Connect Homework Assignments
Homework assignments will consist of an average of five problems for each assigned chapter. These problems will be completed using McGraw-Hill Connect, the online resource associated with your text. This program allows you to work the end-of-chapter material online and submit it for immediate grading and feedback. Each chapter assignment is worth a total of 20 points. You are allowed three attempts at each problem, and the highest score will be recorded in the grade book.
The deadline for each assignment block is 11:59 p.m. each Sunday evening (Saturday in week 8). Late homework is not accepted without prior approval from the instructor. I recommend that you work on the homework well ahead of the due date, so questions are addressed before assignments are due.
There will be an Introduction Discussion, worth 4 points, due on Wednesday (by 11:59 p.m. CT) of Week 1. There will be one required, graded discussion topic each week. The instructor will post a question, problem, or issue related to the week’s topic. Your initial weekly posting, worth a maximum of 10 points, is due each Thursday (by 11:59 p.m. CT); it may require analysis, research, or critical thinking.
Responses to at least two classmates’ original postings are due by Sunday (11:59 p.m. CT) (Saturday in Week 8) and are worth 2 points total. Your response should provide added value. You are expected more than “I agree,” or “Good job”; provide a response that indicates you read the student’s post and can offer a substantial comment.
The instructor expects that each week you respond to different students and that you respond to a student that doesn’t have a response yet. The introductory and weekly discussion questions combined are worth a total of 100 points, 10% of the final grade. Refer to the grading rubric in the course for guidance in how the discussion question postings will be assessed. No late postings will be accepted. You are also expected to read all weekly postings.
Research Cases: You will be assigned four research cases in the textbook, which you will be asked to read and analyze. After reading the assigned case, answer the assigned questions. Be sure to provide solid, in-depth and well researched responses.
Usage of the FASB Codification for all US GAAP references is required on all research cases for this class. Additional research beyond the textbook is strongly encouraged. Use APA formatting for your responses.
Submit completed cases to the appropriate Dropbox folder. These cases are worth 25 points each, for a total of 100 points, 10% of the final grade. Refer to the grading rubric in the course for guidance in how the research cases will be assessed. The deadline for each case is 11:59 p.m. CT each Sunday evening (Saturday in Week 8).
Excel Cases: You will be assigned a total of four Excel-based analysis cases from the textbook. After reading the assigned case, prepare the Excel analysis as directed. Make sure to properly label and format the worksheet. Utilize formulas for all computation-based cells. Excel cases should be professional-looking. Research beyond the textbook in the use of Excel may be required.
Submit completed cases to the appropriate Dropbox folder. These will be worth 25 points each, for a total of 100 points, 10% of the final grade. Refer to the grading rubric in the course for guidance in how the Excel cases will be assessed. The deadline for each case is 11:59 p.m. CT each Sunday evening (Saturday in Week 8).
There will be 8 practice quizzes, one every week, for you to test your knowledge of the week’s materials. You will get immediate feedback so you can monitor your progress. Each practice quiz will contain 5-10 multiple choice questions per chapter covered in that week. The questions will address theory and computation-based materials.
Practice quizzes do not have open nor close dates, so they are available at any time. There is no time limit per practice quiz attempt. There is a limit of three attempts per practice quiz. Practice quizzes are located under the Practice Quizzes section on the course’s McGraw-Hill Connect website. Practice quizzes are open book and open notes.
These practice quizzes will not be counted as part of your grade and are strictly voluntary. However, diligently using them will help you to improve your exam scores.
There will be 4 exams, one every two weeks. Each exam will contain 25 multiple-choice questions and will be worth a total of 125 points. Exams are located in the Quizzes area of the course. Exams will be available on Thursday at 12:01 a.m. CT of exam week until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. (Saturday in Week 8).
The first two exams will cover three chapters each. The remaining two exams will cover two chapters each. You can take the test at any time after it is posted, but once you begin, you have two (2) hours to complete it. Under no circumstances can it be worked on or submitted after the due date, unless the instructor has approved a different time or date prior to the test deadline.
Note on Exams: Collaboration with anyone (other students, colleagues, professors, your accountant, etc.) is not permitted. The tests are of course, open-book, but the work is to be exclusively your own. Discussion of test material with anyone is not allowed. Roommates, spouses, colleagues and friends taking the same course should be particularly careful. See the policies related to academic honesty below (especially “Plagiarism”).