Financial Accounting

Winter 2021 BUS 230A Syllabus

Subject to revision

Contact information

  • Instructor: Elizabeth Stanny, PhD
  • Email:
  • Office hours: every weekday from 4 to 5 PM

Course format

  • Course site: If you are enrolled in the course, I will send you login information.
    • If you have any questions about the site, please ask me.
    • Videos, notes, quizzes and other materials are posted on the site.
    • As you watch the videos you should work along and replicate the spreadsheets. You will use the spreadsheets in your quizzes.

Course materials

  • Textbook (optional)
    • Financial Accounting for Undergraduates (3rd OR 4th edition)
      • 3e. Nelson, Christensen and Ferris. ISBN: 978-1-61853-161-2. Cambridge Business Publishers.
      • 4e. Wallace, Nelson and Christensen. ISBN: 978-1-61853-308-1. Cambridge Business Publishers.
  • Spreadsheet Software
    • Google Sheets (required to use through SSU’s Google Drive)


Date Topic Quiz due Closes at
Jan 6 1: Financial Statements 1 5 PM
Jan 7 2: Accounting cycle I 2 5 PM
Jan 8 3: Accounting cycle II 3 5 PM
Jan 11 4: Accounting cycle III 4 5 PM
Jan 12 5: Sales Revenue, Receivables and Cash 5 5 PM
Jan 13 6: Cost of Sales Revenue and Inventory 6 5 PM
Jan 14 7: Property/Plant/Equipment and Intangibles 7 5 PM
Jan 15 8: Liabilities 8 5 PM
Jan 19 9: Owners’ Equity 9 5 PM
Jan 20 Exam open from 9 AM to 5 PM (2 hour time limit)


There are 1000 possible points in the course. Your grade will be determined by your total points:

Grade Points
A 950
A- 900
B+ 870
B 830
B- 800
C+ 770
C 730
C- 700
D+ 670
D 600

Quizzes - 465 points

  • Questions will be short-answer, numerical and multiple-choice.
  • You can attempt each quiz twice and you will receive the highest grade scored.
  • Late quizzes will not be accepted. Please do not ask.
  • There will be multiple versions of quizzes. You can work with others on the quizzes, but you must enter and understand the answers yourself. When you submit your answers you are acknowledging that you can explain them.

Assignments - 135 points

  • 15 points per topic for topics 1-9 for providing the link to your updated Google spreadsheet that has the answers in your quiz on the spreadsheet.
  • You must complete the work on your Google spreadsheet.
  • You will receive the points if I can see your work history.

Exam - 400 points

  • The exams are open-book, open-note I will proxy them by monitoring your work on your shared Google Sheet.
  • On each exam day the exam will open at 9 AM and close at 5 PM. After you open the exam you will have 2 hours to complete it.
  • You will be required to do your work on your SSU Google Spreadsheet on the Google Drive that is shared with me.


  • You must adhere to SSU’s Cheating and Plagiarism policy. Academic dishonesty (e.g., cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated and will result in a zero grade (i.e., no points) on the quiz or exam and, possibly, a failing grade in the course.
  • Please be advised that the on-line software allows me to track every click you make on the course site. I know whether, when and where you attempt quizzes, access notes, etc.
  • There are no opportunities for points not listed above. Please do not ask.
  • Disability Services for Students (DSS)
    • Academic Accommodation: If you are a student with a disability, and think you may need academic accommodations, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS), located in Salazar Hall, Room 1049, Voice: (707) 664-2677, TTY/TDD: (707) 664-2958, as early as possible in order to avoid a delay in receiving accommodation services. Use of DSS services, including testing accommodations, requires prior authorization by DSS in compliance with university policies and procedures.
  • Students may not record (audio or video) in this class except in accordance with ADA accommodations. Any recordings made in connection with a disability accommodation are for the student’s personal academic use only and may not be distributed in any manner to any other individual.
Elizabeth Stanny
Elizabeth Stanny
Professor of Business Administration

My research interests include climate change and political disclosures.