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UB MGA 202 - Syllabus Introduction

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MGA 202 1st Edition Lecture 1State University of New York at Buffalo Spring 2015MGA 202 Introduction to Accounting IIM/W 9:00 – 9:50 am, Norton 112 M/W 10:00 – 10:50 am, Norton 112 Professor:Claudia Zhen Qi, Ph. D.Office:368 Jacobs Management CenterOffice Hours:Monday 11 am – 12 pm, Tuesday 1:30 – 3 pm, or by appointmentPhone:(716) 645 – 3263Email: [email protected] uXPrerequisiteMGA 201TAOffice HoursOfficeEmailRecitation SessionsLou [email protected]:00Talbert 10711 am – 1 pm369B211:00Norton 209B312:00Clemens 4Samantha [email protected]:00Baldy 10811 am – 1 pm367B78:00Norton 213B89:00Clemens 19Angela KapsiakMonday [email protected]:00Norton 213Wednesday369B41:00Clemens 61:30 – 3 pmB52:00Norton 209B94:00Clemens 6Mark PeerTuesday [email protected]:00Clemens 17Thursday369A311:00Clemens 173 – 4:20pmA412:00Baldy 108A88:00Norton 214Josh SewardMonday [email protected]:00Clemens 4Wednesday369A62:00Baldy 10811 am – 12:20 pmA94:00Clemens 4B63:00Clemens 4COURSE OBJECTIVESMGA 202 introduces basic topics of management accounting and a business-management approach to thedevelopment, use, and analysis of accounting information. In today’s competitive marketplace, an excellentmanagerial accounting system is an integral part of any organization’s internal information system and isessential for management’s decision making process. This course covers different managerial accountingsystems and their use in business decisions that fulfill the functions of planning, directing, and controlling.Major topics include cost classification, cost behavior, cost systems, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgetingand variance analysis, and decision-making.REQUIRED TEXT AND ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR CONNECTIntroduction to Managerial Accounting, Brewer, Garrison, and Noreen, 6th edition, McGraw-Hill publishing. Available at the bookstore; Custom package includes updated printed textbook, eBook, and access code for McGraw-Hill Connect.Homework and LearnSmart assignments will be collected online through McGraw-Hill Connect. To register, go to http://connect.mcgraw-hill.com/class/mga202_2015 . You need to finish your online registration to Connect by Thursday, January 29 in order to submit the first homework on time (which is due at 8 am on Friday January 30). However, I urge you to register as soon as possible in case you need help. If you encounter technical issues during the registration process, contact Technical Support (their contact information is provided in the textbook and online).XNote that you need to register in both Connect and UB Hub using the same last name and first name. Using different names under these two systems will result in loss of your homework grades.COMMUNICATIONSAnnouncements, grades, and class materials are posted online on our course page in UBLearns. Please check the site at least once a week. It is crucial for you to check your grades for individual components of the class (such as homework, quizzes, attendance, LearnSmart, and exams) every week. Those grades are updated in UBLearns at least once a week. If you have any questions about any individual grade or you believe there is any mistake in UBLearns grade records, it is your responsibility to bring the issue to me via email within two weeks of the posting of that grade. All our TAs and I go to great lengths to make those grades available to you in a timely manner. It is to your benefit and it is also your responsibility to check your grades and makesure they are correctly recorded. Since we all have finite memory, any issue not reported within two weeks of posting will NOT be addressed by either our TAs or me.I reserve the right to change the syllabus or the slides throughout the semester, depending on the progresswe make in class. For any such change, I will provide advance notice. The PowerPoint slides for each chapter will be made available through UBLearns one week before the first class for that chapter. Anynotes I make during class on the white board or document scanner cannot and will NOT beavailable online. (I will always give you ample time in class for note-taking.)If you have questions or want to meet me in person outside of office hours, email me and put MGA 202 in the subject line. Be professional in all your communications and be specific about your request or questions.Page 2 of 10METHOD OF INSTRUCTIONEach week we will meet twice for two 50-minute long lectures on Monday and Wednesday. You will also be taking a recitation session each Friday. Please check the last page of the syllabus for lecture/recitation schedule and important dates in Class Calendar. Both lectures and recitations are an integral part of the class; attendances are required for both your registered class session and registered recitation session. Ifyou attend a lecture or recitation other than the one you are registered for, you will not receive credit for attendance or the quiz for that session, unless you get permission from me beforehand.You may, however, attend office hours of any recitation instructor. Questions about homework and coursematerials should first be brought to the attention of your recitation instructor.There will be substantial professor prepared materials (in the form of in-class notes) to augment the textbook. They are constructed to provide a framework that incorporates theoretical perspectives as well as industry applications in practice. In order to benefit from these materials, your attendance is expected for each lecture session.You may NOT use laptops, cellphones, tablets, or other mobile devices in class except for health-related reasons. You need to notify me of such reasons in person or via email before Wednesday, February 11. Our class is introductory and analytical in nature and doesn’t benefit in any way from the use of electronic devices. If you need to make annotations to the PowerPoint slides, bring hardcopies to class. The use of any electronic device will negatively impact your attendance grade.CLASS EXPECTATIONSMy goal is for you not only to learn Managerial Accounting within the classroom but also to take away practical knowledge and skills lasting beyond this semester. There is only one purpose of the assignments and quizzes and exams, which is to help you learn the material and evaluate your understanding so you can improve. If you need help with any part, discuss it


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