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Compare and contrast the different costing approaches: job order costing, process costing, activity-based costing and marginal costing, supporting your work with numerical examples. Briefly explain target costing and how it differs from these other

Module Name

Management Accounting

Module Code


Assignment Title

Costing Essay

Type of Submission

Online submission

Weighting of the Assignment in Overall Module Grade


Word Count

No more than 1,200 words (excluding title and final references list)

Issue Date

21 September 2020

Submission Date and Time

12noon on Friday 22 January 2021

Date of Feedback to Students

16 February 2021

Where Feedback can be Found

Canvas: including comments on the electronic script, comments and marks in the rubric and summary comments in the “Assignment Comments” box  – click ‘view’ on the assignment inbox

Assignment Task


Compare and contrast the different costing approaches: job order costing, process costing, activity-based costing and marginal costing, supporting your work with numerical examples.  Briefly explain target costing and how it differs from these other costing methods.

Required: Write a short essay of no more than 1,200 words, responding to the above title. 

REMEMBER: This is an academic essay and your work should be informed by what is written in the literature.  All your sources should be cited in the main narrative, with the citations next to the information and ideas in you essay so it is apparent which particular point came from which particular source(s).

Do not just copy text from other authors as this does not show any of your own knowledge or understanding (and therefore will not earn you marks) but, if you do quote, make sure that the other authors’ words are distinguished from your own words by the use of “speech marks” around the copied text, along with the number of the page where the quote can be found.  If you need help with referencing (in-text citations or presenting the final References list), please refer to BLASC or have a look at the Welcome Week presentation “Studying and Success at University”.  Please also see the section on “Avoiding Plagiarism” overleaf. 

Learning Outcomes

This assignment assesses the following learning outcomes:

  • Explain and apply cost accounting techniques

This assessment will also:

  • Develop your independent research skills 

Allocation of Marks



Main narrative


Numerical examples






The marking criteria are available on the rubric on the assignment page in Canvas.        

Avoiding plagiarism

When you write an essay, report or dissertation you should always cite the published sources to which you quote, refer to or use as evidence, otherwise you are likely to be committing plagiarism, which is a form of academic misconduct with potentially very serious consequences. References need to be made both within the text and in a list at the end. 

The aim in doing this is to ensure that somebody reading your work can easily find these sources for themselves. This applies to whether you are using a book, a report, a journal article or an Internet site. You will probably know from your own experience how much easier it is to find a reference when a reading list or bibliography is clear and unambiguous.  There is help available from the library and online, including a range of videos such as those given below:  

https://mykingston.kingston.ac.uk/library/help_and_training/Pages/referencing.as px.


Do remember you can submit your work as many times as you like before the final deadline. It is a good idea to check your Originality Report and ensure that any potential plagiarism is eradicated for your work by rewriting in your own words and referencing correctly. The staff on the BLASC desk in the LRC will be able to advise on this. Here you can find out how to access your Originality Report: 

https://studyspace.kingston.ac.uk/bbcswebdav/institution/Support/Student_Guid e_to_Turnitin_v2.pdf?target=blank

Additional helpful resources can be found here:


The best way to avoid academic misconduct or plagiarism is to use your own words at all times; do not cut and paste from other work.

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