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1 UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH Charlton College of Business Department of Accounting & Finance Summer 2019 COURSE: ACT 650 – Accounting for Decision Making (Managerial Accounting) PREREQUISITES: Completion of ACT 500, or approval of the MBA Program Director. PROFESSOR: Jia Wu Office: CCB 303 Telephone: (508) 999-8428 E-mail: [email protected] (Preferred Method of Communication) Office Hours: online by appointments COUSE WEBSITE: myCourses (go to www.umassd.edu , select myUMassD at the top right corner, sign in using your UMD email login and password, and select myCourses at the left under Quick Launch) CONNECT http://connect.mheducation.com/class/j_wu_act_650_summer_2019 This course is a fully-online course and we use MyCourses and CONNECT extensively. Course materials are posted at these two sites. Please make sure that you can log onto MyCourses and CONNECT during the first day of the class and check these two sites at least once a day. If you have technical problems regarding MyCourses, please contact https://embanet.frontlinesvc.com/app/home/p/2146 For CONNECT tech support, please contact https://www.mheducation.com/highered/connect/support MAILING LIST: An email list has been created for this course to facilitate the communication between the instructor and the students. Your UMass Dartmouth email account will be used for the mailing list. Please check your UMASSD account on a daily basis. ==================================================================== 1. COURSE MATERIALS (1) REQUIRED TEXTBOOK Hilton and Platt, Managerial Accounting, 10th Edition. New York: McGraw Hill, 2013. A custom version of this textbook with CONNECT code bundled is available at the campus bookstore at a discount price. (2) CONNECT ACCESS CODE If you purchase the new custom textbook from the campus bookstore, the CONNECT access code is bundled. Otherwise, you can buy the ebook directly from http://connect.mheducation.com/class/j_wu_act_650_summer_20192 2. COURSE DESCRIPTION The course focuses on internal reporting for managerial decision-making. Management planning and control techniques, cost classification, cost-volume-profit analysis, profit planning, activity based costing and standard costing are encompassed in the course. 3. COURSE OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this course the student will understand the theoretical and practical aspects of accounting for decision making including: managerial accounting and the business environment; cost terms, concepts, and classifications; job-order costing; cost behavior; cost-volume-profit relationships; activity based costing; profit planning; standard costs; and capital budgeting. 4. COMPETENCIES AND CONTACT HOURS • The student will be introduced to the fundamentals of managerial accounting and cost accumulation systems (8 hours) • The student will learn Activity-Based Costing and its important role in contemporary business environment (8 hours) • The student will learn how to perform Cost-Volume-Profit analysis, prepare budgets, use standard costing and balanced scorecard for planning, control and cost management (12 hours) • The student will be able to prepare basic managerial reports (6 hours) • The student will learn how to effectively utilize accounting information for decision making. (8 hours) • Total contact hours = 42 5. COURSE POLICIES • The course includes online lectures, homework exercises, quizzes, reviews and exams. • Class attendance is extremely important and expected of all students. You are expected to spend at least 7 hours every week on this course. • Read assigned chapter prior to each class. • Prepare assigned homework exercises and problems. Late homework will not be accepted.3 6. EVALUATION POLICY: HOMEWORK: 5% Homework must be carefully completed at CONNECT and submitted by the due date. You can find the link to CONNECT at myCourses site. You have three attempts for each homework and the highest grade is reported as your homework grade. There will be 10% grade reduction after the 1st homework attempt. You can view the detailed feedbacks of the homework problems after the second attempt. So take advantage of but not abuse this opportunity! QUIZZES: 15% There will be one quiz for each chapter. All quizzes are administered at CONNECT. You will be given two attempts for each quiz and the higher score of the two attempts will be your quiz grade. Feedbacks for quiz problems are given after the quiz deadline. Mid-Term EXAMS: 25%*2=50% There will be two mid-term exams. Each will account for 25% of your final grade. Final EXAM: 30% The final exam will account for 30% of your final grade. Learn Smart Modules: 2 Bonus Points The LearnSmart Module will add up to 2 bonus points to your final grade. NO MAKE-UP QUIZZES AND EXAMS will be given unless with doctors’ or the dean’s written approval. Exams are NOT cumulative and they will be available at CONNECT. GRADING SCALE: A+: 98 and higher; A: 92-98; A-:89-92; B+:86-89; B: 82-86; B-: 79-82; C+: 76-79; C: 72-76; C-: 69-72; D+: 66-69; D: 62-66; D-: 60-62; F: below 7. INCOMPLETE POLICY: According to the university catalogue, an incomplete may be given only in exceptional circumstances at the instructor's discretion. The student must be passing at the time of the request or be sufficiently close to passing. If the work is not completed within one year of the recording of the incomplete grade, the grade will become an “F”. The incomplete policy for this course is that at least 70% of the course must be already completed and an exceptional circumstance (i.e. medical issue) must exist. If you feel you require an incomplete for an exceptional reason, you need to email me and state your reasons for the incomplete in writing. We will then decide on a course of action. 8. ACADEMIC ETHICAL STANDARDS4 Students are required to work INDEPEDENTLY on all homework, quizzes and exams. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and is subject to academic sanctions in accordance with university policies. The detailed information can be found in the Student Handbook (http://www.umassd.edu/studenthandbook/academicregs/ethicalstandards.cfm ) 9. SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS In accordance with University policy, if you have a documented disability and require accommodations to obtain equal access in this course, please meet with the


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