Revised on 9/26/2018
A Nickel’s Worth of Free Advice
Financial Accounting can be a challenging course. Many of the concepts and even the language may be new to
you. Vocabulary is an important part of the course. We will cover a lot of material (12 chapters in our textbook)
in a short period of time (10 weeks of class). You cannot afford to fall behind. Ask about anything that is unclear
as we go along. Accounting is not always logical. The processes we will encounter are a result of historical
practice, political action, compromise, and in some cases seemingly arbitrary decisions. If you are having
difficulties, please let me know. Usually we can help, but only if we know that you are having trouble.
Questions About Grades
If you have a question about any grade you receive, including your final course grade, it must be expressed (1)
in writing (2) within one week of your receiving the grade. Please attach the entire original exam or quiz, along
with a clear description of where you believe you deserve more points, and why. This must be physically turned
in to me during class, or in the office (during office hours or an arranged meeting time). Please also note that
FERPA regulations prohibit discussion of grades via email.
During the first week of classes, inform the instructor of any disabilities or special needs that you have that may
require special arrangements related to attending class sessions, carrying out writing assignments or learning
components, or taking examinations. Students with disabilities need to document the disability at the Disabled
Students Services office.
Our university’s policies requiring academic honesty will be strictly applied and enforced. Academic dishonesty
includes, but is not limited to, obtaining copies of, or information about, any prior quizzes or exams given in
prior classes. This specifically includes the use of test banks. It also includes turning in any work product,
including on quizzes or exam, which is the not the result of your sole effort, and collaborating with any third
party. For more information on the duties imposed upon you under UCI’s policy on academic honesty, go to:
Academic dishonesty will result in an F for the course plus additional university-level disciplinary action. There
will be no exceptions made to this policy as I have no tolerance any for academic dishonesty. Remember,
academic integrity is expected of all students of UCI at all times, whether in the presence or absence of members
of the faculty.
All Add/Drop issues are handled by Sarah Link at the Undergraduate Program Office (email@example.com).
Class Schedule and Assignments
If you miss class, you are responsible for the announcements made and materials covered in class. I reserve the
right to modify the schedule as needed. Any changes to the syllabus will be announced in class and posted on
The materials used in this class, including, but not limited to, outlines, PowerPoint slides, teaching videos,
cases, study guides, quizzes and examinations, and homework assignments are copyright protected works. Any
unauthorized copying, distributing or disseminating of class materials, including, but not limited to, posting on
social media, websites or the Internet for the purpose of sharing those materials with other current or future
students, is a violation of federal law and may result in disciplinary actions being taken against the student.
Additionally, the sharing of class materials without the specific, express approval of the instructor may be a
violation of UCI’s policy on academic honesty, which could result in further disciplinary action.