Acc 484

Corporations, Partnerships et al



Welcome.  This page is (always) under construction!




Here is the syllabus for Fall, 2004 in pdf format.



Test on the Desk Time:  J




On  blackboard..



Link to RIA Checkpoint:




Articles of Incorporation




Research Problems


Here is my OLD VERSION (new version on Blackboard) diatribe on “how to do” the Chapter 1 research assignments in a walk through manner, I called it “Working with RIA.”  I hope this will be most helpful! I realize this seems like a lot of work, but you have to learn how to use the system and also understand how “citations” are used and how to actually do research. Like everything, it is slow at first but after a little effort it gets much easier and faster!


Here is a link to a brief page with citation examples:


Citation page







č Here is a sample interoffice memo (research format) for you to consider. I require you to follow this style, not the textbook version. Understand this is an incredibly detailed version, you aren’t expected to write in this much detail (yet!). J


Here is a paper I did a few years ago for law school.  I scanned this in thus it is not perfect. Also, in those days, we didn’t have italics in certain fonts, so we underlined items. Also realize that most of the text is out of date. It is not in html format.




č Here is an overview of common first problems with the memos of other classes.







I have moved the problems answers to another page:


Blank on purpose






Here is a link to the Online materials by the text publisher:




Obtaining RIA Checkpoint Initial Password


č      č NOTE:  For this initial setup ONLY,

 you have to be using the SHSU system

 or a linked SHSU computer ONLY

 at this initial setup time. ç ç



UPDATE:  While the URL at the library has been updated so there is no problem, you may still prefer to follow this procedure as it actually is faster.  One nice thing is it has a help line phone number for you if you have problems.  A letter from RIA:



As part of your class work for this semester, your school has made RIA Checkpoint® available to you. Checkpoint is the premier web-based research tool available to accounting and tax research professionals.  Thousands of users rely on Checkpoint as their primary research tool, and you will be getting a head start on learning how to use this valuable web-based resource.

Registration for Checkpoint is restricted.  You will have to register using only certain computers that are recognized by the Checkpoint system.  During registration, you will have to supply your name, e-mail address, and semester enrolling for to receive your Checkpoint User Name and Password.  Checkpoint Registration would then send a User Name and Password via email for accessing Checkpoint.  After you have registered, you can use Checkpoint from any computer that has Internet access. 

To register:

1.      Go to one of the computers that are within the institution intranet.

2.      Launch a browser, such as Internet Explorer or Netscape.

3.      Type the following in the “address” or “URL” field of the browser:

4.      Press Enter.

5.      Please fill in the required information on the registration page.

6.      Click Register, to submit the information.

7.      If you have any questions please contact RIA’s Technical Support team at 1-800-431-9025, prompt 4 anytime Monday-Friday 9:00am-8:00pm Eastern Time.


Yes, you do get a password in your textbook, but it is a “lower end” version access. You don’t have access to all of the things you have in the full version.  Thus, you will want the full version for research, and this is how you get it:


Go to SHSU home page (  You will see the library noted as a link. Click it.  From the Library Home web page you will see “Resources”, which then activates a bunch of things on screen, so click on "Databases and Indexes" then:


under Subject List click on "Business and Economics", then you see a lot of things, but


scroll down to RIA Checkpoint.


There is an "initial login" link students will use to get their id/password.  YOU MUST BE USING AN SHSU computer (and/or perhaps dialin) to get the menu shown to you in class, else you get a warning you are not using the correct computer “newtwork”.  


You can use your home email address (you don’t have to use your SHSU email address) to obtain the password etc.  Once you have the password, you can use any internet service provider system (ISP) anywhere and gain access to RIA. In other words, you could use AOL, MSN, SWBell, or whatever internet service provider you use.  In the past, however there was some trouble with anyone who had a “” address, it would not accept that email address. I don’t know if this was fixed or not. If so, just use your SHSU or other email address you may have.


After that you can simply click on the RIA Checkpoint link itself at your home or any other computer connected to the net.


All this security is to assure only SHSU students or other authorized folks get access to this program.


Otherwise, if you can’t get to the SHSU system, use the password given to you by the book, but it is not of full functionality as the above password technique.  I can help you get it set up if you need help and are out of town and cannot get access to the system. 


NOTICE TO ALL CLASSES WHO TURN IN PAPERS TO ME: I expect to use (an internet plagiarism checker) in the future.  Accordingly, either quit cut and pasting or cite your sources. THIS IS YOUR FAIR WARNING!



Suggested Topics for Research Paper


Here is a link to some NONEXCLUSIVE (updated November 12, 2003!) suggested topics.  You may “offer” your own suggestions to me as well.  Don’t be limited, think expansively.  REMEMBER TO LOOK AT THE BNA PORTFOLIOS IN THE LIBRARY.


Final Paper Clarifying statement:  for graduate students, your paper must be approved by me in advance, it must be at least 25 pages of text, not counting bibliography, cover sheets, etc., and it will be reviewed in relation to other graduate student work. I expect scholarly work from you.


Undergraduate  students must write at least a 10 page paper, not counting bibliography, etc.


 While I have lenient in the past, this semester I will not accept a late paper without a serious deduction of points.  Why? You have had all semester.