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Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Accounting

Master's (MBA and Specialized)

  1. A540
    Financial Accounting Concepts
    • 15-weeks
    • 3 credits
    • Prerequisite: MBA Core and permission of instructor

    Financial Accounting Concepts is appropriate for MBA students with a serious interest in learning about accounting for equity side transactions and cash flows. This course is a prerequisite for students wishing to take A564, Detecting Earnings Management.

    A540 is designed to provide a framework of concepts and procedures essential for the preparation of general purpose financial statements directed toward external users (e.g., stockholders, potential investors, creditors, regulatory agencies, etc.). The topics listed below are among the most important, interesting, complex, and controversial in the accounting discipline. A serious effort will be required to achieve technical and conceptual competence in these areas. Many of these topics appear regularly on the CPA and CFA exams.

    1. Bonds Payable
    2. Investments in Debt Securities
    3. Operating and Capital Leases
    4. Pension Plans and Other Post-Retirement Benefits
    5. Stockholders’ Equity
    6. Dilutive Securities
    7. Earnings Per Share
    8. Executive Compensation and Stock Option Plans
    9. Statement of Cash Flows.