Introduction to Computerized Accounting Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Instructor Information

Office Location

Byrd Business Building 344

Office Hours

Hi! I am looking forward to working with you this semester.

Please contact me by email through the course in Blackboard or via the Remind app if you would like to schedule a day and time to meet on Zoom to get your questions answered or to receive additional guidance on course concepts. Flexibility in scheduling is available, so do not hesitate to ask for what works for you.

Know two things:

  1. I am here and ready to assist you and guide you at whatever level works for you. If you are at a level that permits you to work this course completely independently, go for it. If you need assistance, a lot or a little, please communicate that. Many times what feels like a big thing holding you back is a small obstacle we can work on together to get past in a short period of time.
  2. There are many tasks to complete in the course. Every week, multiple tasks, for the entire 8 weeks. Block off time to get these assignments complete. This is how you will learn and how you will demonstrate competency with this material.

Good luck this semester!!

Course Information

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Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016

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Course

ACNT-1311-001 Introduction to Computerized Accounting

Prerequisites

Prerequisite: ACNT 1303

Course Description

Introduction to utilizing the computer in maintaining accounting records with primary emphasis on a general ledger package. 

Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website

Department Expectations

Occupational License Disclaimer

Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
mgraves24@actx.edu
806-371-5995
Make appointment at https://melodiegraves.youcanbook.me

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.

Hours

(3 sem hrs; 3 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type

Hybrid

Syllabus Information

Textbooks

Although you have outside buying options available, speak with your instructor before buying from a source other than the AC Bookstore. We want to ensure you have the correct product. An access code for Labyrinth Learning's Elab is a required element of this course.

 

Quickbooks Desktop 2020 Comprehensive
by Trisha Conlon
Ebook & Elab License bundle
ISBN 1640612114

$104 @ AC Bookstore

Supplies

 Notebook/paper and pencils/pens for notetaking.
 

 A computer utilizing the Windows operating system is a required element of this course. The free QuickBooks software download we are running for this course will not run on an Apple/Mac computer or a tablet or a Chromebook. Computer labs are available on the Amarillo College campus if you need access to a Windows-based computer.
 

Access to a computer with webcam and high-speed internet connection. This technology is used to complete online assignments in Labyrinth Learning's eLab, to attend tutoring via Zoom, and to access and upload Blackboard assignments. Computer labs are available on the Amarillo College campus if you need internet access, a webcam, or a computer.
 

 Access to a printer to print, or ability to come to campus to pick up, learning materials, assignments, and exam materials.

Student Performance

By the end of the semester, the student will be able to satisfactorily complete all of the learning outcomes with a competency level based on the completion of required examinations administered under the supervision of the instructor and evaluated according to the instructor’s grading scale.

Student outcomes include the ability to:

  1. Utilize an application software to perform accounting tasks
  2. Maintain records
  3. Prepare reports
  4. Analyze reports for a business entity
  5. Complete a comprehensive project
  6. Explain the components of general ledger software.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to maintain a high standard of individual honor in their scholastic work. Students who are guilty of cheating, plagiarism, copying, or dishonesty may receive a 0 on an assignment; may be excluded from class with a grade of F; or, in flagrant cases, may be suspended from the College.

The Faculty of the Business Technology Program reserve the right to ask a student to verify any portion of a test or assignment by reproducing any specific section or the entire test/assignment in question.

Any action that compromises the computer systems at Amarillo College, including but not limited to hacking or cracking, can result in a grade of "F" in this course and possible further disciplinary action.

Grading Criteria

Course grades will be assigned based upon the following criteria:

Grades scored between
89.5% and 100% = A
79.5% and less than 89.5% = B
69.5% and less than 79.5% = C
59.5% and less than 69.5% = D
0% and less than 59.5% = F
 

Student evaluation is based upon the following assignments and weights:

Attendance (8)  - 5%
 Practice Assignments: Develop Your Skills / Tackle the Tasks (12) - 15%
Chapter Quizzes (12) - 15%
Homework Assignments: Apply Your Skills (39) - 25%
 Midterm Exam (2 parts) -  20%
 Final Exam (1) - 20%


An assignment checklist is posted in the course identifying when each chapter is covered, when assignments are due, and when the midterm and final exams will be administered.

Please take a few minutes and record all due dates on your calendar.


A 10% penalty will be applied to all late work. For example, if an assigned homework would have earned a grade of 93, but is turned in late, the grade reported will be an 83.7 (93.0 – 9.3 = 83.7).

 

Attendance
Attendance will be taken at each class session. Attendance for the course will be in person, in the classroom. If you arrive after attendance has been taken, please ensure you have been counted as present before you leave for the evening. Attendance will be taken for 8 class sessions, worth 100 points each, for 5% of your final course grade.

Practice Assignments
During each class session, after a new chapter has been introduced, students will work practice assignments. This is an opportunity to explore the material and practice the QuickBooks tools outlined in the chapter. Practice Assignments are embedded within each chapter and can be identified by the sections named "Develop Your Skills" and "Tackle the Tasks". You will complete the tasks, as described, in your desktop version of QuickBooks 2002. A total of 12 chapter practice assignments will be completed, worth 100 points each, and weighted at 15% of your final course grade. Practice Assignments are intended to be completed largely during our class session, with completion files uploaded to dropboxes in Blackboard.

Chapter Quizzes
A chapter quiz will be completed for each chapter. Chapter Quizzes are multiple-choice and true-false question covering chapter terminology and concepts, as well as best-practices and processes for entering and managing transactions in QuickBooks. One attempt is permitted on each quiz. For review, use the Self-Assessment Quiz provided at the end of each e-text chapter. A total of 12 chapter quizzes, worth 100 points each, are weighted at 15% of your final course grade. Chapter Quizzes are completed in the Labyrinth Learning eLab system.

Homework Assignments
Homework assignments provide another opportunity to learn and practice QuickBooks basics--this time with more independence than what you experienced with the practice assignments. Homework entails completing tasks in your desktop version of QuickBooks. Instructions are embedded at the end of each e-text chapter and can be identified by the sections named "Apply Your Skills". Once completed, you will download specified reports or pdf files from QuickBooks and then upload those saved files to Labyrinth Learning's eLab system for automated grading. There are 39 homework files to upload, each worth 100 points, and weighted at 25% of your final course grade. Four attempts are permitted on each Apply Your Skills task.

Major Exams
Two major exams will be administered in the course. A midterm exam in Week 4 will be conducted in two parts. Part 1 is a multiple-choice/true-false exam. Part 1 is completed in eLab. Part 2 is a practical project, providing an opportunity to demonstrate the skills you have developed in QuickBooks. Part 2 will be completed in QuickBooks, with files uploaded to eLab for grading. Both Parts 1 & 2 cover Chapters 1-5, are worth 100 points each, and are weighted as 20% of your final course grade. A final exam will be conducted in Week 8. This exam is a multiple-choice/true-false comprehensive exam, is worth 100 points, and is weighted at 20% of your final course grade.

Attendance

All Week 1 assignments must be completed by Monday, 3/28 @ 10pm, in order to be considered PRESENT in the course. Failure to complete all assignments by this date may lead to an administrative drop from the course.

Check your email daily.  The email address used by your instructor is the @amarillocollege.com email address issued to each AC student. Your instructor will communicate important course updates, guidance, and hints via email.

Establish the habit of reviewing the textbook chapter(s) BEFORE you come to class on Tuesday evening. You don't have to know the material or fully understand what you have read, but you will be laying an important foundation. When we review the material in class, it will make more sense and both the in-class assignment and your practice and homework will progress more efficiently.

Complete assignments by the scheduled date/time. The more effort you put into keeping on top of the assignments, the more you will learn, the more you will enjoy the course, and the more likely the workload will not feel burdensome. A 10% penalty will be applied to all late work.

Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class period. If you arrive late, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have been counted as present--before you leave class that afternoon. Excessive absence or lack of participation may result in failure of the course. Attendance for this course will be in person and in the classroom.

Students should plan on spending a minimum of 8-10 hours per week on this course--outside of the classroom. Actual amounts will vary depending on weekly assignments and topic complexity.

Your instructor, Lynne Kenney, may be contacted by email through the course in Blackboard. If Blackboard is not available, please email lkenney@actx.edu.  In-person meetings or additional help are available if needed or desired. Please contact by email to set up a convenient day/time.

Emails are typically answered within 24 hours. If you do not receive a response within that timeframe, please resend your message as a reminder.

Calendar

The outline below represents a planned schedule for the course. Actual dates are subject to change. Please check your email daily for course updates from your instructor.
 
Week 1:  March 21 - March 27

Syllabus & Course Review
Sign Up for Remind Texting App
Review of Accounting Basics
Installation of QuickBooks Software
Account Creation/Join Course in eLab

Chapter 1 - Introducing QuickBooks Desktop

All Week 1 assignments must be completed by Monday, 3/28 @ 10pm), in order to be considered PRESENT in the course. Failure to complete all assignments by this date may lead to an administrative drop from the course.
Week 2:  March 28 - April 3

Chapter 2 - Creating a Company File
Chapter 3 - Working with Customers

Week 3:  April 4 - April 10

Chapter 4 - Working with Vendors
Chapter 5 - Banking Tasks

Week 4:  April 11 - April 17

Midterm Exam - Part 1 & Part 2

Week 5:  April 18 - April 24

Chapter 7 - Managing Physical Inventory
Chapter 8 - Working with Balance Sheet Accounts and Budgets

Week 6:  April 25 - May 1

Chapter 9 - Using QuickBooks for Payroll
Chapter 10 - Job Costing, Creating Estimates, and Time Tracking

Week 7:  May 2 - May 8

Chapter 11 - The Accounting Cycle and Using Classes
Chapter 13 - Reporting, Adjusting Entries, and Closing the Books

Week 8:  May 9 - May 12

Chapter 14 - Customizing and Integrating in QuickBooks
Cumulative Final Exam

Additional Information

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

March 11-20:         Spring Break @ Amarillo College (limited services)
March 21:              Spring 2 Classes Begin
March 28:              Census Day (Administrative Drop for Non-Attendance)
April 4:                   Summer/Fall Registration Begins
April 15-17:            Easter Holiday (AC closed)
April 21:                 Last Day to Withdraw
May 12:                 Last Day of Course
May 13:                 Commencement

 

TECHNOLOGY & COMPUTING ISSUES
  • Computer Services Center: Located within the AC Bookstore, trained staff will diagnose computer-related issues and repair problems on a fee-for-service basis. Laptop rentals are also available. Visit the Computer Services Center website for additional details: https://www.actx.edu/bookstore/computer-service-center.
  • Student & Faculty Help Center: Located in the basement of Ware Student Commons, the Help Center provides technical support to students and faculty. The Help Center offers assistance in logging into AC Connect, Blackboard, resetting passwords, and general computing and software questions. Visit the Student & Faculty Help Center website at https://www.actx.edu/ctl/helpcenter.
  • The Underground: Located in the basement of Ware Student Commons, The Underground contains more than 130 computers and features numerous individual work stations, production and collaboration rooms, some 85-inch screens, and high-quality printers. Hours of Operation are: Monday-Thursday (7am-8:30pm), Friday (7am-4pm), and Sunday (2pm-6pm).
COURSE ASSISTANCE
PERSONAL ISSUES
  • Advocacy & Resource Center: The Advocacy & Resource Center is located on the first floor of Ware Student Commons. A variety of resources are available in the areas of social services, a food pantry, a clothing closet, and adult student programs. Visit the Advocacy & Resource Center website at http://www.actx.edu/arc/advocacy-and-resource-center.
  • Counseling Center: At the Counseling Center, student and counselor work together to develop more personal awareness and the skills needed to overcome barriers to success. All services are free and confidential. Visit the Counseling Center website at: https://www.actx.edu/counseling/index.php.
  • Legal Clinic: The Legal Clinic is a free, walk-in clinic assisting enrolled AC students on various legal issues including family law, immigration, probate, landlord-tenant issues, and general legal matters. Visit the Legal Clinic website at https://www.actx.edu/legalstudies/legal-student-intership.

Syllabus Created on:

03/12/22 9:49 PM

Last Edited on:

03/12/22 10:16 PM