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A610 Winter page 1 of 8 Business A610 Advanced Financial Accounting Winter 2011 Course Outline Accounting and Financial Management Services Area DeGroote School of Business McMaster University COURSE
A610 Winter page 1 of 8 Business A610 Advanced Financial Accounting Winter 2011 Course Outline Accounting and Financial Management Services Area DeGroote School of Business McMaster University COURSE OBJECTIVE The objective of this course is to introduce students to various costing systems in the manufacturing and service sectors, the different types of cost behaviour and their uses in decision making, planning and control. INSTRUCTOR AND CONTACT INFORMATION Instructor: Office: Phone: Office hours: Class: Administrative Assistant: Eckhard Schumann, CA IFA TBA Please note: 1. Indicate course code in subject line. 2. Only s originating from official McMaster University accounts will be opened x By appointment only Thursday, 08:30 11:20 RJC 214 Jeanette Hunter Office of the Dean DeGroote School of Business Ron Joyce Centre COURSE ELEMENTS Credit Value: 3 Leadership: Yes IT skills: No Global view: Yes Avenue: Yes Ethics: Yes Numeracy: Yes Written skills: Yes Participation: No Innovation: Yes Group work: Yes Oral skills: No Evidence-based: Yes Experiential: No Final Exam: Yes Guest speaker(s): No A610 Winter page 2 of 8 COURSE DESCRIPTION Cost accounting is concerned with the analysis of and accounting for costs, inventory valuation, managerial planning, and control. The nature and behaviour of costs and the usefulness and limitations of accounting data for these purposes are studied. Cost accounting, while providing some data for financial statements prepared for external users, has as its primary purpose the development and presentation of information useful to management both for planning and for the control of costs. This course in managerial accounting will include basic materials on terminology and ideas, activitybased costing, product costing systems, allocation of joint and common costs, budgeting, standard costing, variance analysis, direct costing versus absorption costing, cost-volume-profits relationships and relevant costing and pricing. Responsibility accounting and performance management will also be introduced. LEARNING OUTCOMES See individual chapters in the textbook for detail learning objectives. REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS AND READINGS 1. Avenue registration for course content, readings and class notes: 2. Horngren, C.T., G. Foster, S.M. Datar and M.P. Gowing. Cost Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis, Fifth Canadian Edition, Prentice Hall Canada, Inc., ON: Scarborough, Please note: The fourth edition of the textbook may be available and is also suitable for this course. Furthermore, there is a solution manual published for the textbook. It is handy to have, but not necessary for the course. 3. Jeyakumar, P. and Mauger, S. Managerial Applications of Cost Accounting A Case Study of Bakerview Dairies, Prentice Hall Canada, Inc., ON: Scarborough, Financial calculator. QUESTIONS AND PROBLEMS FROM THE TEXTBOOK At the end of each chapter of the textbook there are a number of practice questions and problems. You are strongly encouraged to complete as many of these questions and problems as possible. The instructor will from time-to-time post a list of suggested questions and problems on Avenue. The suggested questions and problems are self-study. The problems assigned are intended primarily as a learning device. The solutions to these questions and problems will be posted on Avenue. You are strongly encouraged to attempt these problems (and more) on your own and are encouraged to consult the instructor to clarify any difficulties. A610 Winter page 3 of 8 EVALUATION All work will be evaluated on an individual basis except in certain cases where group work is expected. In these cases group members will share the same grade adjusted by peer evaluation. Your final grade will be calculated as follows: Components and Weights Nature of Evaluation Date/Due Date Weight Midterm Test Feb 3 25% Group Assignment Various dates see last page 35% Final Exam (Comprehensive) Apr % Please note that these weights are final and will not be adjusted. Midterm Test The midterm test will be on February 3 in class time at a location to be announced. The midterm will be a closed book test. It can consist of multiple choice questions, short discussion questions, problems and short cases. The duration of the test is 2¾ hours. More detail will be provided in class and on Avenue. Group Assignment The group assignment is a comprehensive case study entitled Managerial Applications of Cost Accounting A Case Study of Bakerview Dairies. The case study will be completed in groups of 2 or 3 students set by the instructor and posted on Avenue. The composition of the groups is not negotiable. The case consists of ten different modules. Each module in turn consists of different activities. You will be accepted to hand in different modules at different dates. Hardcopies of the assignment module for the week are due at the beginning of class of that week. The due dates are detailed on the last page of this course outline. You are not expected to complete every module and activity. The specific modules and activities to be completed are detailed on the last page of this course outline. All assigned activities must be completed in Microsoft Word and/or Excel, depending on the nature of the activity. Marks will be allocated to the professional presentation of the assignment. All group members are responsible for the whole assignment. Do not simply make this an individual assignment consisting of different parts. The idea is that you work together as a group on all modules and activities, i.e. each member is responsible for all activities. If you prefer to assign different tasks to individual group members, each group member has the responsibility to ensure that he/she is satisfied with all parts of the assignment. If your name appears on the assignment, you are responsible for the whole assignment. A610 Winter page 4 of 8 All members must contribute equally to the assignment. Please note that it is an academic offense to include your name, or allow someone else's name to be included on an assignment, when you or that person did not contribute substantially to that assignment. Plagiarism of any kind will not be tolerated. No group is allowed to seek the help of any person outside of the group. It is an academic offense to seek or use parts or all of any solution prepared by a person outside of your group, irrespective of the source. Final Examination The final examination is scheduled by the Academic Programs Office. The examination will be three hours in length, open book and comprehensive. More information about the examination will be provided in class. Grade Conversion At the end of the course your overall percentage grade will be converted to your letter grade in accordance with the following conversion scheme. LETTER GRADE PERCENT LETTER GRADE PERCENT A C A C A C B F B B Remarking of Tests or Assignments Every effort is made to mark a test thoroughly and objectively the first time round. Remarking will only be considered in cases where a student has clearly indicated on his/her test, with clear reference to the posted suggested solution, where possible discrepancies exist or addition errors have been made. In such a case, the whole question will be remarked with the possibility that the mark could decrease. Tests for remarking must be handed in no later than the end of the class immediately following the class in which the test was handed back. No exceptions will be made. Assignments will not be remarked. COMMUNICATIONS Students are encouraged to communicate with the instructor as often as necessary. Please do not wait until right before a test or examination date to communicate problems. Students are also encouraged to make use of to communicate with the instructor, over and above face-toface communication during office hours or class time. All s will be answered as soon as possible. A610 Winter page 5 of 8 Students who have any concerns regarding the course must communicate their concerns with the instructor of the specific section in person. Students who, after talking to the instructor, still have concerns can contact the appropriate Area Chair in person. Anonymous correspondence will be ignored. See the following link for Area Chair contact information: Students who wish to correspond with instructors or TA s directly via must send messages that originate from their official McMaster University account. This protects the confidentiality and sensitivity of information as well as confirms the identity of the student. Anonymous correspondence and s originating from other accounts will be ignored. You are encouraged to mind etiquettes in your correspondence with your professors. This is a link that provides some excellent tips on etiquettes: s regarding course issues should NOT be sent to the Administrative Assistant. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY It is the student s responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. Please refer to the University Senate Academic Integrity Policy at the following URL: This policy describes the responsibilities, procedures, and guidelines for students and faculty should a case of academic dishonesty arise. Academic dishonesty is defined as to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. Please refer to the policy for a list of examples. The policy also provides faculty with procedures to follow in cases of academic dishonesty as well as general guidelines for penalties. For further information related to the policy, please refer to the Office of Academic Integrity at: In this course we will be using which is a plagiarism detection service. Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to so that it can be checked against the internet, published works and Turnitin s database for similar or identical work. If a student refuses to submit his or her work to, he or she cannot be compelled to do so and should not be penalized. Instructors are advised to accept a hard copy of the assignment and grade it as per normal methods. The assignment can be subjected to a Google search or some other kind of search engine if the instructor wishes. To see guidelines for the use of, please go to: A610 Winter page 6 of 8 COPYRIGHT McMaster University has signed a license with the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright) which allows professors, students, and staff to make copies allowed under fair dealing. Fair dealing with a work does not require the permission of the copyright owner or the payment of royalties as long as the purpose for the material is private study, and that the total amount copied equals NO MORE THAN 10 percent of a work or an entire chapter which is less than 20 percent of a work. In other words, it is illegal to: i) copy an entire book, or ii) repeatedly copy smaller sections of a publication that cumulatively cover over 10 percent of the total work s content. Please refer to the following copyright guide for further information: REQUESTS FOR RELIEF FOR MISSED ACADEMIC TERM WORK 1. Students may request relief from a regularly scheduled midterm, test, assignment or other course component in the following two ways: a) for absences from classes lasting up to five (5) days; or b) for absences from classes lasting more than five (5) days. a) For absences from classes lasting up to five (5) days Students must use the MSAF (McMaster Student Absence Form). This is an on-line, selfreporting tool, for which submission of medical or other types of supporting documentation is normally not required. Students may use this tool to submit a maximum of two requests for relief of missed academic work per term. Students must immediately follow up with their course instructors regarding the nature of the relief. Failure to do so may negate the opportunity for relief. It is the prerogative of the instructor of the course to determine the appropriate relief for missed term work in his/her course. b) For absences from classes lasting more than five (5) days Students cannot use the MSAF. They MUST report to the APO to discuss their situation and will be required to provide appropriate supporting documentation. 2. Students who wish to submit more than two requests for relief of missed academic work per term cannot use the MSAF. They MUST report to the APO to discuss their situation and will be required to provide supporting documentation and meet with the Director. 3. The MSAF cannot be used during any final examination period. 4. Students who require accommodations to meet a religious obligation or to celebrate an important religious holiday must make their requests within three weeks of the start of term to the APO. 5. Students seeking relief due to: work-related (for part-time students only) commitments; representing the university at an academic or varsity athletic event; and/or conflicts between two (or more) overlapping scheduled midterm exams, have the option of applying for special A610 Winter page 7 of 8 exam arrangements. Such requests must be made to the APO at least ten (10) working days before the scheduled exam along with acceptable documentation. There will be only one common sitting for the special exam. Instructors cannot themselves allow students to unofficially write make-up exams/tests. Adjudication of the request must be handled by the APO. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Students with disabilities are required to inform the Centre for Student Development (CSD) of accommodation needs for examinations on or before the last date for withdrawal from a course without failure (please refer to official university sessional dates). Students must forward a copy of such CSD accommodation to the instructor immediately upon receipt. If a student with a disability chooses NOT to take advantage of a CSD accommodation and chooses to sit for a regular exam, a petition for relief may not be filed after the examination is complete. The CSD website is: POTENTIAL MODIFICATIONS TO THE COURSE The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes. A610 Winter page 8 of 8 COURSE SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) Business A610 - Managerial Accounting Winter 2011 Course Schedule Week Date Topic Reading Assignment Module Due 1 Jan 6 Accountant s Role in Organization and Ethics in Management Accounting Chapter 1 Chapter 2 An Introduction to Cost Terms 2 Jan 13 Cost-Volume Profit Analysis Module 1, Chapter 3 Regression analysis and linear Activity 4 & 5 Notes programming 3 Jan 20 Job Costing Chapter 4 4 Jan 27 Process Costing, including Spoilages, Rework and Scrap 5 Feb 3 Midterm Test 6 Feb 10 7 Feb 17 Feb 24 Activity Based Costing Cost Allocation Cost Allocation: Joint Products & Byproducts Reading Week Chapter 17 and 18 Details to be provided in class and on Avenue. Chapter 5 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 8 Mar 3 Budgeting Chapter 6 9 Mar 10 Flexible Budgets & Variances Chapter 7 and 8 10 Mar 17 Absorption Costing / Variable Costing Chapter 9, p Inventory Management Chapter 20, p Mar 24 Decision Making & Relevant Information Chapter Mar 31 Pricing and Product Profitability Decisions Chapter April 7 No class, reserved in case of snow day Module 2, Activity 1 to 6 Module 3, Activity 1, 3 & 4 Module 7, Activity 1 to 3 Module 4, Activity 1 to 4 Module 5, Activity 1 to 3 Module 6, Activity 1 to 3 Module 8, Activity 2 and Module 9, Activity 1 & 2
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