Course Maps: Detailed Course Syllabuses

We provide these maps for you, as educators, including corporate educators and self-learners, to help you navigate Navigating Accounting’s content.

We use Course Maps – detailed course syllabuses – to guide students through the course materials. Among other things, the Course Maps include links to assigned videos and exercises in Navigating Accounting. At first glance, a lengthy Course Map may overwhelm some students. However, their subsequent feedback confirms that the details helped them understand our teaching philosophy and expectations for the course, set daily priorities, and easily navigate to the course materials.

Below are examples of Course Maps we have used recently. We will post updated versions as we revise our courses each term. We encourage you to create your own Course Map by downloading the Word document and customizing it to meet your needs. (No attribution needed! Just make it your own.) Eventually, we plan to help others develop maps for their courses and then post these as additional examples and templates.

Examples of Course Maps:

Introductory Financial Accounting Course Map:

This Course Map has the most links to Navigating Accounting. Course goals: (1) Help you acquire a broad conceptual framework for understanding and preparing financial, managerial, and tax reports that will serve as a solid foundation for your career and other courses. (2) Help you understand how information about economic activities is measured, recorded, aggregated, and affects financial statements and performance metrics. (3) Help you become reasonably proficient at using financial statements to make more informed decisions.   

You can learn more about these goals by viewing the Course Goals and Relevance video.

Introductory Financial Accounting Course Map [pdf] 2016 spring term

Introductory Financial Accounting Course Map Word template [docx] 2016 spring term

 

Accounting Research and Standard Setting Course Map:

This Course Map changes every time we teach the course to respond to the rapid change in accounting standards and the wealth of available materials. Below is the most recent version.

An in-depth discussion of the course goals and relevance to student’s careers is provided in the Course Map, starting on page 4. Overall, the goals aim to help students: (1) Become reasonably proficient at locating, interpreting, and applying the appropriate authoritative guidance to events or circumstances under US GAAP and IFRS. (2) Understand the complex processes and judgments behind standard setting, including ways parties who will be affected by proposed standards, and often have conflicting interests, can significantly influence standards. (3) Become an effective learner and teacher in the workplace. (4) Develop compelling arguments and communicate them concisely and persuasively in written reports, presentations, and discussions. (5) Use the Pathways Vision Model to think more critically about accounting issues.

Research & Standard Setting Course Map [pdf] 2015 fall term

Research & Standard Setting Course Map [docx] 2015 fall term

 

International Financial Accounting (IFRS) Course Map:

This Course Map changes every time we teach the course to keep up with the rapid change in accounting standards and the wealth of available materials. You may find the Navigating Accounting videos we assign in the first five sessions of our IFRS course useful for theory courses, doctoral courses, or possibly intermediate courses. We also assign them near the end of our introductory MBA course.

Course goals: (1) Help you learn differences between US GAAP and IASB GAAP for events and circumstances where these differences and their financial-statement consequences are particularly pronounced. (2) Help you make informed judgments while preparing, auditing, or using IFRS financial statements. (3) Help you learn to think critically about issues that are of paramount importance to accounting thought leaders.

IFRS Course Map [pdf] 2015 spring term

IFRS Course Map Word template [docx] 2015 spring term

 

MBA Financial Accounting Course Map:

As true for most MBA courses, this is an intense introductory course. It provides the foundation for students new to accounting and a broader perspective for students with advanced accounting backgrounds.

Course goals: (1) Help you acquire a broad conceptual framework for understanding and preparing financial, managerial, and tax reports that will serve as a solid foundation for your career and other courses. (2) Help you become reasonably proficient at interpreting numbers in financial statements and assessing their usefulness for your decisions.

Pre-MBA Financial Accounting Summer Preparation [pdf] 2013 fall term

MBA Financial Accounting Course Map [pdf] 2013 fall term

MBA Financial Accounting Course Map Word template [docx] 2013 fall term

 

 

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