Syllabus for ACC-602



This course provides valuable information about accounting for home office and branches, business combinations and consolidations.  Also, the course focuses on concepts and techniques of accounting for partnerships and foreign currency transactions.  The course provides various techniques for solving some of the more complex problems in the business environment.

Student advisory: Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel is required.


  • Nature of business combination
  • Types of combinations
  • Alternative concepts of consolidated financial statements
  • FASB’s Conceptual Framework
  • FASB’s Codification Project
  • FASB Standard No. 141 Revised
  • Goodwill impairment test
  • Pro forma financial statements and disclosure requirements
  • IFRS No. 3
  • Consolidated financial statement at the date of acquisition
  • Eliminating journal entries
  • Recording the investment by the parent company
  • Consolidated financial statements for more than one subsidiary
  • Consolidated financial statements after acquisition
  • Cost and equity methods
  • Consolidated statement of cash flow
  • Measuring goodwill at the time of acquisition
  • The concept of push down accounting
  • Eliminating journal entries for unrealized profit on intercompany sales of inventory; downstream and upstream
  • Consolidated financial statements: downstream and upstream
  • Eliminating journal entries for unrealized gain or loss on intercompany sale of property and equipment; downstream and upstream
  • Measuring the value of noncontrolling interest
  • FASB Standard No. 131

  • Change in ownership interest
  • Accounting for sale of the subsidiary stocks by the parent company; cost and equity method
  • Accounting for intercompany bond transactions
  • Constructive retirement of debt
  • Accounting for stock dividend issued by subsidiary company
  • Consolidating a subsidiary with preferred stock outstanding
  • Accounting for foreign currency transaction and the use of exchange rates
  • Hedging foreign exchange risk
  • Forward hedging contract
  • Accounting methods of translating financial statements of foreign subsidiaries
  • FASB Standard No. 52
  • The use of functional currency
  • Quantitative tests for reportable segments
  • Disclosure requirements for reportable segments
  • Major customers and geographic areas
  • FASB ASC No. 280
  • Accounting changes and tax issues in interim financial reporting
  • Accounting for partnership formation
  • Admission of a new partner
  • Division of income among partners
  • Withdrawals of a partner
  • Partnership liquidations
  • Simple and installment methods
  • Incorporation of a partnership
  • FASB Standard No. 164


Upon the successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze then explain the nature and types of business combinations.
  2. Compare and contrast the differences between the US GAAP and the IFRS regarding accounting for business combinations.
  3. Analyze various accounting methods to prepare the consolidated financial statements.
  4. Assess the accounting method of measuring goodwill at the date of acquisition.
  5. Summarize the proper accounting treatment for intercompany sale of inventory, property and equipment; downstream and upstream.
  6. Compare and contrast different accounting methods for changes in ownership interest.
  7. Explain the proper accounting treatment for intercompany bonds transactions and foreign currency transactions.
  8. Evaluate the accounting methods for translating financial statements of foreign subsidiary.
  9. Explain the quantitative tests for determining reportable segments.
  10. Outline and explain the proper accounting methods to prepare interim financial reports.
  11. Outline and summarize the proper accounting treatment for partnerships’ transactions.
  12. Compare and contrast the differences in accounting for business, combinations for business enterprises and not-for-profit organizations.


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

by Debra C. Jeter, Paul K. Chaney (2011).

ISBN-13: 978-1118022290


Advanced Accounting is a three-credit online course, consisting of nine modules. Modules include an overview, topics, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments and complete a final project. See below for details.


Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in nine graded discussion forums.  Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules. There is also an ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete nine written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

Final Project

The Final Project requires 10-12 pages of academic research paper written in APA Style.  See final project area of the course website for more details.


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:
























Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.


First Steps to Success

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

Study Tips

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