New Classes for Winter Quarter

Hello everyone, long time no see! Actually this was quite possibly the shortest winter break I can remember of my academic career, but it still feels like it’s been awhile since I “blogged.” We are already into our second week of the winter quarter, and it looks like it will be a great quarter of challenging, yet very worthwhile courses. This quarter I have four classes, and I figured I’d give a brief explanation of those courses since a lot of potential students read this blog and might find it interesting to hear what options they may have in the future…

My first class of the week is a required course for all MAcc students: AMIS 803 – Foundations of Accounting with Professor Arya. After one week, this class seems to have a strong focus on managerial or “cost” accounting, but with an interesting spin. The professor likes to take the typical accounting that we have always learned throughout our education and mix it up by throwing in different variables and assumptions that maybe you never thought of before. There also seems to be a good mix of economic theory mixed into this class, so I’m really looking forward to the rest of this course.

My next class is Finance 822 – Security Markets and Investments with Professor Bao. The course title is somewhat self-explanatory, but so far in this class we have talked about interesting finance-focused topics such as the efficiency of stock markets and the varying hypotheses that go behind that. As an MBA class that does not focus on accounting, this course will be a great way to get a break from my accounting coursework while also improving my overall finance knowledge.

The third of my courses is another accounting course called AMIS 861 – Fraud Examination with Professor Turner. I am looking forward to all of my courses, but this one especially since I will be going into the field of auditing – a profession where fraud is extremely important. Not to mention it is just an interesting topic to learn about. For example, today we watched the video “How to Steal $500 Million” and in our last class we had a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of fraud that has given similar presentations to the likes of the FBI, Office of the Attorney General, the SEC Institute, and the AICPA.

My fourth and final course is FIN 849 – Financial Spreadsheet Modeling in Excel with Professor Oglevee. In this course we will learn how to create around 55 types of financial models using excel, while learning various useful techniques of how to use excel along the way. I know some people are not the biggest fans of Excel, but after taking this class, you’ll quickly realize that it is a powerful tool and most people have no idea of the things you can do with it.

So that’s my course load for the quarter. It’ll definitely be a busy quarter, but in a good way, and I so am really looking forward to the next 9 weeks.


Things I’ll miss from my first autumn quarter …

My first quarter at Fisher has ended and the second quarter is about to begin in a week. First things and first experiences are hard to forget. But, there are other things too that I will surely miss :(!

  1. Facebook – numerous Facebook status messages on the coursework especially the ones starting with ‘Dear Darren.. ‘, ‘Prof. Roulstone…’ or ‘Accounting…’. The most facebook messages this quarter have undoubtedly been on Accounting, making it the most discussed course of the quarter
  2. Suddenly realizing in the middle of the night that I have to prepare a memo for a case study for Prof Campbell’s Economics class
  3. Finding clickers to vote for random polls in Prof. Schillings Data Analysis class
  4. FPS teams! Working with my Fisher Professional Services (FPS) team and competing with other teams on the same project.
  5. Corporate Finance lunch series by Dean Wruck – CEO’s, CFOS’s of small and big leading firms gave great insights on their experiences and journey

The first time in every new university is the excitement to know the place better, know your classmates and seniors (“second years”) and enthusiasm to be part of every event, every organization happening around you.

Then, there is always ‘another time’ to explore things well. So, believing the same, I will begin my next quarter next week.

Time to Register

So this week is when most of us “MAccers” get to register for our courses for next quarter. (Quick funny story about “MAccers” – I had a friend text his roommate to say that he was watching the game with a group of us “MAccers” and since he is not in the MAcc program, he had no idea what that meant and apparently he actually tried to Google the term “MAccers” to no avail… haha, probably one of the only things out there that Google can’t answer, for now).

Anyways, back to the topic at hand. Since I’ll be registering for courses this week, I thought any potential students reading this blog might like to hear some of the courses we have at our disposal. For winter quarter, I only have to take one required course called “Foundations of Accounting” with Professor Arya, and even if it were not required, I would definitely want to take this course. The topic sounds very interesting, but to be honest, I am really looking forward to working with Professor Arya. When I came and visited the Fisher College of Business, I had the opportunity to sit in on one of Professor Arya’s courses, and I was extremely impressed. I’ll have to blog about how I like the course next quarter.

Aside from Foundations of Accounting, here are the other courses I am debating:


-International Finance

-Fraud Examination

-Financial Spreadsheet in Excel Modeling

-Business Tax and Tax Planning

-Managerial Negotiations

Derivatives and International Finance are both Finance courses, and I am considering those because I have heard that finance knowledge is a great thing to have when going into auditing for a public accounting firm. The fraud class is a clear choice for auditors as well. The Excel Modeling course, despite any predisposed notions about excel, actually sounds like a really useful course and all the alumni that I’ve asked have highly recommended this course. The Business Tax course sounds like a good way to get in some solid tax knowledge (which will be useful for my final section of the CPA exam, Regulation), and in general, I’ve heard the Managerial Negotiations class is an enjoyable course. I’ve also heard great things about the professors for all of these courses, so that is another factor in my decision process.

It’s going to be a tough choice, but regardless of which 3 of the above I choose, I know I won’t be disappointed. I will also have the option to take maybe one or two of these in the spring quarter, so maybe if I don’t take them now, it won’t be my last chance.

Until next time,