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Name: John E. Simms, Ph.D. E-mail: jacks@uh.edu Ph.: 713-775-3023

Office hours are MW 4-6pm, and by appointment in 360MH.

Course Description - An examination of cost accounting principles and practices such as job order costs, process costs and standard cost controls as well as specific managerial problem areas such as budgeting pricing policies and inventory control.

In addition to the acquisition of the common body of knowledge and discipline-specific mastery, we address three goals: * Critical Thinking – the ability to identify a problem, ascertain what information is relevant, and arrive at conclusions based on the evidence. * Decision Making – The identification and evaluation of different alternatives. * Ethics – the role of ethics in managerial accounting (using the Institute of Management Accountants’ Standards of Ethical Practice)

Course Learning Objectives: Managerial accounting has three foci: * The role of the managerial accountant; * The product costing function; and * Cost management, decision making, and performance evaluation. The first two are the subject of the first section of the course. The role of the managerial accountant includes not only functions and positions within an organization, but also ethical standards and obligations. The product costing function is primarily quantitative. The third focus is the subject of the second and third sections of the course. The study of cost behavior, predictive modeling and comparative assessment are examined in relation to strategic, operational, and ethical constraints.

Texts, Readings, Materials - Required: Cornerstones in Cost Accounting
Required readings: Handouts will be provided for homework, cases, projects, etc.
Suggestions for further study: Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., An Owner’s Manual.

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