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ACCT 540 DeVry Course Project All Week 

ACCT540

ACCT 540 DeVry Course Project (Week 1 – Week 8)

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Objectives

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The objective of this accounting research project is to help you transfer the concepts and research techniques that you learn from the course to a case study example.

Case 3

You have been hired as a consultant for ABC Investment Group. ABC incorporated in 1999 and manages investment portfolios for small to medium size companies. The Director of the company is not up to speed on how unrealized gains and losses as well as realized gains and losses on bonds should be accounted for. The Director has been told that under certain conditions unrealized gains and losses can be accounted for in the income statement and accounted for as part of other comprehensive income under other conditions. The Director is also unclear as to how to determine whether a security is impaired and how to determine the amount that is required to be written down. You have been asked to look into these issues and determine the proper accounting treatment for bonds.

Guidelines

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The Research Memorandum (due in Week 7) must conform to APA format and be at least 3-5 pages in length, not including references.

PowerPoint Presentation (due in Week 8) must be at least 8-10 pages. The presentation will not be presented live. Please include notes as your presentation narration.

Spend no more than one page describing the situation.

Paper and presentation must cite authoritative bodies.

Submit your assignment to the Dropbox located on the silver tab at the top of this page. For instructions on how to use the Dropbox, read these.next.ecollege.com/default/launch.ed?ssoType=DVUHubSSO2&node=node/184″>step-by-step instructions or watch this .next.ecollege.com/default/launch.ed?ssoType=DVUHubSSO2&node=node/232″>Dropbox Tutorial.

See the Syllabus section “Due Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date information.

Milestones

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Week Milestones Points
Week 1 Choose a case from the Doc Sharing area (the silver tab located on the top of this page). In a minimum of 5 to 7 sentences, describe your initial thoughts regarding the case and the challenges you feel you will face with regards to the depth and complexity of the issues that will be addressed 25
Week 2 In a minimum of 5 to 7 sentences, summarize the background of your case and indicate any assumptions that you are making regarding the case. Define your problem statement and research question(s). 25
Week 3 In a minimum of 5 to 7 sentences, identify the key terms in your case and state why you believe each is relevant to your case. 25
Week 4 Gather data from multiple sources and present that data in one to two pages (12-point font, double-spaced). Be sure to document your sources. 25
Week 5 Organize and interpret the findings of your research in one to two pages (12-point font, double-spaced). 25
Week 6 Develop your recommendations and conclusions and state them and their rationale in one to two pages (12-point font, double-spaced). 25
Week 7 Using the guidelines above, prepare a comprehensive research memorandum on the case that you chose. 250
Week 8 Prepare a PowerPoint Presentation communicating your case facts, authoritative literature, recommendations and conclusion. Please use the notes section of the PowerPoint to communicate what you would be communicating orally. 145

Grading Rubrics

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Rubric for the Research Memorandum

Criteria for Evaluating Written Assignments Meets Expectations Points Earned
Intellectual Understanding Addresses all aspects of assignment in sufficient depth 20
Validity The majority of opinions and analyses are rigorously supported by appropriate research. 20
Introduction/Facts Introduction – Central theme/purpose is clearly identifiable and well developed; introductory comments provide sufficient background on the topic and preview major points 20
Conclusion Conclusion and recommendations follow logically from the body of the paper and bring closure to the paper 20
Structure Structure is clear, logical, and easy to follow; smooth transition between paragraphs help maintain the flow of thought 20
Length Meets minimum assigned length 20
English No major errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar 20
Organization and Appearance Paper is professional in appearance and demonstrates attention to detail; tone of voice is appropriate to the audience, content, and assignment. Paper is laid out effectively and uses headings and other reader-friendly tools. 20
Main Content Main content exhibits a substantive and perceptive ability in analyzing and presenting required material. 90
Total 250

Rubric for the PowerPoint Presentation

Criteria for Evaluating Written Assignments Meets Expectations Points Earned
Validity The majority of opinions and analyses are rigorously supported by appropriate research either on the appropriate slide or on a resources page. 15
Structure Presentation is clear, logical, and easy to follow; smooth transition between slides which help maintain the flow of thought 15
Length Meets minimum assigned length 15
English No major errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar 45
Organization and Appearance Presentation is professional in appearance and demonstrates attention to detail; tone of voice is appropriate to the audience, content, and assignment. 15
Main Content Main content exhibits a substantive and perceptive ability in analyzing and presenting required material. Substantive notes are included in presentation. 55
Total 145

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