Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

Redesigning the Accounting Curriculum for Integration: A Model to Incorporate Concepts Across Courses

Traditionally accounting curricula are designed around a functional orientation with the concepts in financial accounting, auditing and information systems being covered in "stand-alone" courses, with the integration of the concepts being left to the will of individual instructors. The major disadvantage of this approach is that it encourages "compartmentalized" thinking and difficulties for students in assimilating advanced concepts in later courses. We propose a revised curriculum for these three areas, which integrates concepts in each re-designed course, resulting in a replication of "real world" experience. This also enables instructors the ability to design more challenging and relevant assessments and in our opinion, enhance students' retention of knowledge.