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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 Introduction to QuickBooks 2 your email address, you must let me know so I can change it in my gradebook. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.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). Introduction to QuickBooks 3 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 Introduction to QuickBooks 4 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 Introduction to QuickBooks 5 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: Introduction to QuickBooks 6 (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. Introduction to QuickBooks 7 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! -END-
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