JACKSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Professor: Patrick Walsh JCC Phone: (419) 351-7609
This course is designed for the non-accounting supervisor/ manager who must have an understanding of financial and managerial accounting as it is used in decision making. Learn about annual reports, financial statements, balance sheet accounts and accounting transactions.
Focus on how accounting information is used in decision making and not on the mechanics behind that accounting information. This is an introductory accounting course required for some
BUA, CIS and HOC programs. Students should consider their academic program and select either ACC 216 or ACC 231 for their introductory accounting course. Prerequisites: ENG 085*,
ENG 090* and MTH 098*
The student will:
1. Identify the users of accounting information and their individual needs.
2. Read and understand the information communicated on a balance sheet, income statement, statement of retained earnings and statement of cash flows.
3. Understand the qualitative characteristics that make financial reporting useful.
4. Compute and interpret financial ratios that focus on liquidity, solvency, efficiency and profitability.
5. Understand the accounting cycle as it relates to the preparation of financial statements.
6. Distinguish between cash basis and accrual basis accounting.
7. Relate basic accounting concepts to the preparation of the financial statements.
8. Evaluate a company’s internal controls and identify potential weaknesses.
9. Communicate both orally and in writing in an accounting context.
10. Analyze and develop multiple solutions for ethical dilemmas faced in today’s business environment.
Required Text Materials:
Using Financial Accounting Information, the Alternative to Debits and Credits, Porter and Norton, 8th edition
Accounting for Managers Bergevin / Macqueen
Other Required Materials: simple calculator, pencils, flash drive and Internet access
Class Meeting: 6:00 to 9:40 PM, Mondays
Office Hours: By appointment or after class.
Methods to achieve objectives: discussion,
lecture, mutual explanation, team problem solving, group practice work,
individual practice with homework, tests, special projects and practical
application of the text
Tests: There will be 3 chapter tests throughout the semester covering 2 to 3 chapters each. We will review on the Wednesday before we take our tests. Plan ahead to attend all test dates.
Attendance & Participation: Your regular attendance and active involvement in our class will directly correlate to how well you do with this class. If you attend every class, work on all class activities and complete all assignments, you will do very well with ACC 216.
Emergencies: If you find yourself in an emergency situation on an exam date, contact Pat by phone or e-mail ASAP. When you return to class, you will be required to provide documentation of your absence such as a funeral notice, hospital admit slip, police ticket, etc. We will discuss your situation and work out a plan together.
Academic Honesty: If you cheat in this class, you will either A) fail the assignment or B) fail the course. Cheating in an accounting class takes the form of using or copying another student’s work and using it as your own. All assignments related to this class must be your own work. The JCC Catalog defines academic honesty as “ …the ethical behavior that includes (students’) producing their own work and not representing others’ work as their own…”
Cell Phones: Please make sure to turn off your cell phone ringer before joining our class.
JCC Associate Degree Outcomes (ADO’s): The Board of Trustees of Jackson
Community College has determined that all JCC graduates should develop or
enhance certain essential skills while enrolled in the college. ADO #3 and #8 will be addressed in this
course. ADO #3 represents student
understanding of computational
skills and mathematical reasoning, and ADO #8 represents
student understanding of
personal and ethical responsibility.
JCC Technology: If you have trouble with your JCC login or other computer issues, please contact the JCC Solution Center at 517-796-8539. When e-mailing your instructor, please include your first and last name and put “ACC 231” in the subject line. Always save your work and have a back-up plan. Please ask questions and get help early with any concerns you may have including computer problems.
JCC Center for Student Success: Students requiring special assistance (including those affected by the Americans with Disabilities Act) should contact the Center for Student Success at 517-787-0800. This is the first step in acquiring the appropriate accommodations to facilitate your learning.
Note: This syllabus is not a contract: it is a plan for the course. Each course and each group of students is unique. We may do more or less work than is outlined above. Total points in the course may be altered to reflect the dynamics of our class.