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Course Syllabus

Course Information
Course Number/Section AIM 2302 – Sections 001 & 002
Course Title Introduction to Management Accounting
Term Fall 2010
Days & Times Section 001: Monday/Wednesday 11:30-12:45 – SOM 2.115
Section 002: Monday/Wednesday 1:30 – 2:45 - SOM 1.107

Professor Contact Information

Professor Jennifer Johnson, CPA
Office Phone 972-883-5912
Email Address
(use eLearning to discuss class items)
Office Location SOM 4.432
Office Hours Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30
Or by appointment

Teaching Assistant: Andrea Davis

SOM 4.501 Office Hours: TBD

Course Description
This course is an introduction to the determination, development, and uses of internal accounting
information needed by business management to satisfy customers while continuously controlling and
containing costs. The course is designed to benefit all business students who will be the future users
of accounting information.

Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes

The objectives of this course are:
1. Obtain a basic understanding of managerial accounting concepts.
2. Conduct cost-volume profit analysis.
3. Differentiate between job-order and process costing
4. Develop an understanding of the role of activity-based costing and management decision
5. Preparation of schedules used for profit planning and analyses of budget variations
6. Discuss how relevant information is used to make marketing and production decisions.

Required Textbooks and Materials

Textbook: Cornerstones of Managerial Accounting – 3rd Edition, Customized for UTD
Author(s) Mowen, Hansen and Heitger
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN-13: 978-1-4240-8566-8
Other Materials:
o Calculator with basic features (cannot store formulas, will not be allowed to use a
cellphone, backberry, or iPhone, etc.)
o Internet access to course's eLearning site and the publisher's website
o Access to Microsoft Excel
o 882-E Scantrons for tests
o UTD Student ID - required for each test

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It is critical to your success that you attend each class and take notes during the lectures. You should
come to class prepared, which means that you have READ the assigned chapters and attempted the
homework PRIOR to coming to class. This will enhance your understanding of the material discussed
in class.

Instructor Assistance
Office hours are not a substitute for coming to class. Accordingly, I will not repeat a lecture that was
missed during office hours. It is encouraged to come see me EARLY if you are having difficulties.

Course Schedule
See last page for class schedule, topics and dates

With each chapter, suggested homework problems will be assigned and posted on eLearning. These
problems will not be collected for a grade, but students are strongly encouraged to complete the
suggested problems. The best way to learn this material is through repetition of the homework.
Suggested homework assignments will be posted in eLearning for each chapter.

Assignments / Case Studies

There will be 2 assignments that will be given to the students and that will be submitted for a grade.
The purpose of each assignment is to enhance your use of spreadsheets and their use in business.
Each assessment will have instructions and a template that will require you to input numbers and
formulas into Excel. The assessments should be submitted at the beginning of the class on their due
date. Details for preparing and submitting the assessments will be posted on eLearning.

All Assignments are due by the beginning of class on the due date. Any work received after the
beginning of class will not be accepted.

You will be given a quiz over each chapter PRIOR the lecture on that chapter. Quizzes will be
administered via the use of Assessments in eLearning. The objectives of the quizzes are to help
facilitate your understanding of the topics that will be presented in the teachings. These quizzes will
be made available at specific dates and times and will be closed at a specified time period as outlined
on the syllabus schedule. You must take the quiz via eLearning during the specified time period in
order for you to receive a grade for the quiz.

Quizzes are open-book, open-note and are not proctored. Your two lowest quiz score will be dropped
when calculating your final grade.

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There will be 3 non-cumulative exams each worth 100 points. All examinations are closed-book,
closed-notes. The exams will be administered in-class during class time and will require the use of a
calculator and an 882-E scantron. The exams will be a combination of objective questions and well as
problems. No formula sheets will be allowed.

You will need 4 things for each exam: (1) your UTD ID; (2) Basic four-function calculator; (3) an 882-E
scantron and (4) two or more No. 2 pencils.

NOTE: Advanced calculators with memory functions, cell phones, iPhones, Blackberry or any other
device including a language dictionary are NOT allowed to be used during the exam.

Make-up exams
Make-up exams will be given ONLY for excused absences, which must be determined prior to the
exam. Excused absences may be given for verifiable medical or family emergencies. Written
documentation must be provided for substantiation of the absence. Students who do not show up for
an exam, and for whom prior arrangements have not been made will receive a score of 0. There is no
guarantee that the level of difficulty of the make-up exam will be compatible to that of the original test.
All make-up exams will be taken at a time determined by the instructor.

Grading Policy
Your grade will be made up of the following

Qty Value Total

Tests 3 100 300
(there will be 10 quizzes – your lowest 2
Quizzes 8 5 40 will be dropped)
Cases /
Problems 2 5 10
Total 350

Your total grade will be assigned as follows based on the points distribution defined below:
Point Range
Grade Low High
A+ 339.5 350
A 325.5 339
A- 315 325
B+ 304.5 314.5
B 290.5 304
B- 280 290
C+ 269.5 279.5
C 255.5 269
C- 245 255
D+ 234.5 244.5
D 220.5 234
D- 210 220
.F 0 209.5

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Extra Credit
No extra credit will be offered.

Late Work
No late work is accepted.

Classroom Citizenship
All students should respect each person's right to learn and attend this class. Please refrain from
surfing, texting and cell phone use during class.

Technical Support
If you experience any problems with your UTD account you may send an email to: or call the UTD Computer Helpdesk at 972-883-2911.

Field Trip Policies / Off-Campus Instruction and Course Activities

Off-campus, out-of-state, and foreign instruction and activities are subject to state law and University
policies and procedures regarding travel and risk-related activities. Information regarding these rules
and regulations may be found at the website address Additional information is available
from the office of the school dean.

Student Conduct & Discipline

The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations for
the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and each
student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern student
conduct and activities. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained in the UTD
printed publication, A to Z Guide, which is provided to all registered students each academic year.

The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within the procedures of recognized
and established due process. Procedures are defined and described in the Rules and Regulations,
Series 50000, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, and in Title V, Rules on Student
Services and Activities of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. Copies of these rules
and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members
are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations (SU 1.602, 972/883-6391) and
online at

A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship. He
or she is expected to obey federal, state, and local laws as well as the Regents’ Rules, university
regulations, and administrative rules. Students are subject to discipline for violating the standards of
conduct whether such conduct takes place on or off campus, or whether civil or criminal penalties are
also imposed for such conduct.

Academic Integrity
The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. Because
the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the student
for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high standard of individual honor in his or
her scholastic work.

Scholastic Dishonesty, any student who commits an act of scholastic dishonesty is subject to
discipline. Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the
submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another
person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a
student or the attempt to commit such acts.

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Plagiarism, especially from the web, from portions of papers for other classes, and from any other
source is unacceptable and will be dealt with under the university’s policy on plagiarism (see general
catalog for details). .

Copyright Notice
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of
photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials, including music and software. Copying,
displaying, reproducing, or distributing copyrighted works may infringe the copyright owner’s rights and
such infringement is subject to appropriate disciplinary action as well as criminal penalties provided by
federal law. Usage of such material is only appropriate when that usage constitutes “fair use” under
the Copyright Act. As a UT Dallas student, you are required to follow the institution’s copyright policy
(Policy Memorandum 84-I.3-46). For more information about the fair use exemption, see

Email Use
The University of Texas at Dallas recognizes the value and efficiency of communication between
faculty/staff and students through electronic mail. At the same time, email raises some issues
concerning security and the identity of each individual in an email exchange. The university
encourages all official student email correspondence be sent only to a student’s U.T. Dallas email
address and that faculty and staff consider email from students official only if it originates from a UTD
student account. This allows the university to maintain a high degree of confidence in the identity of all
individual corresponding and the security of the transmitted information. UTD furnishes each student
with a free email account that is to be used in all communication with university personnel. The
Department of Information Resources at U.T. Dallas provides a method for students to have their U.T.
Dallas mail forwarded to other accounts.

Withdrawal from Class

The administration of this institution has set deadlines for withdrawal of any college-level courses.
These dates and times are published in that semester's course catalog. Administration procedures
must be followed. It is the student's responsibility to handle withdrawal requirements from any class. In
other words, I cannot drop or withdraw any student. You must do the proper paperwork to ensure that
you will not receive a final grade of "F" in a course if you choose not to attend the class once you are

Student Grievance Procedures

Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities, of
the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures.

In attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations, or other fulfillments of
academic responsibility, it is the obligation of the student first to make a serious effort to resolve the
matter with the instructor, supervisor, administrator, or committee with whom the grievance originates
(hereafter called “the respondent”). Individual faculty members retain primary responsibility for
assigning grades and evaluations. If the matter cannot be resolved at that level, the grievance must
be submitted in writing to the respondent with a copy of the respondent’s School Dean. If the matter is
not resolved by the written response provided by the respondent, the student may submit a written
appeal to the School Dean. If the grievance is not resolved by the School Dean’s decision, the
student may make a written appeal to the Dean of Graduate or Undergraduate Education, and the
deal will appoint and convene an Academic Appeals Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals
Panel is final. The results of the academic appeals process will be distributed to all involved parties.

Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students,
where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations.

Incomplete Grade Policy

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As per university policy, incomplete grades will be granted only for work unavoidably missed at the
semester’s end and only if 70% of the course work has been completed. An incomplete grade must
be resolved within eight (8) weeks from the first day of the subsequent long semester. If the required
work to complete the course and to remove the incomplete grade is not submitted by the specified
deadline, the incomplete grade is changed automatically to a grade of F.

Disability Services
The goal of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities equal educational opportunities.
Disability Services provides students with a documented letter to present to the faculty members to
verify that the student has a disability and needs accommodations. This letter should be presented to
the instructor in each course at the beginning of the semester and accommodations needed should be
discussed at that time. It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for
accommodation. If accommodations are granted for testing accommodations, the student should
remind the instructor five days before the exam of any testing accommodations that will be needed.
Disability Services is located in Room 1.610 in the Student Union. Office hours are Monday –
Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may reach Disability Services
at (972) 883-2098.

Guidelines for documentation are located on the Disability Services website at

Religious Holy Days

The University of Texas at Dallas will excuse a student from class or other required activities for the
travel to and observance of a religious holy day for a religion whose places of worship are exempt
from property tax under Section 11.20, Tax Code, Texas Code Annotated.

The student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as possible regarding the
absence, preferably in advance of the assignment. The student, so excused, will be allowed to take
the exam or complete the assignment within a reasonable time after the absence: a period equal to
the length of the absence, up to a maximum of one week. A student who notifies the instructor and
completes any missed exam or assignment may not be penalized for the absence. A student who fails
to complete the exam or assignment within the prescribed period may receive a failing grade for that
exam or assignment.

If a student or an instructor disagrees about the nature of the absence [i.e., for the purpose of
observing a religious holy day] or if there is similar disagreement about whether the student has been
given a reasonable time to complete any missed assignments or examinations, either the student or
the instructor may request a ruling from the chief executive officer of the institution, or his or her
designee. The chief executive officer or designee must take into account the legislative intent of TEC
51.911(b), and the student and instructor will abide by the decision of the chief executive officer or

These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the

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AIM 2302 - Introduction to Management Accounting
Section 001 M/W 11:30 - 12:45
Section 002 M/W 1:30 - 2:45
See eLearning site for Homework Assignments for each Chapter

QUIZ – Via eLearning

Date /Day: Chapter Description / Topic Due by CST:
Sect 001 - 11:30 am
Sect 002 - 1:30pm on
Due Date
08/23/10 Class Overview
08/25/10 Ch. 1 Introduction to Management Accounting Quiz #1
08/30/10 Ch. 2 Basic Management Accounting Concepts Quiz #2
09/06/10 HOLIDAY - No Class
09/08/10 Ch. 4 Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis: A Managerial Planning Tool Quiz #3
09/15/10 Assessment #1 - Due by Beginning of Class
Review for Exam 1
09/20/10 Exam #1
09/22/10 Ch. 5 Job-Order Costing Quiz #4
10/04/10 Ch. 6 Process Costing Quiz #5
10/13/10 Ch. 13 Short-Run Decision Making and Relevant Costing Quiz #6
10/20/10 Assessment #2 - Due by Beginning of Class
Review for Exam #2
10/25/10 Exam #2
10/27/10 Ch. 7 Activity-Based Costing and Management Quiz #7
11/08/10 Ch. 9 Profit Planning Quiz #8
11/17/10 Ch 10 Standard Costing: A Managerial Control Tool Quiz #9
11/29/10 Ch. 11 Flexible Budgets and Overhead Analysis Quiz #10
12/01/10 Review for Exam #3
12/06/10 Exam #3

You should work all multiple choice questions at the end of each Chapter
Solutions to the multiple questions & selected problems will be posted on eLearning
These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the Professor

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