ACCT 730 SYLLABUS
                                        International Accounting
                                              Spring 2011

Instructor:              Dana Garner, Ph.D., CPA
Class Time:              Friday, 9:00-12:00
Office Hours:            Tuesday & Thursday 1:30 – 3:30 (these are hours I will be in my office at CofC and
                         would be a good time to call or email, I can also answer questions in person
                         immediately following our class time)
Telephone:               843-953-3990

Required Materials
- Print or web-access to Mirza, Orrell, & Holt, IFRS: Practical Implementation Guide and Workbook,
   2nd or 3rd edition (the 3rd edition is not scheduled for release until mid-Feb.)
- Access to the ISAB standards. (you can register for a free version at

Thorough understanding of US GAAP

Course Description:
The primary purpose of the course is to develop knowledge of International Financial Reporting
Standards including the standards’ history, new standard adoption, the recording of financial transactions,
and financial statement presentation. In addition, the US GAAP vs. IFRS convergence process will be

Course Goals:
Goal 1: Broadened Perspective
Students will demonstrate an appreciation for the history of international accounting standards including
the political and investor push for one world-wide set for quality accounting standards and the current US
and international accounting standards convergence process.

Goal 2: Development of Specific Skills
Students will develop specialized skill set(s) that prepare them for careers in the accounting profession,
including the ability to record and report financial information using the International Financial Reporting

Goal 3: Professional Development
Students will be required to obtain information from professional sources, including but not limited to
professional standards and large firm international websites.

Goal 4: Effective Communications
Students will write professional documents that are technically correct and concise and will make
effective presentations that are engaging and persuasive. Students will also communicate their ideas
informally through extensive and meaningful participation in seminar-style class discussions throughout
the term.
Honor Code / Cheating

It is the responsibility of every student at the University of South Carolina Columbia to adhere steadfastly
to truthfulness and to avoid dishonesty, fraud, or deceit of any type in connection with any academic
program. Any student who violates this Honor Code or who knowingly assists another to violate this
Honor Code shall be subject to discipline.

Students should be aware that unauthorized collaboration--working together without permission-- is a
form of cheating. Unless the instructor specifies that students can work together on an assignment, quiz
and/or test, no collaboration during the completion of the assignment is permitted. Other forms of
cheating include possessing or using an unauthorized study aid (which could include accessing
information stored on a cell phone), copying from others’ exams, fabricating data, and giving
unauthorized assistance.

As a faculty member and a Certified Public Accountant, I feel it is my job to assist you in becoming a
productive member of the business world. The primary way corporations have reported false financial
information is through lying and cheating on the part of management and auditors. You will not be a
productive member of the business world if you decide that you will “get ahead” through lying and
cheating and I therefore will not allow you to practice these behaviors in my class. I feel very strongly
about this policy and will turn in all suspected lying, cheating, attempted cheating, and plagiarism to the
appropriate college officials.

In short, I feel very passionate about this subject and I expect you to as well. The Honor Code will be
strictly enforced in this course. All assignments submitted to the instructor shall be considered graded
work unless otherwise noted.
Assessment of Your Progress in this Course (i.e. grading)

Grading Scale

A       90.0%+                  C        70.0 - 76.9%
B+      87.0 - 89.9%            D+       67.0 – 69.9%
B       80.0 - 86.9%            D        60.0 – 66.9%
C+      77.0 - 79.9%            F        Below 60.0%

Point Distribution
 Class Participation                                             30
 IFRS vs. US GAAP comparison                                     70
 Exam 1                                                         100
 Exam 2                                                         100
 Total Points                                                   300
Note: I do not automatically roundup grades.

Graded Assessments
      Class Participation
      You are expected to be an active participant in this course. This means that you must attend
      class, ask thoughtful and well-informed questions, and add to classroom discussions. In order to
      be well informed you must read assigned material before you come to class. Reading
      assignments will be made at least a week in advance and will be announced in class and/or posted
      on Blackboard. To encourage you to participate 10% of your grade will be related to
      participation. You can earn up to 3 participation points a class period. Here is how you will earn
      these points:
      0 – The student is absent
      1 – The student attends class and says nothing relevant to the discussions
      2-3 – The student participates in class (the difference between 2 and 3 is the level of

        Students will have 3 points subtracted from their participation point total for EACH time a cell
        phone (or other electronic device) disrupts class. This includes texting and all noises or
        vibrations the phone can make. If you have a serious situation that requires a cell phone to be on
        during class time (for example a family member is in surgery), please talk to me BEFORE class
        and we will determine the best course of action for the class period.

        Here how participation grades will be calculated:

        EarnedParticipationGrade  CellPhoneDeduction x30
               PossibleParticipationPo int s  3
        Should you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get any missed assignments or class material
        from a classmate. I will not re-teach a lecture regardless of how wonderful you think your excuse
        is to miss a class.
IFRS vs. US GAAP comparison
After the first exam you will apply what we learn in class through 7 weekly responses worth 10
points each. Responses are expected to be TYPED, understandable, and written in proper
grammar (something you would be willing to give your employer). You will pick a company
reporting under IFRS and compare that company to one reporting under US GAAP (You may
NOT pick DHL vs. UPS as we will be looking at these financial statements in class). For each
area covered in the class immediately preceding the due date you will be expected to answer the
following questions:
 What are the IFRS accounting requirements for the accounts associated with the areas we
    have covered (including references to the specific standard)? [if appropriate include the
    demonstration journal entries]
    o If appropriate, what are the reporting options available under IFRS?
    o Under IFRS Can you change which option you choose at a later date?
 Are the accounts on the companies’ financial statements comparable? (i.e. do they follow the
    same accounting policies?)
    o If the accounting policies are different is it a result of a difference between IFRS and US
         GAAP or differing accounting choices? Please, explain.
    o If the accounting policies are different is there a way to compare the financial balances on
         the financial statements? If not, based on the accounting policies do you have an
         educated hypothesis as to which account (IFRS company vs. US GAAP company) is
         likely to have a higher balance and why (or describe why they should be about the same).
 Inspect all footnotes for both companies related to the areas covered. What are the
    differences between the two companies? In your opinion is this a result of different
    accounting standards or something else? (i.e. one may have more capital leases than another
    vs. the standards actually requiring more disclosures.)
 Is this area part of the Memo of Understanding? If so, has it already been addressed? Are
    there any IFRS or US GAAP exposure drafts that address this area?
Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the assigned day. A 5-point reduction will be
applied to every 24-hour period late (including weekends). This means the high grade you can
earn is a 5 if you turn in your assignment at 9:15 instead of 9:00 and a zero if you turn in the
homework more than 24 hours late. In extreme situations you may email the assignment to me.
The assignments are to be done by each individual (NO INTERACTION WITH ANY OTHER
STUDENTS). If you have a question (even about mundane things like formatting) please
come to me and do not talk to anyone else. Copying others’ work or assisting others is
considered a violation of academic integrity and will result in zero points for all students

I will administer 2 100 point exams. The exams may consist of multiple choice, short answer,
and essay questions. The exam is to be done by each individual (NO INTERACTION WITH
ANY OTHER STUDENTS). Copying others’ work or assisting others is considered a
violation of academic integrity and will result in zero points for all students involved. I will
also pursue the most severe consequences allowable by the University of South Carolina.
You will sit at least 1 seat apart from all students during each exam.

Makeup exam will be arranged for the following reasons provided that I am made aware of the
reason for said absence BEFORE the exam:

-   Absences due to athletic participation or other extracurricular activities in which students are
    official representatives of the College (appropriate documentation is required to support your
-   Absences due to illness requiring emergency medical attention for student or death in a
    student’s immediate family (appropriate documentation from the student affairs office is
    required to support your claim). Please see the footnote associated with the in-class quizzes
    to determine how to retain documentation from the student affairs office.
Other policies
Grade Appeals/Corrections
If an error was made in grading an assignment or exam, or an error was made in posting a grade, you
must notify me in writing within one week following the date that the assignment/exam is handed back
and/or reviewed in class. After that time, all grades become final.

Incomplete grades will be given only in the event of extraordinary circumstances. This grade designation
will not serve as a substitute for a "F" course grade.

Course Communication
Instructor announcements, such as date or homework assignment changes, may be made in class, through
email, and / or on Blackboard. You may contact me through email, phone, or in person. I will typically
respond to an email or phone call within 24 hours except for communication sent on Friday afternoon
through Sunday night as I usually DO NOT check email on weekends, nor do I check voicemail during
this time.

Getting Help
If there is something you do not understand, you are encouraged to seek help from me. Before seeking
help from me, however, you should read the relevant text material, and independently develop specific
questions. I will not repeat lectures of classes that have been missed, but I will answer specific questions
that you may have related to homework or class discussions for which you were present.

Classroom Modifications and Accommodations
If there is a student in this class who has a documented disability and has been approved to receive
accommodations, please feel free to discuss this modification with me.
Estimated Due Dates (subject to change)

2/11 – Exam 1
2/25 – IFRS vs. US GAAP comparison
3/04 – IFRS vs. US GAAP comparison
3/18 – IFRS vs. US GAAP comparison
3/25 – IFRS vs. US GAAP comparison
4/01 – IFRS vs. US GAAP comparison
4/08 – IFRS vs. US GAAP comparison
4/15 – IFRS vs. US GAAP comparison
4/22 – Exam 2

                                         Course Topics
Introduction & FS presentation (~4 weeks)         IFRS (~10 weeks)
- History of the IASB                             - Inventories
    o IASC                                        - Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting
    o Use around the world                             Estimates and Errors
    o Previous required reconciliation            - Events After the Balance Sheet Date
- IASB standard making process                    - Construction Contracts
- IASB Framework                                  - Income Taxes
- Convergence Process                             - Segment Reporting
    o Norwalk Agreement                           - Property, Plant, and Equipment
    o 2006 Memorandum of Understanding            - Leases
    o 2008 Memorandum of Understanding            - Revenue
    o SEC’s role                                  - Employee Benefits
    o US Congress’ role                           - Borrowing Costs
- Publically Available Resources                  - Related-Party Disclosures
- Financial Statement Presentation                - Accounting and Reporting by Retirement
    o Balance Sheet                                    Benefit Plans
    o Income Statement                            - Investments in Associates
    o Statement of Changes in Equity              - Financial Reporting in Hyperinflationary
    o Cash Flow Statement                              Economies
    o Comprehensive Income                        - Financial Instruments: Presentation
    o Disclosures                                 - Financial Instruments: Recognition and
                                                  - Earnings Per Share
                                                  - Impairment of Assets
                                                  - Provisions, Contingent Liability, and
                                                       Contingent Assets
                                                  - Intangible Assets
                                                  - Investment Property
                                                  - First-time Adoption of International
                                                       Financial Reporting Standards
                                                  - Share-Based Payments
                                                  - Noncurrent Assets Held for Sale and
                                                       Discontinued Operations

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