Course Descriptions

AC 221 Financial Accounting and Reporting       3 CR
Emphasis on the information that the language of business provides for decision makers. This is accomplished by using a transactions-analysis approach. Individual and team-based problems and cases are used to stress accounting fundamentals as well as the global and ethical issues of accounting decisions. 

AC 222 Managerial Accounting and Control     3 CR
Covers the role of managerial accounting in corporate management. Emphasis is on the introduction of product and service costing, profit planning, cost analysis and the cost allocation process. Current financial accounting and control matters are reviewed and evaluated. Individual and team-based problems and cases are used to explore global ethical issues.

AC 299 Special Topics in Accounting       3 CR
Designates new or occasional courses that may or may not become part of the department's permanent offerings. Courses capitalize on a timely topic, a faculty member's particular interest, an experimental alternative to existing courses, etc. Prerequisites established by the department as appropriate for the specific course. Course title is shown on the student's transcript. Consult the current course schedule for available topics and current prerequisites.

AC 302 Advanced Accounting II     3 CR
Covers topics such as accounting for partnership, bankruptcies, not-for-profit enterprises and foreign currency transactions. This course includes elements acknowledging its status as a capstone course within the accounting program. These include an extensive overview of accounting ethics, analyses of recent ethical problems in accounting and business and a focus on global issues. Prerequisites: AC 401 and Senior standing

AC 313 Cost Management     3 CR
Explores critical issues facing accounting and financial managers in the current business environment. Topics include: introduction to state-of-the-art managerial accounting practices, in-depth understanding of cost management, product and service costing methods, performance evaluation and managerial compensation systems. Global and ethical issues are examined. Written assignments, case studies and team discussions comprise much of classroom interaction. Prerequisite: AC 222

AC 314 Advanced Management Accounting      3 CR
Introduces modern theory of management accounting and control and strategic cost management. Financial and managerial controls issues d by multinational corporations are examined. Topics include: cost analysis, activity-based accounting and management, strategic cost control, agency theory, decentralization issues and incentive and compensation systems. Case studies and development, team discussions and empirical study comprise much of classroom interaction. Prerequisite: AC 222

AC 331 Intermediate Accounting I     3 CR
Further discusses accounting concepts, principles and practices, placing more emphasis on the theoretical aspects involved. While intended for the Accounting major, this is also a most useful course for other majors in the College of Business. Prerequisite: AC 221

AC 332 Intermediate Accounting II     3 CR
Covers specialized topics in accounting, including leases, pensions and accounting for income taxes. Emphasis is on the most recent pronouncements of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Prerequisite: AC 331

AC 397 Special Topics: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) Tax Clinic     3 CR
The VITA Program provides low- to moderate-income taxpayers assistance in the preparation of their tax returns. Students receive Internal Revenue Service (IRS) training to help prepare basic tax returns in the local community. Once training is completed, students must pass the IRS's written examination to become VITA certified and complete the required staffing hours during tax filing season. Emphasis is on the application of current tax law, communication skills, and community service.

AC 399 Independent Study     1–3 CR
Students work on a special topic under the direction of an instructor. Permission of the instructor and department chairperson is granted to qualified Accounting majors on the basis of a written proposal from the student.

AC 401 Advanced Accounting I     3 CR
Examines financial accounting and reporting topics such as business combinations and consolidated financial statements. These topics are analyzed from the perspective of ongoing developments in business mergers and acquisitions and their ethical implications. Prerequisites: AC 332 and Senior standing

AC 421 Auditing I     3 CR
Studies audit practices used by independent public accountants in examining accounting records and statements. Emphasis is on “generally accepted auditing standards” of evaluation of internal control as well as ethical issues. Prerequisite: AC 332

AC 422 Auditing II     3 CR
Continues AC 321 emphasizing completion of the audit engagement. Includes preparation of various reports, other services offered by CPAs, legal liability, ethical and professional responsibilities. Prerequisite: AC 421

AC 431 Federal Taxes I       3 CR
Introduces individual income taxation. Topics include: formulation of tax statutes, research methodology, tax planning, analysis of taxable income as well as ethical considerations. Prerequisite: AC 332

AC 432 Federal Taxes II      3 CR
Examines federal corporate, partnership, estate and trust taxation. IRS practices and procedures are examined, as well as international and ethical considerations. Prerequisite: AC 431

AC 490 Accounting Internship     3–9 CR
Students are directly involved in various dimensions of accounting. Emphasis is on the practical application of accounting principles and skills to a specific industry or organization. An on-site accounting professional supervises students. Prerequisites: Senior status and permission of the department chairperson

IS 272 Dynamics of Information Technology    3 CR
Presents information systems concepts from a managerial perspective to understand how information systems work and how they are used for business purposes. This course is designed to help students understand and use fundamental information systems principles so that they will efficiently and effectively function as future business employees and managers. Topics include: hardware and software of computers, telecommunication and networks (including the Internet), database management, e-commerce, systems development and systems security. Prerequisite: CS 100