MBA560 Financial and Managerial Accounting: Module 6 P12-15 The Vest School of Vocational Technology

MBA560 Financial and Managerial Accounting
Module 6 Homework Problem 12-15 Selecting an appropriate cost driver (What is the base?)
The Vest School of Vocational Technology has organized the school training programs into three departments. Each department provides training in a different area as follow: nursing assistant, dental hygiene, and office technology. The school’s owner, Wilma Vest, wants to know how much it costs to operate each of the three departments. To accumulate the total cost for each department, the accountant has identified several indirect costs that must be allocated to each. These costs are $10,080 of telephone expense, $2,016 of supplies expense, $720,000 of office rent, $144,000 of janitorial services, and $150,000 of salary paid to the dean of students. To provide a reasonably accurate allocation of costs, the accountant has identified several possible cost drivers. These drivers and their association with each department follow. Cost Driver Department 1 Department 2 Department 3 Number of telephones 28 32 52 Number of Faculty members 20 16 12 Square footage of office space 28,800 16,800 12,000 Number of secretaries 2 2 2

Required
a. Identify the appropriate cost objects.
b. Identify the appropriate cost driver for each indirect cost and compute the allocation rate for assigning each indirect cost to the cost objects.
c. Determine the amount of telephone expense that should be allocated to each of the three departments.
d. Determine the amount of supplies expense that should be allocated to Department 3.
e. Determine the amount of office rent that should be allocated to Department 2.
f. Determine the amount of janitorial services cost that should be allocated to Department 1.
g. Identify two cost drivers not listed here that could be used to allocate the cost of the Dean’s salary to the three departments.
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