In addition to your initial Introduction post, there will be one required graded discussion topic each week. Your initial post is due by 11:59 p.m. CT Friday and is worth a maximum of 7 points. All posts require analysis, research, and critical thinking. Your initial post should be approximately 2 paragraphs long. In additional to your initial post, you must respond to at least one other classmate’s post. Your response post is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday and is worth a maximum of 2 points (except in Week 8 the discussion response is due on Saturday). Your response should be value added, approximately one paragraph in length, and indicate that your read your classmate’s post and offer substantial comments that add to the discussion. Please attempt to respond to a different student each week and respond to a student who doesn’t have a response yet, when possible.
Discussions should be posted directly to the Discussion area—no attachments. Please complete in Word format using proper spelling, grammar and complete sentences. No late discussion posts will be accepted.
Discussion grades will be based on the following three criteria:
- Initial post demonstrates familiarity with assigned reading, without copying directly from the source
- Response is complete and concise, written in your own words, and in full sentences
- Your postings are a model for other students’ to learn from
- Rely on at least one scholarly source and include a proper citation
Homework CPA Preparation Plan
The plan is intended to outline the process you will take to prepare, sit for and pass the CPA exam. Each plan will be personal based on your schedule and learning style. The plan should be prepared in Word using bullets point format. You will prepare your exam answering such things as outlining the tasks, dates, and methods for studying. Include such topics as the review program you selected, study schedule, which part of the exam you will focus initially and why, what study mechanisms fit your learning style, where you plan to sit for the exam, and other relevant information to keep you on track with your study goals and plan. The plan should be no more than 2 pages in length.
Your plan is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on the Sunday of Week 2.
Homework Case Studies
You will complete three (3) case studies during this course. Each case study should be completed in Word, using complete sentences, proper grammar, and spelling. You should thoroughly answer each question posed by the specific case study assignment, making sure that the major ideas and themes are clear, consistent, and reflect analytical thinking.
Case Study 1 and 2 should each not exceed 2 pages in length. Case Study 3 should not exceed 5 pages in length.
Case Study 1 is due in Week 1, Case Study 2 is due in Week 2, and Case Study 3 is due in Week 4.
The course is divided into four two-week sections. The comprehensive problems will focus on the business environment and ethics (Weeks 1-2), tax returns (Weeks 3-4), a comprehensive audit program (Weeks 5-6), and a comprehensive financial report (Weeks 7-8). The problems will require knowledge of topics you have covered in previous accounting courses. The problems are comprehensive in nature and will require a significant time commitment, so please plan accordingly.
Ethics Book Report
For the Week 7 Ethics Book Report, you will choose one of the two texts listed below and write a 3-page review that includes summary of major themes and ideas, and includes at least 4 major themes or ideas from the book. The review must also provide a critique of the novel, reacting to the themes, the author's aims or intent, the subject of the book, how well it is written, and overall success or failure of the book.
For this review, you should choose one of the following:
McLean, B. & Elkind, P (2013). The smartest guys in the room. New York, NY: Random House. ISBN: 978-1-59184-660
Markopolos, H. & Casey, Fr. (2010). No one would listen. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing. ISBN: 978-0-470-91900-2