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Undergraduate Bulletin 2008-2009
Bulletin Homepage |School of Business | Courses in Accounting

Courses in Accounting

B Acc 211 Financial Accounting (3)
A thorough introduction to basic financial statements including the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows, and to the principles underlying their construction. Tools of analysis are introduced to help the student evaluate the ability of financial statements to reveal the underlying economic values of the entities they describe. Generally accepted principles of financial accounting are critically examined in light of their ability to reflect the economic values of assets, liabilities, and equities. Not open to freshmen. Intended accounting and business majors should enroll in B Acc 211 in the first semester of their sophomore year. Offered fall semester only.

B Acc 222 Accounting Systems for Managerial Decisions (3)
Emphasizes the uses of accounting data by management. Budgeting, cost concepts and analysis, cost-volume-profit relationships, and funds flow analysis. Prerequisite(s): B Acc 211. Offered spring semester only.

B Acc 311 Financial Accounting Theory I (3)
General theory and concepts of financial accounting and the generally accepted principles as applied to assets, liabilities, and related income items. Exposure to related official financial accounting pronouncements. Prerequisite(s): B Acc 211 or equivalent.

B Acc 312 Financial Accounting Theory II (3)
Continues the in-depth examination (begun in B Acc 311) of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles guiding the preparation of corporate financial statements. The topics addressed include advanced issues in accounting for Stockholder’s Equity, the calculation and disclosure of earnings per share, investments, revenue recognition issues, accounting for income taxes, pensions, leases, and the accounting for and disclosure of accounting changes. Prerequisite(s): B Acc 311.

B Acc 313 Financial Statement Analysis (3)
Intensive course in the analysis of financial statements.   Topics include, but are not limited to, revenue and expense recognition, the validity of various measures of profit, footnote disclosures, pro forma financial statements, ratio analysis and other current topics.  Emphasis is on the relevance of financial statements for key stakeholders.  Students will be exposed to the use of spreadsheets in financial statement analysis. Prerequisite(s): B Acc 211 and B Acc 222 and open only to students whose concentration is “Financial Analysis”.

B Acc 331 Cost Management Systems (3)
Emphasizes contemporary developments in cost and management accounting. Topics include activity based costing, target costing, life-cycle costing, in addition to the traditional topics of job-order costing, absorption costing, and variable costing. Also focuses on business processes as it relates to supply chain management and quality management. Prerequisite(s): B Acc 222, B Itm 215 or I Csi 101, A Mat 108, or A Itm 220. Offered in spring semester only. Will not be taught during the 2008-2009 academic year.

B Acc 381 Financial Information Systems (3)
Analyzing, designing, implementing, and evaluating computer-based and non-computer-based financial information systems. Blending and combining accounting, computers, information, management and organization, and the systems approach to a unified body of knowledge and practice. Prerequisite(s): B Acc 222 and B Itm 215 or equivalent. Offered in fall semester only.

B Acc 411 Financial Accounting Theory III (3)
Examination of generally accepted accounting principles as applied to entities and in respect to financial reporting disclosures. Topics include consolidations, partnership accounting, and accounting for governmental and nonprofit entities. Emphasizes the official financial accounting pronouncements. Prerequisite(s): B Acc 312.

B Acc 422 Statistical Applications in Accounting and Auditing (3) Introduces decision theory and statistical sampling techniques. Applies these techniques to selected topics in managerial accounting and auditing. Prerequisite(s): B Acc 311 and 331. Offered in Fall semester only. Will not be taught during 2008-2009.

B Acc 440 Survey of Taxation (3)
This course is a comprehensive introduction to the federal income tax system. It provides a conceptual approach to many tax topics and emphasizes the role that income taxes play in the business decision-making process. The course explores the federal tax law as it relates to individuals and businesses and covers the basic gross income rules, the basic deduction rules, and certain property transaction rules. Only taught in the Spring semester.

B Acc 441 Income Tax Accounting I (3)
Concepts of taxation and of taxable income. Interpretation and application of present tax laws as they pertain to taxpayers. Tax savings and planning.Prerequisite(s): B Acc 211 and Senior standing. Will not be taught during the year 2008-2009.

B Acc 442 Income Tax Accounting II (3)
Theory and practice of taxation as applied to partnership, corporate entities, and fiduciaries. Prerequisite(s): B Acc 441. Will not be taught after Fall 2008.

B Acc 461Z Auditing (3)
Fundamental analysis of auditing and its contribution to financial reporting, with primary emphasis upon the independent public accountant’s attest function. Application of audit tools; e.g., systems flowcharting, statistical sampling, and EDP, integrated with the coverage of audit working papers. Study of specific industry risks. Analyzes problems of legal liability. Emphasis on business communications with research papers and group presentations. Prerequisite(s): B Acc 311 and 381.

B Acc 495Q Independent Study in Accounting (3)
Individual study plan in a selected area as approved by the instructor and the department chair in conference with the student. Written and oral progress reports required. Prerequisite(s): Open only to qualified senior accounting students in the School of Business. May not be repeated for credit. An application must be filed through the Office of Career Services. S/U graded. Not useable in the degree program or major.