Friday, May 20, 2011

I'm taking Managerial Accounting this weekend

This weekend, I'm taking a Managerial Accounting course for my MBA program. Here's what this course is about:
This course provides an overview of managerial accounting and its uses in the pharmaceutical industry. Topics covered include cost concepts and terminology, systems design (including job-order costing), just-in-time and activity-based costing. Other topics include cost behavior, cost-volume-profit relationships, and profit planning.
We're using the textbook: Managerial Accounting / Edition 9
by Ronald Hilton

Title Overview: The emphasis of Managerial Accounting, 9th edition is on teaching students to use accounting information to best manage an organization. In a practice Hilton pioneered in the first edition, each chapter is written around a realistic business or focus company that guides the reader through the topics of that chapter. Known for balanced examples of Service, Retail, Nonprofit and Manufacturing companies, Hilton offers a clear, engaging writing style that has been praised by instructors and students alike. As in previous editions, there is significant coverage of contemporary topics such as activity-based costing, target costing, the value chain, customer profitability analysis, and throughput costing while also including traditional topics such as job-order costing, budgeting and performance evaluation.

Previously, I took a course called Accounting Foundations and it covered financial accounting and reporting. We learned about the four basic financial statements: balance sheets, income statements, retained earnings statements, and cash flow statements. We also analyzed the role of the manager in the development and use of the preparation of financial statements. I learned about the use of key ratios in the analysis of a firm’s financial statement.

I am currently a business school student in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Executive MBA program at Saint Joseph's University Erivan K. Haub School of Business in Philadelphia, PA. The Nationally-ranked and AACSB-accredited Haub School of Business, centrally located in the mid-Atlantic pharmaceutical and healthcare corridor, is able to bring together industry experts and a world-class faculty for a unique industry-focused, immersive executive program.

You can read about my business school experience by reading all the blog posts tagged "Business School Blog."

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