SAINT JOSEPH S UNIVERSITY COURSE EXPECTATION FORM INTERSESSION 2012

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SAINT JOSEPH’S UNIVERSITY

COURSE EXPECTATION FORM

INTERSESSION 2012

ACC 407 HY – Contemporary Topics in Accounting PROF: Joseph Ragan OFFICE: MV 370 PHONE: (610) 660-1654 EMAIL: jragan@sju.edu OFFICE HOURS: By appointment or online by email

This course is underwritten by a development grant from PwC. Special thanks for their encouragement and support.

DESCRIPTION: This course explores current issues in the field of financial accounting, reporting, display, and disclosure as reflected in the current CPA examination. The impact of IFRS implementation, changing valuation techniques, and other contemporary topics on professional practice are considered.

Prerequisite ACC 206.

TEXTBOOK: CPA Review Financial, Irvin N. Gleim. 2012 Edition. Access to Gleim Online Financial CPA Review

***THE TEXT BOOK AND ONLINE ACCESS MUST BE PURCHASED USING THE FOLLOWING LINK***

http://www.gleim.com/accounting/

***STUDENTS WHO DO NOT USE THIS LINK WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE COURSE***

Web sites will be identified that will serve as a very important secondary sources of material. All supplemental material will be posted on Blackboard under our course title. Students are expected to access Blackboard and their SJU email address on a regular basis. Material will be posted at least 24 hours in advance of the next class.

INSTRUCTION: Interactive lectures and online material. This course is being presented in a hybrid lecture/online format. Lectures will be held on the main campus at the following times:

Monday, January 2 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – The Financial Reporting Environment

Wednesday, January 4 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m – Financial Statements * Income Statement Items Tuesday, January 10 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m – Inventories

Thursday, January 12 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m – Property, Plant, Equipment, & Depletable Resources Saturday, January 14 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Professional Panel and Course Wrap-up

As this is a hybrid course, the alternating days are to be spent online using Gleim according to the schedule of deliverables on the final page of the syllabus. Submissions must be done by the day and time requested. Late submissions will not be graded.

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COURSE GOAL AND OBJECTIVES: To gain a working knowledge and understanding of the theories and applications of modern accounting issues.

• You will become proficient with some of the tools used by accountants to make decisions. • You will demonstrate comprehension of the theories and practical applications via CPA review simulations.

EXAMS & MAKE-UP POLICY: There will be two exams throughout the intersession (one at the end of each week) and a series of quizzes. In addition, students will use a simulation to create real life CPA adapted exams in Financial Accounting. These exams will be taken by the students and system graded.

Summary of Grading Components and Grade Scale:

Points CPA Adapted Simulations / TF / MC1 / MC2 / Participation 200

Mid Term Exam 100

Final Exam 100

Total Points 400

Final letter grades will be determined on a standard scale where:

A = 372 to 400 points A- = 360 to 371 points B+ = 348 to 359 points B = 332 to 347 points B- = 320 to 331 points C+ = 308 to 319 points C = 292 to 307 points C- 280 to 291 points D+ = 268 to 279 points D = 252 to 267 points D- = 240 to 251 points F = Below 240 points

WHAT WILL I LEARN? In addition to its many topics, this will teach you a lot about professional judgments in accounting. It is specifically designed around topics that have significant profile on the CPA Exam. We look not only at those topics but also in efficient solutions using technology. Please note that I will be willing to give you any extra help

throughout the semester, as you may need. Plan to spend 5-6 hours of study between each class. The biggest problem creating low grades in this class is inadequate preparation before class. Participation in class is also important. Students should come to class having read material to be covered during class. Class attendance will be taken.

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ACADEMIC HONESTY

All students are subject to the official Academic Honestly Policy of the University. Students caught cheating on any examination of assignment, or found copying materials from

examinations, assignments or individual projects submitted by other students will receive a failing grade

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO STUDENTS

This section of ACC 407 is being offered as a hybrid course. Hybrid means that at least half the course must be offered online in order for students to receive the 3 credits allowed for this course. The online work is to be done in Gleim, and will be demonstrated during the first class. To participate online, students must have a reliable Internet connection to the Saint Joseph’s University Blackboard site (http://blackboard9.sju.edu) and have purchased and be able to access the CPA Gleim Online. Access through high-speed cable or DSL is strongly recommended. Students should be online regularly throughout the course to access “Audiovisual Presentations” (narrated slide presentations) as well as participate in the CPA Gleim Online Tutorial to

complete the True/False, Multiple Choice, and Simulation exercises. Fifty percent of your course grade is based on the tutorial.

During this semester, a maximum of six (6) Live Classroom sessions are scheduled. These sessions will be used primarily for a brief lecture focusing on “where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going” in the course. Some computational problem examples will typically be provided. Student attendance/participation is required for these sessions. Please see the Schedule of Readings and Assignments posted in the Schedule/Due Dates link on the Blackboard site for specific date information. The online class experience must be completed in between each classroom session. These online tutorials typically run 4-5 hours. The Gleim Tutorials will be demonstrated during our first class session.

E-MAIL POLICY

As noted above, e-mail is a very effective means of communication in a hybrid course. Students are encouraged to use mail to contact the professor. Every effort will be made to answer all e-mails within two working days of the date and time of receipt (Sunday is not considered a working day) – under normal circumstances, e-mails will be answered on the day received, assuming they arrive prior to 6:00 p.m. Students may e-mail the professor directly -

jragan@sju.edu. Alternately, students may use the “E-mail” function of Blackboard to send e-mails to the professor and/or other members of the class.

For technical problems in the use of Gleim, this course has an assigned STAR Leader who will assist. His name is JC Hosler and he can be reached at jh475399@sju.edu. Please CC the professor of this course with any technical questions.

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STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:

In accordance with state and federal laws, the University will make reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. For those who have or think that you may have a disability requiring an accommodation (learning, physical, psychological) should contact Services for Students with Disabilities, Room G10, Bellarmine, 660-1774 (voice) or 610-660-1620 (TTY) as early as possible in the semester for additional information and so that an accommodation, if appropriate, can be made in a timely manner. You will be required to provide current (within 3 years) documentation of the disability.

For a more detailed explanation of the University’s accommodation process, as well as the programs and services offered to students with disabilities, please go to

www.sju.edu/studentlife/studentresources/sess/ssd. If you have any difficulty accessing the information on-line, please contact Services for Students with Disabilities at the telephone numbers above.

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Date of Subject Scope of Topics

Readings Homework Deliverables (due date)

1/2/12 In Class Introduction Syllabus Financial Reporting Environment Overview of Gleim Unit 1

Gleim pp. 19-61 CPA Gleim Online Study Unit 1

Review the Audiovisual Presentation and Knowledge Transfer Outline for

Unit 1 1/3/12 Online UNIT 1 Financial Reporting Environment Overview of Unit 1 using CPA Gleim

Gleim pp. 19-61 CPA Gleim Online Study Unit 1

Complete Study Unit Menu Do MC1, TF, MC2, and SIM (simulation) no later than 10pm (1/3)

Late submissions are penalized

1/4/12 In Class UNIT 2 & 4 Financial Statements & Income Statement Items Overview of Gleim Unit 2 &

Unit 4

Gleim pp. 63-96 pp. 125-170

CPA Gleim Online Study Unit 2 Online Study Unit 4

Review the Audiovisual Presentation and Knowledge Transfer Outline for

Unit 2 & Unit 4

1/5/12 Online UNIT 2 Financial Statements Overview of Unit 2 using CPA Gleim Gleim pp. 63-96 CPA Gleim Online Study Unit 2

Complete Study Unit Menu Do MC1, TF, MC2, and SIM (simulation) no later than 10pm (1/5)

Late submissions are penalized

1/7/12 Online UNIT 4 Income Statement Items Overview of Unit 4 using CPA Gleim Gleim pp. 125-170 CPA Gleim Online Study Unit 4

Complete Study Unit Menu Do MC1, TF, MC2, and SIM (simulation) no later than 10pm (1/7)

1/8/12 Online

EXAM 1 Units 1, 2, & 4 Gleim Units 1, 2, & 4

Gleim Units 1, 2, & 4

Exam setup in Gleim to be completed no later than 10pm (1/9)

1/9/12 In Class UNIT 8 Inventories Overview of Gleim Unit 8 Gleim pp. 277-318 CPA Gleim Online Study Unit 8

Review the Audiovisual Presentation and Knowledge Transfer Outline for

Unit 8 1/10/12 Online UNIT 8 Inventories Overview of Unit 8 using CPA Gleim Gleim pp. 277-318 CPA Gleim Online Study Unit 8

Complete Study Unit Menu Do MC1, TF, MC2, and SIM (simulation) no later than 10pm (1/11)

Late submissions are penalized

1/11/12 In Class

UNIT 9

Property, Plant, and Equipment Overview of Gleim Unit 9 Gleim pp. 319-362 CPA Gleim Online Study Unit 9

Review the Audiovisual Presentation and Knowledge Transfer Outline for

Unit 9

1/12/12 Online

UNIT 9

Property, Plant, and Equipment Overview of Unit 9 using CPA Gleim Gleim pp. 319-362 CPA Gleim Online Study Unit 9

Complete Study Unit Menu Do MC1, TF, MC2, and SIM (simulation) no later than 10pm (1/13)

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*For a student to complete the study unit menu for CPA Gleim Online, the student must have performance scores for TF, MC1, MC2, and SIM. To maximize your score, MC1, MC2 and T/F can be taken more than once. As these are based on a preconfigured set of CPA adapted

questions, many of the same questions reappear, often slightly reworded with different answer options. It is therefore often in your interest to take the Multiple Choice several times. 1/12/12 In Class Wrap-up with Panel of Specialists Overview of course Final Overview of CPA Gleim

Handouts Overview of course with panel presentation offering best-bets on how to quickly pass the CPA Exam

1/12/12 Online (After Class) EXAM 2 Units 1, 2, 4, 8, & 9 Gleim Units 1, 2, 4, 8, & 9 Gleim Units 1, 2, 4, 8, & 9

Exam setup in Gleim to be completed no later than 10pm (1/14)

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