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ACC 561   ENTIRE COURSE
 
 
WEEK  1

ACC 561 Week 1 Individual Assignment Financial Statements

 

Instructions: Purpose of Assignment This activity helps students recognize the significant role accounting plays in providing financial information to management for decision making through the evaluation of financial statements. This experiential assignment requires students to use ratios to evaluate and analyze a company's liquidity, solvency, and profitability. Assignment Steps Resources: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), University Library, Library resources: Company Directories and Financials Tutorial help on Excel® and Word functions can be found on the Microsoft® Office website. There are also additional tutorials via the web offering support for Office products. Select a publicly traded, U.S. corporation with which you are familiar or one where you currently work or have worked in the past. Research the company on the Internet and download the Income Statement, Statement of Shareholders' Equity, Balance Sheet, and Statement of Cash Flows. Develop a minimum 700-word examination of the financial statements and include the following:   

  • Determine the net income for the current fiscal year (FY). Is this income up or down from the prior year?
  • Explain the relevance of changes in net income to investors.
  • Determine the ending balance in shareholders' equity. Why would organizations such as labor unions be interested in this?
  • Determine the total value of assets.
  • Discuss the relevance of the total value of assets to potential creditors and why this is important.
  • Compute the return on assets. Discuss the relative profitability of the company based on your results.
  • Compute the working capital and current ratio. Evaluate the relative liquidity of the company based on your results.
  • Compute the debt to assets ratio and the free cash flow for your company. Analyze the results and comment on the relative solvency of the company.
  • Discuss how the financial statements are used in your current role or a position you would like to hold. How might these aid you in managerial decision making? Show your work in Microsoft® Word or Excel®. Complete calculations/computations using Microsoft® Word or Excel®. Include the four financial statements along with your assignment. Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines. Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment

 
WEEK  2

 ACC 561 Week 2 Learning Team Charter


Instructions: Overview In this course, your team will work together to complete a few assignments. This chartering assignment is designed to help you apply your project management skills to understand the scope of your project, then break the project into goals, tasks, responsibilities, resources, and milestones. The assignment also asks you to discuss and answer some questions that will lay the foundation for developing your project. Beyond the Standard Charter You will notice that this chartering process goes beyond your standard University of Phoenix Charter by helping your team create a project plan for team success by providing you with opportunities to define your deliverables, recognize the connections between the deliverables and other classroom activities, determine your timelines and milestones, identify each team member's expected contribution, and answer questions that lay the foundation for building your projects. Putting "I" in "Team" Important to note is the section for defining learning team expectations related to participation, collaboration, communication, team contributions, assignment deadlines, and other considerations. Please take the time to discuss and document how your team will address each area and any challenges that may arise.  It is important to understand that we are "Putting 'I' in 'Team'". In short, we will recognize and reward individuals according to their contributions to team output, not according to their team membership. This means that individual grades may be different from the team grade depending on each individual's contribution to each team deliverable. Completing this Assignment Do the following to complete this assignment:   

  • Review the Charter and Project plan.
  • Review the weekly Learning Team deliverables.
  • Complete the provided Learning Team Charter and Project Plan, including the following: team member contact information, project by week, learning team expectations, team discussion questions. Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment.

 

ACC 561 Week 2 Individual Assignment Accounting Methods

 

Instructions: Purpose of Assignment This week's activity illustrates the role a company's accounting method plays in financial statement reporting. In this assignment, students evaluate the events occurring in a business setting and determine how to properly analyze those events to identify the impact on both cash and accrual accounting methods. Assignment Steps Resources: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Tutorial help on Excel® and Word functions can be found on the Microsoft® Office website. There are also additional tutorials via the web offering support for Office products. Scenario: BizCon, a consulting firm, has just completed its first year of operations. The company's sales growth was explosive. To encourage clients to hire its services, BizCon offered 180-day financing - meaning its largest customers do not pay for nearly 6 months. Because BizCon is a new company, its equipment suppliers insist on being paid cash on delivery. Also, it had to pay up front for 2 years of insurance. At the end of the year, BizCon owed employees for one full month of salaries, but due to a cash shortfall, it promised to pay them the first week of next year. As the senior accountant, the Chief Financial Officer has asked you to prepare a memo to be sent to management notifying them of the delayed wage payments. Prepare the memo in a maximum 700 words including the following information to better outline the situation:   

  • Explain how cash and accrual accounting differs for each of the events listed in the above scenario and describe the proper accrual accounting.
  • Assess how at the end of the year, BizCon reported a favorable net income, yet the company's management is concerned because the company is very short of cash. Explain to management how BizCon could have positive net income and yet run out of cash. Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines. Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment.

 

WEEK  3

ACC 561 Week 3 Learning Team Assignment Financial Statement Analysis and Decision Making Activity

 

Instructions: Purpose of Assignment The activity requires students to perform research and analysis on competing companies and the potential implications of international standards. This real-world analysis is key to understanding how a company's profitability, liquidity, and solvency can be useful for all users. Students also learn to analyze financial statements and use managerial tools to make decisions from an investor's and creditor's standpoint. Assignment Steps Resources: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), websites such as Annual Reports (AnnualReports.com) Tutorial help on Excel® and Word functions can be found on the Microsoft® Office website. There are also additional tutorials via the web offering support for Office products. Select two competing companies, one of which must be an international company, and locate annual reports for these two companies on the Internet. Research the two companies on the Internet and download the Income Statement, Statement of Shareholders' Equity, Balance Sheet, and Statement of Cash Flows. Develop a minimum 525-word examination of the financial statements and include the following:   

  • Make a 5-year trend analysis for each company, using 2011 as the base year, of:
  • Net sales.
  • Net income. Discuss the significance of the trend results.
  • Compute for 2015 and 2014 the:
  • Debt to assets ratio.
  • Times interest earned. How would you evaluate each company's solvency?
  • Compute for 2015 and 2014 the:
  • Profit margin.
  • Asset turnover.
  • Return on assets.
  • Return on common stockholders' equity. How would you evaluate each company's profitability?
  • Evaluate the financial opportunity presented by the companies. If you were a creditor, which company would you be more likely to lend money to? Defend your decision.
  • Which company would you recommend as an investment? Discuss the items that were considered in your decision.   
  • Research global implications for the international company selected. How might changing environmental factors affect organizational choices?
  • Consider the ethical climate (internal or external) of your chosen companies. Describe the ethical issues and impact on the stakeholders. What has been/is being done to resolve these issues? Do you agree with these methods for resolution? If not, what might you do differently? Show your work in Microsoft® Word or Excel®. Complete calculations/computations using Microsoft® Word or Excel®. Include the four financial statements along with your assignment. Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines. Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment. Note: Grades are awarded based upon individual contributions to the Learning Team assignment. Each Learning Team member receives a grade based upon his/her contributions to the team assignment. Not all students may receive the same grade for the team assignment. 

 

ACC 561 Week 3 Individual Assignment Ratio Analysis

 

 

Instructions: Purpose of Assignment This week's focus is on the preparation of financial reports for internal users, such as managers. This case study applies the concepts of managerial accounting, through comparative and ratio analysis, and requires students to identify financial data needed by managers for decision making. About Your Signature Assignment This signature assignment is designed to align with specific program student learning outcome(s) in your program. Program Student Learning Outcomes are broad statements that describe what students should know and be able to do upon completion of their degree. The signature assignments may be graded with an automated rubric that allows the University to collect data that can be aggregated across a location or college/school and used for program improvements. Assignment Steps Resources: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), U.S. Securities and Exchange Committee (SEC) Tutorial help on Excel® and Word functions can be found on the Microsoft® Office website. There are also additional tutorials via the web offering support for Office products. Scenario: You are a loan officer for White Sands Bank of Taos. Paul Jason, president of P. Jason Corporation, has just left your office. He is interested in an 8-year loan to expand the company's operations. The borrowed funds would be used to purchase new equipment. As evidence of the company's debt-worthiness, Jason provided you with the following facts:

 2017 2016 Current Ratio 3.1 2.1 Asset Turnover 2.8 2.2 Net Income Up 32% Down 8% Earnings per Share $3.30 $2.50 Jason is a very insistent (some would say pushy) man. When you told him you would need additional information before making your decision, he acted offended and said, "What more could you possibly want to know?" You responded you would, at minimum, need complete, audited financial statements. Develop a minimum 700-word examination of the financial statements and include the following:

  • Explain why you would want the financial statements to be audited.
  • Discuss the implications of the ratios provided for the lending decision you are to make. That is, does the information paint a favorable picture? Are these ratios relevant to the decision? State why or why not. •  Evaluate trends in the performance of P. Jason Corporation. Identify each performance measure as favorable or unfavorable and explain the significance of each.   
  • List three other ratios you would want to calculate for P. Jason Corporation, and in your own words explain in detail why you would use each.
  • As the loan officer, what else would you do to gain a better understanding of Paul Jason's, and the Corporation's financial picture and why?
  • Based on your analysis of P. Jason Corporation, will you recommend approval for the requested loan? Provide specific details to support your decision. Format the assignment consistent with APA guidelines. Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment.



WEEK  4

ACC 561 Week 4 Individual Assignment Production Costs 


Instructions: Purpose of Assignment The materials covered this week distinguish between the different costing methods and provides needed tools for decision making. This case study focuses on determining equivalent units in a production business setting. Assignment Steps Resources: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), U.S. Securities and Exchange Committee (SEC) Tutorial help on Excel® and Word functions can be found on the Microsoft® Office website. There are also additional tutorials via the web offering support for Office products. Scenario: Davis Skaros has recently been promoted to production manager. He has just started to receive various managerial reports, including the production cost report you prepared. It showed his department had 2,000 equivalent units in ending inventory. His department has had a history of not keeping enough inventory on hand to meet demand. He has come to you, very angry, and wants to know why you credited him with only 2,000 units when he knows he had at least twice that many on hand. Prepare a maximum 700-word informal memo and explain to Mr. Skaros why his production cost report showed only 2,000 equivalent units in ending inventory. Using a professional tone, explain to him clearly why your report is accurate. Format the assignment consistent with APA guidelines. Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment

 

WEEK  5

ACC 561 Week 5 Learning Team Assignment Cost Behavior Analysis

 

Instructions: Purpose of Assignment The case study focuses on break-even, margin of safety, and incremental analysis and allows students to experience working through a business scenario to apply these tools in managerial decision making.  Students are required to make decisions and provide solutions based on their evaluation of financial data. Assignment Steps Resources:  Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), U.S. Securities and Exchange Committee (SEC) Tutorial help on Excel® and Word functions can be found on the Microsoft® Office website. There are also additional tutorials via the web offering support for Office products. Scenario: Shelley Jones has just been elected as president of the Circular Club of Auburn, Kansas, and she has been asked to suggest a new fundraising activity for the club. After a considerable amount of research, Shelley proposed the Circular Club sponsor a professional rodeo. In her presentation to the club, Shelley recommends the fundraiser become an annual activity with the following goals:   

  • Continue to grow each year
  • Give back to the community
  • Provide the club a presence in the community Shelley's goal in the first year is to have an activity that would become an "annual community event" and would break even the first year and raise $5,000 the following year. In addition, based on the experience of other communities, Shelley believed a rodeo could grow in popularity so the club would eventually earn an average of $20,000 annually. A rodeo committee was formed. Shelley contacted the world's oldest and largest rodeo-sanctioning agency to apply to sponsor a professional rodeo. The sanctioning agency requires a rodeo to consist of the following five events: Bareback Riding, Bronco Riding, Steer Wrestling, Bull Riding, and Calf Roping, Team Roping and Women's Barrels. Prize money in the amount of $3,000 would be paid to winners in each of the seven events. Members of the rodeo committee contracted with RJ Cattle Company, a livestock contractor on the rodeo circuit, to provide bucking stock, fencing, and chutes. Realizing costs associated with the rodeo were tremendous and ticket sales would probably not be sufficient to cover the costs, the rodeo committee sent letters to local businesses soliciting contributions in exchange for various sponsorships. Exhibiting Sponsorships are $1,000 to exhibit products or services, while Major Sponsorships are $600, and Chute Sponsorships are $500 to have the name of the sponsor's business on one of the six bucking chutes. For a contribution of $100, individual sponsors will be included in a Friends of Rodeo list found in the rodeo programs. A local youth group will be contacted to provide concessions to the public and divide the profits with the Circular Club. The Auburn Circular Club Pro Rodeo Roundup will be held on June 1, 2, and 3. The cost of an adult ticket is set at $8 in advance or $10 at the gate; the cost of a ticket for a child 12 or younger is set at $6 in advance or $8 at the gate. Tickets are not date-specific. Rather, one ticket will admit an individual to one performance of his or her choice-- Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. The rodeo committee is able to secure a location through the county supervisors' board at a nominal cost to the Circular Club. The arrangement allows for the use of the county fair grounds and arena for a one-week period. Several months prior to the rodeo, members of the rodeo committee were notified the bleachers at the arena would hold 2,500 patrons. On Saturday night, paid attendance was 1,663, but all seats were filled due to poor gate controls. Attendance was 898 Friday and 769 on Sunday.

The following revenue and expense figures relate to the first year of the rodeo.

Receipts

Contributions from sponsors      $22,000

Receipts from ticket sales         $28,971

Share of concession profits         $1,513

Sale of programs                           $600

Total receipts                            $53,084

Expenses:-

Livestock contractor                  $26,000

Prize money                              $21,000

Contestant hospitality                  $3,341*

Sponsor signs for arena               $1,900

Insurance                                    $1,800

Ticket printing                              $1,050

Sanctioning fees                             $925

Entertainment                                 $859

Judging fees                                   $750

Port-a-potties                                  $716

Rent                                               $600

Hay for horses                                 $538

Programs                                         $500

Western hats to first 500 children       $450

Hotel rooms for stock contractor        $325

Utilities                                            $300

Sand for arena                                  $251

 Miscellaneous fixed costs                  $105

Total expenses                                            $61,410

Net loss                                                      $ (8,326)

*The club contracted with a local caterer to provide a tent and food for the contestants. The cost of the food was contingent on the number of contestants each evening. Information concerning the number of contestants and the costs incurred are as follows:                                    

Contestants                  Total Cost

Friday                                  68                            $998

Saturday                              96                          $1,243

Sunday                                83                          $1,100                                                                        

$3,341

On Wednesday after the rodeo, members of the rodeo committee met to discuss and critique the rodeo. Jonathan Edmunds, CPA and President of the Circular Club, commented that the club did not lose money. Rather, Jonathan said, "The club made an investment in the rodeo."  The rodeo committee has requested an analysis of the rodeos performance and evaluation of the CPA's review. Create a minimum 10-slide presentation, including detailed speaker notes, as the committee's consultation team and respond to the following:   

  • What did Jonathan Edmunds mean when he said the club had made an investment in the rodeo? Is his comment consistent with Shelley's idea that the club should have a fundraiser that would:
  • Continue to get better each year.
  • Give back to the community.
  • Provide the club a presence in the community? Why or why not? •  Shelley, Jonathan, and Adrian Stein, the Fundraising Chairperson, are beginning to make plans for next year's rodeo. Shelley believes by negotiating with local feed stores, inn- keepers, and other business owners, costs can be cut dramatically. Jonathan agrees. After carefully analyzing costs, Jonathan has estimated the fixed expenses can be pared to approximately $51,000. In addition, Jonathan estimates variable costs are 4% of total gross receipts. After talking with business owners who attended the rodeo, Adrian is confident the funds solicited from sponsors will increase. Adrian is comfortable in budgeting revenue from sponsors at $25,600. The local youth group is unwilling to provide concessions to the audience unless they receive all of the profits. Not having the personnel to staff the concession booth, members of the Circular Club reluctantly agree to let the youth group have 100% of the profits from the concessions. In addition, members of the rodeo committee, recognizing the net income from programs was only $100, decide not to sell rodeo programs next year.        •  Compute the break-even point in dollars of ticket sales assuming Adrian and Jonathan are correct in their assumptions.   
  • Shelley has just learned you are calculating the break-even point in dollars of ticket sales. She is still convinced the Club can make a profit using the assumptions above (second bullet point above).
  • Calculate the dollars of ticket sales needed to earn a target profit of $6,000.
  • Calculate the dollars of ticket sales needed to earn a target profit of $12,000.
  • Are the facilities at the fairgrounds adequate to handle crowds needed to generate ticket revenues calculated above (third bullet point above) to earn a $6,000 profit? Show calculations to support your answers.
  • A few members in the Circular Club do not want to continue with the annual rodeo. However, Shelley is insistent the Club must continue to conduct the rodeo as an annual fundraiser. Shelley argues she has spent hundreds of dollars on western boots, hats, and other items of clothing to wear to the rodeo. Are the expenses related to Shelley's purchases of rodeo clothing relevant costs? Why or why not?
  • Rather than hire the local catering company to cater the Contestant Hospitality Tent, members of the Circular Club are considering asking Shady's Bar-B-Q to cater the event in exchange for a $600 Major Sponsor spot. In addition, The Fun Shop, a local party supply business, will be asked to donate a tent to use for the event. The Fun Shop will also be given a $600 Major Sponsor spot. Several members of the Club are opposed to this consideration, arguing that the two Major Sponsor spots will take away from the money to be earned through other sponsors. Adrian Stein has explained to the members the Major Sponsor signs for the arena cost only $48 each. In addition, there is more than enough room to display two additional sponsor signs. What would you encourage the Club to do concerning the Contestant Hospitality Tent? Would your answer be different if the arena were limited in the number of additional signs that could be displayed? What kind of cost would you consider in this situation that would not be found on a financial statement?
  • Assume you are elected chair of the rodeo committee for next year. What steps would you suggest the committee take to make the rodeo profitable? Show your work in Microsoft® Word or Excel®. Complete calculations/computations using Microsoft® Word or Excel®. Format the assignment consistent with APA guidelines. Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment. Note: Grades are awarded based upon individual contributions to the Learning Team assignment. Each Learning Team member receives a grade based upon his/her contributions to the team assignment. Not all students may receive the same grade for the team assignment

 

 

ACC 561 Week 5 individual Assignment Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis

 

Instructions: Purpose of Assignment the Case Study focuses on CVP (Cost-Volume-Profit), break-even, and margin of safety analyses which allows students to experience working through a business scenario and applying these tools in managerial decision making. Assignment Steps Resources: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Tutorial help on Excel® and Word functions can be found on the Microsoft® Office website. There are also additional tutorials via the web offering support for Office products. Scenario: Mary Willis is the advertising manager for Bargain Shoe Store. She is currently working on a major promotional campaign. Her ideas include the installation of a new lighting system and increased display space that will add $24,000 in fixed costs to the $270,000 in fixed costs currently spent. In addition, Mary is proposing a 5% price decrease ($40 to $38) will produce a 20% increase in sales volume (20,000 to 24,000). Variable costs will remain at $24 per pair of shoes. Management is impressed with Mary's ideas but concerned about the effects these changes will have on the break-even point and the margin of safety. Complete the following:     • Compute the current break-even point in units, and compare it to the break-even point in units if Mary's ideas are used.   

  • Compute the margin of safety ratio for current operations and after Mary's changes are introduced (Round to nearest full percent).
  • Prepare a CVP (Cost-Volume-Profit) income statement for current operations and after Mary's changes are introduced. Prepare a maximum 700-word informal memo to management addressing Mary's suggested changes.
  • Explain whether Mary's changes should be adopted. Why or why not? Analyze the above information (three bullet points above) and use this information to support your suggestion. Show your work in Microsoft® Word or Excel®. Complete calculations/computations using Microsoft® Word or Excel®.   Format your assignment consistent with APA guidelines. Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment.

 

WEEK  6

ACC 561 Week 6 individual Assignment Managerial Analysis

 

Instructions: Purpose of Assignment This comprehensive case requires students to evaluate a static budget and prepare flexible budgets to meet managerial needs. Students are required to calculate and analyze variances and discuss how variances are critical to managerial decision making. Assignment Steps Resources: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), U.S. Securities and Exchange Committee (SEC), Green Pastures Static Budget Income Statement Tutorial help on Excel® and Word functions can be found on the Microsoft® Office website. There are also additional tutorials via the web offering support for Office products. Scenario: Green Pastures is a 400-acre farm on the outskirts of the Kentucky Bluegrass, specializing in the boarding of broodmares and their foals. A recent economic downturn in the thoroughbred industry has led to a decline in breeding activities, and it has made the boarding business extremely competitive. To meet the competition, Green Pastures planned in 2017 to entertain clients, advertise more extensively, and absorb expenses formerly paid by clients such as veterinary and blacksmith fees. The budget report for 2017 is presented as an attachment. As shown, the static income statement budget for the year is based on an expected 21,900 boarding days at $25 per mare. The variable expenses per mare per day were budgeted: feed $5, veterinary fees $3, blacksmith fees $0.25, and supplies $0.55.  All other budgeted expenses were either semifixed or fixed. During the year, management decided not to replace a worker who quit in March, but it did issue a new advertising brochure and did more entertaining of clients. Develop a minimum 700-word examination of the financial statements and include the following:   

  • Based on the static budget report:
  • What was the primary cause(s) of the loss in net income?
  • Did management do a good, average, or poor job of controlling expenses?
  • Were management's decisions to stay competitive sound?
  • Prepare a flexible budget report for the year.
  • Based on the flexible budget report:
  • What was the primary cause(s) of the loss in net income?
  • Did management do a good, average, or poor job of controlling expenses?
  • Were management's decisions to stay competitive sound?
  • What course of action do you recommend for the management of Green Pastures? Show your work in Microsoft® Word or Excel®. Complete calculations/computations using Microsoft® Word or Excel®. Format the assignment consistent with APA guidelines. Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment.

 

ACC 561 Week 6 Individual Assignment Final Exam

 

Instructions: Click the link to the Final Examination. Complete the Final Examination. You are allowed one attempt to complete the examination, which is timed and must be completed in 3 hours. Results are automatically graded and sent to your instructor. Note: The automated final exam was designed in Google Chrome and is best viewed in the latest version of the browser. If you do not use the latest version of Google Chrome to view and complete the automated final exam, you may not be able to view the entire exam content. If you do not have the most current version of Google Chrome, download the

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