Can you believe that we’ve reached the final month of your undergraduate time at Providence College? There are only five more weeks, and thus five more meetings, remaining for our course.
So let’s modify our customary blog practices. In this single posting, we’ll review our game plan for all of our remaining classes.
MONDAY, APRIL 3RD
John Thornton, our guest speaker, will join us (along with the students in Steve Perreault’s class sections) in Moore Hall II for a special conversation about ethics and the business world. Please complete a few tasks in advance of this session.
First, as I mentioned in last week’s posting, you’ll need to sign up for our Accounting Department’s blog via the email subscription app. That’ll only take a minute or two of your time.
Second, please watch Simon and Garfunkel’s rendition of Richard Cory, and read the lyrics that are posted on the YouTube page under the video screen. You’ll need to click on the Show More link to access them.
Third, please keep up with our handbook readings by completing the Investment Value part of our handbook (i.e. Part VI, chapters 14 to 16). However, this content will not be quizzed this week.
So what will our quiz entail? No later than Monday, April 10th at 8:00 AM, please click on the Student Feedback link of our Accounting Department’s blog and answer the question with a 100 word essay. It will represent the ninth quiz of the semester.
By the way, because this quiz will serve as a vehicle for providing us with your feedback, we won’t use our customary online feedback form for this session.
Fourth, I’d like to ask each of you to meet me (individually) for a ten minute conversation about your term project submission. Ideally, we’ll chat in my office later this week. If necessary, though, a Skype or FaceTime or Hangouts call (or even a phone call) could suffice.
MONDAY, APRIL 10TH
We’ll discuss the discipline of Risk Management during this class session. As an advance reading assignment, please finish the concluding chapters of our handbook.
Our tenth quiz of the semester will only cover the three Risk Management chapters of the handbook, i.e. chapters 17 through 19. Please don’t worry about any other material when you prepare for the quiz.
By this time, we’ll also be ready to discuss a due date for the second term project submission. Let’s tentatively plan to establish this deadline for the week after Easter. We could then schedule another round of individual conversations the following week, which is the next-to-last week of the semester.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19TH
Reminder: Because of the Easter holiday schedule, we are meeting on Wednesday instead of Monday this week.
As you may recall, the only reading content in our curriculum that might require a purchase (if you are unable to obtain it by some other means) is the COSO set of Enterprise Risk Management standards. We’ll dedicate this entire class to reviewing that text and other relevant material.
The advance reading assignment will cover the brief Executive Summary of the standards. Our eleventh quiz of the semester will only cover this advance reading assignment; please don’t worry about any other material when you prepare for it.
The second submission will likely be due this week. You will need to add Cost and Revenue content to the Business Model and Volume content of your first submission. However, you will not need to add any Investment Value (including financial statements) or Risk Management content to your second submission.
MONDAY, APRIL 24TH and MONDAY, MAY 1ST
These are the final two accounting class sessions that you’ll ever complete as undergraduates at Providence College. So how shall we celebrate them?
As a parting gift, I usually invite my capstone students to select the content and the venue that interests them most. Sometimes students wish to talk about fairly advanced content, like my own forensic accounting work in fields like Libor manipulation and interest rate swaps. Or sometimes it’s “kick back and relax” stories about what students can expect in their initial on-the-job years as accounting professionals.
I’ve also held these classes everywhere from the Smith Center Lawn to McPhail’s. And by the way, with our classes beginning after 4:00 pm, the bar at McPhail’s would be open during our class time!
Of course, we’ll also address some final academic and administrative tasks. For instance, we’ll complete our twelfth and final quiz. The College will ask you to prepare an exit survey, and we’ll distribute our customary course surveys too. We’ll also need to schedule individual conversations about the second round of term project submissions.
FINAL EXAM WEEK
Your third and final term project submission will be due this week, along with all extra credit work.
Then, after that … see you at Graduation! 🙂