Introduction to Accounting, Financial Accounting

Study Board of Business Economics

Teaching language: English
EKA: B220025402
Censorship: Second examiner: None
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Soenderborg
Offered in: Spring
Level: Bachelor

Course ID: B220025401
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 18-09-2020


Duration: 1 semester

Course ID

B220025401

Course Title

Introduction to Accounting, Financial Accounting

Teaching language

English

ECTS value

5

Responsible study board

Study Board of Business Economics

Date of Approval

18-09-2020

Course Responsible

Name Email Department
Hans Frimor haf@sam.sdu.dk Institut for Virksomhedsledelse og Økonomi, Accounting

Offered in

Soenderborg

Level

Bachelor

Offered in

Spring

Duration

1 semester

Recommended prerequisites

The course builds on parts of the courses in Microeconomics and in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. Therefore, a reasonable insight into the subjects covered in these courses is required.

Aim and purpose

Every organization needs insight into the economic consequences of decisions made. The economic portrait of organizational units, business areas and the company as a whole is a central part of the information that is utilized when making business plans. 
In order to be able to use this information as well as make contributions to its creation in various situations the student needs to know the basic principles, models and methods that govern the structuring of a company’s accounting system. Accounting statements include various analyses for internal use in the company as well as the company’s financial report which is primarily used external stakeholders. 

The educational training in the area of financial accounting shall provide knowledge and competences so the graduate is able to be part of a firm’s accounting/controllership functions, and can prepare use and analyze, at a qualified level, the information in financial statements.

Content

The course focuses on two main areas: The preparation and use of financial statements/annual reports (financial accounting). 

Central themes are: 
• External stakeholders’ demand for and use of accounting information. 
• Principles and methods of recognizing and measuring a number of specific items related to the firm’s annual report.

Description of outcome - Knowledge

To fulfill the purposes of the course the student must be able to: Demonstrate a basic knowledge about the course focus areas enabling them to:   
•Identify, describe and evaluate alternative accounting methods that might be used in specific situations in the annual reports, also involving considerations about relevance and reliability and management incentives.  
•List and describe relevant concepts and definitions.  
•Explain and relate concepts and definitions to specific economic decision problems.  

Description of outcome - Skills

Demonstrate skills, such that the student is able to:  
•Initiate and make simple registrations in a bookkeeping system including such systems used in a production company.  
•Use the bookkeeping system as a basis for the annual closing of the books and drawing up of an income statement and ending balance sheet.  
•Calculate and demonstrate how the income statement and ending balance sheet is affected by various transactions and events.  

Description of outcome - Competences

Demonstrate competences, such that the student is able to:  
•Choose, describe and use appropriate accounting methods and models for specific items in the annual report; among others revenues, costs of goods sold, financial income and expenses, income taxes, fixed assets, inventories, equity and debt.  
•Utilize various accounting calculations to prepare financial statements for the external stakeholders of the firm.  

Literature

Literature examples:  
• Harrison, Walter T.; Horngren, Charles T.; Thomas, C. William; Tietz, Wendy M.; Suwardy, Themin: Financial Accounting, Global Edition, latest edition, Pearson. 

Teaching Method

Classes are organized such that the teacher in lectures will support the student’s knowledge of main subjects from the course. The student’s understanding of the principles and methods and their skills in using them is supported by TA classes in which possible solutions to exercises, problems and cases related to the subjects dealt with in the weekly classes are discussed. Therefore, students should prepare, preferably in groups, solutions to the exercises, problems and minor cases for the TA classes.

Workload

Scheduled classes:
2 hours weekly classes for 15 weeks equally spread across the spring semester plus 2 hours student teacher’s assistant classes (TA classes) every second week throughout the semester.

Workload:
Student workload is estimated as follows: 
Class hours:30 hours. 
Preparation for classes: 43 hours. 
TA classes: 14 hours.
Preparation for TA classes: 22.5 hours. 
Preparation for exams: 23.5 hours. 
Exams: 2 hours.
Total: 135 hours.

Examination regulations

Exam

Name

Exam

Timing

Exam: June.
Reexam: August.

For students taking the course as a supplementary course after admission to the master's program the following applies:
The student must pass the exam no later than 6 months after commencing his/her studies

Tests

Exam

Name

Exam

Form of examination

Written in situ exam

Censorship

Second examiner: None

Grading

7-point grading scale

Identification

Student Identification Card - Exam number

Language

English

Duration

2 hours written exam.

Length

No limit.

Examination aids

All exam aids allowed. Accessing the internet is not allowed. It is not allowed to communicate with others inside or outside the examination room.

Assignment handover

Digital hand-out via "Digital Exam". 

Assignment handin

Digital submission via "Digital Exam". 

ECTS value

5

Additional information

The exam consists of a number of problems/exercises intended to test, on a sample basis, the student’s understanding and skills in all subjects covered throughout the course. 

Examination form may be altered for the reexamination. 
A change in the examination form will be announced no later than 14 days prior to the re-exam.

EKA

B220025402

External comment

NOTE - This course is identical with the former course B220025101 Introduction to Financial Accounting (supplementary course for M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration).
Used examination attempts in the former identical course will be transferred.
Courses that are identical with former courses that are passed according to applied rules cannot be retaken.

Courses offered

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