Dr. Neale G. O'Connor, Risk Assessment and Stategy Execution

Teaching Philosophy - Planning materials mind map

  • 1. Teaching Manuals

      The development of three teaching manuals provide evidence of my commitment to develop materials for each unit taught. As special preparation for International Management Accounting, I sought guidance on the topics and latest readings from Professors Mike Shields and Sue Haka (University of Michigan).
  • 2. Interactive communication

      Group presentation and discussion in class. Continuous feedback sought for the improvement of content delivery during each unit ? using web-based polls on www.egroups.com. Web-based bulletin boards and video ?used to encourage discussion of topics in international management accounting and research methods.
  • 3. Structured diagrams

      Diagrams - Structuring of writing and the communicated message is important to me. To be able to first picture the message you wish to communicate I believe is essential to getting the message across. As part of my teaching in the MAIA and with supervision I require students to draw diagrams of the ideas they wish to present, or of the structure of the project they intend to research.
  • 4. Taped supervisory comments

      Taped supervisory comments - Supervisory comments are made on cassette tape on numerous occasions to facilitate the learning process. The main reason for this is that I realised that students were not able to take in all of the communicated message first time around. Sessions have been taped for three undergraduate projects and three MAIA projects.
  • Teaching Ideas

    Internet Research Ideas
    Teaching Idea
    Learning Objective
    Topic area
    Scalability/ Assessability
    Staff & Student Resources Required

    Description of idea/concept/ source of content etc

    Experiential objectives

    Conceptual objectives

    Financial Accounting, Auditing, Tax, Managerial Accounting

    Small Group

    Large Group Audit trail for Assessment purposes

    Teaching assistant

    Computer access in classroom

    Computer at home? Software

    Example 1: Conference call exercise

    a) Have students listen to conference calls of companies listed on US stock exchanges (at home).

    b) Ask students to evaluate a particular aspect of the call.

    Example, what attention do analysts give to management versus exogenous factors vis a vis the various components of the earnings?

    Are there questions about accounting policy? Auditing?, Environmental disclosure?

    a) Experiential

    Student experience real discussion surrounding the company's quarterly results.

    b) Conceptual

    Helps students to realize the prevalence of agency costs, as information is shared between management and analysts.

    Financial, Auditing, Managerial Accounting

    Business Strategy

    Small and Large group

    Students can record the audio or print out the web page of the call

    Staff Computer access in classroom may be necessary to demonstrate to students

    Computer at home + realplayer or Microsoft player software

    See www.bestcalls.com

    www.ricebox.com (business research page)

    Example 2: Lawsuit exercise

    a) Have students find companies subject to lawsuits for accounting fraud.

    b) Ask students to research the nature of accounting fraud evaluate the particular accounting policy that may be subject of the fraud.

    a) Experiential

    Student (psuedo) experience the wealth effects associated with accounting fraud.

    b) Conceptual

    Helps students to understand agency costs and realize the important role of various corporate governance mechanisms ?auditors, audit committees etc.

    Also helps students (as a class researching numerous cases) identify which accounting standards (or manager behaviour) are subject of most lawsuits.

    Financial, Auditing, Managerial Accounting

    Small and Large group

    Students can print out the relevant web pages of the chosen firm

    Staff Computer access in classroom may be necessary to demonstrate to students

    Computer at home

    See www.justice4investors.com

    www.ricebox.com (business research page)

    Computer Software
    Teaching Idea
    Learning Objective
    Topic area
    Scalability/ Assessability
    Staff & Student Resources Required

    Description of idea/concept/ source of content etc

    Experiential objectives

    Conceptual objectives

    Financial Accounting, Auditing, Tax, Managerial Accounting

    Small Group

    Large Group Audit trail for Assessment purposes

    Teaching assistant

    Computer access in classroom

    Computer at home? Software

    Mindmap software

    Mindmap software

  • very easy to create mindmaps using predesigned templates
  • adds more spice to your power point
  • allows more ideas to be presented on one page for handouts

    Visual way of communicating ideas

    An example using E-Business foundation course

    Basic Emindmap software is free

    Can transfer to Bitmap files for insertion into power point

    See www.mindjet.com

    Balanced Scorecard 2.0 Interactive Business Simulation

    Balanced Scorecard 2.0 Interactive game

    Enhance student's understanding of non-financial performance measures and their linkage to the bottom line

    Managerial Accounting

    Students who complete the game successfully, can be asked to submit an audit trail of decisions made

    Computer access in class room for general introduction to the game

    Computer at home to run the game off CD rom.

    Lecture and Seminar presentation ideas
    Teaching Idea
    Learning Objective
    Topic area
    Scalability/ Assessability
    Staff & Student Resources Required
    Teaching in the Asia group culture context

    Incorporate multiple choice questions alongside the various points of your lecture for greater interaction with the audience

    Participation - having Chinese students in Asia compete in groups rather than as individuals is the key to the usefulness of this exercise The exercise also creates excitement among the groups of students - especially when they look around to see if (i) are they first to hold a card up, and (ii) are they holding up the correct colour card?

    Any topic area - use the multiple choice questions that come with various textbook packages

    Scaleable to large lecture groups

    1. Organize the class into 3 member groups (ideal size for fast group decision making (especially in lecture theaters that have rigid seating arrangements)

    2. Hand out coloured cards - one for each letter in the multiple choice set.

    3. Have each group compete by holding up the card they believe is the correct answer to each multiple choice question.

    4. This may slow down the rate of content presentation - but the focus on the students' learning is the benefit.