1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Course Objectives
  6. Student Learning Outcomes
  7. Other Course Materials
  8. Outline Of Topics
  9. Exams and Assignments
  10. Grading Policy
  11. Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
  12. Attendance Policy
  13. Notification of Changes
  14. Custom Sections
  15. Statements on Academic Misconduct
  16. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  17. Severe Weather Protocol
  18. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  19. Religious Observances
  20. UAct Statement

Special Topics In Accounting

AC 597-004Spring 2022 | 3 Credit Hours

Seminar

Mr. Quoc Hoang

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Prerequisites

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Course Description

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My motivation for creating this course is to create a space where we can learn and grow together through individual and collective reflection. Beyond the CPA is a discussion seminar designed to provide opportunities for master of accounting students to engage the instructor, invited guests and each other in conversations about vocation and how the CPA can lead to interesting career paths. We will share stories from our own lives and the lives of others - some positive and some dark - to draw lessons that will guide you as you prepare to begin your career as a recently graduated accounting student.

Seminars tend to have less structure than traditional lecture-based courses and make some people uncomfortable. Much of what we will be discussing lacks a right answer. My hope is that conversations started in this seminar will continue through your career and beyond.

By taking this course, you understand that this class includes assignments where students will submit audio and/or video recordings and you grant the instructor the right to adapt your audio/video recordings to create derivative works to promote and/or explain this course and for other educational and administrative purposes (see 'Exams and Assignments' for more details).

Required Texts

Required Texts from UA Supply Store:
  • PALMER / LET YOUR LIFE SPEAK (Required)
  • PALMER (RENTAL) / (RENTAL) LET YOUR LIFE SPEAK (RENTAL)
  • PALMER / (eBook) Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation (E - Book)

In the first part of the course, we will read the book 'Let Your Life Speak' by Parker Palmer. This is an old book and it does not matter which version you buy. You should be able to find new, used or e-reader versions for ~$15.

Course Objectives

We will build/grow a network of University of Alabama master of accounting students that support each other while at UA, when they start their careers and as they grow into seasoned, experienced professionals.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Stay alert to surprise as many times - in class and out - the best learning outcomes are the ones you never expected (from Prof Barry S via Cathy Davidson);

  • Use reflective practices within an inviting and trustworthy space;

  • Know themselves better, honoring themselves as unique people with unique strengths and limitations;

  • Describe professional career paths for CPAs that are both within and outside of public accounting;

  • Be more confident in their ability to anticipate and tackle challenges associated with a CPA career path;

  • Feel optimistic, possibly even excited, about their CPA training and professional futures.

Other Course Materials

I will distribute other materials (e.g., additional reading, videos/vlogs, etc) throughout the semester via Blackboard or in class.

Outline of Topics

Getting to Know Each Other

Looking Back: Where Have I Been?

  • Identifying memorable moments and what I have learned from them

  • Celebrating success

Looking Forward: Where Am I Going?

  • Preparing for the college to career transition

  • Managing your early career in public accounting

  • Hitting the post-CPA slump and thinking about options

  • Accessing support is available to me

Exams and Assignments

40% In Class Participation

20% Weekly Assignments/Reflections

15% Let Your Life Speak Written Assignment

25% Interim and Final Video Project

Grading Policy

IN-CLASS PARTICIPATION (40% of final grade)

This course is a discussion seminar. As such, I expect you to prepare for and attend each class. Your consistent and thoughtful participation throughout the semester is crucial to your grade and class success. There will be ~20 classes this semester so each class is worth almost 2% of your final grade. For each class, you will receive a participation score of up to 5:

  • 3/5 Attend class

  • 4/5 +Participate in some manner

  • 5/5 +Demonstrate that you have considered any readings/assignments as part of your contribution(s)

If you contact me in advance of missing a class (i.e., not 5mins before class starts) with a valid reason, I will consider it an excused absence and you will receive a grade of 4/5 for that day's participation. Each student may be excused from class up to three (3) times during the semester. However, if you do not contact me before missing class, I will consider it an unexcused absence which will result in a grade of 0/5 for that day's participation.

WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS/REFLECTIONS (20% of final grade)

The quality of class discussion will depend on your ability to complete the weekly assignments/reflections before class and how much effort you put into the reading and assignments/reflections. For each class, I expect that you: do some thinking before (via reading or pre-assignment/reflection), discuss that topic in class (i.e., participate in class) and do some thinking after (via post-assignment/reflection). You will receive a grade of pass or fail for weekly assignment/reflections in addition to personalized feedback from me.

Generally, pre-reflections are due by midnight the day before class and post-reflections are due by midnight the day after class. This gives me time to review them and integrate your thoughts/questions into our class discussions. Here's an example: On Tues, Jan 18, there is a pre-reflection due before class (What questions do you have for the speaker?) and a post-reflection due after class (What are your takeaways from our conversation?). The pre-reflection is due to me by Mon, Jan 17 @ midnight and the post-reflection is due to me by Wed, Jan 19 @ midnight. Your weekly assignments/reflections will also form an integral part of your final project. If you consistently do your work throughout the semester, the final project will be a much easier exercise.

LET YOUR LIFE SPEAK WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT (15% of final grade)

At the conclusion of the Let Your Life Speak section, you will reflect upon your reading, writing, recordings, etc, to identify your top three (3) takeaways that you believe will guide you as you tackle your professional careers. Instructions on how to submit the written assignment will be provided closer to the due date. Strong responses will describe takeaways using the format of 'observation-implication-takeaway':

  • Observation - WHAT? Using your senses, what did you observe? E.g., you read a quote in the book, you heard your classmate say X, you said Y in one your video recordings, etc.

  • Implication - SO WHAT? What impact did your observation have on you? E.g., it broke the way you've always thought about something, it really reinforced something you believe is true/helpful, it resulted in a certain feeling, etc.

  • Takeaway /Recommendation - NOW WHAT? How might this guide your professional career and/or help others? What might you do that is the same as you've always planned or what might you do that is different?

If done well, this assignment will also form an integral part of your final project.

INTERIM & FINAL VIDEO PROJECT (25% of final grade)

The final project is a video essay that compiles your key thoughts, experiences and insights from the course - about accounting, CPA career paths, yourself, other. Recall that one of my motivations for creating this course is to create connections in master of accounting classes - past, present and future. As you reflect on your personal growth in the course, you will attempt to capture how your thinking and insights might support others who are graduating in the near future and/or those who will following in your footsteps in the coming years. I encourage you to spend time each week reflecting on our class, school experiences, personal life and career by writing in a journal or simply turning on your phone/computer/laptop camera and hitting record. You can use weekly assignments/reflection in your interim and final project. Following this approach will build your final project each week instead of trying to remember everything at the end when you're crunched for time. We will talk more in class about how you might do this. In order to stay on track throughout the semester, you will create a shorter interim video to practice creating content and get used to using editing tools available to you.

  • Interim video assignments (2), 5% each = 10% of 25% of final grade

  • Final video project, 15% of 25% of final grade

Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework

Late assignments will be accepted up to 24 hours after the due date with a one (1) letter grade deduction. After 24 hours, I reserve the right to not grade the assignment and assign a grade of zero (0).

Attendance Policy

This course is a discussion seminar and several classes will include invited guests who are taking time out of their busy schedules to join us. I expect you prepare and attend every class. If you contact me in advance of missing a class (i.e., not 5mins before class starts) with a valid reason, I will consider it an excused absence and you will receive a grade of 4/5 for that day's participation. Each student may be excused from class up to three (3) times during the semester. However, if you do not contact me before missing class, I will consider it an unexcused absence which will result in a grade of 0/5 for that day's participation.

Notification of Changes

The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.

Statement on COVID-19

All University faculty, staff, and students are expected to maintain a commitment to the health and safety of our campus community. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, specific health and safety standards are in place to minimize exposure and community spread on campus. In the interest of your health and safety and that of all UA students, faculty and staff, the University reserves the right to change the mode of instruction or schedule of instruction at any time, based upon prevailing public health and other guidance. While the method of delivery may change, educational instruction and opportunities will continue. As such, the University will not provide a refund of tuition, in whole or in-part, based on any such changes. Detailed information on changes in format or schedule can be found at studentaccounts.ua.edu and financialaid.ua.edu.

UA students, faculty and staff are required to comply with University Spring 2022 Operations (https://healthinfo.ua.edu/news/university-spring-2022-operations/) guidance regarding face coverings and other measures.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to Protect Our Herd. COVID-19 vaccines are being administered by the University Medical Center, the Student Health Center and various businesses and healthcare providers.

Statement on Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.

Statement On Disability Accommodations

Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.

Severe Weather Protocol

Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

UAct Statement

The University of Alabama is committed to an ethical, inclusive community defined by respect and civility.  The UAct website (www.ua.edu/uact)  provides extensive information on how to report or obtain assistance with a variety of issues, including issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, sexual violence or other Title IX violations, illegal discrimination, harassment, hate or bias incidents, child abuse or neglect, hazing, threat assessment, retaliation, and ethical violations or fraud.

Statement on COVID-19

All University faculty, staff, and students are expected to maintain a commitment to the health and safety of our campus community. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, specific health and safety standards are in place to minimize exposure and community spread on campus. In the interest of your health and safety and that of all UA students, faculty and staff, the University reserves the right to change the mode of instruction or schedule of instruction at any time, based upon prevailing public health and other guidance. While the method of delivery may change, educational instruction and opportunities will continue. As such, the University will not provide a refund of tuition, in whole or in-part, based on any such changes. Detailed information on changes in format or schedule can be found at studentaccounts.ua.edu and financialaid.ua.edu.

UA students, faculty and staff are required to comply with University Spring 2022 Operations (https://healthinfo.ua.edu/news/university-spring-2022-operations/) guidance regarding face coverings and other measures.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to Protect Our Herd. COVID-19 vaccines are being administered by the University Medical Center, the Student Health Center and various businesses and healthcare providers.

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