Revised on 9/26/2018
Management 30A (Section A)
Principles of Accounting I
Course Syllabus for Fall 2018
Chuchu Liang, Ph.D.
Office: SB2 317
Readers: To be announced
UCI Canvas (for class announcements and materials distribution):
WileyPlus (for pre-class quizzes and homework, course section code: A97436):
Piazza (for questions assistance and discussion, class access code: mgmt30a):
Class (30A Section A): Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 AM to 12:20 PM in SB1 1200
Discussion (30 A Section A1): Mondays, 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM in SB1 1200
Office hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM in SB2 317
The goal of this course is to introduce you to the fundamental concepts of financial accounting.
Financial accounting information is commonly used by investors, regulators, customers, and suppliers.
Investors include individual shareholders and bondholders, institutional investors (e.g., mutual funds, hedge
funds, private equity firms), lenders (e.g., banks), and potential corporate acquirers. Regulators, such as
the SEC, routinely review financial accounting information. Financial accounting information also plays a
significant role in managerial performance evaluations and day-to-day business decisions.
The focus of this course will be on training you to be a knowledgeable consumer of accounting
information, rather than a producer of such information. We will introduce you to the fundamental concepts
of financial accounting information. A firm grasp of the fundamental mechanics is necessary to become an
effective consumer of financial accounting information. Along the way, I will emphasize the uses and
limitations of financial accounting information.
Accounting is often described as the “language of business.” Anyone who expects to belong to an
organization in which financial information is used to make decisions will benefit from this course. This
includes students who plan to work in industry, investment banking, consulting, non-profits, governments,
and anyone who plans to invest or take an active role in their retirement planning.