cost estimates.…show more content…
| | Disadvantages of engineering estimates 1. Can be quite expensive to use. Learning Objective Three: Estimate costs using account analysis. Account Analysis Estimating costs using account analysis involves a review of each account making up the total costs being analyzed and identifying each cost as either fixed or variable, depending on the relation between the cost and some activity. Account analysis relies heavily on personal judgment. This method is often based on last period’s cost along and is subject to managers focusing on specific issues of the previous period even though these might be unusual and infrequent(Lanen, 2008) . Example: Account Analysis (Exhibit 5.1) |3C Cost Estimation Using Account Analysis | |Costs for 360 Repair Hours |

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