Accounting (2009-2010)

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This is an introductory graduate level course in Financial Accounting. As such it is about decision making using financial information. While the objective is not to make you experts in nuts and bolts accounting such as entries and financial statement preparation, a certain amount rolling-up your sleeves is required to understand what accounting is all about and how it is being using by internal and external decision makers. .
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The course will use a variety of methods including lectures and discussions. Good preparation is essential to getting the most out of this class.
Remember that you will in most cases be dealing with expert accountants and it is important to be able to understand the ramifications of what he or she advices you to do in certain circumstances. It is also important to note that while there is some emphasis on US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, we also cover International Accounting Standards. Building on contemporary research, practice, expertise and experience, we will identify and explore key issues in Financial Accounting such as ethics, decision making, measuring profits, financial statements and financial statement analysis. We will articulate how managerial actions within an accounting framework will affect the business activities of enterprise both from a long- and short-term perspective. The concepts and principles that you will learn in this course are equally applicable in most situations in most countries around the world CH. 1 Accounting and the Business Environment CH. 2 Recording Business Transactions CH. 3 The Adjusting Process Appendix 3A Alternative Treatment of Prepaid Expenses and Unearned Revenues CH. 4 Completing the Accounting Cycle Appendix 4A Reversing Entries: An Optional Step CH. 5 Merchandising Operations Appendix 5A Work Sheet for a Merchandising Business Appendix 5B Accounting for Merchandise in a Periodic Inventory System CH. 6 Merchandise Inventory Appendix 6A Accounting for Inventory in a Periodic System CH. 8 Receivables Appendix 8A Discounting a Note Receivable CH. 9 Plant Assets and Intangibles CH. 10 Current Liabilities, Payroll, and Long-Term Liabilities Appendix 10A The Time Value of Money: Present Value of a Bond and Effective-Interest Amortization Appendix 10B Retiring and Converting Bonds Payable CH. 11 Corporations: Paid-In Capital and the Balance Sheet CH. 12 Corporations: Effects on Retained Earnings and the Income Statement CH. 13 The Statement of Cash Flows Appendix 13A Preparing the Statement of Cash Flows by the Direct Method CH. 18 Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis Appendix 18A Variable Costing and Absorption Costing CH. 19 Short-Term Business Decisions CH. 20 Capital Investment Decisions and the Time Value of Money
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Horngren Harrison Oliver, “Financial and managerial accounting”, Edizione Chapters 1-23, Casa Editrice Pearson Higher Education, ISBN -10 0137008457, ISBN – 13 9780137008452
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