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General Course Information for ACC610M: Financial Accounting I

Course: ACC610M - Financial Accounting I
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description:

The first course in a comprehensive three course sequence covering a substantial portion of U.S. financial reporting principles known as GAAP including an in-depth review of the conceptual framework and principal financial statements. Emphasis on revenue and expense recognition, together with accounting for current assets.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate the environment in which business operates, emphasizing events and other factors that determine generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Assess the objectives of general purpose financial statements (Balance Sheet, Income Statement, and Statement of Cash Flows), stressing articulation among the statements, including discussion of the conceptual framework.
  • Discuss and apply accounting theory as it relates to revenue recognition in special situations such as long-term contracts, installment sales, franchises, and consignments.
  • Apply generally accepted accounting principles for cash, including its composition, balance sheet presentation, preparation of bank reconciliation and adjusting entries, and other internal control procedures for safeguarding cash.
  • Apply generally accepted accounting principles for sales and accounts receivable. Measure estimated uncollectible accounts receivable, and bad debt expense, under the allowance method (balance sheet emphasis and income statement emphasis), prepare adjusting entries, and analyze the effects of the adjustment on the financial statements.
  • Measure ending inventory, cost of goods sold, and net income under the various alternative cost flow assumptions (FIFO, LIFO, Average) and tracking methods (periodic and perpetual), and specify the reason for management's choice among alternative methods.
  • Provide the rationale in support of inventory valuation based on the lower-of-cost or market and its proper accounting application; compute ending inventory under Dollar-Value-Lifo method and discuss the advantages in using such method.
  • Apply appropriate methods to estimate ending inventory using the gross profit and retail inventory methods.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
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URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures