TEACHING

 

GRADUATE COURSES




MBA Financial Accounting for Management

Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine

[Syllabus Summer 2010.pdf]


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course provides a base level of knowledge needed by corporate executives to understand and discuss corporate financial statements. It also provides a foundation for subsequent courses. Part I of the course is designed to develop your appreciation of fundamental accounting concepts. You will understand why professional judgments and discretions are required when preparing financial statements. Part II of the course focuses on the application of your accounting knowledge on earnings quality issues and earnings management activities related to assets, liabilities, and equity.




MBA Accounting II

Esade Business School, Barcelona

[Syllabus Fall 2009E.pdf]


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will teach you how to interpret corporate financial reports, primarily from the perspective of an investor. We will focus on the link between accounting information and firm value. We will also discuss why companies engage in the types of transactions we cover. 




MBA Managerial Economics and Management (GSB 501)

Orfalea College of Business, Cal Poly

[Syllabus Fall 2008.pdf]


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a faculty generated student research project. As such the student is introduced to academic finance and accounting research. A large part of the course consists of hands on data collection and analysis. We will employ statistical analysis, use commercial databases and write up results very similar to the academic research process. During the course I will also offer a brief introduction to the methods and tools of financial statement analysis and quantitative portfolio management. The course discusses stock screening, relative valuation, and catalytic analysis. At the end of the course, the student should have an introductory tool set to pursue a career in the investment banking field, but is also introduced into the professional life of a Professor at a university.




Masters- Introduction to Accounting for Non-business Majors (ACC 471)

Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

[Syllabus Fall 2007.pdf]


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to enable students majoring in nonbusiness fields to obtain an understanding of business transactions and the fundamentals of the accounting systems used to record and report financial data of business entities. Emphasis will be placed on basic accounting concepts and principles and their application to the process of preparing financial statements from a user-oriented perspective (as opposed to a preparer-oriented perspective). Frequent use of actual corporate annual reports and articles from the financial press will occur in lecture and homework applications. In addition, the course provides insight on how a person external to the firm can use the financial statements produced by the accounting system to make decisions about the firm's performance and how to evaluate an appropriate amount to pay for an issued share of the firm.



UNDERGRADUATE COURSES




Intermediate Accounting (BUS 322)

Orfalea College of Business, Cal Poly

[Syllabus Spring 2010.pdf] [Syllabus Winter 2010.pdf]

[Syllabus Spring 2009.pdf] [Syllabus Winter 2009.pdf]


COURSE DESCRIPTION: The overall objective of this course is to enhance your understanding of: accountants’ role in providing financial accounting information, theories and processes underlying that information and, the relevance of that information to various user groups. The presumption is that you will likely pursue a career in accounting, that you are in charge of developing that career, and your goal is to be a vital member of the management and decision making team in a public accounting firm, private industry, government or a not-for-profit organization. Although the development of your technical skills is critical, it is not the only skill necessary for you to be successful. Interpersonal skills, analytical and problem solving skills and written and oral communication skills are critical success factors and will be emphasized. With respect to BUS 322 specifically, the focus will be on the following: building on the foundation of accounting knowledge, research and thought processes gained in BUS 321, gaining in-depth knowledge of the underlying economic impact of specific, complex transactions, understanding the conceptual basis of the accounting and reporting for these transactions, developing an understanding of the mechanical aspects of accounting for the transactions in line with the underlying concepts, learn how to interpret corporate financial reports, primarily from the perspective of an investor.



     

Introduction to Accounting (BUS 214)

Orfalea College of Business, Cal Poly

[Syllabus Fall 2009.pdf][Syllabus Spring 2008.pdf]


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to enable students majoring in business and non-business fields to obtain an understanding of business transactions and the fundamentals of the accounting systems used to record and report financial data of business entities. Emphasis will be placed on basic accounting concepts and principles and their application to the process of preparing financial statements from a user-oriented perspective (as opposed to a preparer-oriented perspective). Frequent use of actual corporate annual reports and articles from the financial press will occur in lecture and homework applications.