Accounting for Non-financial Managers – BMAL 530

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Students will study the crucial aspects of financial analysis and management so that they will have an understanding of the requirements to identify, measure, and communicate financial information. Topics in this course include: financial reporting, underlying accounting assumptions, performance measures, ratio analysis, cash flow, time value of money and budgeting.




Students earning a graduate degree in business need to understand the fundamentals of accounting and finance. This course takes the broad picture approach, and seeks to provide the accounting and finance essentials needed for today’s non-financial manager.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Calculate accounting and financial formulas.
  2. Prepare basic and pro-forma financial statements.
  3. Assess management decisions from a financial perspective.
  4. Integrate biblical principles within the field of accounting.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Interactive Discussion Board Forum (1)

The student is required to pose a question regarding the course content. There is no minimum word count on the question, and the student may ask as many questions as the student would like. In addition to the question, the student is required to reply to a minimum of 5 other classmates’ questions, with no question having more than three answers. There is no minimum word count on the replies, however, the reply should provide clarity to the question, should be correct, and should illicit interaction among classmates. If a response has not been provided within 48 hours, the professor will do so. Formal APA is not required in this forum. The thread and the replies are graded together, with all parts due no later than 1159 pm ET Friday of module/week 7.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words, contain at least 2 peer-reviewed references, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words and include at least 2 peer-reviewed references.

Connect Homework (8)

The student will be assigned homework to complete in Connect. The Connect homework assignments will be located in each of the individual module/week assignment’s folder.

Faith Essay

The student will write an 800-word Faith Essay in current APA format that focuses on how biblical concepts are related to the fields of accounting and finance. The Faith Essay must include at least 3 peer-reviewed references.

Excel Project

Given a fact situation, the student will prepare financial and pro-forma financial statements using Excel.

Reading Quizzes (8)

There will be 8 open-book/open-notes Reading Quizzes, which contain 10 true/false and/or numeric/calculation questions. Each quiz will cover the materials for the module/week in which it is assigned, and will specifically relate to the end of chapter calculation problems (for chapters 1 through 5). The student will have 30 minutes to complete each quiz.