ACCOUNTING & MIS 521

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING I

WINTER QUARTER 2007

INSTRUCTOR: Professor Richard J. Murdock OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 - 1:20 and by appointment
OFFICE: 454 Fisher Hall E-MAIL: murdock.3@osu.edu
TELEPHONE: (614) 292-1720 FAX: (614) 292-2118

COURSE MATERIALS

Spiceland J. David,James F. Sepe and Lawrence A. Tomassini Intermediate Accounting, Updated Third Edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin New York NY, 2004

OR

Spiceland J. David,James F. Sepe and Lawrence A. Tomassini Intermediate Accounting, Fourth Edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin New York NY, 2006

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is the first course in the three course intermediate accounting sequence. As such, it assumes that you have mastered the procedures and concepts introduced in the two introductory courses and extends them to deal with complex measurement and disclosure issues. This course emphasizes the development of the oral and analytical skills necessary to succeed in accounting, finance and management.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The course is designed to provide a forum to ensure the student develops the analytical skills necessary to succeed in both the accounting and finance professions. Daily participation in the class discussion is expected. We will begin the course with a review of the conceptual framework of accounting; then we will focus on developing an in-depth understanding of several key accounting/finance topics as well as the regulatory environment.

COURSE GRADING

Midterms
300
Quizzes
100
Participation
100
Homework
100
Final Examination
400
Total
1000

 

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY AND CLASSROOM PROCEDURES

The University awards three credit hours for this course. It is the University's (and my) expectation that each student spend at least TWO hours outside of class for every credit hour. Hence, you should expect to spend a minimum of SIX (6) hours each week in addition to class time on Accounting 521. The homework assignments are made with that time frame in mind. It is my belief that the most efficient use of classroom time is to reinforce and/or clarify what the student has already tried to learn on an individual or group basis prior to the beginning of each class. This strategy requires that both the student and the instructor combine their talents to achieve the objective. Optimal learning requires: a) the student to wholeheartedly prepare for class by doing the assigned readings and working all assigned problems; b) discussion of the materials by instructor and the student; and c) the instructor to underscore the most important points via comments or very short lectures. Obviously, the problems are not ends in themselves. They only cause us to focus on central issues and explore the many alternatives available.

Given the above, your success depends on your participation. Participation of the mind is essential in each class. Participation by mouth is expected periodically. I will call on you if you don't voluntarily participate. This is not a threat. It is, however, the only way I believe you become properly trained to succeed in the professional environment. I also expect you to attend all of the classes during the quarter. With only 19 scheduled meetings for the quarter, each class is very important to your development as an accounting professional. Therefore, you will be penalized twenty-five (25) points for each unexcused absence in excess of one.

EXAMINATIONS

Examinations in this course are all closed book and in class. They will consist of objective format questions and long and short problems. Unexcused absences will result in a grade of "zero" for the missed exam. If you miss the first the midterm examination for a valid reason (e.g. sickness), you must provided appropriate documentation. Your grade will be determined by the method the instructor assigns at the time the absence is judged excused. The final examination will be administered at the time (and place) scheduled by the university. If you miss the final examination and have an excused absence, you will be required to take a make-up examination at a date and time determined by the instructor. You must take a final examination to receive a grade for the course.

QUIZZES

Quizzes in this course are all unannounced, closed book and in class. There are no make-up quizzes. There will be a minimum of six 20 point quizzes. Your lowest quiz grade will be dropped when determining the number of point earned for quizzes.

HOMEWORK

Homework will be collected and graded on a regular basis. The assigned homework must be turned in at the beginning of class and late submissions will not be accepted. Therefore, be certain to make a copy of your work for class discussion.

TENTATIVE ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE

The assignment schedule for the quarter may change slightly depending upon the progress of the class during the quarter. To view the current assignment schedule, click on the assignment schedule in Carmen.

OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES

If a student needs to take an examination at the Office of Disability Services (ODS), all required paperwork must be completed by the end of the second week of classes. The student should then be able to take the examination at the ODS facility during a scheduled time approved by the instructor.

TELEPHONE LIST

To facilitate class interaction, a listing of telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for the class will be available below by clicking on the appropriate link later in the quarter.

TELEPHONE LIST