Topics: Financial statements, Balance sheet, Accountancy Pages: 13 (3383 words) Published: September 21, 2011


Po-Chang Chen University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 434 Wohlers Hall pchen28@illinois.edu 217-333-4527

Syllabus Content
Content Course Overview & Objectives Course Materials Prerequisite Learning (Teaching) Philosophy Getting Help Class Procedures Assessment Written Assignments Balanced Scorecard Project Measurement Project Examinations Professionalism Potential Extra Credit Opportunities Potential Course Problems Special Accommodations Preliminary Course Calendar Page No. 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 6 7

Important Note: Changes to the syllabus will be announced in class and posted to the website. Students are responsible for checking the web regularly

ACCY301 Course Syllabus—Po-Chang Chen

Course Overview & Objectives
ACCY301 provides an introduction to measurement and reporting of organizational performance for strategic and operational purposes with a focus on a variety of financial and non-financial performance measures suitable for both internal and external decision-making. The course will help you develop the accounting knowledge and a variety of professional skills and attitudes through inclass interactions, projects, and a series of labs. More specifically, the course is designed to achieve the following objectives: 1. To demonstrate the role of accounting as an information system that measures business value creation and supports economic decision-making. 2. To develop your understanding of the conceptual foundation of accounting measurement. 3. To develop your knowledge and skills to prepare and interpret information in financial statements by helping you learn how to analyze business activities and make accounting choices. For instance, you are expected to be able to understand the consequences of accounting choices for assets such as inventory, PPE, and intangible assets. 4. To demonstrate the role of subjective judgments in accounting measurement and disclosure and lead you to critically think about ethics issues in the accounting profession and accountants’ responsibility in society. 5. To develop your ability to use accounting as a business language to communicate effectively. 6. To foster team spirit among you and develop your ability to work well in teams.

Course Materials
1. Revsine, Collins, Johnson and Mittelstaedt, Financial Reporting & Analysis, 5th Edition (McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2011); 2. Course packet of readings published by XanEdu (available at TIS Bookstore); 3. FASB publications downloadable from the FASB website (http://www.fasb.org/); 4. Other readings in required readings folders on the Compass course website, including FASB pronouncements required for the course; 5. Cases and individual assignments in a folder on the Compass course website; 6. Other supplemental materials in designated folders on the Compass course website.

You must have completed ACCY 201 and 202 (or the equivalent), and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in ACCY 302 if you are an Accountancy major. Concurrent enrollment is strongly recommended for non-Accountancy majors.

Learning (Teaching) Philosophy
Learning is a process of construction. That is, knowledge is a state of understanding in the mind of the individual knower and must be constructed by each individual through iterative processes of experimentation (application) and reflection on the outcomes of such experimentation. Thus, learning is a process involving interaction among students and between students and the instructor. To achieve efficient and effective learning, I will strive to provide: 1. Personal concern for your education and development as a professional, 1

ACCY301 Course Syllabus—Po-Chang Chen 2. Fair and honest learning environment, 3. Openness to your ideas and opinions, and 4. Personal commitment to excellence in scholarship.

Correspondingly, I expect the following from you as my student: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6....
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