American Management Association Seminars

Seminar No: 01210 -XNBB
CEU Credits: 1.2
Length: 2 days

You can’t make the strategic decisions and move business forward without this vital tool--financial reports.

Companies--and careers--are evaluated on the basis of financial reports. The language of business in every industry around the globe is rooted in the "accounting equation." So keep your accountants on their toes and make sure your books are sound. Uncover and correct problems quickly by double-checking how sales, expenses, equity and debt are recorded. Developed for business professionals who have no work experience in accounting, this seminar walks you through the basics and gives you the skills and confidence to speak the "language of business" like a pro.

Managers and supervisors who do not work in accounting, but who need to know how it works; anyone who has recently taken on accounting responsibilities.

How You Will Benefit:

  • Make more informed decisions and save money
  • Reduce costly errors caused by misunderstanding of reports
  • Get the information you need from accounting
  • Understand how and when sales and expenses are recorded and impact the bottom line
  • Control how your operation's results are reported
  • Evaluate the financial results of another division or company

What You Will Cover:

  • The accounting equation
  • Accounting terms and concepts
  • Accounting processes and what they mean: Cash accounting, accruals, allocations, prepaids, receivables, depreciation, amortization, goodwill, inventory, deferrals, reserves
  • How transactions are entered into financial records
  • Financial reports: Including balance sheet, income statement and changes in equity
  • Month-end closings: What to expect

Extended/Detailed Seminar Outline

Learning Objectives

  • Make More Informed Decisions and Save Your Company Money
  • Reduce Costly Errors Caused by Misunderstanding of Reports
  • Get the Information You Need from the Accounting Department
  • Understand How and When Sales and Expenses Are Recorded and Impact the Bottom Line
  • Control How Results of Your Operation Are Reported
  • Evaluate the Financial Results of Another Division or Company
The What and Why of Accounting
  • Understand the What and Why of Accounting
  • Review How Accounting Functions as a Language
  • Understand the Approaches to Understanding Accounting Language
  • Define the Concept of Fairness
  • Understand the Documentation of Transactions
  • Explore How Quality Control Is Applied to the Accounting Process
The Practice of Accounting
  • Understand the Relationship of Accounting to Other Processes
  • Review the Context of Accounting
  • Explore the Environment of Accounting
  • Discuss the Various Rules Governing Accounting
  • Understand the Different Approaches to Accounting
  • Understand the Source and Purpose of Accounting Controls
Financial Statements: The Results of Accounting
  • Understand the Financial Statements and How They Are Used
  • Review the Structure and Function of the Financial Statements
  • Understand the Balance Sheet
  • Understand the Income Statement
  • Understand the Statement of Cash Flows
The "Accounting Equation": Assets=Liabilities+Equity
  • Understand the Accounting Equation
  • Review the Relationship of Assets, Liabilities, Equity, Income and Expense
  • Explore the Balancing Concept and How the Various Parts of Accounting Work
  • Understand the Use of Debits and Credits
  • Review the Structure of the Various Accounting Tools
  • Understand How the Accounting Process Fits Together with the Business Mission
Fundamental Accounting Concepts
  • Understand the Various Concepts That Form the Basis of the Accounting Process
  • Review the Various Definitions and Sources of Accounting Procedures
  • Explore the Application of Concepts to the Processes Involved
  • Discuss the Implications of the Concepts on the Processes
  • Understand the Timing and Coordination Concepts
  • Understand Materiality and Matching
Working with Accounts
  • Understand the Idea of an Account
  • Review the Nature and Function of "T" Accounts
  • Explore the Ideas of Debit and Credit
  • Understand the Five Different Classes of Ledger
  • Discuss the Debit and Credit Rules
  • Understand Application of Debit and Credit Rules
  • Understand the Function and Use of Accounts
Accounts with Particular Rules
  • Understand How Special Accounting Rules Work
  • Review Some of the Accounting Rules
  • Explore Different Accounting Choices
  • Understand When Various Methods Are Used
  • Discuss the Effect of Different Decisions
Financial Records of an Enterprise
  • Understand the Various Books of Account
  • Review the Relationships of the Books of Account
  • Understand the Uses of the Journals and Ledgers
Accountants vs. Line Managers
  • Understand the Relationship between Accountants and Line Managers
  • Review the Responsibilities of Various Parts of the Organization
  • Explore the Footnotes to the Statements and What They Mean
  • Understand the Financial Reports and How to Evaluate Them
  • Discuss the Controls and How to Locate Errors
Trends in Accounting
  • Understand the Direction of Accounting
  • Review the Roles and Skills in the Accounting Profession
  • Discuss the Demands on the Profession for the Future
  • Look at the Various Tools and How They Are Used
  • Discuss the Buzzwords Currently Influencing the Profession
  • Understand Creative Accounting
  • Discuss the Future of Accounting and Its Place in the 21st Century

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