College of San Mateo

Managerial Accounting 131

Rosemary Nurre

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Course Description:

This course examines the principles, techniques, and uses of accounting in the planning and control of business organizations from a management perspective. Identified are the budgetary process and related performance evaluation techiques, cost-volume-profit relationship, product costing methods, Just-In-Time (JIT) manufacturing, and Activity Based Costing (ABC). Related theory and application will also be reviewed.

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This class is held primarily online. On a daily basis you should check Web Access for information regarding the chapter and what is due. discussing the chapter and what is required. We will meet live the week before each exam to review the material and discuss what will be on the midterm. When we meet 'online' you should review the lecture notes found at Web Access. The links to the powerpoint slides are located at the end of this page.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how managers use and analyze managerial accounting information to make decisions.
  • Prepare an operating budget and understand where and how to acquire the necessary information.
  • Perform time value of money analysis using discounted cash flow technique. Interpret and explain the difference between net present value, internal rate of return and payback. Analyze a capital budget request.
  • Professionally and effectively collaborate with peers (co-workers) and communicate with instructor (manager)

Required Materials:

Garrison, Norreen, Brewer, Managerial Accounting (13th Edition, McGraw/Hill/Irwin).
ISBN Number: 9780077982102 / 007798210X (text shrinkwrapped with homework manager-Connect)

You can buy the text from the CSM bookstore as a custom publish or from any of the sources below. Just make sure you get the 12th edition.

Some online sources for books:;;;;; ;;

A semester length subscription to the Wall Street Journal is strongly recommended. Please see me for subscription form.

Other Resources:

Garrison/Noreen/Brewer Online
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Please visit and read about the Accounting Assistant program, the Tax Preparer program, and how to become a CPA, an Enrolled Agent, or a CTEC registered tax preparer. The website also has helpful information on how to get a job, how to write a resume, and how to earn continuing education credit.

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Sources of Accounting and Financial Information
The Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system. All publicly traded domestic companies use EDGAR to make the majority of their filings. Form 10-K or 10-KSB, which include the annual report, is required to be filed on EDGAR. The SEC makes this information available on the Internet.( )

FreeEDGAR is an online service offering free access to EDGAR files with the additional ability find and extract specific financial news and information. You also can pull data directly into Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.( )

EdgarScan from PricewaterhouseCoopers pulls filings from the SEC's servers and parses them automatically to find key financial tables and normalize financials to a common format that is comparable across companies. Go directly to specific sections of the filing, including the financial statements, footnotes, extracted financial data and computed ratios. A "Benchmarking Assistant" performs company comparisons. ( )

Research Tools
Wall Street Research Net
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MSN Stock Research
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Hoovers Online
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Bloomberg Business
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Financial Terms Glossary
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Bond Information:

All the sites below are on a menu on the site above

Accounting Resources on the Internet
comprehensive, well-organized set of links to a variety of accounting resources( )

News for CPAs
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American Accounting Association
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AICPA Special Committee on Financial Reporting
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California Board of Accountancy

California Society of CPA's

IRS Tax Forms
All the tax forms can be dowloaded, printed, and used.( )

Stock Price Indexes
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PC Quote
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U.S. Treasury Bill Futures
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Chicago Mercantile Exchange
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