Accounting Capstone Course –

acc594

(3 credits)

This course is an exercise in practical, professional management decision-making and analysis and is intended to re-emphasize to the student the challenges faced by managers who must balance the needs of customers, shareholders, employees, and other stakeholders with ethical and legal considerations. The course requires the student to synthesize and integrate the theory and practice learned from all of the courses in the accounting curriculum and apply them toward the development of recommended solutions for specific managerial situations found within organizations in the business environment.
This graduate-level course is weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Transaction Analysis and Presentation

  • Relate appropriate leverage strategies to organizational goals.
  • Evaluate capital budgeting techniques and constraints.
  • Analyze cash management techniques.
  • Demonstrate the application of metrics to establish prime cost standards.
  • Analyze sales standards.

Strategic Focus on Long-Range and Financial Planning

  • Analyze the relationship of the implementation of tactical goals in the annual operating budget.
  • Differentiate between strategic and tactical goals.
  • Formulate and align the financial goals with the organization's strategic plan.
  • Analyze the relevance of the mission statement.
  • Relate the Controller's role in the achievement of the organization's goals and objectives.

Performance Measurement and Analysis

  • Analyze the importance of benchmarking to an organization.
  • Distinguish between the methods of performance measurement.

Integration of all MBA/ACC Course Knowledge

  • Formulate appropriate uses for strategic planning, organizational behavior, management, and quantitative theories and concepts.
  • Apply financial, managerial, information systems, ethics, critical thinking, and strategic applications theories to business situations.

Integration of Information Systems with Financial Applications

  • Analyze the various applications for information sharing.
  • Apply the appropriate use of client-server technologies to business strategies.
  • Utilize Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) as a financial business strategy.
  • Analyze the strategies for integration of financial software applications.
  • Evaluate information systems tools.

Financial Evaluation and Risk Management

  • Evaluate the need for risk management.
  • Evaluate the performance of the organization using ratio and trend analysis.

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