This is the first core course in the Master of Science in Accounting. In this course, students apply accounting research tools to current accounting issues. Other topics include research of accounting questions related to inventory, fixed assets, leases, derivative instruments, debt, contingencies, segment reporting, pensions, business combinations, consolidations, stockholder’s equity, and a program overview.
This graduate course is 6 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
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Topics and Objectives
Financial Reporting Conceptual Framework
- Identify major accounting standard-setting bodies.
- Discuss key components and the flow of information in an accounting information system.
- Evaluate disclosure requirements for financial reporting.
Inventory, Fixed, and Intangible Assets
- Describe the current practice and thought on inventory valuation.
- Explain the current practice and thought on tangible fixed assets.
- Clarify the current practice and thought on allocation of fixed asset cost.
- Summarize the current practice and thought on intangible assets.
Current and Long-Term Liabilities
- Explain the reporting requirements for contingencies.
- Analyze and properly present long-term debt.
- Account for the time value of money by solving present and future value problems.
Revenue Recognition and Accounting for Leases
- Recognize major revenue recognition issues.
- Apply appropriate steps in the process to recognize revenue.
- Apply the current practice and thought on classifying leases.
Accounting for Pensions and Derivatives
- Explain the concept of fair value measurement for derivative instruments and hedging activities.
- Differentiate the reporting requirements for defined contribution, defined benefit, and other postretirement benefit plans.
Financial Statements Analysis
- Evaluate information presented in the balance sheet.
- Apply the current practice and thought on accounting and reporting for stocks and dividends.
- Evaluate information presented in the statement of cash flows, recognizing special problems in preparing this financial statement.
A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process. To meet to a course prerequisite requirement, a student must have successfully completed the prerequisite course at University of Phoenix, provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution or have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.
This course requires the prerequisite below. Click on the prerequisite course to review the course topics and objectives.
ACC/537 – Financial Accounting or equivalent
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