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Accounting Course Descriptions

Business programs core

34 credits:

ACC 201   Financial Accounting
3 credits
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to generally-accepted accounting principles, basic accounting systems, accounting theory, and financial statements.

ACC 306   Managerial Accounting
3 credits
Prerequisites: ACC 201, MAT 100 or MAT 105 or MAT 111 or MAT 122 or BUA 210 or MAT 130
A continuation of ACC 201 with concentration on corporate financial statements and the basics of managerial cost accounting. Applications are designed to provide exposure to analysis and interpretation of accounting data for managerial planning, control, and decision-making.

BUA 203   Career Preparation
1 credit
A course in resume writing, interviewing skills, techniques for personal enhancement, and international business etiquette; supplies the student with criteria beyond academics for acceptance into the world of work and future entry-level management positions.

BUA 310   International Business
3 credits
Prerequisite: ECO 201 or ECO 202
This course introduces the student to the economic, political, social and cultural issues of operating a business in a global economy. An understanding of exchange rate mechanisms, international trade agreements, and international strategies will be developed.

BUA 350   Business Law
3 credits
A study of business law. Topics included in the course include the American legal system, contracts, property, negotiable instruments, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, agency, business organizations, labor and employment relations, government regulations and torts.

BUA 402   Strategy and Policy
3 credits
Prerequisite: FIN 300 or FIN 301
(Senior standing, all Business core courses must be completed before taking this course)
A capstone business course that integrates the functional areas of a business with the strategic decision-making process. In a team environment, students are expected to employ the skills and knowledge learned from their academic career in a computer-simulated industry. An analysis of case studies and/or current business articles will also be used to link academic concepts and theories to real-world situations.

ECO 201   Macroeconomics
3 credits
Prerequisite: MAT 100 or MAT 105 or MAT 111 or MAT 122 or MAT 130 or appropriate math placement test score
An introduction to the overall functioning of an economic system with a view toward understanding the factors underlying income, employment, and prices on the aggregate level. Topics include such monetary and fiscal policies as suggested by the relevant theories discussed.

ECO 202   Microeconomics
3 credits
Prerequisite: MAT 100 or MAT 105 or MAT 111 or MAT 122 or MAT 123 or MAT 130 or appropriate math placement test score
An introduction to the principles underlying the behavior of business firms, resource owners, and consumers within a system of price-making markets. Introduces the theory of value and distribution.

FIN 301   Managerial Finance
3 credits
Prerequisites: ACC 201, ECO 201
An introduction to the environment of financial management. It includes the analysis of financial statements for planning and control, corporate securities, working capital management, capital budgeting, and financing the short- and long-term requirements of the firm.

MGT 213   Principles of Management
3 credits
Prerequisite: ENG 105 or ENG 230
A systematic analysis of the management process involving an integration of classical, behavioral, and modern contemporary philosophies. The importance of relating the theoretical principles of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling to practical experience is featured.

MKT 201   Principles of Marketing
3 credits
Prerequisite: ENG 105 or ENG 230 or appropriate English placement test score
A general overview of the scope and significance of marketing both domestically and internationally. The course emphasizes the marketing of consumer and industrial goods and analysis of the marketing mix variables of product, price, promotion, and place. It introduces marketing policies and practices of business firms.

PHI 231   Business Ethics
3 credits
Prerequisite: PHI 130 or PHI 132
An examination of the private, corporate and social dimensions of business life in the context of a total ethical life. Economic theories and actual business practices and cases are considered and evaluated from the perspective of established normative ethical principles.

TEC 200   Fundamentals of Information Technology
3 credits
This course introduces information technology systems that support organizational decision-making and problem solving. The course surveys the technical and organizational issues involved in the use and design of information systems and how the application of IT can enable an organization to improve quality, timeliness, and competitive advantage.

3 credits from the following:

COM 101   Fundamentals of Communication
3 credits
This course focuses on the exploration of fundamental principles of effective communication. Skilled communication behaviors are developed through the study and practice of interpersonal communication, public speaking, listening, and group dynamics.  Practical applications include class discussion, group activities, listening exercises, and individual presentations.

COM 232   Public Speaking
3 credits
A course applying traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study, write, deliver, and evaluate public speeches. Emphasis is placed on the students’ ability to speak from an outline in a variety of situations including informative speaking, persuasive speaking and demonstration speaking. All presentations are made in class and videotaped to aid in evaluation.

COM 324   Interpersonal Communication
3 credits
The course examines the basic principles and theories of interpersonal communication. Students study and practice basic principles for effective interpersonal communication. Study includes language, perceptions, values, culture, nonverbal communication, and self-concept and listening and their effects on communication.

ENG 222   Business Communications
3 credits
An application of contemporary communication theory to practical business situations, and an application of traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study communication theory; practice basic forms of business writing; write, deliver, and evaluate public speeches; and explore communication systems in modern corporations.

3-4 credits from the following:

BUA 210   Statistical Techniques for Research Data Analysis
3 credits
Prerequisite: MAT 100 or MAT 105 or MAT 111 or MAT 130 or appropriate math placement test score
An interdisciplinary introduction to the basic principles of data analysis with an emphasis on application. Students are expected to apply these principles to data analysis in their respective areas of study. The applied focus is on the computerized application of summary statistics, one-/two-/multi-sample tests, linear models, association tests, randomness/normality tests, and probability distributions as used across a variety of community and organizational settings. Other techniques may be added as appropriate for specific disciplines.

MAT 122   Introduction to Probability and Statistics
4 credits
Prerequisite: Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 001 with grade of C or higher
A study of topics that include descriptive statistics and data analysis; elementary probability; binomial, hyper geometric and normal probability models; the central limit theorem; confidence intervals; elementary hypothesis testing; linear regression; and correlation. A major goal of this course is the application of these topics to problems arising from the natural sciences, the social sciences, the health industry, and the business environment. (This course does not fulfill the statistics requirement of mathematics majors and minors.)

Accounting courses

21 credits:

ACC 310   Intermediate Financial Accounting I
3 credits
Prerequisite: ACC 201
Builds on the theory and skills introduced in ACC 201 Financial Accounting. Emphasis is on accounting transactions through financial statement construction, valuation and measurement of cash, receivables, inventories, plant and equipment, intangibles, investments, and liabilities. Communication skills, as they apply to the accounting profession, are stressed.

ACC 311   Intermediate Financial Accounting II
3 credits
Prerequisite: ACC 310
An extension of the theory and application of generally-accepted accounting principles with emphasis on accounting for contributed capital, retained earnings, investments, income taxes, pensions, leases, and accounting changes. Revenue recognition and cash flows are also discussed. Application of the generally accepted accounting principles in different areas is emphasized throughout the course.

ACC 312   Advanced Accounting
3 credits
Prerequisite: ACC 311
A study of accounting for business combinations, partnerships, and governmental fund accounting. Extensive coverage of purchase method, intercompany transactions, and consolidated financial statements. Also includes governmental fund accounting.

ACC 331   Income Tax I
3 credits
Prerequisite: ACC 306 or ACC 310
A study of federal income taxes as they apply to individuals with emphasis on determination of gross income, adjusted gross income, deductions, exemptions, and taxes due. Students are required to complete comprehensive individual income tax returns.

ACC 332   Income Tax II
3 credits
Prerequisite: ACC 331
A continuation of ACC 331 dealing with the taxation of corporations and partnerships. Topics include determination of taxable income, transfers to corporations, corporate distributions, and S corporations. Students are required to complete comprehensive corporate and partnership income tax return problems. Service learning through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is integrated throughout the course.

ACC 422   Auditing
3 credits
Prerequisite: ACC 311
(Senior standing preferred)
A course covering the philosophy, concepts, and techniques used by independent and internal auditors. Professional ethics and legal relationships, the study and evaluation of internal control, audit program applications, statistical sampling, EDP auditing, and reporting obligations are included in the course. Integrated material provides application of the theory studied in the course. Focus is placed on the analysis and interpretation of data, events, and theory using collaborative learning techniques. Oral and written communication skills are emphasized.

ACC 431   Advanced Cost Accounting
3 credits
Prerequisite: ACC 306
An advanced study of cost accounting systems in both an industrial and service environment. Topics discussed in detail include job order and process costing, standard costs, variance analysis, and activity-based costing. The relationship of budgeting to profit planning and business control is studied and applied.

0-3 credits:

ACC 497   Accounting Internship
0–3 credits
Prerequisites: BUA 203, ACC 201, Permission
A course designed to provide the student with field work experience through a work opportunity related to the student’s career objective. A learning contract is used to focus expectations, duration of the experience, and means for evaluation. The student will benefit from applying classroom learning to actual job experience. (“0” credit receives CR/NC grade.)

3.11GPA

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In comparison to colleges in the area, the average GPA of incoming first year students at Marian is 3.11 (Source: Marian University Office of Institutional Research, Incoming Class of 2013-14).

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