Objective: Evaluate and apply managerial accounting methods, describe double-entry accounting, and explain the financial planning process.  Introduction: Just as meteorologists use data and models to forecast the weather, business managers use data and models to forecast the future for the business. Businesses require accurate, complete and up-to-date financial information. The financial information shows the health of a business at any point in time and provides information for managers to use in strategic planning. Each component of the accounting process is a building block upon which financial decision-making is formalized.  Deliverables: The essay for this lesson is required to be a minimum of 750 words that clearly demonstrate your understanding of the activity. Essays should have a clear introduction, thesis statement and conclusion, written in APA format ( A minimum of three sources must be cited in-text and in the Reference list.   Activity Details:  

 Step 1: 

Read the following questions, and use what you have learned about this lesson's objectives to summarize your responses. 

•What are the three main accounts a business maintains and what information is included in accounts? Why? 

•What is double-entry accounting and why is double-entry accounting the only way to provide the most accurate financial information for business managers? 

• Describe the accounting process used by a business manager to forecast the firm's financial performance and financial needs over the next five years? 


Step 2: Write a paper. Please review the essay rubric prior to proceeding.  Use these writing guidelines: 

•Include a cover page and references in addition to your required word count.

 • Use correct APA format. 

•Double-space text. 

•Use size 12 Times New Roman.

 •Use section headings to organize. (optional) 

•Indent paragraphs. 

•Include in-text citations as appropriate. 

•Use correct spelling, grammar, sentence structure and verb tense.

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