Survey of Accounting Syllabus


Course Description



This course is an introduction to financial and managerial accounting principles with exposure to basic accounting statements, processes, and management applications.

**Late Work is NOT Accepted

Important Reminders

Learning Model Architecture

This course is designed according to the BYU-Idaho Learning Model. Students will prepare for each lesson by reading the assigned material. They will teach one another and ponder and prove what they have learned through weekly group discussion activities. The homework assignments will be administered through an online service called McGraw-Hill Connect and are due at the end of the week each week. You will not be submitting any homework problems on I-Learn. The weekly group discussion activity will be completed in I-Learn on the group discussion boards. Students will read the week's discussion topics and follow the instructions for engaging in discussions with group members on the discussion board. They will also prove what they have learned through reading quizzes in I-Learn and exams through McGraw-Hill Connect.



Required Materials

The textbook is Survey of Accounting, 4th Edition, by Edmonds, McNair, Olds, and Tsay, Published by McGraw-Hill (2014). Your digtal textbook is delivered through VitalSource and is accessible the first day of the term. Your student financial account will be charged automatically on the first day of class. The purchase includes the digtal textbook and McGraw-Hill Connect access. The University Store ISBN for this package is 9781264095223.

Grading Policies

Your grade in this course is calculated based on total points earned divided by the total points possible, resulting in a percentage which corresponds to the letter grade (refer to the table below). The following category percentages are figures to help you understand the impact of each type of assignment in your overall semester grade.

Examinations 54%
Quizzes 10%
Homework 15%
Discussion Board Activities 18%
Group Participation 3%


Letter Grade Percentage Range
A 100%–93%
A- 92%–90%
B+ 89%–87%
B 86%–83%
B- 82%–80%
C+ 79%–77%
C 76%–73%
C- 72%–70%
D+ 69%–67%
D 66%–63%
D- 62% – 60%
F 59%–00%



During this course, you will be tested on the materials covered in this class by taking four exams plus the final, for a total of five exams. As noted above, exams represent 54% of your final grade. 

All exams are taken in the McGraw-Hill Connect online portal. The format of each exam consists of a series of multiple-choice questions. Some questions will ask about the theory, rules, and principles of accounting. The rest of the questions will have to be solved using calculations.

All exams are open book; you may use either the electronic or hardcopy version of the textbook. There is no time limit on the exams, and you can save and resume the exams if you have to stop. However, you can only submit the exams once.

Material Covered on Each Exam

Each exam will have specific start dates and end dates so please plan your schedule accordingly. You will have a whole week to take the final exam.

Monopoly Assignment or Alternative Assignment

In the second half of the semester, you will take a step back from your regular routine and spend one week applying your knowledge to a scenario that happens every time someone decides to take a risk and start a new business. You will research the requirements for starting a business where you live, and you will see a series of transactions that a typical business faces as it begins its operations. Based on that information, you will record all the transactions in your first set of books, and prepare financial statements.

If you have access to a Monopoly board game, you will complete the Monopoly assignment. If you do not have access to this game, you will complete an alternative assignment.

Final Project

During the final week of the course, you will complete a final project in McGraw-Hill Connect. The format of the project will be similar to the format used in your weekly homework. You will be given a set of scenarios and transactions, and you will be required to prepare various reports and financial statements based on that information. As you do so, you will apply all the knowledge you gained during the semester.

The difference between the final project and your regular homework is that the project will draw upon materials from the whole course rather than focus on the most recent material covered in the textbook. Most students find this project to be quite useful as a review of the material and for retaining knowledge from the course.

University Policies

Student Honor

Student Honor is following the path of discipleship and learning to be more like Christ—learning to think, to feel, and to act more as He does. Living a life of honor:

Honor Code | Academic Honesty | Dress and Grooming Standards

Students with Disabilities

BYU-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have any disability which may impair your ability to complete this course successfully, please contact Disability Services at 208.496.9210 (208.496.5210 fax). Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with the student and instructor by this office. If you need assistance or feel you have been unlawfully discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established policy and procedures.

Sexual Harassment

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination against any participant in an educational program which receives federal funds, including federal loans and grants. Title IX also covers student-to-student sexual harassment. If you encounter unlawful sexual harassment or gender-based discrimination, please contact Nick Rammell at 208.496.9200.