COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
Instructor: Anthony E. Fortner MS, CPA
Office: W. Charleston, Building C, 2nd Floor, Room 250-C
Phone: 702-651-5712 (office); 918-413-2914 (cell)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (work) or email@example.com
Office Hours: Mon & Wed 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM; Tues & Thurs 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Course No.: ACC 201
Course Title: Financial Accounting
Required Text: Financial Accounting by Weygandt, Kimmel, Kieso. College of Southern Nevada edition. (photo of rock climber on cover) ISBN: 978-1-118-74296-9 Publisher: Wiley
Other Materials: mechanical pencil, eraser, pen, ledger paper, Texas Instruments BA II plus
financial calculator or Apple iPhone (Texas Instrument BA II plus app),
3-ring binder, tab dividers, 3” x 5” index cards, rubber bands.
Course Description: The study of corporate financial accounting concepts and theories with emphasis on the preparation and use of the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. Coverage involves the process of analyzing, processing, interpreting and communicating the financial information to aid in decision making.
Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes:
1. To obtain a solid understanding of the accounting cycle
2. To learn how to analyze and record transactions
3. To learn how to prepare a set of financial statements including the income statement, balance sheet, statement of cash flows, and statement of shareholder’s equity
4. To recognize and comprehend the various components of a company’s annual report
5. To obtain a proficiency with a Texas Instruments BA II plus financial calculator
6. Record business transactions in journal form
7. Post journal entries to ledger accounts
8. Prepare and record adjusting and closing entries
9. Prepare a trial balance, work sheet and financial statements
10. Account for receivables, payables, notes and interest
11. Account for inventories
12. Account and compute depreciation
13. Account for disposition of plant assets
14. Demonstrate knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles
Grades will be determined by the student’s performance on the following:
Exam 1: 100 points
Exam 2: 100 points
Exam 3: 100 points
Exam 4: 100 points
Attendance: 200 points
Homework: 200 points
Total Points: 800 points
Grade Total Points
A 720 - 800
B 640 - 719
C 560 - 639
D 480 - 559
F Below 480
The homework is Problem Set B for all chapters 1 through 14 in the textbook including Appendix D, E, F, G. Students are to work with their study team members to complete the homework. Each team will have approximately five members and the homework problems are to be split-up amongst the team members. The team members will decide how the homework is to be assigned. Each member is responsible for completing their share of the homework. After a student finishes their portion of the homework they are to submit the homework to the group coordinator and explain it to their team members. Students are to keep track of their homework in a three-ring binder and the instructor will give the student credit for the homework (up to 200 points) at the end of the semester. (Note: The working papers for the homework are optional.)
Throughout the semester the instructor give homework assignments to watch videos on www.khanacademy.org. All videos assigned will relate to the course content or the accounting profession.
Students will receive the solutions to the end-of-chapter discussion questions and the solutions to Problem Set A.
Students will form study teams. The study team members are work as a team on the assigned homework and study guides/practice tests throughout the semester.
The first half of the class time will be spent on lecture and the second half of the class time will be spent on accounting tutoring.
Approved safety procedures are posted in each classroom and are to be followed.
Students are entitled to 12 hours free per semester. For appointment call 651-4232 Cheyenne, 651-5732 Charleston, and 651-3125 Henderson.
Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. You are expected to have read and understand the current issue of the student handbook (published by Student Services) regarding student responsibilities and rights and the intellectual property policy for information about procedures and what constitutes acceptable on-campus behavior.
Students with medical, psychological, learning or other disabilities desiring academic adjustments, accommodations or auxiliary aids will need to contact a Campus Disability Resource Center – Cheyenne 651-4045, Charleston 651-5644, Henderson 651-3086. DRC determines eligibility for and authorizes the provision of services.
Information contained in this syllabus, other than the grading and attendance policy is subject to change as deemed appropriate by the instructor with advance notification. Students’ rights and responsibilities pertaining to CSN policies and services are found in the College Catalog and on the CSN website.
Canvas Replaces Angel as New Learning Management System
Starting this fall, CSN will use a new learning management system called Canvas. This will replace the system known as Angel that students log into to access online courses and course materials. (Note: Canvas will not be used in the financial accounting course taught by Anthony Fortner. The course materials will be distributed by e-mail.)
Directions to Log into Your Courses
1.) Once the fall 2013 semester begins, you will continue to login to the CSN Online Campus as you normally would by going to http://www.csn.edu/onlinecampus
2.) Once logged in, you will see the standard list of all of the courses in which you are enrolled.
Please go to www.csn.edu/success for more information on Canvas, including training guides and login information.
New Student Refund Policy Effective this Semester
CSN has a new student refund policy for course withdrawal”
· 100% withdrawal first week of instruction
· 50% withdrawal before the end of the 2nd week of instruction; and
· No refund after the start of the third week or for application or admissions.
· More information is available at www.csn.edu/success, including information about short-term class refunds.
New Student Academic Warning/Probation/Suspension Policy Effective this Semester
If students’ cumulative GPA (grade point average) falls to 2.0 or lower after attempting at least 12 credits, they will receive an academic warning, so that they have time to seek help. Continued performance at 2.0 or lower in future semester course work can lead to academic probation or academic suspension.
Students on academic suspension will not be able to enroll in classes for a semester. More information is available at www.csn.edu/success.
No More Late Registration Effective Spring 2014
Starting in spring 2014, CSN students will no longer be able to register after the semester begins. CSN students will be able to register until 11:59 p.m. the day before the semester begins.
More information at www.csn.edu/success
If you are a new student or have no declared major, you will meet with a CSN success coach for all your advising needs, including course planning and career exploration services. Success coaches are located in student services areas and their contact information is available at www.csn.edu/success.
If you are a student who has declared a major, CSN has assigned you a counselor who is an expert on your declared major and can help you effectively navigate your program.
This counselor’s office is located in the academic school (i.e. the School of Arts & Letters) in which your declared major resides. To find out whom your counselor is and made an appointment, go to www.csn.edu/success, or contact the CSN Call Center at 702-651-5555.
1. Come to class on time
2. No excessive texting during class
3. No headphones
4. No texting during exams
5. If you have to leave class early please let the instructor know in advance
6. iPhones are allowed in the classroom for the Texas Instruments BA II plus app and to access websites that pertain to class discussion
7. Kindness, courtesy, and respect is expected and appreciated by your fellow classmates and the instructor.
The Retention Office will help you come up with practical solutions to any challenges you may encounter and get you connected to the right resources. The mission of the office is to help you stay in school and achieve your dreams for a brighter future. We are here to help and work with you. Charleston….651-7367, Cheyenne…651-2626, Henderson…651-3103.
How to prepare for exams:
Study guides and/or practice exams will be given to assist the students in preparing for the exams. The study guides and practice exams were prepared to coincide with the textbook and lecture. The exams will consist of multiple choice questions that are both conceptual and computational. Scantrons will be provided. Students are expected to come to the exam with a pencil, eraser, and the Texas Instruments BA II plus calculator.
The following are helpful tips that will help you succeed in this class:
1. Come to class on time.
2. Sleep 7 to 8 hours every night.
3. Study a little every day and avoid late-night cram sessions the night before the exam.
4. If you don’t understand the material please let me know as soon as possible.
5. Studying the concepts with repetition can help you achieve long-term retention.
6. Make use of flash cards with the question on the front and answer on the back.
7. Don’t give up if you don’t understand a concept or problem at first. You will understand the material if you remain persistent.
8. Study in groups. Social interaction will enhance and enrich your college experience.
9. Do your best and maintain a positive attitude.
ACC 201 – Financial Accounting Exam Schedule
Exam 1: MW: September 23; TR: September 24
Chapter 1: Accounting in Action
Chapter 2: The Recording Process
Chapter 3: Adjusting the Accounts
Chapter 4: Completing the Accounting Cycle
Exam 2: MW: October 21; TR: October 22
Chapter 5: Accounting for Merchandising Operations
Chapter 6: Inventories
Chapter 7: Fraud, Internal Control, and Cash
Chapter 8: Accounting for Receivables
Chapter 9: Plant Assets, Natural Resources, and Intangible Assets
Exam 3: MW: November 13; TR: November 14
Chapter 10: Liabilities
Chapter 11: Corporations: Organization, Stock Transactions, Dividends, and Retained Earnings
Chapter 12: Investments
Exam 4: MW: December 9; TR: December 10
Chapter 13: Statement of Cash Flows
Chapter 14: Financial Statement Analysis
Appendix D: Time Value of Money
Appendix E: Payroll Accounting
Appendix F: Subsidiary Ledgers and Special Journals
Appendix G: Other Significant Liabilities
Make-Up Exam Policy:
Students are expected to take all exams at the scheduled time in the classroom. If a student is unable to take an exam at the scheduled time due to extenuating circumstances the student can take the exam in the instructor’s office during the instructor’s office hours. Each student is only permitted one make-up exam. If a student takes a make-up exam they will be permitted the same amount of time as the students who took the exam as scheduled.
· August 26, 2013 First Day of Instruction for the Fall 2013 Semester
· August 20, 2013 Last Day for a 100% Refund for Fall 2013 Semester
· August 27 – August 30, 2013 Late Registration for the Fall 2013 Registration for full-term session in person ONLY. Student must receive permission from the instructor. Students must pay before 11:59 PM on the same day of registration or all classes may be dropped.
· September 2, 2013 Labor Day Holiday – Classes Not in Session
· September 6, 2013 Last Day for 50% Drop Fee for full-term session classes. Any drops after this date will be with no refund. Last Day to Officially Drop without a grade of “W” for full-term courses.
· September 3 – September 13, 2013 Late Registration for the Fall 2013 Registration for full-term session in person ONLY. Student must receive permission from the instructor AND department chair. Students must pay before 11:59 PM on the same day of registration or all classes may be dropped.
· September 13, 2013 Last Day to change from Audit to Credit with Instructor’s approval for full-term classes that started on August 26.
· October 11, 2013 Last Day to Apply for Fall 2013 Graduation
· October 11, 2013 Last Day to submit via MyCSN Non-Disclosure Directory information
· October 25, 2013 Nevada Day Holiday – Classes Not in Session
· November 1, 2013 Last Day to Officially Change from Credit to Audit for full-term classes that started on August 26 in person ONLY.
· November 1, 2013 Last Date to Officially Drop the Fall 2013 full-term classes
· November 11, 2013 Veteran’s Day Holiday – Classes Not in Session
· November 28 – Dec 1, 2013 Thanksgiving Day Recess (Thursday thru Sunday) – Classes not in Session
· December 9 – 15, 2013 Final Examination Period for the Fall 2013 Semester
· December 15, 2013 Fall semester ends
· December 18, 2013 Fall semester grades due from instructors
CPA Exam Information:
The CPA exam consists of four parts: FAR (Financial Accounting and Reporting), AUD (Auditing and Attestation), BEC (Business Environment and Concepts), and REG (Regulation). If you are interested in becoming a CPA, I highly recommend purchasing the materials from the following websites:
www.cpaexam.com (complete set of 4 review books with notes, problems, and solutions) www.tutorialgroup.com (complete set of Q & A flashcards)
Find applicant information at: www.nvaccountancy.com
Memorize the acronyms given in the review books.
It’s never too soon to begin your CPA exam review! An early start will guarantee your success on the exam; in addition, your CPA review will help you tremendously in your upper division and graduate level accounting courses.