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Hours to complete

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Accounting and Business

Welcome to the first module of this course! In this module, You will learn (1) what accounting is and (2) how it contributes to the health and growth of a business and, in turn, the society. Furthermore, you will come across (3) the various forms of business setups and (4) how limited liability companies become the mainstream business concerns for corporate governance practices....
Reading
5 videos (Total 37 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
1.1 Module Introduction; Nature of Accounting5m
1.2 Inter-relationship amongst accounting, business and society6m
1.3 Forms of Businesses11m
1.4 Shareholders, managers and directors of a limited liability company9m
Reading1 reading
Assessment Critieria5m
Quiz1 practice exercise
End-of-Module Quiz 130m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

The Accounting Profession and Roles of Accountants

We often hear that accounting is essential for businesses for various reasons, and that as a profession, accountants are looked upon to for protecting financial interests of stakeholders. In the second module, you are going to learn the institutional and regulatory frameworks of accounting professionals, that give accountants the creditability in their work, and brings the professionalism that they command. In addition, I shall show you not only the mainstream practices of accounting (1) Financial Reporting and (2) Auditing, but also other services that accounting professionals provide....
Reading
4 videos (Total 24 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
2.2 Regulatory framework of accounting4m
2.3 Mainstream practices of accounting6m
2.4 Other types of accounting practices5m
Reading2 readings
Regulatory units of different countries10m
Websites of the "Big Four" CPA firms10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
End-of-Module Quiz 230m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Ethics and Accounting Profession

From the previous modules, you have fully understood how accounting can help businesses perform for the betterment of society. Society may also demand businesses to be operated by conforming to his expectations by using accounting. Yet, the most crucial factor for success in the above is the quality of all parties concerned in regard to understanding the roles and also performing them faithfully. This quality is primarily founded on the notions of ethics. In this module, you will learn the notions of ethics. How it serves as the foundation for proper conduct of individuals, businesses and also professionals like accountants. You will have an opportunity to practice how to make ethical decisions using a classical case in this module....
Reading
5 videos (Total 26 min), 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
3.2 Ethical decisions in practice7m
3.3 Personal vs Business Ethics5m
3.4 Professional Ethics1m
3.5 Accounting as a profession and the related code of ethics2m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Ethical decision making practice - Ford Pinto Case30m
End-of-Module Quiz 330m
Week
4
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Corporate Governance (CG) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Ethical decisions made by companies are assured by way of corporate governance practices. In this module, I shall elaborate on the concept of corporate governance (CG), its latest development, and how the Board and corporate governance professionals like accountants function as key players in the practices. I shall also cover Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which is a thriving area of companies’ practice. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 31 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
4.2 Latest development of CG practice and reporting10m
4.3 Key areas of CG practices4m
4.4 Roles of CG practitioners4m
4.5 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and values to business5m
Quiz1 practice exercise
End-of-Module Quiz 430m

Instructor

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Dennis Chan Suk Sun

Associate Professor of Business Education
Department of Accounting

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