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Administrative Unit: Business Administration Department
Course Prefix and Number: ACCT 280
Course Title: Accounting I (Financial)
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Introduction to the principles and concepts of accounting and the application of procedures relating to the complete accounting cycle. Preparation of financial statements for sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations is emphasized. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; MGMT 150 highly recommended. A grade of C or higher is highly recommended before progressing to ACCT 281.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Sophomore standing; MGMT 150 highly recommended. A grade of C or higher is highly recommended before progressing to ACCT 281.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Financial and Managerial Accounting
By Williams, Haka (McGraw Hill Education)
Fundamental Accounting Principles
By Wild, John J. (McGraw Hill Education)
By Warren, Reeve, Duchac (Cengage Learning)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the nature and purpose of financial accounting.
  2. Record transactions and prepare financial statements (income statement, statement of owner’s equity, balance sheet) for a sole proprietorship.
  3. Implement the proper accounting procedures for a merchandising company that carries inventory.
  4. Implement the proper accounting procedures for current assets.
  5. Implement the proper accounting procedures for long-term assets.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Accounting as an information system
  • The double-entry system
  • Business income and adjusting entries
  • Completing the accounting cycle
  • Accounting for merchandising operations
  • Accounting systems and special purpose journals
  • Internal control and merchandising transaction
  • Accounting concepts and classified financial statements
  • Short-term liquid assets
  • Inventories
  • Long-term assets: acquisition and depreciation
  • Long-term assets: other issues and types

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Thomas Stauder Date: January 26, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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