SYLLABUS – Fall 2017

ACC 220 Managerial Accounting – 3 Credits

Online Format                                    




Patricia Davis PhD


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Managerial Accounting, Warren, Reeve, Duchac – South-Western/Cengage, 14th ed.



The basic principles of cost accounting are developed and applied to industrial situations. Specific topics covered are: accounting for labor, material and manufacturing expense; cost statements; analysis of cost information for administrative and control purposes



The students will learn:

  1. Describe the differences between managerial and financial accounting.
  2. Evaluate the organizational role of management accountants.
  3. Explain job order cost systems.
  4. Describe process cost systems.
  5. Classify costs by behavior – variable, fixed, mixed.
  6. Describe budgeting, its objectives, and its impact on human behavior.
  7. Describe the types of standards and how they are established for businesses.
  8. Explain performance evaluation for decentralized operations.
  9. Discuss differential analysis and product pricing.
  10. Examine capital investment analysis.



Requirements -Students will be assessed on comprehending course content via: class participation, class discussion, projects, homework, tests, and final exam.



Evaluation -This course is highly structured around lectures and in-class work. Note taking and attention should be practiced by each student. Preparation is expected with all readings and presentations. The syllabus schedule is subject to change.



Online Course Attendance Policy


Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.


Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting replies in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Replies not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.


# of Days Required for Discussion in an Online Course

Maximum # of Weeks Allowed without Discussion


Twice on any four days in a week (8 total)




  • You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on FOUR days throughout the week for a total of EIGHT replies in all, minimum.
  • You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.
  • Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links.
  • Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your weekly score.
  • Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course.
  • Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course. 


Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

You MUST reply no less than 8 times per week – twice on any four days.

Good Discussions in Handouts and Links will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

Online Classroom Discussion and Interaction Rubric

X points per week for a total of X points



What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?


Points Earned

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 replies)





Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 replies)





Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 replies)





Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 replies)





Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.





Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both





Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation





Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette










Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.


Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.


Instructor Policies

HOMEWORK: 30% of Grade

  Homework will be assigned weekly.  It is expected that students complete the assignments and submit them by the due dates. Questions dealing with assignments will be answered.  Treat this class as you would a math class:  practice the problems in preparation for each test.  It is only by doing the assignments that you discover mistakes and thus avoid them on the tests.  Homework assignments are listed on the course outline and will be submitted on the portal site; no late homework will be accepted.  Homework is graded.  The average of your assignments counts as 30% of your final grade. 




Missed examinations will only be administered at the instructor’s discretion and only under extraordinary circumstances. Make up exams will only be given if I receive notice (via email or phone) prior to the exam that you will not be taking the exam at the scheduled time




TESTS:                                                                                 60%

                HOMEWORK:                                                                   30%

                Discussion Board Forums:                                      10%



Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points


96 – 100



90 – 95



87 – 89



83 – 86



80 – 82



77 – 79



73 – 76



70 – 72



67 – 69



60 – 66



0 – 59



Due Dates and Late Penalties

  • The grace period for late assignments is as follows:
    • 1 day late-10% deduction off of the assignment grade
    • 2 days late-20% off of the assignment grade
    • 3 days late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%
  • There will be no “extra credit.”



Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course


(Please see student handbook for more information)


Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution. Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.


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Course Schedule


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Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

Week # 1 Oct 18- 24

Orientation and Introductions



 Ch. 1

Managerial Accounting Concepts and Principles




Ch. 2

Job Order Costing



Describe the differences between managerial and financial accounting.


Evaluate the organizational role of management accountants.


Classify costs by behavior – variable, fixed, mixed.



Explain job order cost systems. Demonstrate the calculation and connection of direct material, direct labor and factory overhead.


Welcome / Syllabus


Chapter One PPT




Assigned problem(s)




Chapter Two PPT




Assigned Problem(s)

Week # 2 Oct 25- 31



Ch. 3


Process Costing Systems





Process Costing Systems


Ch. 1 & 2 Test



Chapter Three PPT




Assigned Problem(s)


Week # 3 Nov. 1- 8

Ch. 4

Cost Estimation and Cost-Volume –Profit Relationships



Cost Behavior and Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis. Calculations utilizing break-even analysis and what –if scenarios.

Chapter Four PPT




Assigned Problems


Ch. 3 & 4 test

Week # 4 Nov. 9-15

Ch. 5

Variable Costing for Management Analysis

Ch. 6



Describe the types of standards and how they are established for businesses.

Describe budgeting, its objectives, and its impact on human behavior.

Chapter Five PPT



Assigned Problem(s)


Chapter Six PPT


Assigned Problem(s)

Week # 5 Nov 16 -22



Ch. 7


Performance Evaluation Using Variances from Standard Costs.






Explain performance evaluation utilizing standard cost and variances.

Ch. 5 & 6 Test




Chapter Seven PPT


Assigned Problem(s)





Week # 6 Nov 23-30

Ch. 8


Performance Evaluation for Decentralized Operations



Explain performance evaluation for decentralized operations

Chapter Eight, PPT


Assigned Problem(s)




Ch. 7 & 8 Test





Week # 7 Dec 1-7

Ch., 9


Differential Analysis and Product Pricing


Ch. 10


Capital Investment Analysis



Final Exam

Discuss differential analysis and product pricing.





Examine capital investment analysis.


Chapter Nine, PPT


Assigned Problem(s)



Chapter Ten, PPT


Assigned Problem(s)


Ch. 9 & 10