Ethics in Accounting


Whether you work in the public or private sector, possessing a deep understanding of the ethical standards and practices of accounting is essential. Through online lectures and instructor-led Q&As, you will learn how to identify and properly manage unethical accounting and taxation practices. Case studies and analysis of the different types of fraudulent accounting and taxation practices will also be explored to illustrate and foster deeper understanding of professional codes of conduct and their application in real-world situations. By the end of this course, you will possess the knowledge and skills to identify and apply ethics in the auditing, taxation and fiduciary professions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate and manage unethical accounting and taxation practices by organizations and individuals
  • Apply ethical standards per the State Board of Accountancy
  • Practice accounting through professional rules of conduct
  • Analyze unethical behavior including greed, fraud and corruption

Skills You Will Gain

  • Ethical principles and reasoning
  • Ethical frameworks
  • Analysis of fraud and corruption
Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

This course is a paced-asynchronous course, which means that all students will be proceeding through the course at the same time. The course consists of online materials, reading assignments, written assignments and discussion forums. The lessons open on a weekly basis throughout the duration of the class. The time it takes you to complete each lesson depends on your individual approach and learning style, but in a given week, students can generally expect to spend approximately:

  • 5-6 hours in online lectures and discussion forums
  • 5-6 hours of work outside of class on readings and assignments

Enroll through September 27, 2021. Class begins on September 20 2021, and must be completed by December 12, 2021. Access to your course will be available on the course’s start date.

For questions regarding prerequisite requirements to enroll in the course, please contact the program office at


Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received before the second meeting of the course. Visit to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

All drop requests for Fast Track students must first be approved by program office.


Principles of Financial Accounting

Intermediate Accounting I

Intermediate Accounting II

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this course, please review our technical requirements page at online learning.

Section Course Materials

Ethics in Accounting:A Decision-Making Approach

ISBN 978-1118928332
You may order this textbook from any retail or online vendor that you choose.  Any format is acceptable.


Group Discount

Groups of three or more, enrolled at the same time with a single payment method may receive a 10% discount on each enrollment.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office to enroll your group: (530) 757-8777.

Early Enroll Discount

Enroll 14 days before the course start date to save $50 on the course fee.

Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.

CAAA Member Discount

Current members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and other UC alumni associations receive $50 off the course fee. If you don't have your association discount code contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

Capitol Corridor Rider

Capitol Corridor riders are eligible for a one-time $100 discount on a UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education course (some exceptions apply). The Discount Code is available on the UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education course page on the Capitol Corridor’s onboard Wifi system.