Accounting Cases
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2019
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: 66 credit hours from their respective advanced business program

Program(s): Business Admin. Accounting
Program Coordinator(s): Jennifer Peterson
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20190903_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: A Texas Instruments BAII Plus calculator is permitted for this course.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students solve multi-faceted accounting cases both individually and in groups. Students improve critical-thinking and problem-solving skills through a multi-stage process: individual work on the case before class, small group meeting, and large group meeting. In the first stage, the student works on identifying the problem and preparing possible solutions to the case before class. In the second stage, the student works in a small group meeting, discussing the problem and evaluating each other's problem identification and possible solutions. In the third stage, the teacher facilitates student participation in solving the case. Teams are then required to present and defend their solution and implementation plan.

Program Context

Business Admin. Accounting Program Coordinator(s): Jennifer Peterson
This course is a mandatory course in the three year Business Administration Accounting program.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will demonstrate the ability to solve a multi-faceted accounting case by applying critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Assess the relevance of information in an accounting case.
  2. Assess the key issues in a multifaceted accounting case.
  3. Generate practical alternative solutions that address the key issues.
  4. Defend the selection of a specific solution to a case based on appropriate qualitative and quantitative criteria.
  5. Prepare an effective implementation plan for the chosen solution.
  6. Work constructively within a small group in generating practical solutions to business cases.
  7. Create solutions that can be adapted to respond to unexpected variations/changes to the case situation.
  8. Prepare a written analysis and recommendation for a case in appropriate business style and format.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Multiple Choice Question Quizzes - due before class throughout the semester8.0%
 Individual Case Pre-class Preparation/Submissions (1 Case in the first half of course and 1 Constructed Responses during the second half; randomly selected throughout the term, 2 at 3%)6.0%
 Student Small Group Contribution in weekly class - ongoing throughout the semester6.0%
 Student Class Discussion Contribution in weekly class - ongoing throughout the semester6.0%
 Individual Case/Constructed Response to be handed in (2 at 4%)8.0%
 Small Group Problem and Implementation Plan defense6.0%
 Midterm (no Multiple Choice Questions)30.0%
 Final Exam (no Multiple Choice Questions)30.0%

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication Skills - Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Communication Skills - Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
  • Numeracy - Execute mathematical operations accurately.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving - Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: N/A
RequiredOtherCPA Handbook

Applicable student group(s): Business Administration - Accounting
Course Details:

Module 1: Introduction to Solving Accounting Cases

  • Macro
    • Analysis of information to determine what is/is not relevant and provide reasons
    • Performing situational analysis to identify the problem in the case
    • Exercises on relevant/irrelevant information and problem identification   
  • Micro
    • Analysis tools (SWOT, PEST etc.)
    • Generating feasible solutions to the problem
    • Creation of an implementation plan for the best solution
    • Exercises on analysis tools, feasible alternatives, and implementation plan

Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Module 2: Solving cases covering Management Accounting, Finance, and Information Technology topics    

Learning Outcomes: 1 to 8

Individual Pre-Class Assignment 1 (3%), Individual Hand In Assignment 1 (4%), Quizzes - 3 to 4 (4%), Team Presentations (6%) (each team does one presentation over the semester; half of the teams will earn this mark), Class Contribution (3%), Small Group Contribution (3%), Midterm (Case exam done on an individual basis) (30%)                                

Module 3: Solving cases covering Financial Reporting, Auditing and Taxation topics

Learning Outcomes: 1 to 8

Pre-Class Quizzes – 3 to 4 (4%), Individual Pre-Class Assignment 2 (3%), Team Presentations (6%) (each team does one presentation over the semester), Class Contribution (3%), Small Group Contribution (3%), Individual Hand-In Assignment (4%),Final exam (30%); Students will do three Constructed Responses – one Financial Reporting, one Auditing, and one Taxation

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