Syllabus for ACC-202

INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING II


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Intermediate Accounting II is the second of a two course sequence (ACC-201: Intermediate Accounting I is the other), in financial accounting. Topics covered include investments, current liabilities and contingencies, bonds and long-term notes, leases, accounting for income taxes, pensions, shareholders’ equity, earnings per share, share-based compensation, accounting errors, and the statement of cash flows. This course is essential for students who wish to pursue a major in accounting.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate your understanding of accounting for investments by preparing entries and properly recording financial information under a variety of different scenarios.
  2. Account for and disclose financial information for transactions as they apply to current liabilities and contingencies.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the accounting for bonds payable and notes payable by preparing appropriate entries and financial disclosure information for the bonds and notes along with related balance sheet and income statement accounts.
  4. Analyze and record accounting transactions that apply to income taxes and related accounts on the income statement and the balance sheet.
  5. Prepare and describe transactions about a company’s leases, for both operating leases and capital leases.
  6. Explain the different type of entries and financial disclosures required for pension plans and related post-retirement benefits, such as medical insurance.
  7. Record transactions and prepare proper financial information as it pertains to stockholder equity transactions.
  8. Discuss and prepare financial information and transactions as it pertains to stock options and other related equity-type compensation plans.
  9. Compute basic and diluted earnings per share for a corporation with either a simple or complex capital structure.
  10. Account for a variety of accounting changes and error types found on the financial statements, including prospective and retrospective-type disclosures.
  11. Prepare and explain a statement of cash flows, with its categories of cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities, and discuss and evaluate disclosure requirements for cash flows.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

ISBN-13: 978-0-07-802532-7

COURSE STRUCTURE

Intermediate Accounting II is a three-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and take two proctored examinations—a midterm and a final. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

Intermediate Accounting II requires you to participate in six (6) graded online discussion activities, in addition to an ungraded "Introductions" forum in Module 1.

Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to an end-of-chapter exercise and subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.

For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six (6) written assignments. The written assignments  consist mostly of exercises and problems taken from the end of each chapter in the textbook. You are to submit your answers to these exercises and problems to your mentor for correction and grading. When preparing the assign­ments, please identify each exercise and problem clearly by textbook chapter and exercise or problem number, with the exercises first followed by the problems. To receive full credit for your answers, you must show all work and include complete solutions.

It is recommended to use Microsoft Word or Excel to prepare your written assignments. Include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.

Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Examinations

You are required to take two (2) proctored online examinations: a midterm exam and a final exam. Both exams require that you use the College's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

 

Online exams are administered through the course Web site. Consult the course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.

Midterm Examination

You are required to take a midterm examination during Week 7 of the semester. The midterm exam covers all material assigned in modules 1–3 of the course.The exam is two hours long and consists of multiple-choice questions, and problems similar to those on the written assignments.

Final Examination

The final is a closed-book, proctored online exam. It is two hours long and covers all material assigned in Modules 4, 5, and 6 of the course. The final consists of multiple-choice questions, true/false questions, short answer questions, and problems similar to those on the written assignments.

Scientific (nongraphing and non-programmable) calculator is allowed for both midterm and final exams. Consult the course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a non-area of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > "Citing Sources.")

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else's. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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