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Orientation Details

Online Orientation for ACCT-D001B-63Z
(It is highly recommended that you print out this page for future reference.)
Instructor Contact Information
Instructor Christopher Kwak
Office Hours Online/By appointment/Email instructor
Office Location Forum 5B
Office Phone 408.864.5727 (Voicemail)
A Message from your Instructor

I am looking forward to working with you this quarter. I am a licensed CPA in the state of California with over 20 years of industry experience in major firms such as Hewlett Packard (HP), PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and Chevron USA, specializing in cost management, financial reporting, mergers & acquisitions, and forensic accounting.

Recently, awarded two additional professional licenses and designations as CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) from ACFE (International Association of Certified Fraud Examiners) and CFF (Certified Financial Forensics) from AICPA (American Institute of CPAs).

I have held many positions at HP including Senior Corporate Internal Auditor, Senior Financial Analyst, and Business Control Manager (Division Controller level). I also worked as a Senior Associate and a manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand), one of the Big Four (Final Four for now? international accounting/consulting firms, specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Reporting, Business Litigation and Investigation services, and Start-up and Emerging business advisory services.

Current academic postings & professional affiliations:

  • A tenured professor at De Anza College Business-CS Division.
  • A Visiting Lecturer at Santa Clara University MBA program-Leavey School of Business
  • Adjunct Professor of Accountancy at S.F. Golden Gate University.
  • Adjunct Professor of Accountancy at Saint Mary's College of California.
  • A member of American Accounting Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Course Instructional system websites:

De Anza accounting department is using a course management system called CengageNow (textbook publisher supported system) for all sections of accounting 1A, 1B, and 1C courses. This system is rich in audio, visual presentations, online graded assignments and assessment quizzes. Unfortunately, CengageNow does not include course communication systems, such as class discussions, class announcements, student-to-student communication tools, nor topical discussion forum features.

For communications, we will use the De Anza College supported system called Catalyst. This will allow students access to the professor’s lecture notes, class notes, learning resource materials as well as participate in forums where questions/comments may be posted.

Once a student completes college course registration, the college admissions office will feed the student information into the college Catalyst course specific instructional website automatically. Please note that you will not be able to login to Catalyst until the first day of the term.

However, the publisher supported course management site, CengageNow, requires students to register at the site with their unique access code (included with a new textbook or purchased at the publisher's corporation website.

*CengageNow ( is the Cengage publishing corporation’s own learning system. All students have to purchase a unique access code (from Cengage or from other venues like college bookstores) and use the access code to log into the specified class site (specific course key ID listed below). E-lectures, e-books, video, audio, and various types of learning aid interactive tools and study resources (in addition to e-book) are available to you 24/7 to help you learn at your own pace and work around your schedule.

• Publisher’s CengageNow log-in page:

• CengageNow Course Key for Winter 2013 Acctg.1B online section:

CengageNow Access code: Each student must obtain a valid CengageNow access code first before using the Course Key noted above. An access code can be purchased directly from the Cengage Corporation or through the purchase of a new textbook (access code is included in the book).

The full e-book version of the same textbook is already included in your class CengageNow account purchased. Again, once you access to your Cengage account, full access to all e-book pages will be available to you without an additional charge. (Please also read “required textbook” section of this syllabus).

The publisher marketing representative sent the link described below for Distance Learning Students, for those who want to buy Digital Only textbook (e-book) with a full CengageNow access code:

New college course Add policy: In order to protect student learning outcomes and college course integrity within our college’s intense and compact quarter system, No Adds will be allowed to this course after completion of the first week of instruction.

  • Catalyst (De Anza College Distance Learning Center online course system) log-in page: :

    Note: Catalyst course site will Not be activated until the first day of each academic term. Catalyst course site will be available to you free of charge upon your enrollment in the course.

    The CengageNOW site is based on the textbook Accounting, 24th Edition, by Warren, Reeve., Duchac, published by Cengage South-Western. To purchase the CengageNOW access code and register your account, use the "CengageNOW link shown above as well as you can find links at the College Distance Leaning Center course syllabus pages.

  • Course Description

    Financial Accounting in 14 words:

    Study of Business Events and the Effects of Economic Transactions Reported on Financial Statements.

    In a general sense, accounting can be defined as an information system that provides reports to stakeholders about the economic activities and condition of a business. The subject material of this course is financial accounting which is primarily concerned with the recording and reporting of economic data and activities for a business. Although such reports provide useful information for managers, they are the primary reports for owners, creditors, governmental agencies, and the public.

    The primary objective of this course is to help students learn how accounting meets the information needs of various users by developing and communicating information that is used in decision-making. Accordingly, the expected student outcome is the demonstration that the student can prepare, read, and analyze external financial statements.

    Accounting is too important to managers, organizations, and societies to be left to accountants alone. Accounting information is often a basis for decisions. Accounting reports are often the basis on which the effectiveness of stewardship decisions and actions are evaluated.

    Course Requirements

    Because this is an online distance learning class all work will be completed online except for a comprehensive final exam that is taken on campus.

    The requirements are:
    (1) Completion of exercises, problems, and chapter quizzes using the CengageNow course management system. (note: if you had purchased a new book at de anza college bookstore, the system access code is enclosed inside of your book. Or one can purchase an access code at the CengageNow Corporate website. Once you obtain an access code, then you can log into CengageNow system homepage and enter the system assigned "Course Key" number for the right course. The system generated course key number is also stated in the course syllabus as well as this orientation page.)
    (2) Completion of a comprehensive problem that will be downloaded from this site. You will bring the completed problem to the final exam.
    (3) Take a comprehensive on-campus final exam covering 8 chapters (accounting 1b portion is from ch.10 through ch.17).
    (4) Participation in class discussions (online) using our college supporting system called Catalyst as well as study with professor's lecture files, class notes, media-rich learning resources available 24/7 at the course Catalyst site topic by topic and week by week . (Catalyst site URL is also stated above. Upon completion of your college course registration, the college will register you into the course specific Catalyst site. No access code necessary for college controlled Catalyst site unlike CengageNow system owned by a corporation.)

    These online courses cover the same material as the traditional accounting courses taught on campus. The online courses have been designed for students that are self-motivated and have good study skills and have difficulty attending classes on campus. In addition to online assignments and quizzes the online accounting students are required to take a comprehensive on-campus final exam.

    In other words, both in terms of work load and work requirements, online course sections are equivalent to in-class sections of the same courses. (both in terms of content and rigor). There is no reason to expect them to be any easier or less time-consuming. For many students, the advantage of taking a distance learning course such as this one is that it allows them to fit course work into their busy schedules by working at times other than those when traditional classes are scheduled. For example, students who work during the day can do their work at night or on the weekends. However, it is important to remember that the distance learning class is not a "lite" version of the equivalent classroom sections of the course. You should expect to devote the same amount of time or more to the online format course than you would spend if you were enrolled in any other section of accounting. Be prepared to spend a minimum of 12-15 hours per week using and studying the course materials.

    Course Grading Policy

    See your class syllabus for the grading policy for your class.

    The on-campus examination must be taken on the scheduled date or earlier if permitted. No exception to this mandatory on-campus, in-person final exam date/time.

    If you decide that you need to drop the class you may use the De Anza site to drop. Remember: once you have enrolled in the class it is your responsibility to complete the course or withdraw from it.

    Hours of Study
    Be prepared to spend a minimum of 15 hours per week using and studying the course materials.
    Course Meetings
    Meetings for ACCT-D001B-63Z with Christopher Kwak
    Date Start End Room Meeting For
    03/22/2013 05:30 PM 07:30 PM G-6 Exam
    How to get started in your course
  • Apply for admission to De Anza College and register for this class, if you have not already done so. Completing this orientation DOES NOT enroll you in the course.
  • ONLINE ORIENTATION IS REQUIRED. There is no on-campus orientation meeting. Be sure to fill out the "Student Information Form" at the end of this orientation.
  • NOTE: You will not be able to log-in to the Catalyst course site until the first day of each academic term.
  • Obtain the required course materials from the De Anza College Bookstore. Textbooks are available to be ordered online at:
    Please find tentative Weekly Course Calendar in the course syllabus.
    Important Note:
    • End-of-chapter homework assignments will be posted by chapter at the CengageNow class site and available 24/7 with specified due date/time.
    • Thorough chapter reading should be completed prior to doing the case analysis, assigned questions, papers, and homework.
    • Instructor’s lecture notes, chapter outlines, PowerPoint slides, mini-cases, relevant real-world examples, news articles, and other study aid materials such as audio/visual files will be available at the Catalyst site, in the “resources” area topic by topic.
    • Please plan to spend 12 hours or more per week, reading the text, study instructor’s lecture notes, class notes, chapter slides, listening to chapter audio/video instructional materials/learning resources, and completing the online assignments.

  • Online Education
    Building: MLC 210

    Phone: 408.864.8969
    M-Th: 9:00a-5:00p
    F: 9:00a-4:00p


    Last Updated: 1/27/16