Spring 2008 Syllabus BUAD 305

Spring 2008 Syllabus BUAD 305 - UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN...

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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Leventhal School of Accounting BUAD 305: ABRIDGED CORE CONCEPTS OF ACCOUNTING INFORMATION Course Syllabus for Spring Semester 2008 Sec. Time Location 14766 8:00-9:50 AM TTH HOH 304 Professor: Chrislynn Freed, CPA* Course website: http://blackboard.usc.edu/ Office: School of Accounting Building, Room 115 Office Phone: 213-740-4867 (also voicemail number) Email Address: cfreed@marshall.usc.edu Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday: 7:15-7:45AM; 10:00-11:15 PM; and 4:00-5:00 PM; or by appointment (also please feel free to send me an email at any time. I will respond as quickly as I can.) Emergencies: Call (213) 740-4321 (for personal emergency) or (213) 740-9233 or tune to KUSC Radio at 91.5 on your FM dial USC Information: (213) 740-2311 Emergency Info: Call (213) 740-9233 or listen to KUSC Radio at 91.5 on your FM dial * regulated by the state of Florida I. COURSE OBJECTIVES This course is not a traditional financial-managerial course. Instead, this course will take a new approach to accounting education. The emphasis will be on a broader and more current understanding of how accounting plays a role in society. Another goal of the new approach will be to try to make you a very active class participant so that you can develop inquisitive, analytical, and broad critical thinking skills. Please see items a through d, listed below, for a list of the broad objectives of the course. Accounting has often been called “the language of business.” Abridged Core Concepts of Accounting Information should help you begin to understand and communicate in this language. The course should also help you gain an appreciation for the uses of accounting information and the limitations inherent in accounting information. Upon completion of Abridged Core Concepts of Accounting Information you should: a. Have an understanding of the role of the accounting profession in society. b. Have an understanding of how accounting is used in business, including an appreciation of the role of financial accounting, managerial accounting, systems, tax and auditing. c. Have a fundamental understanding of how to use the available tools of accounting-including such tools as the professional literature, research literature, databases, and computer software to help clarify accounting concepts and issues, analyze options, and make decisions or solve problems. d. Become aware of the importance of ethics and values, communication skills and interpersonal skills in dealing with accounting issues, and begin to develop skills in these areas. II. COURSE PREREQUISITES This course is open only to students with two transferable “Principles of Accounting” courses (i.e., one should be introduction to financial accounting and the other should be introduction to management accounting) from a two-year or four-year institution. This course is not a review of your prerequisites. III. COURSE FORMAT
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