Advanced Topics In Accounting Research – acc497 (3 credits)

This course in accounting research provides students with an in-depth examination of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and acceptable alternative reporting practices. Through comprehensive case studies, students will develop the research application skills necessary to analyze and make decisions regarding accounting reporting dilemmas in for-profit and not-for-profit companies.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Management Decision-Based Accounting

  • Recommend a course of action based on financial performance.
  • Critique non-financial performance measures.
  • Determine the impact of international accounting standards on business decisions.

Tax Planning and Research

  • Formulate tax-planning advice.
  • Conduct tax research.

Auditing Environment

  • Identify the risk and liability factors in financial statement audits.
  • Relate the implications of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to the auditing environment.

Organizational Reporting

  • Compare and contrast for-profit and not-for-profit reporting guidance.
  • Differentiate between governmental and financial reporting.

Advanced Financial Accounting Topics

  • Conduct accounting research using the FASB Codification System.
  • Describe the development of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Interpret financial statements for business decisions.

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