Accounting Ethics: Keeping It Clean –

acc260

(3 credits)

Businesses’ accounting practices are under heightened scrutiny following corporate scandals in recent years. Accountants have a legal and ethical responsibility to follow the law and standard accounting practices as they document their companies’ finances. The course is an introductory level course in ethics, focusing on the types of situations that pose ethical problems in business. An attempt will be made to help the student develop an ethical framework which will allow the student to address ethical issues in the business world. Current trends in accounting ethics, including Sarbanes-Oxley regulations and the ethical requirements for certified public accountants are emphasized.
This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Ethics in Accouting Profession

  • Justify the importance of ethical accounting practice.

The Enron and WorldCom Scandals

  • Identify unethical practices of Arthur Andersen that contributed to the Enron scandal.
  • Analyze the unethical practices that led to the Enron and WorldCom scandals.

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

  • Explain how the Sarbanes-Oxley Act is designed to prevent unethical accounting practices.

Approaches to Ethical Decision Making

  • Compare and contrast philosophical approaches to ethical decision making.
  • Critique philosophical approaches to ethical decision making when they are applied to ethical situations.

Stakeholder Impact Analysis, Part I

  • Describe stakeholder impact analysis as a way of evaluating ethical decisions.

Stakeholder Impact Analysis, Part II

  • Analyze the impact of ethical decisions on stakeholders.

Making Ethical Decisions, Part I

  • Identify how accounting professionals contribute to ethical corporate decision making.

Making Ethical Decisions Part II

  • Apply philosophical approaches to ethical decision-making situations.

The Ethical Accounting Professional

  • Apply philosophical approaches to ethical decision-making situations.

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