MBA515 Accounting for Mgt Decisions

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MBA 515 Accounting for Mgt Decisions


S1P 2010 MBD


Peck, Rebecca A. (Becky) CPA


Adjunct Faculty


MBA with emphasis in marketing, UMKC
Graduate Certificate in Business Ethics--Bentley College
BS in Accounting, Truman State University

Daytime Phone

Evenings:  816-781-0319


Semester Dates

Thursday, January 14, 2010 – Thursday, March 4, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM


AC 201 and AC 202 or equivalent approved by Program Director

Credit Hours



Garrison, Noreen and Brewer, Managerial Accounting, McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2008, Thirteenth Edition, ISBN: 978-0-07-337961-6, Web Site


Please make sure you have the 13th edition.  Also, do NOT purchase the International Version.  It is NOT the book we will be using.  

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Course Description:
MBA 515 Accounting for Management Decisions: This course emphasizes the accounting data and techniques employed by management for decision making in for-profit businesses, non-for-profit and governmental organizations to analyze, evaluate, and convey their economic events and reporting status. Areas covered include cash flow analysis, financial statement analysis, variable costing, product costing, cost predictions, cost-volume-profit considerations, operational budgeting, variance analysis, return on investment and capital budgeting decisions. The course uses accounting case studies and a term project to evaluate the students comprehension of the material. Prerequisites: AC 201 and AC 202 or equivalent approved by Program Director. (Formerly AC 515)

Educational Philosophy:

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. (Aristotle)

Educational Teaching Philosophy:

I enjoy augmenting the textbook material with real life experiences and current events to promote the transference of concepts to the real world. Discussion of ethical issues in decision-making is also important.

I think of each of you as a potential co-worker one day.  From that vantage point, not only should you have a good grasp of the materials, but adequate and timely communication skills, honesty, and the ability to work with others.  Give your best effort in the classroom, just as you would at your job.  If you are struggling in any way, the sooner you let me know, the quicker we can address it and make your learning experience a positive one.  If you have been out of school for a while, don’t worry.  You still have what it takes to do well in class. 

If unforeseen situations come up, let me know as soon as you know and I will try to work with you.  Treat your class work no differently than your job.  Bring up problems promptly and don’t be afraid to let me know if you could use a little additional guidance in becoming competent with the materials presented.  We all learn differently.  Not right or wrong, just differently.  What you need to understand the material in one class may be different than another class.

Our course’s cognitive core learning outcomes will be based on:

  • Knowledge of the facts, terminology, and methods
  • Comprehension and understanding of the conceptual information
  • Application of the information in specific situations
  • Analysis of the organizational structure in specific situations
  • Synthesis involving creative applications of your knowledge and skills, and
  • Evaluation of the relative value of the information



Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of managerial accounting.
  2. Analyze an internal management issue and determine the accounting impact on the decision making process.
  3. Explain the importance of managerial accounting in the decision-making process within the business.
  4. Identify current managerial accounting issues and how they affect the business environment.
  5. Formulate and analyze a Statement of Cash Flows.
  6. Analyze the financial statements of a business.
  7. Develop an Operational, Financial and Capital budget for a business.
  8. Explain the role of responsibility accounting and its implications for the Manager.
  9. Measure the performance of various segments of the business.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyze the principles fixed and variable costs and predict future trends using by various methodologies to include the high low method and regression analysis.
  2. Calculating and prepare financial reports using the variable costing approach and the reports to analyze the cost-volume-profit relationship.
  3. Prepare and analyze a statement of cash flows using the indirect method.
  4. Analyze financial statements using vertical analysis, horizontal analysis and ratio analysis.
  5. Calculate and analyze product cost by using process costing, job-order costing or activity based costing methodologies.
  6. Prepare budgets using standard cost and analyze the variances from budget for direct material, direct labor and all overhead; prepare the future financial statements resulting from the budget preparation process.
  7. Compute and analyze the return on investment and the residual income, and identify the effects of changes in sales, expenses and assets on these measures.
  8. Evaluate the acceptability of an investment project using the net present value, internal rate of return and the payback method along with the impact of taxes on the decision.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Your grade will be determined by your work on the following:  (1)Mid-term exam, (2) Final exam, (3) Term Project, and (4) class participation.. All submissions will be graded on relevance, comprehensiveness, specificity, clarity and analytical skills, as well as writing skills.

 Term Project:

·         The Term Project is a team project and may not be submitted individually. The guidelines for this project will be presented the first night of class.

·         Contact me with any issues regarding nonparticipative team members.



Point each

Number of Items

Possible points in course(weighted average)

Percentage(%) of final Grade

Class Discussion/Participation   





Term Project





Mid-term Exam





Final Exam










Late Submission of Course Materials:
The Team Project will be penalized one letter grade for each day late without my prior approval. After one week no points will be available.  Discussion/Participation CANNOT be made up.  Exams will be taken on the designated days.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Be responsible, reply to classmates with respect, bring up issues as soon as they arise, and approach your assignments as you would your job:  Give it your best.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:






Jan. 14

Statement of Cash Flows

Financial Statement Analysis

Chpt. 15

Chpt. 16

E15-3, P15-8, P15-9

E 16-8, P16-11, 16-12

Jan. 21

Managerial Accounting

Cost Terms, Concepts and Classifications

Chpt. 1

Chpt. 2

E 1-2, P 1-5, 1-6

E 2-8, P2-13, 2-24



Jan. 28


Job Order Costing

Process Costing (pp 148-172)


Chpt. 3

Chpt. 4


E3-10, 3-15, 3-18, P3-23

E4-2, 4-3, 4-7, 4-10


Feb. 4


Cost Behavior

Cost-Volume-Profit Relationships


Chpt. 5

Chpt 6


E5-6,E-17, P5A-5, 5-11

E6-5, 6-6, 6-9, P6-19


Feb. 11


Mid-term Examination (Chapters 1-6; 15; 16)

Activity Based Costing

Profit Planning (Budgeting)



Chpt. 8

Chpt. 9



E8-3, 8-14, P8-16, 8-17

E9-1,9-7,9-13, P9-19, P9-25


Feb. 18

Flexible Budget and Performance Analysis

Standard Costs and Operating Performance


Chpt 10

Chpt 11


E10-2,3,4, 5, 6, P10-17

E11-8, 10, P11-12


Feb. 25

Segment Reporting, Decentralization

Relevant Costs for Decision Making


Chpt 12

Chpt 13


E12-5,12-8,12-10, P12-22, 12-24

E13-2, 5, P13-17. 13-18


Mar. 4


Capital Budgeting Decisions

Final Exam (Chpts 8-14)

Turn in Term Project


Chpt 14


E14-1,5, 8, 11, P14-17

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Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 20

Attendance Policy:

Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 24

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