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Course:

ACCT 280 Accounting for Business Decisions 1 

Instructor:

Barbara Gugliotta Pierce, Ph.D.

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Syllabus

Syllabus ACCT280

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Textbook:

Financial Accounting, Tools for Business Decision Making, 7e, by Kimmel, Weygandt, and Kieso: two versions: Looseleaf Binder Ready Version with WileyPLUS: ISBN 9781118570159 or eBOOK with WileyPLUS, Accounting All Access Pack: ISBN 9781118626917. 

Catalog Description:

This course is the first of a two-part course focusing on the business environment and the use of financial accounting information for decision making in various business settings. It incorporates a project that uses financial concepts to help the student see the interrelation and interdependence of the various business functions as well as teaching students the basic financial accounting concepts (2013 - 2014 University Catalog).

Prereq.:

CSCI 101B and one of MATH 101, 105, 150 or 151.  

Overview:

The successful completion of this course will provide you with the following:  a basic understanding of the preparation and presentation of accounting information according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  Class preparation, participation, outside projects and tests will help you attain proficiency in the following competencies:         

1.  Effectively communicate orally and in writing.

2.  Organize information, draw and support conclusions.

3.  Access and communicate information using modern technologies.

4.  Appreciate the necessity for life long learning.

5.  Analyze data and possess proficiency in the application of quantitative techniques of business.

 Specific objectives include:

1.  To learn the accounting principles of matching, realization of income and expenses and the historical cost method of valuing assets and debts.

2.  To learn the GAAP methods used in “for-profit” businesses, emphasizing those used by a corporation

3.  To learn how to prepare the income statement and the balance sheet for a corporation.

4.  To learn how to use financial statement analysis in making business decisions

5.  To learn and understand the accounting cycle

Format:

The learning experience in this course is enhanced when students are actively engaged in class discussions.  This means, your learning experience will depend greatly on your preparation for class and your willingness to test that preparation by being an active participant in class discussion.  You should come to class having read the chapter and having worked on the assigned problems or case.  You should be ready to discuss the problems or case, answer questions, and offer your ideas to the class.  You should be ready to challenge statements made by others (in an appropriate manner) and to defend your statements against challenges by others.

You also bring a unique set of perspectives and experiences from your career.  These experiences will enhance textbook theory, bringing it to life or challenging it.  In either case, please be willing to share your perspectives and experiences with the class and please be willing to learn from the perspectives and experiences of your classmates.

Your participation grade will reflect my assessment of your preparation for and involvement in the class as well as attendance at College of Business Administration functions sponsored and listed in the Homework Schedule.

Study Guides:

For more information, read the Study Guide and review the Common Errors document (source: Dr. David Meeting).