MGMT 128

Special Topics in Accounting

Description: Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 120B. Selected topics in public accounting, such as audit and fraud examination, mergers and acquisitions, public-company status and going-public process, role of partner, serving entrepreneurial clients, and fund accounting. Discussion of case study of current interest in accounting profession. Business plan preparation. P/NP or letter grading.

Units: 4.0
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Overall Rating 3.5
Easiness 2.8/ 5
Clarity 4.5/ 5
Workload 3.0/ 5
Helpfulness 2.7/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Spring 2021 - This class was completely asynchronous. There was generally one pre-recorded lecture a week since she left the second lecture time open for groups to meet up and discuss the assignments. Our grade was originally based on 90% group assignments (8 total) and 10% final exam, but a few days before the final, Gardner announced that we could opt out of the final and accept our current grade in the class. She also provided 3% extra credit for filling out the course evaluation. Each assignment consisted of reading some provided articles, watching videos, and/or reading a chapter of the Business Fairy Tales book (which you can buy on Amazon for less than $10) and then answering some questions. Some assignments were shorter, consisting of 20 pages of reading and writing 1-2 pages, but there were also extremely long assignments such as one that required reading 6 articles, watching over 2 hours of videos/movies, and writing 2-3 pages or another one that required reading 70 pages of Business Fairy Tales and answering over 100 questions. Before we finished writing up an assignment and submitting it, the next assignment's instructions were already posted, which made the entire quarter feel like a neverending stream of projects. As with all group projects, your experience will vary depending on your group members. We were free to choose our own groups of 5, but if you don't know anyone else in the class, you just have to hope you end up with responsible group members. The grading seemed very nitpicky and my group consistently lost points on assignments, but it seems like she tried to correct it by grading more generously for the last few assignments and adjusting her grading scale accordingly. She gave everyone 100% on the last group assignment after realizing that the assignments required a lot of time reading and watching videos and that the back-to-back nature of the assignments was overwhelming. Besides the Business Fairy Tales book, expect to also spend around $5 on movies or episodes of TV shows/documentaries. On the bright side, she provided her course reader notes for free.
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