ACCT 521 Advanced Cost Accounting

This course will examine the importance of analyzing and managing costs; activity-based management, process costing and cost allocation; planning and decisions making, and evaluating and managing performance. This course is designed primarily for accounting/finance majors who seek careers or are already employed in for profit corporations or not for profit organizations as public (such as CPAs) or private (such as controllers and/or CMAs or CFMs) accounting/business leaders in a fast changing, highly technically oriented society.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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This course is designed for advanced accounting students and gives both a technical view of managerial accounting and increased interaction with current research on advanced topics. It will assist company decision makers in a very practical manner.

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Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Read & Interact Textbook Assignments (16)

Within this course, the student will be required to read and interact with the textbook within the third party platform, SmartBook. The student must complete each reading and item in the textbook in order to earn the points associated with the assigned reading and prior to completing any Homework Assignment. 

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

Homework Assignments (8)

The student will be assigned homework to complete in the third party platform, Connect Plus. At the end of the assigned module, Connect Plus will automatically grade all of the assignments and the grades will transfer into Canvas.

Research Paper Assignment

The student will write a research paper on an advanced study of a topic related to this course; the student will determine the advanced topic. The paper must be 7–10 pages, not including any tables, graphs, etc. A minimum of 6 accounting journal sources must be utilized, all of which must have been published within the last 3 years. Current APA formatting is required.

PowerPoint Presentation Assignment

The student will create a PowerPoint presentation (approximately 12 minutes, 10–12 slides) showing how a topic covered in the course is connected to the student’s workplace. The student should incorporate actual samples from the job site and a narrative explanation of each slide using the presentation notes feature. All materials must be properly cited and quoted in current APA style. All sources must be less than 3 years old.

Faith Integration Paper Assignment

The student must briefly describe how the Bible is related to the topics covered in the course within a 1,000 word essay. An integration of the Bible must be explicitly shown, in relation to a course topic, in order to receive points. In addition, at least 2 other outside, scholarly sources, including the textbook, must be used to substantiate the student’s position. 

Quizzes (3)

The student will complete quizzes within the third party platform, Connect Plus. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and the grade will transfer to Canvas.

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