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Kurt Heisinger

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Kurt HeisingerCurrent Classes

  • Financial Accounting I (Tahoe-Truckee Campus) - Bus 01 - Fall & Spring
  • Financial Accounting II(Tahoe-Truckee Campus) - Bus 02 - Fall & Spring
  • Managerial Accounting (Tahoe-Truckee Campus and online) - Bus 03 - Fall & Spring
  • Introduction to Business (Tahoe-Truckee Campus and online) - Bus 20 - Fall & Spring

Background

  • Professor of Business, Sierra College (1996 to current) 
  • Master of Business Administration from University of California, Davis (1995) 
  • Certified Public Accountant, with experience at Ernst & Young in San Jose and Perry-Smith & Company in Sacramento (1987 -1993) 
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (1986) 
  • Author of Essentials of Managerial Accounting (Publisher: Flat World Knowledge, 2012)

Why/ How He Teaches:

  • Professor Heisinger has many years of experience in the business world of accounting having worked his way up through the ranks to become manager at a large locally owned accounting firm in Sacramento. 
  • Earning the designations of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) are important keys to Professor Heisinger’s success as a professional. 
  • Professor Heisinger knew he wanted to teach at the college level when he attended Business School at Cal Poly. He also realized the importance of getting real-world experience before entering the academic world as a professor. 
  • Students consider Professor Heisinger to be accessible and approachable, both during office hours and by email. He is known for making accounting concepts easy and understandable, primarily through the use of in-class examples often tied to real-life stories. 
  • Professor Heisinger uses class time efficiently to thoroughly cover important concepts. Class attendance and participation are essential elements for succeeding in Professor Heisinger’s classes.

Example of one of my business classes: Managerial Accounting

  • How much does it cost to build an iPad? Is the iPad profitable? Should Sears close some of its under-performing stores? Is ethical behavior important to success in business? 
  • The concepts covered in this class provide information necessary to answer these types of questions. This course focuses on decision-making and performance evaluation within a business. Whether it is large or small, service or retail, for-profit or nonprofit, all organizations can benefit from the concepts covered in this course. 
  • Professor Heisinger uses his textbook, Essentials of Managerial Accounting, to provide an easily understood approach to managerial accounting concepts. His text is published through Flat World Knowledge as a low cost alternative to existing textbooks, and can be accessed by students online at no cost. 
  • Information in the text and the related lecture notes are used in class to generate lively discussions regarding tough decisions that must be made by businesses on a daily basis.

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