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Course Descriptions

Our curriculum is delivered as a package of tightly woven concepts rather than stand-alone classes. Faculty from different subject areas collaborate to provide you with a holistic view of the complex environment in which you will work as an accounting professional.

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Financial Statement Analysis (ACCT 705)

Develop your ability to interpret and understand financial statements of publicly held firms prepared according to generally accepted accounting principles. This course builds on knowledge of the structure and content of financial statements necessary to enable you to begin financial analysis. It is designed for students who wish to analyze financial accounting information for professional or personal purposes.

Tax Strategy and Reporting (ACCT 755)

A study of advanced principles of federal taxation. A key area of content will be the taxation of business entities: C corporations, S corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies (LLC). Complex issues related to these business entities, such as formations, operations and distributions, will be discussed. An introduction to corporate liquidations and reorganizations is also included. The concepts of tax planning, hierarchy of federal tax authority and online tax research are integrated throughout the course. Ethical issues in tax planning and compliance will be considered.

Advanced Cost Accounting (ACCT 765)

A study of the development and implementation of cost management systems that support operations in world-class manufacturing, service and other organizations. This course will consider measurement issues including developing and evaluating cost and performance. Social and ethical dilemmas relating to environmental and human resource issues will also be addressed.

Financial Reporting: Contemporary and Emerging Issues (ACCT 770)

An intensive, critical analysis of important current and emerging financial accounting and reporting issues, with protection of the public interest as a key focus. Business and financial situations will be analyzed in light of developing issues, and recent relevant pronouncements will be evaluated. This course will have significant coordination with other courses offered during the same term.

Professional Development Seminar (ACCT 771)

A focused study of self-management, goal setting, strategic thinking and creative problem solving, as well as group work skills such as resolving conflicts, building teams, motivating, leading change and evaluating performance. This course also addresses professional business development through presentations by and discussions with accounting professionals.

International Accounting (ACCT 772)

A comparison of accounting principles and practices among different countries and an examination of how differences often stem from cultural, socioeconomic and political factors. The course will further examine the implications of these differences in accounting principles and discuss how they affect internal and external accounting information for companies with international operations.

Professional Communication (ACCT 780)

An examination of effective communication techniques with a particular emphasis on the accounting profession. You will expand your knowledge of spoken, listening, visual and nonverbal communication skills in a business environment. The ethical dimensions of business communications will also be analyzed.

Business Valuation and Risk Management (FINC 705)

A framework to help you understand the components of business valuation and to identify, assess and manage the kinds of risk that a business faces in today’s environment. Topics include: the weighted average cost of capital, capital structure theory, business valuation, working capital management and management of financial risk through contracts, such as derivatives. The course will use computer-based financial modeling and forecasting.

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