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New! Crossword puzzle to review the accounting cycle

Recently, I surveyed my students and found that most enjoy crossword puzzles. While not every activity will suit every student, I thought it would be a good idea to create some crossword puzzles for review activities. I am going to share those crossword puzzles here on my blog occasionally. The first crossword puzzle I am […]

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What closing entries would Wendy’s have made in 2021 based on its trial balance?

The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is a fast-food chain and is a publicly held corporation. Wendy’s fiscal reporting periods consist of 52 or 53 weeks ending on the Sunday closest to December 31. Wendy’s 2021 fiscal year ended January 2, 2022, and its 2020 fiscal year ended January 3, 2020. To follow is a condensed […]

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What are the fiscal year ends of Walt Disney, Carnival Corporation, and Royal Caribbean Cruises, and others?

A calendar year runs from January 1 to December 31 each year.  Companies are allowed to select a fiscal year that is different from the calendar year, which means not all companies’ financial statements cover the calendar year of January 1 through December 31. Here is a list of a variety of companies and their […]

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New! Constructing an Interactive Excel Dashboard project for introductory financial accounting available

In this new case, students build an interactive Excel dashboard to analyze sales transactions. Students will view tutorial videos for each of the five sections in the project and will use their dashboard to answer the case questions. The case will take students, on average, 60 – 90 minutes to complete. The Teaching Notes for […]

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New! Prebuilt Interactive Excel Dashboard project for introductory financial accounting available

This new case has students use a prebuilt interactive Excel dashboard to analyze sales transactions. This dashboard is ready for students to use; students will view a tutorial video about the case, read the instructions, and use the Excel dashboard to answer the case questions. The case will take, on average, 15 – 20 minutes […]

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How would the length of the Bespoken Spirits operating cycle compare to the length of the Jack Daniel Distillery operating cycle?

Whiskey is an alcoholic beverage that takes, on average, three to fifteen years to mature before it is ready for consumption. Typically, whiskey matures in oak barrels – that process helps to give each whiskey type its unique aroma, color, and taste. The Jack Daniel Distillery, for example, ages its Jack Daniel’s whiskeys in oak […]

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Accounting Case Template tool available to build an introductory financial accounting case assignment

Again, as we start a new semester, I wanted to point out the availability of a tool that may be of use in teaching introductory financial accounting. The Accounting Case Template (ACT) is a web tool I designed that allows instructors to quickly build an introductory financial accounting case assignment. A variety of options are provided from […]

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Will the cost of the new Forbidden Frontier attraction at Cedar Point reduce income in 2018?

Management of Cedar Point, the amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, recently announced that it would be closing the Dinosaurs Alive and Witches’ Wheel to make room for a new attraction called “Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island.” This paragraph is what Cedar Point management released about this upcoming new attraction: “Grab your map and prepare for […]

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Create Customized Financial Accounting Case Assignments with the Accounting Case Template

Again, as we start the fall semester, I wanted to point out the availability of a tool that may be of use in teaching introductory financial accounting. The Accounting Case Template (ACT) is a web tool I designed that allows instructors to quickly build an introductory financial accounting case assignment. A variety of options are provided from […]

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Data analytics project: Gross profit analysis for introductory financial accounting

This blog post contains a data analytics project that is suitable for introductory financial accounting. The student uses Excel to analyze a data set that contains more than 48,000 records. The data analytics project can be assigned early in the course once the concept of gross profit is reviewed. Overview of project This project uses […]

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