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Intensive Analysis of Accounting Principles & Practices I


Course Details

This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Accounting.

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About this Course

This course consists of three modules.

Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II

In these two modules, we'll explore the role of an accountant in providing financial accounting information to external parties. After a brief review of basic bookkeeping and financial statement preparation, we'll examine the concepts underlying financial accounting. You'll apply these concepts to business scenarios to better understand how, when and why to apply accounting principles. Although the primary emphasis is on U.S. accounting standards (GAAP), substantive differences between GAAP and international accounting standards are identified.

Topics include:

  • The accounting process
  • Financial statements
  • Revenue recognition
  • Accounting for cash, receivables and inventory
  • Accounting for property plant and equipment
  • Investments
  • Assets and depreciation
  • Intangible assets and leases
  • Current liabilities and contingencies
  • Long-term debt
  • Accounting for taxes

Accounting Information Systems

This module explores the various ways to set up and maintain accounting systems.

Topics include:

  • The importance of source documents
  • The “flow” of information from journals to ledgers to financial statements
  • The importance of internal controls, along with regulations such as SOX, FCPA and COSO
  • Various ways accounting systems are documented

Program Overview

We offer this program in two formats: three part-time courses over three quarters, and a full-time intensive course over one quarter (summer). Both formats cover the same curriculum and fulfill the same CPA educational requirements.

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