Students complete 4 of the following courses to earn the certificate:
ACCT 5327 Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation -Addresses the use of financial statements to analyze and value firms. Topics include advanced issues in accounting, earnings quality, performance measurement, cash flows, and accounting-based valuation and trading strategies.
ACCT 5532 Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting and Analysis: This course focuses on major financial reporting issues in consideration of the current data-centric technological and analytical environment. Broad topics are derived from FASB’s conceptual framework, including income determination and asset valuation. Specific topics covered in this course include risk management, intangibles, business combinations, earnings management, and corporate governance issues. This course introduces tools that link non-financial metrics with financial reports, providing actionable insights for external decision makers.
ACCT 5554 Introduction to Data Analytics for Accountants: This course is an introduction to skills and technologies used to analyze data with an emphasis on preparing accountants to interact with data scientists and others. The role of data analysis in the accounting profession will be explored. The course utilizes Excel and SAS and a variety of different statistical models. Students will be introduced to the tools and concepts fundamental to data analytics.
ACCT 5555 Advanced Accounting Data Analytics: This course introduces practical issues such as dealing with errors in data and preparing data for analysis. Additional techniques for preparing data and dealing with data anomalies are explored and practiced. This is a technical, hands-on course that prepares students for tasks entry level accounting professionals handle. Students work with Alteryx and complete the curriculum to achieve the Core certificate upon passing the exam.
ACCT 5557 Advanced Accounting Information Systems: This course provides an overview of Accounting Information Systems with emphasis on business process analysis, data modeling, business analytics, and internal controls. The course highlights emerging trends in data analytics and its growing impact in accounting. Students work directly with various software tools to learn relational database design, data retrieval, and analysis. In addition, the course introduces principles of Big Data, data visualization and software for fraud detection and internal controls.