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Intermediate Level


Subtitles: English, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

3 hours to complete

Why Do We Have Accounting and How Can You Make it Work for You?

Every organized society needs information about its activities and accomplishments. Accounting was created to fulfill this need. In this module we will explore how accounting was designed to meet the needs of decision makers and what this means to you as a user of accounting information. We will discuss the concept behind accrual accounting including introducing the two primary accrual accounting financial statements - the balance sheet and income statement. This module will discuss the purpose and goal of those financial statements, but we will save your experience in creating those statements until module two. In lesson two of this module, we will explore some basic bookkeeping tools that will get you ready to create a set of financial statements. The material in this module is likely to take less than a week, but we will make up for it in module two.

10 videos (Total 95 min), 7 readings, 4 quizzes
10 videos
Why Do We Have Accounting?10m
What is Accrual Accounting?8m
What is a Balance Sheet?9m
What is an Income Statement?8m
Comparing the Two Statements6m
Transactions to Financial Statements4m
Journal Entries10m
Using T-Accounts for Account Analysis6m
7 readings
The Structure of the Course10m
The Syllabus10m
Help us learn more about you!10m
Introduction and Overview of Lesson One2m
Introduction and Overview of Lesson Two3m
Notice for Auditing Learners: Assignment Submission10m
Transactions for quiz10m
4 practice exercises
Overview Material12m
Transactions and Journal Entries10m
T-Accounts and Other Ways to Post6m
Module One Test18m
4 hours to complete

The Accounting Cycle and Bookkeeping: Foundational Tools for a Deeper Understanding

In this module we will create a set of accrual accounting financial statements. We will use that experience to walk you through the accounting cycle - which is the process by which accounting captures and aggregates all of the transactions in the period into a set of financial statements. We will examine each step in the accounting cycle using a comprehensive example of a start up wholesale book retailer. You will learn how the steps combine to create the statements. In addition to the comprehensive example we will do together, there will be plenty of chances to practice each step yourself. This module ends with a chance for you to build your own set of financial statements for a start up company. Fair warning: in my opinion this is the least exciting material covered in any accounting class (including this one). It is the basic bookkeeping process, not the interesting part of building an understanding of the business. But just as you need to learn basic addition and subtraction before you can master the math to design a beautiful building, you also need to learn basic bookkeeping as a foundation for the more interesting accounting.

7 videos (Total 81 min), 6 readings, 5 quizzes
7 videos
Comprehensive Example Set Up4m
Recording Externally Prompted Transactions23m
Recording Adjusting Journal Entries10m
Recording Closing Journal Entries9m
Making an Income Statement7m
Making a Balance Sheet11m
6 readings
Introduction and Overview of Lesson Three3m
Introduction and Overview of Lesson Four3m
Introduction and Overview of Lesson Five3m
Introduction and Overview of Lesson Six5m
Instructions for Quiz10m
Transactions to be Used for the Quiz10m
5 practice exercises
Quiz on Introduction to the Accounting Cycle6m
Transaction Entries25m
Adjusting and Closing Journal Entries10m
Quiz Financial Statements6m
Accounting Cycle Comprehensive Quiz1h 30m
3 hours to complete

Revenue, Accounts Receivable, Inventory and Cost of Goods Sold

In the last module we took an overview perspective to get a sense of the structure of financial statements. For the next three modules we are going to delve into the details of specific items on the accrual financial statements. We will work through the most common items on the balance sheet and income statement to develop an understanding of those items. While we will consider specific items, we will also be building a thought process that we can apply to any future accounting items - even if they are topics that we do not cover in this course. That will allow you to confidently use accounting for years to come, regardless of changes in items or in the specific accounting rules. There are two lessons in this module. The first will cover revenue and the related balance sheet item of accounts receivable. The second lesson will cover costs of goods sold and inventory. We will cover the conceptual economics of each, discuss the current accounting rules and end with a video that applies our bookkeeping tools. The readings for each lesson provide more details.

7 videos (Total 63 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
7 videos
Accounting Guidance on Revenue Recognition8m
Bookkeeping for Revenue Recognition3m
Accounting for the Allowance for Doubtful Accounts and the Bad Debt Expense9m
What goes into Inventory and Cost of Goods Sold14m
Which One Did We Sell? Inventory Cost Flow Assumptions14m
Bookkeeping for Inventory Transactions4m
2 readings
Introduction and Overview of Lesson Seven5m
Introduction and Overview of Lesson Eight5m
4 practice exercises
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts20m
Inventory and Cost of Goods Sold20m
Module Three Test30m
3 hours to complete

Long-Lived Assets

As firms operate, they often use long-lived assets to execute their business models. Some of these assets are tangible, such as factories or computers. Others are intangible, such as trademarks and brands. In either case, managers face the issue of determining how much of these items were used in each period as well as the related question of how much remains. In this module, we will examine the economics of such transactions as well how accountants reflect them on financial statements. This module will also cover the most nebulous of intangible assets - goodwill.

10 videos (Total 64 min), 5 readings, 6 quizzes
10 videos
Basic Bookkeeping for Depreciation5m
Changing Depreciation Estimates4m
Selling an Asset6m
When an Asset is used to make another Asset9m
How Do We Think About Non-Physical Assets?7m
Bookkeeping for Amortization and Intangibles3m
What is Goodwill?4m
Calculating Goodwill8m
Asset Impairments6m
5 readings
Introduction and Overview of Lesson Nine2m
Introduction and Overview of Lesson Ten3m
Introduction and Overview of Lesson Eleven1m
Introduction and Overview for Lesson Twelve2m
Introduction and Overview of Lesson Thteen2m
6 practice exercises
Basics of Depreciation12m
More Advanced Depreciation Topics12m
Intangible Assets6m
Quiz for Long Lived Assets40m
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By NSOct 10th 2018

With no prior knowledge of accounting it's surprising how easy it is to progress through the course. professor Miller has an amazing ability to explain new concepts in an easy to understand manner!

By IGJul 21st 2018

Awesome course, engaging, and very good professor (he should team up with engineers!)



Greg Miller

Ross School of Business

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  • The Finance for Strategic Decision-Making Executive Education program is a hybrid learning opportunity consisting of two digital courses in Accounting and Finance and a companion in-person experience working hands-on with the faculty and your classmates with data and real world problems to identify solutions and opportunities. With this new blended learning program, Michigan Ross is the 1st to combine the ease of access via digital learning with a unique, in-person direct application experience, all with the rigor expected from a globally top ranked business school. You will have to earn a verified certificate in the course to be eligible for the face-to-face program at the Ross School of Business. To learn more, visit http://michiganross.umich.edu/financestrategy.

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  • While the online courses can be taken in any order, generally completion of the Accounting course is recommended before the Finance portion as the application of concepts of Accounting are helpful to completing the Finance course.

  • You will gain:

    -An understanding of the structure of accounting information that is used to make decisions

    -Comfort in using financial statement information to analyze a situation.

    -The ability to synthesize information from various sources to develop a deeper understanding of a situation

    -The skills to analyze financial ratios as well as creating ratios and metric that are custom to the issue you are studying

    -A deep understanding of analytical and financial frameworks to make value-enhancing decisions

    -The ability to conduct detailed and rigorous valuation analyses of both projects and companies

    -Comfort in understanding the financial analyses conducted by colleagues in your organization in proposals and critiques

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