ACC 370 - Advanced Financial Accounting
Fall 2011
Instructor:   Sandy Roberson, CPA
Office phone: (864) 294-2225

This syllabus and related point allocations for purposes of grading may change during the term.  Any changes will be announced in class and posted to Moodle.

Office:  Hipp Hall 201 F
Office hours: MWF 12:30 to 1:30 and by appointment
Home phone:  246-5642

Course Objectives:  In this class you will, of course, learn technical accounting content.  Significant time will also be dedicated to helping you to develop your analytical skills, research skills, problem solving skills, interpersonal skills and both written and verbal communication skills.

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to

Text:  Advanced Accounting, 10th edition - Joe B. Hoyle, Thomas F. Schaefer, and Timothy S. Doupnik, McGraw-Hill Irwin

Text Web site:  The text web site, has many resources to help you in your study of advanced accounting.

Solutions Manual: The solutions manual is available on Moodle.  The solutions manual is a valuable tool for checking problems that we do not go over in class and providing solutions to extra problems that you may wish to work prior to an exam.  Do not, however, rely on the manual to help you get through the homework - if you do,  you will regret this decision at exam time.

Class Format:  We will generally begin the study of each chapter with a brief discussion of the chapter followed by completion of in class exercises that will help you to apply chapter concepts as well as grasp the reasoning behind their application. Prior to coming to class, you should read the assigned material so that you have an idea of the areas where you have questions and you are prepared to participate in discussions and the in class exercises that will be a significant component of this course. You are responsible for all chapter material covered via lecture, in class activities and written assignments.  Some of this material may not be discussed in class and if you have questions regarding this material it is your responsibility to raise them. Advanced Accounting involves the study of complex business concepts and the accounting associated with them.  Because of the complexity involved, you may be tempted to memorize the related accounting; however, you should avoid doing this.  Throughout the course you should keep in mind that a true understanding of how a procedure is applied demands a clear understanding of why it is applied.

Written Assignments from the Text: Each reading assignment will be accompanied by a homework assignment.  For items not reviewed in class, you should compare your solution to the solutions manual which is available on Moodle.  If you do not understand the solution or have questions about it, you should raise questions in class or see me outside of class.

Professionalism:  Professionalism is related to the ethical conduct of a select group of people.  During the term you are expected to conduct yourself with a high level of professionalism. This means, among other things, that you will attend class on time, prepare for every class meeting, hand in assignments on time, work with colleagues, respect everyone in the classroom, and abide by Furman's policies on academic integrity.

IFRS and Codification Written Assignments: International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) are becoming increasingly important in our global economy.  Accordingly, the IFRS material in your text may be supplemented with IFRS readings for selected chapters and the readings may be accompanied by written assignments.  If assigned, these written assignments are due the class period following the related exam. You may work on these assignments with other students but are not required to do so.   The solutions to these assignments will not be reviewed in class.

Researching and resolving financial reporting questions is a skill that you worked on in Intermediate I and II.  To give you an opportunity to continue to practice this valuable skill, there will be accounting standards codification assignments associated with selected topics studied during the term.  These assignments will help you to continue to develop your research skills and help you to keep those skills fresh.  Because the Codification assignments specifically relate to the technical material being studied and will often provide insights into that material, they are due once coverage of the related chapter is completed.  These Codification assignments are an individual activity.

The total point value for the IFRS and Codification assignments will be determined at the end of the term; however, it is expected to be between 5 and 10 points.   IFRS concepts that are particularly significant  may be the source of exam questions and will be identified as such.

Reading, Understanding and Applying an Accounting Standard Project:  Accounting professionals must be able to research and resolve financial reporting questions. In Intermediate I and II you had an opportunity to develop your research skills using the FASB Codification and you will continue to develop these skills through the Codification assignments noted above.    In this course, you will also be required to determine the appropriate accounting and reporting (including disclosures) for a complex fact situation.  You may complete this project individually or, as in the real work environment, where seeking the input of others is encouraged when you are solving a complex technical problem,  you may work on this project with a partner.  If you work with a partner, you should submit one solution and both of you will receive the same grade.  See the separate project instructions for more details.  This project will make up no more than 15% of your final grade.

Group Activities:  Due to the importance of teamwork skills in the workplace, groups - formal as well as informal - may be used for certain class activities. Class preparation will be critical to effective group participation.

Outside Readings and Communication Exercises: Because it must meet the needs of an ever changing business environment, Accounting is a discipline that is constantly evolving.   To give you an understanding of this aspect of accounting and to insure that you are aware of the most significant issues facing the profession today,  I may occasionally assign outside readings relating to current accounting issues which we will discuss in class.  The readings may also be a source for exam questions.

Effective communication skills are important in this class and in the "real world".  Accordingly, during the term I may assign short papers, cases or other written communication exercises.  These exercises may, among other things, require you to read an article and provide your reactions to the material read or complete a group exercise.   Your grade will be based on the substance of your comments as well as your ability to communicate your thoughts clearly and succinctly. Such communication exercises will make-up no more than 5% of your total grade.

Exams:  There will be approximately  4 exams during the term that will make-up approximately 80% to 85% of your final grade.  Exams will be held outside of normal class meeting hours to allow for adequate time.

Chapters Covered
Exam 1 Chapters 20 (Kieso), 1, 2  
Exam 2 Chapters 3, 4, 5  
Exam 3 Chapters 17A (Kieso), 9, 10  
Final Chapters 16 and 18  

Exams may consist of true false, multiple choice, problems or short answer questions.  Exams are designed to test your comprehension of the material and your ability to apply the concepts studied.  Accordingly, exam problems will not  mirror the format found in  the written assignments and may challenge you to apply the skills learned in class in NEW ways.

Class Attendance and Participation: Attendance is a very important part of this course and is expected.  Although no specific points are given for participation, your participation  is encouraged and may marginally effect your grade.  You will be held accountable for material discussed in class that is not in the text.  University policy will be followed regarding the handling of excessive absences.

Final Grade:  Your final grade will be determined based on your total number of points earned as a percentage of the total points available.

Grading Scale

90% - 100%
80% - 89%
70% - 79%
60% - 69%
Below 60%

Academic Integrity:  Your enrollment in this class signifies that you accept the rules of academic honesty provided in the Helmsman. Any violation is grounds for an "F" in this course.  Cheating on assignments, plagiarism, and other similar conduct will result in immediate dismissal from this course.

Students with disabilities who need academic accommodations should contact Ms. Gina Parris in the Office of Disability Services prior to the first exam.  After meeting with her, contact me.

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