Applied Accounting for Business
  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 2018
Prerequisites: (ACCG70028 AND ACCG70029)
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: ACCG70020
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Accounting Practitioner
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20180904_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This course is offered on-campus and will also include online/virtual components. The total instruction time will be 42 hours. The online portions of the course are web-based and offered entirely online through Sheridan College's SLATE learning management system . Students taking this course will need a laptop computer, reliable access to the internet, and should have a basic level of comfort using computers as well as the self- discipline to study independently. Students can expect to spend an additional three hours per week for online activities such as postings, discussions, reading, homework and assignments Students must come in-person to write the final exam at a specified exam location and will be supervised by the instructor or a proctor.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students are introduced to the analytical tools used in managerial accounting. Students examine how accounting information is used within an organization in making important financial decisions for planning, controlling costs and evaluating an organization's performance. Students study the fundamental concepts of managerial accounting including how volume affects cost, fixed and variable costs, interpreting and designing graphs and scatter plots, types of budgets and their uses in internal financial planning, job order versus process costing, as well as the ethical standards involved in managerial accounting. Students in the online course engage in online discussions, online assignments, independent readings and assigned exercises and problems. The course consists of a quiz, assignments, in-class midterm exam and an in-class final exam. Prerequisites: ACCG70028 Accounting Theory and Practice 1 AND ACCG70029 Accounting Theory and Practice 2

Program Context

Accounting Practitioner Program Coordinator(s): N/A

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to use internal accounting data for decision making to plan, control and evaluate the performance of an organization.
Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Differentiate the roles and functions of managerial and financial accounting in a business organization.
  2. Differentiate the various variable, fixed, direct and indirect cost classifications used by management accountants.
  3. Use analytical techniques of a job-order costing system to allocate component costs and prepare cost schedules.
  4. Use cost-volume-profit sensitivity analysis to explain cost behavior.
  5. Prepare a master budget to aid in planning, controlling and evaluating an organization.
  6. Explain the advantages, disadvantages and analytical techniques used to evaluate the different types of responsibility centers.
  7. Evaluate transfer pricing decisions between departments.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Assignments:( 2% X 10)20.0%
 Midterm exam25.0%
 Final Exam Comprehensive40.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:

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.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Challenge Exam

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 & Online Instruction
Professor: Multiple Professors
OptionalOtherResources: Online texts, reading and references, articles, applied assignments and navigation of enterprise resource planning software to complete activities that support the learning outcomes and critical performance requirements of the course and overall program objectives.

Applicable student group(s): Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies Online and In-Class students.
Course Details:

Module 1: (LO #1, 2) Managerial Accounting (Introduction)        
- Describe the functions performed by managers.
- Identify the manager's primary responsibility
- Distinguish between Managerial and Financial accounting.
- Distinguish between service, merchandising, and manufacturing companies.
- Understand the basic concepts of lean production.
- Prepare cost of goods manufactured and cost of goods sold schedules

Module 2: (LO # 2)  Cost Concepts and System Design                   
- Classify costs as variable or fixed.
- Distinguish between product costs and period costs.
- Compare direct and indirect costs.
- Prepare General Journal entries to record transactions related to a job order cost system. 
- Calculate a predetermined overhead rate and apply overhead cost to work in process.

Module 3: (LO #3)  Cost Behavior and Cost-Volume Relationships
- Describe how fixed and variable costs behave to explain the basics of cost-volume-profit analysis.
- Prepare income statement for manufacturing companies using the contribution format.
- Analyze cost behavior using scatter graph, high-low and regression methods.
- Explain how changes in activity affect contribution margin and operating income.
- Find break-even point in unit sales and sales dollars.
- Find target profit and determine a firm's margin of safety and operating leverage.

Module 4: (LO's #4, 6, 7) Variable Costing and Segmented Reporting
- Differentiate between variable costing and absorption costing, its advantages and disadvantages.
- Prepare income statement using variable and absorption costing.
- Differentiate among responsibility centers such as cost centers, profit centers, and investment centers.
- Use performance reports such as a segment report and profitability analysis to evaluate cost, revenue, and profit centers.
- Use ROI and RI, to evaluate investment centers.
- Explain the transfer price range to be used between divisions and identify an appropriate transfer price range to be used between divisions.

Module 5: (LO #5) Budgeting             
- Explain how and why managers use budgets.
- Prepare a master budget, including operating and financial budgets.
- Prepare cash budget, budgeted income statement, and budgeted balance sheet.

Retain copy of this course outline during the course and for future use when applying for credit at other educational institutions.

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