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Introductory Financial Accounting (Revision 12)
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This course is fully compliant with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), the ‘new’ accounting rules adopted by Canada. As of January 1, 2011, all publically accountable enterprises (PAEs) in Canada must prepare financial statements that comply with IFRS. Private enterprises (PEs) in Canada will be permitted to use either IFRS or Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for PEs as detailed in a new section of the revised CICA Handbook.
Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)
Faculty: Faculty of Business
ACCT 253 is not available for challenge
After completing this course, you will be able to analyze and prepare a set of basic financial statements. You will begin by examining the accounting cycle of a sole proprietorship in the service sector, learning how financial transactions are processed through the accounting information system each accounting period. You will then examine accounting for merchandise operations as well as inventory and cost of sales. Special issues regarding balance sheet components are reviewed in detail, including
- internal control and cash
- accounts receivable
- property, plant and equipment assets
- short-and long-term liabilities.
Financial accounting issues specific to the corporate form of organization are examined, followed by an introduction to the statement of cash flows. Generally accepted accounting principles and ethics are examined throughout the course as they relate to each area. Finally, you will learn to apply basic tools for analyzing financial statements.
Lesson 1: Introduction to Financial Accounting and Financial Statements
Lesson 2: Analyzing and Recording Transactions
Lesson 3: Adjusting Accounts
Lesson 4: Closing Entries and the Classified Balance Sheet
Lesson 5: Accounting for Merchandising Activities and Merchandise Inventory
Lesson 6: Internal Control and Cash
Lesson 7: Receivables
Lesson 8: Property, Plant and Equipment, and Intangibles
Lesson 9: Current and Long-term Liabilities
Lesson 10: Accounting for Corporations
Lesson 11: Reporting and Analyzing Cash Flows
Lesson 12: Analyzing Financial Statements
To receive credit for ACCT 253, you must achieve
- at least “D” (50%) on the Final Examination
- an average mark of “A-” (80%) on the online LIFA labs (once your LIFA lab average reaches 80%, you will be awarded full marks for this activity)
- an overall composite grade of “D” (50%).
The following chart summarizes the evaluation activities and scheme for this course.
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To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Larson, K. D., & Jensen, T. (2013). Fundamental accounting principles (14th Can. ed.). Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson. (Volumes 1 and 2) ISBN: 978-0-07-105157-6 and 978-0-07-105150-7.
A print version of the eTexts can be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided in the course website; you can also acquire the textbooks on your own if you wish.
All other course materials, including LIFA (Lyryx Interactive Financial Accounting), will be accessed online. LIFA is a web-based tool used in ACCT253 to complete assessments worth 55% of the final grade. LIFA runs on Windows and Macs.
Note: All courses are subject to approval and availability
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NOTE: Students registering in grouped study mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated above.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 12, October 10, 2013.
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Updated October 24 2013