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Managerial Accounting ACCT 201B

Updated - May 17, 2023


Sean Bowman, CPA, MPA, CIA, CFE, CAMS

Contact information

Email Address: sean_bowman@cuesta.edu

Office Location/ Hours: email


This class has a Proctored Final Exam.  The exam is proctored through a service called Proctorio.

This is an online proctoring service so there is no need to leave your home.  A proctored exam is necessary to meet requirements for this class to transfer to CSUs.

What you need:

  1. Access to a webcam on your computer
  2. Chrome Browser

If you do not personally have access to a webcam on your computer, you might check the local libraries, the computer labs, a friend, etc.

The Proctorio service is free.  You do not need to schedule an exam date. You will be able to complete the exam anytime during the final exam window.  The exam window is several days in length and can be found on the course syllabus.

Check out the link below for more information on Proctorio

https://proctorio.com/students (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Links to an external site.

More information about the final exam will be available as we get closer to the exam date.   Students who do not complete the proctored final exam will automatically fail the course.

Instructor Contact Expectations:  I respond well within 24 hours to all email messages and Canvas forum postings. DO NOT rely on weekend help, even if most deadlines are set for Friday 6pm.  Each week runs from Monday through Friday, with a FRIDAY at NOON cut-off time.  Any questions posted after noon on Fridays may not get a response or not until the following working day (usually Monday of the following week), which may not help you. Plan your work accordingly.

Course Environment: This online course will be using a Web-based Learning Management System Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a gradebook. Using the communication tools, you can communicate using e-mail, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups.

Computer and Class Requirements:

  1. Access to a computer
  2. Reliable access to the Internet
  3. Familiarity with e-mail, including knowledge of receiving and sending attachments.
  4. Calculator

Class opens / Accessing Canvas: Prior to the classes start date, you will receive an email to your my.Cuesta.edu address providing you with a reminder that class will be starting and log in procedures for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content. You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing https://cuesta.instructure.com/ into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark / favorite the Canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the Canvas log in directly.

If you are not familiar with logging into Canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference Guide.  Links to an external site.Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page.  

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas after the first day of the course and need assistance please email me or technical support at support@my.cuesta.edu

Online Learning

If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time, if not more on this course as you would on a course that meets face to face. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings.  This is a 4 unit college level course which translate to roughly 10 - 12 hours a week in lecture and homework.


  • First of all, go to the Online Readiness ResourcesLinks to an external site. and take the "self assessment " and review all the resources that were designed to help you understand the basis for an online class and the skills necessary for success. (If the tutorials do NOT describe you, then taking this class online is NOT for you and I strongly suggest that you drop the online class and enroll in a traditional classroom section.)

Regular Effective Contact policy:

Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through weekly instructor initiated threaded discussion forums; weekly announcements to students; timely and effective feedback on student assignments; email and virtual office hours.

If the weekly discussion forum requires a response to a fellow classmate, the initial response needs to be made by end-of-day Thursday to receive full credit for that discussion assignment.  Points will be subtracted if the initial post is not made by end-of-day Thursday.

Course Description

Examination of how managers use accounting information in decision-making, planning, directing operations and controlling costs. Focus on cost terms and concepts, cost behavior, cost structure and cost-volume-profit analysis. Examines profit planning, standard costs, operations and capital budgeting, cost control and accounting for costs in manufacturing organizations.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of accounting terminology, procedures and functions within a business.
  • Prepare accounting information for internal and external users using various costing models.
  • Analyze financial data to form business decisions for planning, directing and controlling a business.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication. This includes demonstrating professional and ethical behaviors and using technology effectively.

Textbook and Materials

Textbook and Materials


John Wild

To enhance your learning experience and provide affordable access to the right course material, this course is part of an inclusive access model called First Day™. You can easily access the required materials for this course at a discounted price, and benefit from single sign-on access with no codes required in Canvas.

Cuesta College will bill you at the discounted price as a course charge for this course.  Your course materials may be accessed digitally through your Canvas account either on or before the first day of class. Although an optional print copy of the book is available at the campus bookstore, NO other purchase is necessary. Your course material charge is included in your student registration / fees and guarantees the lowest cost available for your required materials.

It is NOT recommended that you Opt-Out, as these materials are required to complete the course. You can choose to Opt-Out on the first day of class, but you will be responsible for purchasing your course materials at the full retail price and access to your materials may be suspended.

For more information and FAQs go to customercare.bncollege.com (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

Student Tutorial Videos

Accessing Your eTextbook: https://vimeo.com/304674236 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Opting Out of First Day for your eTextbook: https://vimeo.com/304674616 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Opting Out of First Day for your courseware: https://vimeo.com/304674959 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.          

Other Features on the Course Materials page: https://vimeo.com/304675344Links to an external site.

Class Structure:

Each week a new folder will open within Canvas.  Within the folder you will find a subfolder entitled “Online Classroom”.  The weekly “Online Classroom” will provide you with detailed instructions on what tasks need to be completed by the end of the week.   


Your grade will be determined on your earned points.  The points by assignment will be weighted as assigned in the course syllabus.

Late Policy:

No late assignments will be accepted for evaluation.  Please plan your work accordantly.

Technical Support

Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to  support@my.cuesta.edu. If you are having issues with Canvas, you should contact the Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680, or click on the help button on the Canvas Navigation to report a problem.

If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct url: https://cuesta.instructure.com/ or you are using your phone or using an unsupported browser.

Your learning environment is best accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, using Firefox or Chrome.  This may solve your problem!  Please review the browser requirements and minimum computer specifications at: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/aboutacad/distance/faqs_technical.htmlLinks to an external site.


This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on exams or other resources. Please contact the instructor as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You should also contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services) at 805-546-3148 or http://www.cuesta.edu/student/studentservices/dsps/index.htmlLinks to an external site.

College & Course Policies:

Academic Honesty Policy: All students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity, assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Please review the Cuesta College Student Code of conduct at:

http://www.cuesta.edu/student/documents/admissions_records/code_of_conduct.pdfLinks to an external site.

Add / Drop Policy: Please review the Cuesta policy for drops

Waitlist Policy: Please review Cuesta’s waitlist procedure and instructions:  http://www.cuesta.edu/student/studentservices/admrreg/arpolicies/Waitlist.htmlLinks to an external site.

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