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Course Syllabus

AIM 6202.PI 1
School of Management
The University of Texas at Dallas

Course Information


Course Number/Section AIM 6202

Course Title Managerial Accounting
Program Project Management
Term and Dates Fall 2008 / Spring 2009
November 15th 2007 – March 1st 2009

Professor Contact Information

Professor Surya Janakiraman
Office Phone 972 883 6370
Other Phone
Email Address Please include “AIM 6202 (Project
management)“ in subject header of your mail.
Office Location SOM 4.806
Office Hours By appointment

Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions

If you are required to take AIM 6201 (Financial accounting) and AIM 6202, then the
preferred sequence is to take 6201 before you take 6202. Even though 6201 is not a pre-
requisite for this course, some exposure to financial accounting is desirable.

Course Description
This course provides an introduction to accounting techniques used by managers when
they are faced with planning, directing, controlling and decision-making activities in their
organizations. Accounting information can be used to identify and analyze alternatives and to
guide the manager to a course of action that will yield the greatest benefit to the firm. While the
major emphasis in financial accounting is on the accumulation and presentation of accounting
data to external decision makers, the emphasis in managerial accounting is on the presentation
and analysis of accounting data by internal decision makers.

One of the main objectives of this Managerial Accounting course is to familiarize you
with the requisite technical skills for problem solving; for example, determining unit product
costs, measuring production process costs, budgeting, performance reporting, allocating
resources efficiently within the firm, and maximizing profits while maintaining the ability to meet
long-term goals. As mangers, you will need to identify the relevant information, the appropriate
method for analyzing that information, and the manner in which to communicate your
observations and recommendations to others in the organization. This course is structured in a
manner so that the course contents will help you to develop these skills.

Course Organization

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Learning is a complex process. Various aspects of this course have been designed to
help you with the learning process. I am giving below a set of guidelines which may help you to
get the maximum benefit out of this course. Of course, the learning process is highly
individualistic and hence you may want to explore and find out what works for you the best.

(i) Text book: I would strongly encourage you to read the textbook on an
ongoing basis (and not just before a quiz or exam!). This helps you in two ways.
First, this will reinforce the concepts that are discussed in the lectures.
Secondly, it will also help you to get the maximum out of future lectures since
some of the same key concepts tend to repeat over and again in the course. For
each lecture, I have indicated the chapter(s) from the text book that you need to
be familiar with. Please spend at least an hour or two reading the text book
before and after you go through the PowerPoint file for each lecture. PowerPoint
lectures closely follow the contents in the text book. However, please keep in
mind that the PowerPoint lecture does not cover every aspect discussed in the
book and not everything discussed in the PowerPoint lecture can be found in the
text book. You will be held responsible for everything in the textbook and the
contents of PowerPoint in quizzes and exams.

(ii) Practice Problems: I have provided to you suggested solutions to selected

problems from your textbook for each module. You can find the solutions in
Blackboard. You should try to solve these problems on your own (i.e. without
looking at the suggested solutions first) as soon as you go through the
PowerPoint file and after reading the chapter from your book. This will really help
you to test your understanding of the material covered in the book and the
lecture. It is imperative that you solve the problems that are identified as “core
assignment material” for each of the module. Also, it is a good idea to try to
solve as many problems as possible, in addition to the problems in the “core
assignment material” as this will help you to absorb the concepts. Just like any
mathematics course, the more problems you solve, the better you are in an
accounting course!

(iii) Quizzes: You will be taking 1 quiz during the course. The purpose behind
the quiz is to test your basic understanding of the course material. At least 25%
of the quiz questions will be similar to the “core assignment material”. I expect
you to carefully go through the PowerPoint files, read the relevant chapters in the
text and work out as many problems as diligently as possible before you sit for
the quiz. All the quiz questions are going to be in “multiple choice” format. They
can involve conceptual thinking or problem solving or both.

(v) Exams: There are two exams in this course; one in the middle of the
semester (roughly after half of the course) and one at the end. The final exam is
not cumulative (However, you should remember that the concepts that you learn
are often cumulative in the sense they may be based on material covered in the
first half of the course). Again, at least 25% of the questions in the exam will be
similar to the core assignment material. The questions in the exam will be either
“True or False”, or “multiple choice” or “structured problems”.

(vi) Practice quizzes: For each module, I have provided you a self-assessment
quiz. You should take this quiz after going through the PowerPoint lecture(s) for
the module, the practice problems and the relevant chapters from the textbook.

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You will get immediate feedback to these quizzes. However, the grades you
obtain in these quizzes will not affect your course grade. They are just for your
feedback. Quizzes and exams will include a few questions that are very similar
to the practice quiz questions.

Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes

1. To illustrate the use of cost and management accounting concepts to assess challenges and
develop solutions in production and service entities

2. Learn to analyze the accounting systems designed for performance measurement and
appraisal to arrive at optimum solutions.

3. Learn to analyze and evaluate specific aspects and apply the course concepts in a team
mode to a “real world” situation

Required Textbooks and Materials

Required Texts

Introduction to Management Accounting (14th edition)

Authored by Horngren, Sundem, Stratton, Burgstahler and Schatzberg
Published by Pearson / Prentice Hall


Student Assessments
Grading Information


Quiz 20
Mid-term exam 40
Final exam 45
Group project 25
Class participation 20
Total 150

Grading Policy

Translation of the total point score into a letter grade will be based on the judgment of the
instructor. This translation process will be based on many factors including the student’s
relative performance (with respect to the rest of the students in the class), the consistency of
performance across all the components of assessment (such as quizzes, exams and
assignments), and the standards that are expected in a rigorous master’s program.

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Course Policies

I do not ordinarily give makeup exams. If you fail to take an exam or quiz without my prior
permission, then you are automatically given a grade of zero.

Extra Credit

You can’t makeup any shortfall in a quiz or an exam by offering to do additional work for extra
credit. I would urge you to put in that effort BEFORE you sit for a quiz or an exam.

Class Participation
Students are expected to actively participate during class discussions. Class participation has
a weight of 20 points to be counted towards your final grade.


There will be one quiz and two exams in this course. The quiz and the exams will be delivered
online. Each quiz or exam is timed and can be accessed only one time within the scheduled
time window. Please read the on-screen instructions carefully before you click “Begin
Assessment”. After each quiz or exam is graded and released, you may go back to the
particular assessment and view the quiz/exam results. All the quizzes or exams will be
available for a week from 10:00 AM Monday to 10:00 PM the following Sunday (Central
Standard Time).

Group Projects

This course includes a group assignment. The group assignment will be posted in blackboard
after the fourth class. Each group will submit only one assignment on behalf of all the group
members. Please form groups of about three to four and let me know of the group
composition as soon as possible.

Online Tests/Quizzes

You can access quizzes/exams by clicking the Assessments link on the course menu or see
the quiz/exam icon on the designated page. Each quiz is timed and can be accessed only one
time within the scheduled time window. Please read the on-screen instructions carefully
before you click “Begin Assessment”. After each quiz is graded and released, you may go
back to the Assessments page and click “View All Submissions” to review your exam results.

Final Examination



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Academic Calendar



1 Introduction Chapter 1
November (Module 1A) Chapter 2 (44-
15th PM Cost behavior 53)
(Module 1B) Chapter 3 (92-
December Quiz 1 covering Available 1st Quiz window
1st to Module 1 December 10:00 ends on
December AM CST December 8th
7th 10:00 PM CST
2 CVP analysis Chapter 2 (53-
December (Module 2A) 72)
11th AM Cost estimation Chapter 3 (100-
(Module 2B) 116)
3 Cost management Chapter 4
December systems and
12th PM activity based
costing (Module
4 Relevant Chapter 5 Group project will
January 8th information be available on
AM analysis (Module January 11th.
4A) Chapter 6
analysis (Module
January Mid-term exam Chapters 1 Available 12th January 18th
12th to covering through 6 January 10:00 10:00 PM CST
January modules 1,2, 3 AM CST
18th and 4
5 The master Chapter 7
February budget (Module
12th AM 5A) Chapter 8
Flexible budget
and variance
analysis (Module
6 Decentralization Chapter 10
February and management

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13th PM accounting
(Module 6A) Chapter 11
Capital budgeting
(Module 6B)
7 Job order costing Chapter 14 Group project due
February (Module 7A) on 02/20/09 10:00
14th PM Process costing PM CST
(module 7B)
February Final exam Chapters 5 Available 23rd March 1st 10:00
23rd – covering through 10 and February 10:00 PM CST
March 1st modules 5 chapter 14 AM CST
through 7)


Core Assignment Material

The suggested solutions for the following problems are provided to you (check the link
“suggested solutions to selected problems”). It is highly recommended that you try to solve
the following problems before you consult the solutions. You can expect at least a few
questions in every quiz or exam will be similar to some of the following problems.

Module Chapter Topic Core assignment Page # in textbook

1A 1 Managerial Accounting 1A-1; 1B-1 32 - 33
and the business
1B 2 Introduction to cost 2A1; 2-5; 2-9; 2-27 73; 75; 76;
3 3A1; 3.3; 3.4 116; 117; 118
2A 2 Introduction to Cost 2A2; 2A3; 2B2; 2B3; 2- 73 - 86
Volume Relationship 14; 2-17; 2-29; 2-37; 2-
42; 2-46; 2-47; 2-51; 2-59
2B 3 Measurement of cost 3A2; 3A3; 3-31; 3-35;3- 117 – 123;
behavior 39;3-41; 3-43.
3 4 Cost management 4B4; 4-11;4-12; 4-24; 4- 178 -187
systems and activity 25; 4.42; 4.46; 4.49;
based costing 4.53;
4A 5 Relevant information and 5A1 through 5B3; 5-4; 5- 225-239
decision making; 5; 5.28; 5.33; 5.36; 5-37;
Marketing decisions 5.41; 5.48; 5.53; 5.54; 5-
4B 6 Relevant information and 6A1 through 6B6; 6-1; 6- 271-287
decision making: 5; 6-17; 6.29; 6-32; 6.35;
production decisions 6.43; 6-50; 6.51; 6.59;
5A 7 Master budget 7A1; 7B1: 7-5; 7-6 7-7; 7- 323 – 330
8; 7-9; 7.27; 7-28; 7.29;

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7.31; 7.33; 7.35; 7.37;
5B 8 Flexible budget and 8A1 through 8B3; 8-7; 8- 365-374
variance analysis 10; 8.25; 8.29; 8.31;
8.35; 8.39; 8.43; 8.45
6A 9 Management control 9A1; 9A2; 9.9; 9.15 411- 414
systems and
Responsibility Accounting

Management control in 10A1 through 10B4; 10-

decentralized 1; 10-11; 10-15; 10-16; 455-466
organizations 10.27; 10.32; 10.34;
10.38; 10.42; 10.43;
10.47; 10.49;
6B 11 11A1 through 11B5; 500-506 11
11.35; 11.37; 11-38;11-48
7A& 14 Job costing and process 14A2; 14 B2; 14-2; 666-675
7B costing systems 14.27; 14.36; 14.45;

Scholastic Honesty
The University has policies and discipline procedures regarding scholastic dishonesty.
Detailed information is available on the Scholastic Dishonesty web page. All students are
expected to maintain a high level of responsibility with respect to academic honesty. Students
who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties,
including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University. Since
such dishonesty harms the individual, all students and the integrity of the University, policies
on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.


Course Evaluation

As required by UTD academic regulations, every student must complete an evaluation for
each enrolled course at the end of the semester. An online instructional assessment form will
be made available for your confidential use. Please look for the course evaluation link on the
course Homepage towards the end of the course.


University Policies

Student Conduct & Discipline

The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and
regulations for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of
each student and each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and
regulations which govern student conduct and activities. General information on student

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conduct and discipline is contained in the UTD publication, A to Z Guide, which is provided to
all registered students each academic year.

The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within the procedures of
recognized and established due process. Procedures are defined and described in the Rules
and Regulations, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Part 1, Chapter VI,
Section 3, and in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities of the university’s
Handbook of Operating Procedures. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to
students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist
students in interpreting the rules and regulations (SU 1.602, 972/883-6391).

A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of
citizenship. He or she is expected to obey federal, state, and local laws as well as the
Regents’ Rules, university regulations, and administrative rules. Students are subject to
discipline for violating the standards of conduct whether such conduct takes place on or off
campus, or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct.

Academic Integrity

The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty.
Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work
done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high
standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work.

Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions related to
applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one’s own work
or material that is not one’s own. As a general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the
following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/or falsifying academic records. Students
suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings.

Plagiarism, especially from the web, from portions of papers for other classes, and from any
other source is unacceptable and will be dealt with under the university’s policy on plagiarism
(see general catalog for details). This course will use the resources of, which
searches the web for possible plagiarism and is over 90% effective.

Email Use

The University of Texas at Dallas recognizes the value and efficiency of communication
between faculty/staff and students through electronic mail. At the same time, email raises
some issues concerning security and the identity of each individual in an email exchange.
The university encourages all official student email correspondence be sent only to a student’s
U.T. Dallas email address and that faculty and staff consider email from students official only if
it originates from a UTD student account. This allows the university to maintain a high degree
of confidence in the identity of all individual corresponding and the security of the transmitted
information. UTD furnishes each student with a free email account that is to be used in all
communication with university personnel. The Department of Information Resources at U.T.
Dallas provides a method for students to have their U.T. Dallas mail forwarded to other

Withdrawal from Class

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The administration of this institution has set deadlines for withdrawal of any college-level
courses. These dates and times are published in that semester's course catalog.
Administration procedures must be followed. It is the student's responsibility to handle
withdrawal requirements from any class. In other words, I cannot drop or withdraw any
student. You must do the proper paperwork to ensure that you will not receive a final grade of
"F" in a course if you choose not to attend the class once you are enrolled.

Student Grievance Procedures

Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and
Activities, of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures.

In attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations, or other

fulfillments of academic responsibility, it is the obligation of the student first to make a serious
effort to resolve the matter with the instructor, supervisor, administrator, or committee with
whom the grievance originates (hereafter called “the respondent”). Individual faculty members
retain primary responsibility for assigning grades and evaluations. If the matter cannot be
resolved at that level, the grievance must be submitted in writing to the respondent with a
copy of the respondent’s School Dean. If the matter is not resolved by the written response
provided by the respondent, the student may submit a written appeal to the School Dean. If
the grievance is not resolved by the School Dean’s decision, the student may make a written
appeal to the Dean of Graduate or Undergraduate Education, and the deal will appoint and
convene an Academic Appeals Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final.
The results of the academic appeals process will be distributed to all involved parties.

Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of
Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and

Incomplete Grade Policy

As per university policy, incomplete grades will be granted only for work unavoidably missed
at the semester’s end and only if 70% of the course work has been completed. An incomplete
grade must be resolved within eight (8) weeks from the first day of the subsequent long
semester. If the required work to complete the course and to remove the incomplete grade is
not submitted by the specified deadline, the incomplete grade is changed automatically to a
grade of F.

Disability Services

The goal of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities educational opportunities
equal to those of their non-disabled peers. Disability Services is located in room 1.610 in the
Student Union. Office hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The contact information for the Office of Disability Services is:

The University of Texas at Dallas, SU 22
PO Box 830688
Richardson, Texas 75083-0688
(972) 883-2098 (voice or TTY)

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Essentially, the law requires that colleges and universities make those reasonable
adjustments necessary to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. For example, it
may be necessary to remove classroom prohibitions against tape recorders or animals (in the
case of dog guides) for students who are blind. Occasionally an assignment requirement may
be substituted (for example, a research paper versus an oral presentation for a student who is
hearing impaired). Classes enrolled students with mobility impairments may have to be
rescheduled in accessible facilities. The college or university may need to provide special
services such as registration, note-taking, or mobility assistance.

It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for such an
accommodation. Disability Services provides students with letters to present to faculty
members to verify that the student has a disability and needs accommodations. Individuals
requiring special accommodation should contact the professor after class or during office

Religious Holy Days

The University of Texas at Dallas will excuse a student from class or other required activities
for the travel to and observance of a religious holy day for a religion whose places of worship
are exempt from property tax under Section 11.20, Tax Code, Texas Code Annotated.

The student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as possible
regarding the absence, preferably in advance of the assignment. The student, so excused,
will be allowed to take the exam or complete the assignment within a reasonable time after the
absence: a period equal to the length of the absence, up to a maximum of one week. A
student who notifies the instructor and completes any missed exam or assignment may not be
penalized for the absence. A student who fails to complete the exam or assignment within the
prescribed period may receive a failing grade for that exam or assignment.

If a student or an instructor disagrees about the nature of the absence [i.e., for the purpose of
observing a religious holy day] or if there is similar disagreement about whether the student
has been given a reasonable time to complete any missed assignments or examinations,
either the student or the instructor may request a ruling from the chief executive officer of the
institution, or his or her designee. The chief executive officer or designee must take into
account the legislative intent of TEC 51.911(b), and the student and instructor will abide by the
decision of the chief executive officer or designee.

Off-Campus Instruction and Course Activities

Off-campus, out-of-state, and foreign instruction and activities are subject to state law and
University policies and procedures regarding travel and risk-related activities. Information
regarding these rules and regulations may be found at the website address given below.
Additional information is available from the office of the school dean.
( Affairs/Travel_Risk_Activities.htm)

These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the


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