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  1. The instructor will make this midcourse assessment available to the class on the day and in the manner indicated in the course syllabus. Not later than the due date and time indicated in the course syllabus, (i) complete the assessment according any further directions stated below and (ii) submit it in the manner (via the Course Mail tool or RegisNet email using INsite) set forth in the Facilitator Expectations posting.

Four problems/questions comprise the midcourse assessment with maximum point values indicated below

Topic Maximum points possible Your points earned Estimated minutes required to complete
1 – CVP analysis and Contribution Margin method of presenting operating results 20   20
2 – Manufacturing overhead cost allocation for product cost determinations 25   25
3 – Financial reporting objective and definitions of financial statement elements 27   25
4 – Financial reporting assumptions, principles, and constraints; desired qualitative characteristic of accounting information (14 items, 2 points each) 28   20
Total 100   90

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Students must complete this assessment individually, not in collaboration with others.  The course syllabus sets forth the university’s academic integrity policy and the various sanctions that the university may impose on students for violations of that policy, including use of inappropriate sources of information on examinations.




Topic 1 (20 points)
The board of directors of Southwest Manufacturing Company recently approved the company’s budget and production plan for its coming fiscal year, 20X7.  Budgeted units of production equal budgeted unit sales for the company’s single product.  Using the information below, included in the budget and production plan

  1. Compute the amount of required sales – number of units and dollars – necessary to achieve the company’s budgeted net income for its fiscal year ended (FYE) December 31, 20X7
  2. Prepare the company’s budgeted income statement for its FYE December 31, 20X7 using the Variable Costing Method (Contribution Margin Format).

Show all computations in good form and label properly all amounts presented.

Budgeted amounts:   Budgeted amounts: Per unit
Sales units ? Product selling price (SP) $280.00
Sales dollars ? Variable manufacturing costs:  
Fixed costs:   Direct materials (DM) $62.50
Manufacturing overhead (MOH) costs $3,150,000 Direct labor (DL) $52.00
Selling and administrative (S&A) costs $3,375,000 Manufacturing overhead (MOH) costs $75.50
Research and development (R&D) costs $2,250,000 Variable selling and admin. (S&A) costs $50.00
Net income $2,835,000 Estimated combined effective tax rate 40.0% (i.e., 0.40)






a.    Amount of required sales – number of units and dollars – necessary to achieve the company’s budgeted net income for its fiscal year ended (FYE) December 31, 20X7
b.    Prepare the company’s budgeted income statement for its FYE December 31, 20X7 using the Variable Costing Method (Contribution Margin Format)
Southwest Manufacturing Company
Budgeted Income Statement
Fiscal year ended December 31, 20X7
  Units: Per unit: Total:
Sales   $ $
Variable expenses:  
Cost of goods sold   $  
Total variable expenses   $  




Topic 2 (25 points)
The board of directors of Neptune Manufacturing Company recently approved the company’s budget and production plan for its coming fiscal year (FY).  The company manufactures two products – door latches and door hinges – from a single plant that comprises four activities – machine setup, fabrication, assembly, and plant administration.  The company uses the same resources (including machinery and equipment, supervision and administrative services) to manufacture both products.  Management uses the traditional approach to allocate manufacturing overhead (MOH) costs, based on direct labor hours (DLH) incurred in its two production departments, to determine the unit cost of each product.  The company’s budget includes the following MOH allocation and related computations

Per unit: Door latches Door hinges
Selling price (SP) $24.75 $11.98
Product costs:    
Direct material (DM) $  7.20 $  2.90
Direct labor (DL) 7.50 5.00
MOH  (A) x (B)   3.87   2.58
Total $18.57 $10.48
Gross profit (GP) $  6.18 $  1.50
Gross margin (GM)  GM = GP / SP (see Note 1 below) 25.0% 12.5%
Budgeted total units of production for fiscal year (FY) 60,000 180,000
Budgeted batch size (units per batch) 240 1,200
(A) Direct labor hours (DLH) per unit 0.30 0.20
(B) MOH cost per direct labor hour (DLH)  (C) $12.90 (C) $12.90
(C) Budgeted FY total MOH cost, $696,000 / Budgeted FY total DLHs, 54,000
Note 1 – Management set the selling prices for its products to achieve gross margins of 25 percent on latches and 12.5 percent on hinges, based on its analysis of competitors’ prices and the targeted return on equity capital set by the company’s board.

Management is considering adopting the Activity-based Costing (ABC) method to determine its product unit costs.

  1. Using the information included in the table below (taken from the company’s budget and production plan) complete the table according to the ABC method to compute the per-unit MOH cost, total cost, gross profit, and gross margin of each product.

  3. Describe briefly the apparent effect that managers’ use of the traditional MOH allocation method has had on its pricing decisions, compared to using the ABC method.

The budget and production plan reflect normal levels of production resource availability and capacity utilization (i.e., activity resource consumption) for the company.




Activity Budgeted MOH cost (Note A) Activity cost driver (Driver type) Budgeted level or volume of cost driver MOH driver rate (dollars) Consumption of cost driver
Door latches Door hinges
Hours Cost Hours Cost
Service depts.:
Machine setup $156,000 Setup hrs (Batch) 1,560 $ 4.8 $ 2.4 $
Plant admin. 270,000 DLH in both prod. depts. (Unit)   $ 0.30 $ 0.20 $
Production depts.:
Fabrication 150,000 Machine hrs (Unit) 15,000 $ 0.10 $ 0.05 $
Assembly 120,000 DLH (Unit) 30,000 $ 0.20 $ 0.10 $
Total $696,000  
MOH costs:  
Total batch-related (above)   $   $
Divide: Budgeted batch size (units)    
Batch-related costs per unit $ $
Total unit-related costs (above) $ $
Total MOH cost per unit $ $
Selling price (SP)   $   $
Product costs:  
Direct material (DM)   $   $
Direct labor (DL) $ $
MOH (from above) $ $
Total $ $
Gross profit (GP) $ $
Gross margin (GM) % %
Note A: MOH costs include:
Machine setup: Indirect labor of setup employees and supervision
Plant administration: Indirect labor of plant manager; human resources and accounting employees; office equipment and supplies, telecommunications, and contract payroll services
Fabrication: Primarily, costs of machinery and equipment (depreciation, rent, refurbishments, property taxes, and insurance)
Assembly: Primarily, indirect supervisory labor of Assembly department production employees


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Topics 3 and 4 (55 points)

  1. (27 points) Demonstrate your ability to explain the objective of financial reporting and to apply the definitions of financial statement elements to identify events and transactions that businesses recognize in their accounting information systems. Limit the length of your response to each subpart to a maximum of 50 words. Spell-check and grammar-and-style-check your completed response using MS Word’s tool for this purpose, being sure to correct any matters identified by these checking tools.


The FASB has described the objective of financial reporting and financial statements as providing information

¾     Useful for making investment and credit decisions;

¾     Useful in assessing the future cash flows to a business and its investors and creditors; and

¾     About a business’ economic resources, equity and liability claims to those resources, and changes in those resources
First, state which of the basic financial statements – balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows, and statement of changes in stockholders’ equity – appears to respond most directly to each of the above elements of the financial reporting objective.  Then, explain how you might use each such statement to achieve the related objective element (you may you use illustrative examples for this purpose).

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¾     For making investment, credit, and similar decisions
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¾     In assessing the future cash flows to a business and its investors and creditors
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¾     About a business’ economic resources, equity and liability claims to those resources, and changes in those resources
Please provide your word count here
Your response here



Topics 3 and 4 (Continued)

  1. (28 points) Demonstrate your ability to identify the basic assumptions, principles, and desired qualitative characteristics of financial reporting and accounting information. Listed below are the accounting assumptions, principles, and qualitative characteristics contained in the FASB’s Conceptual Framework for financial reporting.

A Periodicity assumption E Full disclosure principle I Comparability (incl. Consistency)
B Monetary unit assumption F Revenue recognition principle J Representational faithfulness
C Going concern assumption G Historical cost principle K Relevance
D Economic entity assumption H Matching principle L Materiality
        M Conservatism

Provide the letter corresponding to the SINGLE, PRIMARY assumption, principle, or qualitative characteristic that corresponds with each of the following statements.  Hint: Use only one of these concepts (letters) twice.

  1. A company’s FS footnotes provide a detail listing of items comprising total selling and administrative expense, reported only in total within the income statement.
  2. A company’s FS exclude the separate assets, liabilities, and operating results of a business in which it holds a 10 percent equity interest and over which it does not exercise significant influence.
  3. Management prepares a company’s FS using the accrual basis of accounting.
  4. A company’s interim FS include an accrual for part of anticipated yearend manager bonuses, even though interim (mid-year) income has not reached the mandated minimum required for any bonuses.
  5. A company adopts properly designed internal controls over the approval and processing of transactions recognized in its accounting systems and tests the efficacy of those controls annually.
  6. A company’s FS describe the assumptions managers used to determine the amounts of inventory and accounts receivable valuation allowances recognized in the balance sheet.
  7. In its income statement, a company reports total sales in terms of their value, rather than their physical attributes (e.g., number of units, volume, weight, function, etc.)
  8. A company presents its recognized assets and liabilities in a classified balance sheet, rather than an expected order-of-liquidation balance sheet.
  9. A company recognizes product manufacturing costs as inventory (in the balance sheet) until it sell the related goods.
  10. A company defers immediate recognition of profit from customers’ purchases of annual memberships even though customers’ annual dues are paid in advance and not refundable.
  11. A company recognizes immediately a loss resulting from an anticipated adverse judgment in a lawsuit by an injured employee, but does not recognize the anticipated recovery under a related insurance policy.
  12. Management decided not to correct a company’s FS for a prematurely recorded sale that it discovered immediately before it was to issue the FS because the overstatement represented 0.03% of total sales.
  13. A company reports its obligation to repay bonds it issued a year ago at their principal balance (par value), even though the quoted market price of the company’s bonds has risen to 103% of par value.
  14. In each of the past 3 years, a company applied the “percent of sales” approach to determine the amount of the provision (expense) for anticipated uncollectible accounts receivable recognized in its FS.

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