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Michael Gough - Accounting/Business

ACCOUNTING 1A

ACCT 001A-61Z CRN #10301

The primary objective of this course is to help students learn how accounting meets the information needs of various users by developing and communicating information that is used in decision-making. Accordingly, the expected student outcome is the demonstration that the student can read, analyze and interpret external financial statements. 

PLEASE BE AWARE THERE IS A REQUIRED, ON CAMPUS FINAL EXAM FOR THIS COURSE THAT MUST BE TAKEN AS SCHEDULED. AND BY REGISTERING AND REMAINING IN THE CLASS YOU ARE AGREEING THAT YOU WILL TAKE THE FINAL ON CAMPUS AS SCHEDULED. 

Strategic Learning Outcomes for this class: 

Demonstrate a knowledge of double entry accounting for business transactions and adjustments and prepare, explain and analyze financial statements using GAAP. 

Analyze fundamental business concepts, how businesses operate, how accounting serves them and identify ethical issues in an accounting context.

Text: 

Accounting, 26th Edition

Carl S. Warren; James M. Reeve; Jonathan Duchac
DeAnza bookstore has the special DeAnza student edition

This class uses the Cengage Website.

log-in page: 

http://academic.cengage.com/login 

Cengage course ID:

E-Y84E653FQU2ZT

go to "Students Register Here" and enter access code from front of your text 

Text purchase 

Your cheapest, best option is to purchase the book in the bookstore. The text you purchase from the bookstore includes the book itself and the access code to the 
Cengage website where you will do much of your homework. You must have access to the website as part of the class requirement. 

CengageBrain website - if you purchase directly from Cengage you will have to pay more for the same access. 

Instant Purchase Option:
If students would like to purchase instant access online, they can do so at:
www.cengagebrain.com/micro/customDeAnzaCollegeACCT1

Catalyst: 

The class uses the DeAnza Catalyst system for the midterm exam, the web discussions and the comprehensive problems before the midterm and final exam. The website address is:

https://catalyst.deanza.edu.

Make sure you log onto Catalyst and complete the orientation as soon as possible, otherwise you can lose your space in the class.

If you have not used Catalyst before, directions on logging on are shown later in this syllabus. 

So here is what you need to do: 

 

 

Purchase the book and Cengage code from the DeAnza Bookstore. 

Access the Cengage website using the course code shown above. 

Access the Catalyst website and COMPLETE THE ORIENTATION in Catalyst (do that right away or you will get dropped from the course.) Please note that the Catalyst website is not available until the first day of the term.

Agreement: 

 

In registering for this course there are certain requirements that must be met in order to complete it successfully. 

First, by completing the orientation you pledge that all work done in the course is your own. 


Second, you understand that all work must be submitted on time or early in Catalyst, Cengage or by e-mail as required by the course. 

Third, you recognize and fully accept that the midterm must be taken as scheduled, online, and if you miss the midterm you will likely need to withdraw from the course to avoid a failing grade. 

Fourth, you recognize and fully accept, that there is a required, ON CAMPUS FINAL EXAM THAT MUST BE TAKEN ON THE SCHEDULED TIME AND DATE, WITHOUT EXCEPTION. The exam is comprehensive, closed book, calculator okay - similar to the homework you have done and the problems reviewed in the video reviews. 

 

De Anza College Distance Learning Center 
Faxes 408 864-8245 
http://www.deanza.edu/distance/ 
Service Hours: M-Th, 8:30 AM-6:00 PM; Fri/Sat/Sun: Closed 

** Wait Listed Students: When enrolled students drop BEFORE final rosters are printed (Wednesday before classes begin), wait-listed students automatically move into enrolled seats - an email is sent to the enrolled student letting them know of their "new" status and to pay their fees within five days if they want to officially maintain their enrolled status.

To view/monitor what the current enrollment looks like for the upcoming quarter/session, and/or registration info, please go to: https://registration.fhda.edu/prod/web/default.jsp

If the class is currently full and you are not on the Wait-List, getting on the Wait-List (through the registration process) will be the only chance of getting in.

If the class is not full, then students will be given an add code on the Thursday (or earlier) of the first week based on their spot on the wait list. Those wishing to add must e-mail the instructor after the first day of class and before 8 AM on the first Thursday of the term. I will e-mail add codes to the students who have e-mailed me and are the highest on the wait list based on the space available in the course. 

DESCRIPTION
ACCT 1A Financial Accounting 1 will be offered by yours truly via the web. The course will have two exams (open book, notes for the midterm and an ON CAMPUS FINAL - CLOSED BOOK but one page of notes allowed), homework from each chapter, some web research and discussion.The Cengage website has a number of study aids that will help you cover the material. You will be responsible for reading the text, accessing and using the study aids, doing the homework - in Cengage and completing the two manual projects, getting on the web, and taking the tests twice during the term (one online exam and one on-campus exam). 

REQUIREMENTS
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 12 hours per week (24 in summer) using and studying course materials.
1. Complete the Online Orientation and submit the Student Information Form and the orientation in Catalyst (there is a hotlink to Catalyst later in this syllabus) by 6PM on Thursday of the first week. (Online Orientation may be found at: http://distance.deanza.edu/). Pre-registered students who do not complete the online orientations by the deadline will be dropped to make room for students on the waitlist.
2. Read all e-mails from the instructor and keep up with the work.
3. Access and utilize the material in the text and on the Cengage website.
4. Complete all required reading assignments.
5. Complete the required assignments and homework in Cengage and the comprehensive problems by the due dates.
6. Take the two exams - midterm online and final exam on campus.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FIRST MIDTERM EXAM ON 7/14 (online) MUST BE TAKEN ON THE SCHEDULED DATE AND TIME, ONLINE BETWEEN 4:00 PM and 12:00 PM on (note - the exam must be started by 9:55 PM on in order to have the full two hours to take it)


THE FINAL, ON MONDAY, AUGUST 1 AT 4:30PM in MLC105, MUST BE TAKEN AT THE SCHEDULED TIME AND DATE AS WELL - ON CAMPUS - NO EXCEPTIONS WHATSOEVER.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
In order to take this course you will need to have access to the world wide web (that can be provided at De Anza College) and be eligible to take ACCT 1A. 

Catalyst Quick Login Instructions > Username: Your De Anza College Student ID (NOT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER). > Password: Your Birthday in this format: MMDDYYYY (Two digit month, followed by two digit day, followed by FOUR digit year; no slashes or spaces.)


TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR CATALYST: Please change to > For technical help with Catalyst (Moodle), please go to > http://catalysthelp.deanza.edu/. There is a link to this page from the > Catalyst web site. Also, logon information and an FAQ are available at the > Catalyst web sitehttps://catalyst.deanza.edu.

YOU WILL ALSO NEED TO ACCESS THE CENGAGE WEBSITE (URL PROVIDED ABOVE)

STUDY EACH WEEK'S ASSIGNMENTS
Work on the lessons in the following order: a. Review the lesson assignments in the Text.
b. Complete the assignments and homework in Cengage by the scheduled dates.
c. Utilize the resources in Cengage Now to enhance your comprehension.
d. Complete comprehensive problems (shown in Catalyst) and turn it in at the Distance Learning Center by the due dates.

COMPLETE THE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS
All assignments are due by 6 PM on the due date and are completed in both the Cengage website as well as Catalyst and some problem sets are e-mailed as an attachment to your instructor. 
The comprehensive problems are posted in Catalyst and those are e-mailed as an attachment to your instructor. 

 


INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION: MICHAEL GOUGH
Office Hours
Days and Hours: No schedule office hours for summer, but e-mail me with questions  
Phone/Voicemail: (408) 864-8622

Office Location: F-51a
E-mail Address: goughmichael@fhda.edu
Contact the instructor if you have questions about the course.

A splendid time is guaranteed for all. 

COURSE MATERIALS
http://books.fhda.edu/
Phone: 408-864-8455
Purchase at the De Anza College Bookstore:
25th ed Accounting, (Warren etc, Cengage Publishers)
1. The book is by Warren and has a web component. You need to purchase the book from the bookstore or directly from Cengage to get the online code for the course.
2. Calculator, paper.
Text Refund Deadline: see catalog.

This course is designed to expose the student to the basic aspects of accounting. The course requires a substantial amount of reading and problem solving. Make sure you keep up with the work in the course and stay on top of the reading, videos and homework. 
After completing the reading and homework assignments, you should be able to:
1. Explain the process of accounting.
2. Identify the users of accounting information.
3. Identify the generators of accounting information.
4. Perform double entry bookkeeping.
5. Record accounting transactions in a general journal and special purpose journal.
6. Post transactions to the general ledger.
7. Adjust accounts as part of the accounting cycle.
8. Prepare a trial balance, adjusted trial balance and financial statements (income statement, balance sheet and statement of owner's equity).
9. Prepare closing entries.
10. Recognize basic accounting theory and generally accepted accounting procedures.
11. Analyze financial statements at a beginning level and explain generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

Policies: All exams must be taken at the scheduled time and date. There are no makeup exams for any reason; late assignments are not accepted for any reason. 


EXAMS
The exams will be composed of problem type and short answer questions. 

Exam #1: July 14 - The exam will open at 4:00 PM and close at midnight that evening. You will have two hours to complete the exam. It is a multiple choice and problem type exam - online. The midterm is scheduled for Oct 23 
(Exam #1 Covers chapters 1-4)

Final Exam: MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 4:30PM IN MLC 105; on campus
(Final is comprehensive, closed book, calculator okay, bring your picture ID)

Testing Materials for Final Exam: Bring one #2 pencil, blank paper and a calculator as well as your picture id.
Closed book, no notes.

Final Grades:
Final Grades are assigned as follows:
Requirement: Possible Points:
1 midterm @ 100 points each..............100
*homework/web assignments and related 
.........................100 (approximate)
Final Exam .............................200
Total possible points...... .........400 (approximate)

Percentage Possible Final Letter Grade Assigned: 90 - 100 % A
80 - 89 % B
70 - 79 % C
60 - 69 % D
Below 60 % F

* There will be three web/forum discussions in the class, where you are required to go on line and answer a discussion question posed to you and post in Catalyst. Go to Catalyst, click on Forum for the assigned week, sign in and respond. Your discussion is posted so the rest of the class can read what you say. It represents an important component of the class

Note: the final exam is a significant component of the grade. There is a comprehensive set of problems assigned at the end of the term designed to have you review all the major concepts of the course and to prepare you for the final. If you can successfully complete the comprehensive problem set without using the book or any other aids, then you are ready for the final. If you cannot, then you are not ready for the final and will likely not be successful in passing the class. Do not wait until the last week of the term to understand the material, it doesn't work. 

There is no extra credit available in the class, and please commit to the course as all work must be turned in on time or early - no late exams/homework.

If you need tutoring check out http://deanza.edu/studentsuccess/

 

Policy on Copying and Cheating: Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.

Grading Policies: If you sign up for the course and complete the orientation IN CATALYST you are enrolled. If you do not complete the orientation you are dropped as a no-show. If you do not take the midterm examination you will want to withdraw from the course because passing is not possible without the midterm points. 

Once you have indicated your enrollment in the class, it is your responsibility to monitor your enrollment and drop yourself if you believe you cannot pass the class. Other than failing to complete the orientation, it is entirely the student's responsibility to drop himself or herself in accordance with college guidelines and dates.

Incomplete grades are only available under the following conditions: The student has done ALL of the work in the course and cannot take the final exam because of an emergency (verifiable illness, family death, car accident etc). If the issue arises prior to the date for withdrawal, then the student WILL TAKE A W GRADE. If it occurs after the withdrawal date and ALL work in the course has been completed and a verifiable emergency has taken place, then an incomplete grade can be given. Please note, these are exceedingly rare. 

If you wish to take this course as a pass/no pass option it is entirely your responsibility to sign up for the option within the requisite time outlined on the DeAnza website. The instructor has no authority or ability to change a graded course to a pass/no pass course; it is entirely the responsibility of the student. 

Once you have indicated your enrollment in the class and completed the orientations, it is your responsibility to keep up with the work and drop the course if you determine you cannot keep up.

If you do not take the midterm exam, it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU DROP THE COURSE WITH A W BECAUSE IT IS VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO PASS THE COURSE. Please note, enrollment is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, ADD AND DROP DATES ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AND IN THE DEANZA SCHEDULE. Please note DeAnza is very strict with the withdrawal date policy.

You may access your final grades through the Star System [408-777-9394 or 650-917-0509], and the Internet [https://regserv.fhda.edu/da-grades.html]

 

Week....Chapter...........Homework Due Date in Cengage

6/27.....1&2..........7/1

7/4.......3&4..........7/8  (Comprehensive Problem #1 in Catalyst also due on 7/8)

7/11......EXAM IN CATALYST ON 7/14 (Chapters 2-4)

7/11......5&6.........7/18

7/18.....7&8..........7/25

7/25.....9............7/28  (Comprehensive Problem #2 in Catalyst also due on 7/28

8/1....Final Exam, COMPREHENSIVE, CHAPTERS 2-9, 4:30PM MLC 105 - picture ID, one page of notes, calculator

 



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 Web Discussion Due Dates in Catalyst (they show as a quiz in Catalyst) 

7/1

7/24

7/28



 

For the Web Discussions log on to Catalyst, click onto Forum in the assigned week, and answer the question by replying to the statement presented.

Note to students with disabilities: If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic accommodations or services in this course, provide (name of Instructor) with a Test Accommodation Verification Form (also known as a TAV form) from Disability Support Services (DSS) or the Educational Diagnostic Center (EDC). Students are expected to give five days notice of the need for accommodations. Students with disabilities can obtain a TAV form from their DSS counselor (864-8753 DSS main number) or EDC advisor (864-8839 EDC main number)


Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated in the course and will result in the sanctions policy indicated by the Foothill-DeAnza District.



Contact
email icon Email: Michael Gough
phone icon Phone: 408.864.8622

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Last Updated: 6/23/16