Frequently Asked Questions: This page contains answers to common questions
- I am on the waitlist. Will I get into the class? What if the class is full? Will you take my friend that wants to enroll?
- What is the latest that you will accept work?
- What is the latest that you will accept online quizzes?
- Am I expected to read this textbook? What should I read?
- What about class attendance? How important is it? Can I attend class at IVC if I enrolled at KFLD or vice versa?
- I am going out of town for business, vacation, surgery, funeral, etc. Will I have a problem?
- How do I get my classwork to you if I miss class?
- How do I submit online quizzes to you? What if I don't have a computer? Are makeup exams given?
- What is your grading policy and grading scale? Is all work assigned required or optional?
- Where do I find the due dates for all work, quizzes, ethics paper & class meeting dates?
- What are your work standards? What's DISHONEST?
- How do I take this course 'Pass/ No Pass'?
- What are the important dates and responsibilities for this class? Can I be dropped from this course by the instructor?
- What are your student work retention policies?
- Do I need access to a computer, other than for taking Online Chapter Quizzes? Do I need an email account?
- May I bring a guest to class? What if I need to bring my child?
I am on the waitlist. Will I get into the class? What if the class is full? Will you take my friend that wants to enroll?
I take all students regardless of the size of the class. Simply show up to the first day of class and
obtain an add authorization code from me. Use that code to add the course online before
the next class meeting or the last day to add the class, whichever comes FIRST.
Please encourage your friends and family members to take the course with you,
as the learning is easier and more sociable. If you or your friend add the class after the first day
of class, be sure to catch up on the work and submit it by the due date (or grace period end date), as
there is no extension of time for latecomers to complete this work.
What is the latest that you will accept work?
I prefer all work to be submitted by the due date as noted on the syllabus.
If you cannot turn in work at that point, I will accept classwork up to the
grace period end date (if there is one) and time as
noted on the syllabus. There is no grace period for online quizzes,
extra credit exam or the Enron ethics paper - both are due at the due date
and time as noted on the syllabus.
There are no exceptions to the due date/grace period end dates.
There are no allowances made for holidays, breaks, or for days when
the class does not meet. There are also no allowances for any personal, business
or computer-related reasons, or for joining the class late.
See FAQ #5 answer for getting me your work
when you are not in class or the class is not meeting.
There are no points awarded past the deadlines described above.
However, up to 20 lost points can be made up by taking the
extra-credit exam at the end of the semester.
What is the latest that you will accept online quizzes?
Quizzes are due by the due-date and time as noted on the syllabus.
There is no make-up or due-date extension.
A quiz is posted on the website 1-2 weeks before it is due. This
is plenty of time to take the quiz and submit it online.
Please do not wait until the last moments to take the quiz.
There is no extension given for any quiz for any reason (computer problems, computer
unavailability, error messages, personal emergencies etc.) Should the class website be unavailable
to take the exam, you must email me your answers by the due date and time.
Consider taking the extra credit exam at the end of the semester if you miss any quizzes to regain
Am I expected to read this textbook? What should I read?
You are expected to read each chapter, assigned appendices and "A Look At IFRS" at the end
of each chapter BEFORE the lecture on the chapter is given.
I call on students during class to assess whether they have read the assigned material.
If you are having trouble with understanding the text, consider
using other resources on the website such as the Power Point presentations for
each chapter and the Chapter Outlines on this website, or the Accounting Tutorials (see Links on
However, the best way of understanding the material you have read is to come to
class, hear the lecture, take notes, and complete the classwork in class with the help of fellow
students and teacher guidance.
What about class attendance? How important is it? Can I attend class at IVC if I enrolled at KFLD or vice versa?
YOU WILL NOT BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE COURSE UNLESS YOU ATTEND MOST IF NOT ALL CLASSES.
While I strongly encourage class attendance, there are no points deducted should you miss
The trouble with missing class is that you miss the opportunity to do classwork
in a cooperative class setting where you will receive plenty of guidance. It is
highly unlikely that you will complete the work correctly and completely unless
you come to class. Points deducted from your work because it is inaccurate, incomplete,
or not in good form can be substantial.
If you miss class at Kentfield, I urge you to attend the same class at the IVC campus,
and vice versa (see syllabus on the website for relevant dates). Print out both sections'
syllabus, and you can see what we will be doing in detail at either location,
You are welcome to attend any of the class offerings at either location, and do not
need to inform me in advance.
Adults have busy work lives, family commitments, as well as
unplanned events that may interfere with attendance. Should you miss class, you will be losing
approximately 5 points (or 5% of your grade) unless you submit your classwork to
me by other means on the date due/grace period end dates and time, and it is accurate,
complete and in good form,
I am going out of town for business, vacation, surgery, funeral, etc. Will I have a problem?
You should not have a problem for a short period of absence (1-2 weeks) if you follow this guidance:
First, let me know that you will not be in class, so that I do not drop you.
Second, keep up with the chapter reading, and submit all your classwork by the deadlines
as noted in the syllabus using email or USPS (see below FAQ). Take special care with
your classwork, as the problems can be tricky or difficult.
Third, remember to take any Online Quiz that is due during the period of your absence.
If you will be out of town for longer than 2 weeks, please see me and we will discuss it.
You might miss too much critical information for the course to benefit you this semester.
How do I get my classwork to you if I miss class?
If you cannot attend class, you may do one of the following:
1)Email me (susanswanforsyth@gmailcom) your
classwork attaching the working papers to your email.
PLEASE ONLY USE EXCEL FORMATTED WORKPAPERS OR WORK THAT IS
SCANNED INTO A PDF (ADOBE ACROBAT)FORMAT as attachments
to your email. If the size of the file is greater than 1 MB,
I cannot guarantee you that it will be received by my email.
I must receive the email by the due date/grace period end date and time.
2) Mail the work to my home address (1238 San Rafael Dr. Petaluma,
CA 94954). The envelope must be postmarked by the due date/grace period end date
How do I submit online quizzes to you? What if I don't have a computer? Are makeup exams given?
Quizzes are submitted online only. I DO NOT ACCEPT QUIZZES THAT ARE NOT COMPLETED
THROUGH THE CLASS WEBSITE, OR THROUGH EMAIL (firstname.lastname@example.org)
IF THE WEBSITE IS UNAVAILABLE.
If you do not have a computer, plan to come to campus computer labs and use one.
On the IVC campus, the Internet cafe provides a number of computers. The Learning
Center Lab (first floor)on the Kentfield campus may also be open.
To take the quiz, you must fill out your name, email
address, and student id # (usually starts with a M00 - that is
Capital M, zero, zero). Your student ID # is located at your
myCOM student portal. After completing the quiz, select the display printable version
button , print your quiz, AND THEN GO BACK TO THE ONLINE VERSION
AND PRESS THE SUBMIT BUTTON. The computer should reply
with a Success message. If it does not, take the quiz again
until you receive that message. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THAT
MESSAGE AFTER A FEW TRIES, EMAIL ME YOUR ANSWERS BY THE DEADLINE.
If you have forgotten whether you have taken the quiz, just take the quiz again,
rather than ask me if your quiz has been submitted (a lot of research on my part).
I take the first submission of your quiz, however.
Keep your printed quiz, but do not submit it to me for grading. We review the test answers after
the quiz deadline has passed, and you will know which ones, if any, were incorrect by this review.
There are no makeup exams for each individual chapter online quiz. There is, however, the 20
point extra credit exam (closed book, closed note) given at the end of the semester.
What is your grading policy and grading scale? Is all work assigned required or optional?
My grading policy includes classwork (approximately 68% of the grade), chapter quizzes online
(approximately 28%), and the short Enron Ethics paper (4%). I
give an optional extra credit exam for 20 additional points (20%).
You can choose to complete any assignment you wish.
Below is my grading scale. I do not give "+" or "-" grades, ie B+. See also
FAQ #10, below, for the Pass/No Pass option and FAQ2 for the Incomplete option.
89.5-100 points = A
79.5-89.49 points = B
69.5-79.49 points = C
59.5-69.49 points = D
below 59.5 points = F.
All work assigned is optional. You may turn in any mix of classwork, online
quizzes, ethics paper, and extra credit test. What counts is the
point total at the end. Should you note that you are falling short of your goals,
you cannot make up work that is past the due date/grace period end date, but can only accomplish
the remaining work not yet due or not yet past the grace period.
Don't let yourself get into this situation. Turn in all your classwork, attend class, and take all
your quizzes in a timely manner so that you will not have to do a closed book test as extra credit
to regain lost points.
Where do I find the due dates for all work, quizzes, ethics paper & class meeting dates?
Consult the syllabus page on this website. It is updated regularly.
What are your work standards? What's DISHONEST?
All work is to be done neatly, completely and
correctly, and by the due date using pencil or computerized
software. Anything short of these standards will have points
deducted from their work. You are expected to have read the
assigned chapter before coming to class.
In class, we will work together in groups to solve problems. You
are expected to pull your own weight in the group, contributing to the problem's solution and not
simply copy others' hard work. COPYING ANOTHER'S WORK IS DISHONEST.
ALLOWING YOUR WORKTO BE COPIED IS DISHONEST.
It is highly unlikely that your work will be correct and complete if you miss class.
If you miss class,your submitted work will be subject to an additional level of scrutiny,
and will be given NO CREDIT FOR THE ENTIRE CHAPTER WORK
if I suspect that you have copied another's work in part or as a whole.
This same standard applies to the Enron Ethics Paper.
NO CREDIT FOR ANY WORK/QUIZ/PAPER
WILL BE GIVEN TO ANYONE WHO ALLOWS THEIR WORK/QUIZ/PAPER TO BE COPIED
Online quizzes are given for your convenience. You are not to discuss the quiz with others.
If you COPY ANOTHER'S ANSWERS, IT IS DISHONEST. Should I see evidence of copying, the ENTIRE
QUIZ WILL BE GIVEN NO CREDIT. NO CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN TO ANYONE WHO ALLOWS THEIR QUIZ
TO BE COPIED
Should I see instances of academic DISHONESTY, you may be asked to leave the class.
For a complete description of academic honesty and student conduct, go to:
Chapter Reading - You are expected to come to class having read the assigned material.
How do I take this course 'Pass/ No Pass'?
If you do not wish to take this course for a traditional letter
grade (A,B,C,D,F), you must choose that option on mycom.marin.edu during the registration period.
If you do not choose the option then, you have another opportunity by filing a
Change of Grading Option with Admissions and Records by the due date as listed in the
class schedule ( See "Important Dates" on this websitea0 NOTE: YOUR GRADING OPTION AUTOMATICALLY DEFAULTS TO
A LETTER GRADE UNLESS YOU CHOOSE THE PASS/NO PASS OPTION.
If you score 69.5 points and above, you will receive a 'pass' for
the class, but no letter grade. If you score below 69.5 points,
you will receive a "no pass" for the class, and no letter grade.
What are the important dates and responsibilities for this class? Can I be dropped from this course by the instructor?
Consult the Important Dates page of this website for drop /
refund / add dates.
Please note: IF YOU DO NOT SHOW UP FOR NEARLY EVERY MEETING FOR THE FIRST WEEKS OF CLASS
AND DO NOT HAND IN A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF WORK DURING THOSE
WEEKS, YOU MAY BE DROPPED BY THE INSTRUCTOR. IF YOU ARE RECEIVING A FAILING GRADE AT
MIDTERM, YOU MAY BE WITHDRAWN FROM THE CLASS BY THE INSTRUCTOR.
I will do my best to contact students through email when I am considering dropping or
withdrawing students. However, if you do not attend class for nearly every meeting in the first few weeks AND hand
in a significant amount of work DURING those weeks - and YOU DO NOT CONTACT ME with a
valid reason - I reserve the right to drop you without consulting you. Similarly, if you are
failing at midterm - and YOU DO NOT CONTACT ME with a valid plan to pass the course -
I reserve the right to drop you without consulting you.
Finally, if you give me a phone number or email address that is not valid, or you do not respond
to my phone call or email within 24 hours, I reserve the right to drop you without consulting you.
What are your student work retention policies?
I do not keep student work. If your graded work has not been
claimed by the end of the semester, I throw it out.
Do I need access to a computer, other than for taking Online Chapter Quizzes? Do I need an email account?
Yes. I frequently communicate with students through email and mycom student portal. For
example, if I have your email address, I will send you timely reminders to take the Chapter Online
Quizzes, changes in the syllabus and due dates, notification when point totals are posted on the
website. You may see the contents of my latest email sent to all students by viewing NEWSFLASH
on our class website. I am also available by email to answer any of your questions regarding the
classwork assigned, clarification of quiz questions, etc. I strive for a 24 hour
turnaround in answering your email.
Access to the Internet will allow you to view the syllabus and take advantage of other
learning resources included at this website: Power Point presentations, Accounting Tutorials, Self-
Study Quizzes, etc.
May I bring a guest to class? What if I need to bring my child?
Unfortunately, the College only allows enrolled students to be in attendance in class.
Visitors, family members, friends, etc. cannot be in attendance. (Seek Disabled Students
Programs and Services for guidance on in-class aides)