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									                    Course Information Document

                      Introduction to QuickBooks
                            Accounting 120

This course introduces students to the QuickBooks Online Edition general ledger
software package. This course is offered both on campus and as an online, distance-
learning course offering.

“Introduction to QuickBooks” enables both accounting students and persons without
accounting backgrounds to become proficient with many of the features of the
QuickBooks software package. Customer sales and collections, vendor purchases and
payments, check-writing, cash deposits, and report preparation are all functions that
students will be able to perform following the completion of the course.

Business owners, office workers, and bookkeepers will all benefit from familiarity
with QuickBooks, the top selling small business general ledger software package on
the market today. In addition, this material is of practical importance to students
enrolled in certificate or associate degree programs in business and accounting.

MATERIALS
To complete this course, you should have the following materials:

       1.       Access to the Internet
       2.       The Introduction to QuickBooks Course Manual written by Craig
                Pence (available on the www.my-accounting-tutor.com course
                website).
       3.       A calculator to increase your speed and accuracy.

Item #2, the QuickBooks Course Manual, will be your primary guide through the
course you are taking. The manual organizes the course content into 9 learning
modules. Modules 1 through 8 present the course content in outline form. Module 9 is
a performance assessment exercise that is done for credit in the course. Students are
scored on their ability to properly utilize QuickBooks to account for typical business
transactions and to produce a set of financial statements for a business.

You will also need to make sure that the email address registered for you at Highland
is the one that you use most often. Notices of program changes, answers to questions
and so on will be e-mailed to you during your enrollment in the course, and you want
to be sure you will see them. You can verify your e-mail address is by going into
“ROAR” at www.highland.edu/login.asp, and viewing your Personal Information.
Your current e-mail address will be shown there, and you may either leave it as it is
or change it to another address that will be more convenient for you to use to
communicate with the instructor or other students in the course. If you need to update
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        your email address, you must let me know so I can change it in my gradebook.
        Contact me at cpence@my-accounting-tutor.com.

        The section below details the steps you should follow in completing the course.


        HOW TO COMPLETE THE COURSE

          1.      Always begin with the QuickBooks Course Manual. The modules that
                  make up the Course Manual can be found in your course site at www.my-
                  accounting-tutor.com. Once you go to this address, click the link at the top
                  of the page labeled “Intro to QuickBooks.” You will then be in our
                  “classroom,” and you will see links to the Course Manual. Read the
                  information, on the opening page, and then when you are ready, click the
                  link and go to the Course Manual. Open the first module in your browser
                  window and scan the outline to grasp the general theme of the covered
                  material.

          2.      Study the module's content, and follow its examples. You will set up a
                  business and record basic business transactions as you complete Modules 1
                  through 8. Upon your completion of module 8, the instructor will check your
                  work to verify that it has been done correctly. You will then be able to
                  proceed to Module 9.

          3.      You will use your course manual and the knowledge you gained as you
                  completed modules 1 through 8 to complete a lengthy practice set
                  assessment in Module 9. You must complete this practice set in order to earn
                  credit in the course. You will be graded on the basis of correctness and
                  accuracy.

          4.      You are given a 6-month subscription to QuickBooks Online Edition,
                  premium version. Your student subscription gives you full use of the
                  QuickBooks program. You may email the instructor with questions:
                  cpence@my-accounting-tutor.com

     TIME LIMITATIONS AND PROGRESS REPORTS
     Your work in the online course is self-scheduled, so there are no due dates for the
     completion of homework or examinations. However, there is a final cut-off date
     for completion of the course. If you are unable to finish your coursework in the
     same semester you enrolled in the course, and if you have been making acceptable
     progress in the course, you may request a time extension. Time extensions, if
     granted, cannot extend past mid-term of the following semester (or the end of the
     summer semester, if you are enrolled in the spring semester).
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     There is one scheduled activity that students must complete in the course Students
     taking the online section of the course are required to post weekly “progress
     reports.” These brief updates are due each Sunday, and provide a way for students
     to communicate with the instructor, and for the instructor to monitor the students’
     progress. The progress reports are not graded, but they are required. Failure to post
     three consecutive progress reports will be viewed as evidence of non-participation
     and will result in an instructor-initiated withdrawal from the course.


                     An audio/visual presentation is available that describes the
                     process of posting your progress reports. You may access this
                     presentation by clicking the link below.

                     Link to “Progress Reports” Presentation


ABOUT HIGHLAND’S ACCOUNTING COURSES
The table on the following page lists the Accounting courses that are available online
through Highland Community College. These courses are all transferable to other
colleges and universities, though individual institutions have their own policies
regarding acceptance of courses in transfer. For more information about transferring
college course credit, contact the Highland Admissions Department at 815-235-6121 or
through the following link: (http://highland.edu/admissions/transfer.asp).

All of the courses shown in the table below provide fundamental training in
bookkeeping and accounting. All, with the exception of ACCT 211, Federal Income
Tax, are available as online courses. Note that online students may take Federal Income
Tax through another institution and transfer the course to Highland.


                  Elements of Accounting          Federal Income Tax Accounting
                        ACCT-105                            ACCT-211
                       3 credit hours                      3 credit hours
                     Prerequisite: None                 Prerequisite: None


                  Computer Applications               Introduction to Payroll
                        ACCT 115                           ACCT-116
                       2 credit hours                      2 credit hours
                  Prerequisite: ACCT 105                Prerequisite: None

                Introduction to QuickBooks            Advanced QuickBooks
                       ACCT-120                           ACCT-220
                       2 credit hours                     2 credit hours
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                      Prerequisite: None          Prerequisite: ACCT 120 and 105

                   Financial Accounting               Managerial Accounting
                        ACCT-213                            ACCT-214
                       4 credit hours                      4 credit hours
                  Prerequisite: ACCT 105              Prerequisite: ACCT 213



                     An audio/visual presentation is available that describes these
                     courses and our programs in Accounting. It also addresses
                     employment prospects and salary levels in the field. You may
                     access this presentation by clicking the link below.

                       Link to “Accounting Careers and Programs” Presentation


The Elements of Accounting course is primarily concerned with the practical aspects of
business bookkeeping. In this course, students learn the basic accounting procedures
that are fundamental to success in the Financial Accounting course and in other
advanced Accounting courses that might be taken at senior institutions. These skills are
also valuable in the workplace if the student is seeking an office job, and they are vital
to success if the student wishes to operate his or her own small business.

Financial Accounting presents advanced topics that "close the gap" between small-
business bookkeeping and financial accounting for larger businesses. While Financial
Accounting does utilize basic debit and credit entries, the emphasis is placed upon
issues related to public reporting by larger businesses that have more complicated
accounting issues to deal with. Accounting for stock and bond issues, corporate
consolidations, inventory valuation issues, and other advanced topics are addressed.
The course is appropriate for students who plan to transfer to senior institutions to
complete Bachelor’s degree programs in Accounting or Business Administration.
Persons seeking only basic bookkeeping training should take the Elements of
Accounting course.

Managerial Accounting extends the introductory accounting coverage to the use of
accounting information in management decision-making and to cost accounting
procedures used by manufacturers. The course is appropriate for administrators in all
types of organizations, persons working in manufacturing settings, or those planning to
transfer to senior institutions.

The Computer Applications course introduces students to automated record-keeping
systems in small businesses. In addition to examining issues related to financial and
other records, this course provides students with a brief introduction to QuickBooks
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and basic payroll functions.

Payroll Administration presents an overview of the state and federal laws that affect
employment practices, withholdings, and to the filing of payroll tax forms and the
payment of payroll taxes, and Federal Income Tax Accounting is another occupational
course that provides future bookkeepers and office managers with basic employment
skills.

The Introduction to QuickBooks course introduces students to automated accounting
using the QuickBooks general ledger accounting system. QuickBooks allows non-
accountants to record many types of transactions, to prepare invoices, record bills,
process checks and deposits, and to print financial statements. This course prepares
students to utilize these features in QuickBooks, and does not require previous
coursework in accounting.

The Advanced QuickBooks course continues on with QuickBooks, and introduces
students to the program’s more advanced features. Accounting issues related to
QuickBooks are addressed in this course, and previous coursework in accounting is
required.

ABOUT HIGHLAND’S ACCOUNTING CERTIFICATES AND DEGREES
The following Accounting certificates and degrees are available through Highland
Community College:

Accounts Clerk Certificate (18 credit hours, 8 courses)

QuickBooks Professional Certificate (all courses online, 20 credit hours, 10 courses)

Accounting Certificate (27 credit hours, 11 courses)

Associate of Applied Science (64 credit hours, 24 courses)


The Value of a Certificate
A certificate is similar to a degree, in that the student receives a document that looks
like a diploma and it certifies the student’s learning. Students often wonder whether
completing one or more of the certificate programs in accounting is “worth it.”

There are four factors that you should consider if you are contemplating the completion of
one or more of the accounting certificates:
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        (1)     The courses you take that “count” in the certificate program also “count”
                toward the next certificate or degree you complete. In other words, you are
                able to pick up the certificates as you work your way through the Associate
                Degree program, without having to take any additional courses at all.

        (2)     Each certificate that you complete adds an additional line to your resume and
                enhances your professional image. Even if you complete the Associate of
                Applied Science Degree, your resume will still be more impressive if it lists
                one or more certificates earned at HCC along with your degree.

        (3)     Since they can be completed quickly, you will be adding lines to your resume
                that can help you land a job in the field as you work toward the next
                certificate or toward your Associate’s Degree. Experience in an office can
                really enhance your learning, and that experience also adds another valuable
                line to your resume.

        (4)     Some students may find that one or more of our certificates are “enough” to
                reach their employment goals, and this can save them the time and money it
                would take to complete the associate’s degree. (It is always advisable, though,
                to complete as much education as you can, since more education usually
                results in higher income!)

Completing a Certificate or Degree Online
It is completely possible for students to complete certificate and degree programs at
Highland by taking only online courses. However, except for the Accounts Clerk and
QuickBooks Professional certificate programs in Accounting, there are a few required
courses in the other accounting programs that are not available online through
Highland. Online students should understand though, that by completing online courses
offered through other institutions and transferring them to Highland, it is possible to
complete many of Highland’s certificates and degrees. A listing of online courses that
might be acceptable as substitutes may be viewed by visiting the Illinois Virtual
Campus website at http://www.ivc.illinois.edu/. Before registering for any of these
classes, it is imperative that students contact Highland advisors to ensure that the online
course taken at the other institution will be accepted in transfer as equivalent to the
course required in the Highland program.

CAREER OPTIONS IN ACCOUNTING
Accounting ranks among the top professional areas in terms of future job growth. While
students wishing to become CPA’s or CMA’s must transfer to senior institutions and
complete bachelors’ degrees in order to do so, bookkeepers are able to find rewarding
jobs after completing a two-year degree, a certificate program, or just a few courses in
accounting. Current salary levels for entry-level jobs in accounting and bookkeeping can
be found in various publications or on the internet.
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One good source of career information comes from the United States Department of
Labor. The DOL publishes an “Occupational Outlook Handbook” that summarizes the
employment outlook for several occupations (see http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos001.htm,
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos144.htm, and http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos149.htm for work
descriptions, growth prospects, and salary levels for the accounting, bookkeeping and
payroll fields).

Students in our programs should also consider becoming professionally certified in
bookkeeping, QuickBooks, or in payroll. Two organizations, the American Institute of
Professional Bookkeepers (http://www.aipb.org) and the American Payroll Association
(http://www.americanpayroll.org/), offer certification programs for bookkeepers that do
not require completion of a college degree. Intuit, the publisher of QuickBooks, also
certifies users of the QuickBooks program. Students who take our introductory
accounting, payroll and QuickBooks courses will be prepared for the certification exams
administered by these organizations, and they are encouraged to take advantage of them.
A job applicant whose resume lists multiple certificates and/or degrees in Accounting,
along with certifications from professional organizations, will surely be noticed!

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