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ACCT 385: Accounting Information Systems

Course Description

Theory, design and implementation of Accounting Information Systems, including the business application of computerized spreadsheets, databases, and commercial software packages.

Prerequisite: ACCT 281, CISS 170

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Romney, M. B. & Steinbart, P. J . (2018). Accounting Information Systems (14th ed.). New York: Pearson.
    • [ISBN-978-0-13-447402-1]
  • Arens, Ward, and Borsum. (2016). Systems Understanding Aid—Package (9th ed.). Okemos, MI: Armond Dalton Publishing.
    • [ISBN-978-0-912503-61-5]
  • Arens, Ward, & Borsum. (2016). Computerized Accounting Using Quickbooks Pro 2015 (4th ed.). Okemos, MI: Armond Dalton Publishing.
    • [ISBN-978-0-912503-39-4]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

Welcome to ACCT 385—Accounting Information Systems.  You will learn real-world applications of accounting theories, processes, and internal control procedures.  You will gain an increased understanding of and skills toward the design and implementation of Accounting Information Systems as well as the application of computerized spreadsheets, databases, and commercial software packages in a business environment.



Technology Requirements

This course requires access to specific software, including:  

  • Microsoft Excel, Word, and Access. (Columbia College provides students with Microsoft Office 365. Microsoft Access, however, is only available for PC. If you are using a Mac, you may substitute Access with Open Office Base.)
  • QuickBooks Pro 2015 (included with purchase of Arens, Ward, Bosum’s System Package [bundle].)

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:

  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the structure of an Accounting Information System (AIS).
  2. Document AIS through narratives, flowcharts, and other diagrammatic techniques.
  3. Process transactions in a manual and computerized environment.
  4. Incorporate proper internal controls into AIS.
  5. Incorporate the various cycles (revenue, expenditure, financing, human resources, and production) into the AIS.
  6. Design, construct, and implement AIS using a manual system of journals and ledgers.
  7. Design, construct, and implement AIS using an electronic spreadsheet (Excel, for example).
  8. Design, construct, and implement AIS using a relational database (Access, for example).
  9. Design, construct, and implement AIS using a commercial software package (Peachtree, for example).

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 742-825 90-100%
B 660-741 80-89%
C 578-659 70-79%
D 495-577 60-69%
F 0-494 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (8) 80 10%
Homework Quizzes (12) 120 15%
Systems Understanding Aid Part A (1) 100 12%
Systems Understanding Aid Part B (1) 75 9%
QuickBooks Project (1) 100 12%
Access Project (1) 50 6%
Exams (3) 300 36%
Total 825 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introduction Discussion N/A Thursday
Discussion 1 10 Thursday/Sunday
Chapter 1 Homework Quiz 10 Sunday
Chapter 2 Homework Quiz 10
Systems Understanding Aid Part A.1 10
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 10 Thursday/Sunday
Systems Understanding Aid Part A.2 90 Sunday
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 10 Thursday/Sunday
Chapter 3 Homework Quiz 10 Sunday
Exam 1 100
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 10 Thursday/Sunday
Chapter 5 Homework Quiz 10 Sunday
Chapter 6 Homework Quiz 10
Systems Understanding Aid Part B 75
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 10 Thursday/Sunday
Chapter 7 Homework Quiz 10 Sunday
Chapter 8 Homework Quiz 10
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 10 Thursday/Sunday
Chapter 9 Homework Quiz 10 Sunday
Chapter 10 Homework Quiz 10
QuickBooks Project 100
Exam 2 100
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 10 Thursday/Sunday
Chapter 4 Homework Quiz 10 Sunday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 10 Thursday/Saturday
Chapter 17 Homework Quiz 10 Saturday
Chapter 18 Homework Question 10
Access Project 50
Exam 3 100
Total Points 825

Assignment Overview

Discussions

Discussions are expected to be completed in the appropriate discussion forum for each week. These discussions should be completed within D2L and not uploaded as an attachment. This will allow classmates and the instructor to respond directly to the posts. You should carefully read the assigned topic and conduct research using your textbook or other peer-reviewed resources including (but not limited to) the CC Stafford library and Google Scholar.

As college students at this level of study, you are expected to provide appropriate, substantive posts of at least 100 words and at least two additional classmate responses by the deadlines given in the syllabus. Main posts should be written in proper APA format in your own words with the source(s) of your information cited. Posts should demonstrate critical thinking skills and your understanding of the topic. Main posts are due by 11:59 CT on Thursdays, and responses to classmates are due by 11:59 CT Sundays, with the exception of Week 8, when responses must be posted by Saturday, 11:59 CT.

Responses to classmates must be meaningful, and substantive and add value to the discussion; posting “good job” or “I agree” is not considered substantive without providing additional reason to support your statement with the citation to the source of your information. Up to 2 points may be deducted for lack of citation or reference. 

You should consider these discussions as if you are making a short presentation to an executive team at a business meeting. Active participation in the discussion forums is encouraged.   


Homework Quizzes

Homework quizzes are designed to assess your understanding of the Accounting Information System (AIS) concepts learned in the chapters assigned for each week. You are required to solve problems selected from the textbook, which must be completed in the Quizzes area of D2L. Week 8’s homework quiz, however, must be completed in the corresponding D2L dropbox.  

The homework quizzes will be open on Mondays at 6:00 am CT until Sundays (Saturday Week 8) at 11:59 pm CT. You will be able to see your grades immediately on completion of the homework quizzes.


Systems Understand Aid Part A

The Systems Understanding Aid (SUA) Part A project will give you hands-on experience with manual internal control procedures for the completion and distribution of documents used in contemporary business offices. This project uses a simple accounting and internal control system for a fictitious company, Waren Sports Supply, containing transactions pre-loaded through December 15, 2017.

You will be provided with instructions (Instructions book), the Waren Excel spreadsheet (Content area), and a Transactions List (Document No. 1) containing transactions for you to complete for the period of December 16 through December 22 (due Week 1) and December 23 through end-of-month, December 31 (due Week 2). You will be required to complete certain documents from the SUA Documents envelope and perform related internal controls using the information provided in the SUA bundle including the Instructions book, Reference book, and Transactions List.

For this project, we will be specifically using Transactions List A, Option 2 described on page 11 of the SUA Instructions book.  Following Option 2, you will record each transaction in a chronological date sequence.

Upload the completed sections (including the Waren spreadsheet and any required journal, subsidiary, or other entries) in the related dropboxes for Week 1 and Week 2.


Systems Understand Aid Part B

The second SUA project, SUA Part B, provides hands-on practice for a manual accounting system using Microsoft Excel.  You will complete the Waren’s year-end activities described in the SUA Instructions book and prepare end-of-year adjustments and financial statements as instructed. Information, guidance, and completed examples of the year-end procedures and linkages can be found in the SUA Reference book. Special financial worksheets are provided in the Waren spreadsheet file, which you will use to complete the project. Specific instructions and expectations are outlined in the Content area. SUA Part B must be submitted in the Week 4 dropbox by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT Week 4.


QuickBooks Project

The Quickbooks project provides hands-on training in a real-world computerized accounting system. This project uses a popular, off-the-shelf computerized accounting software, Quickbooks Pro 2015, with instructions provided in Aren’s Computerized Accounting using Quickbooks Pro 2015.  You will specifically be following the transaction activities and instructions in Chapter 9, Option A of the accompanying Computerized Accounting Instructions, Book 1 of 3.

Additional material and work files must downloaded from the Armond Dalton Resources website. The files downloaded from the Resources website contain pre-loaded data used to supplement the transaction activities and instructions for Chapter 9, Option A.

The Computerized Accounting, Book 2 of 3 contains detailed, how-to instructions for different Quickbooks activities.

To complete this project is, submit the Waren Sports Supply backup file to the appropriate dropbox. No zipping or printed document is required for the project.


Access Project

The final hands-on project will introduce you to Microsoft Access, an electronic database system.

You must complete Problem 4-10 at the end of Chapter 4: Relational Databases of the Romney text. In doing so, you will create tables and queries to address the different facets of the scenario presented. The tables you create should be similar (including the names) to the completed tables shown for the Comprehensive problem.  Your queries should be named and saved in alignment with the parts of the problem, i.e. Query 4-10-a, Query 4-10-b, Query 4-10-c, etc. 

Please note that, if you are using a Mac, you will need to use Open Office Base to complete this project. 


Exams

Exams are located in the Quizzes area of the course.

Three exams are to be completed during Weeks 3, 6, and 8. Each exam will consist of 25 multiple-choice questions covering chapters completed during that unit. The exam in Week 3 will cover the chapters completed for Weeks 1-3; the exam in Week 6 will cover the chapters completed for Weeks 4-6; Week 8 will cover Weeks 7-8.

Exams will be available at 6:00 am CT on Thursday and will close at 11:59 CT Sunday, except for Week 8 when the exam will be due by 11:59 CT Saturday night.

You will only have one attempt for each exam.



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Conceptual Foundations of Accounting Information Systems Pt. 1
Readings
  • Romney: Chapter 1
  • Romney: Chapter 2
  • Systems Understanding Aid (SUA) Instructions Book, review Nature of the Systems Project; Preparation; Introduction; Waren’s Accounting System and Basic Policies; and Requirements for Recording Monthly Transactions.
Introduction Discussion

First, please post a brief description of yourself. Where do you live? What is your current line of work? What do you do for fun?

Next, include your undergraduate degree, how close you are to completion of your program, and what you want to do after you have your degree. Do you plan to pursue a CPA? 

Discussion 1

The Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of your company (retail business) is planning to hire a consultant for a week for $6,000.00 to review the company’s integrated accounting and human resources system and make recommendations on improving the operating efficiency of the company.  As the accountant, the CEO asks you for a cost/benefit analysis of hiring this consultant. 

Review the material in your textbook and search online for a peer-reviewed scholarly article on “Accounting Information Systems” for information on the value of these systems. Please search via the CC Stafford Library site, Google Scholar, or other Internet sites such as finance.brint.com that contain links to major accounting and financial online resources. 

Provide a cost/benefit analysis of hiring a consultant to review the company’s accounting and human resource system. Include evidence that supports your claims as well as the web address (URL) to the source document.

Each student should select a different article. Prior to writing your initial post, reply to the Discussion 1: Article Reservation thread in Week 1 using the following format: “I reserve the [insert article title].” This will ensure that each student has a different article.

 

  • Your main post should demonstrate your understanding of what you read and is due by Thursday and should include examples from the article (cited) to support your discussion, in your own words.
  • By Sunday night, respond to two other students in the class by comparing or contrasting your response to the CEO to your classmates’ perspectives. 
Chapter 1 Homework Quiz

You are required to solve problems designed that gauge your understanding of this week’s reading material. Please complete the assigned questions within the Chapter 1 Homework Quiz under the Quizzes portion of D2L.

Chapter 2 Homework Quiz

You are required to solve problems designed that gauge your understanding of this week’s reading material. Please complete the assigned questions within the Chapter 2 Homework Quiz under the Quizzes portion of D2L.

Systems Understanding Aid Part A.1

Complete the required documents and activities related to transactions on the Transactions List for Week 1 and record these transactions manually using the SUA Spreadsheet. 

Week 2: Conceptual Foundations of Accounting Information Systems Pt. 2
Readings
  • Romney: Chapter 1 Continued
  • Romney: Chapter 2 Continued
  • Systems Understanding Aid (SUA) Instructions Book, see Nature of the Systems Project; Preparation; Introduction; Waren’s Accounting System and Basic Policies; and Requirements for Recording Monthly Transactions.
Media
  • Video: “IT in Business.
    • This video can be found within the Week 2 Instructional Materials under "External Resources". 
Discussion 2

After watching the video, “IT in Business” (see link in multimedia section), discuss two ways in which information and communications technology can add value to a firm’s value chain.

Each student should select a different section of a firm’s value chain or department.

  • Your main post should demonstrate your understanding of the information on the video and is due by Thursday and should include examples (cited) to support your discussion, in your own words.
  • For your replies, consider the following questions: Do you agree with the advantages presented by others in class?  Why or why not?  What new insight have you gained about technology in a particular value chain or department? How has the discussion affected your understanding of IT in business?  Support your responses with further research and/or additional examples.
Systems Understanding Aid Part A.2

Complete the remaining activities on the Transactions List from December 26, through the Month-End Procedures, scan, rename, and save the completed documents. You will also complete any related journal entries, ledgers, and other activities as instructed in the Transactions List in the Waren spreadsheet file which was provided in the Content area in Week 1.

The scanned documents and the spreadsheet file containing your work should be placed in one folder, zipped, and uploaded to the dropbox for Week 2 to be graded. 

Week 3: Documentation Techniques in Designing Business Information Systems
Readings
  • Romney: Chapter 3: Systems Documentation Techniques
  • Systems Understanding Aid (SUA) Instructions Book: Waren’s Year-End Procedures
Discussion 3

A context diagram is the highest-level document flow diagram (DFD) because it provides managers with a summary overview of a particular business system (Romney & Steinbart, 2017). 

Part 1:

Describe some of the benefits of the context diagram in payroll processing system of a major public company and why are they necessary?

Part 2:

  • Choose a major public company using a reputable site such as LexisNexis Academic in the CC Stafford Library
    • You must find different examples. Do not use the same company as a fellow student.
    • Prior to writing your initial post, reply to the Discussion 3: Company Reservation thread in Week 3 using the following format: “I reserve the [insert company’s names].” This will ensure that each student has a different company.
  • Provide a brief description of the company’s business and its industry and list two main competitors.
  • Create a version of what you think the context diagram for the company’s payroll system should contain and why, in your own words.
  • If possible, attach an exported image of the diagram you created.
  • Your main post should be in APA format in at least 100 words and posted by 11:59 pm Thursday night.
  • You should respond to the main posts of two classmates by comparing and contrasting them with your post. These responses are due by 11:59 pm Sunday.  
Chapter 3 Homework Quiz

You are required to solve problems designed that gauge your understanding of this week’s reading material. Please complete the assigned questions within the Chapter 3 Homework Quiz under the Quizzes portion of D2L.

Exam 1

 Covers Chapters 1 through 3.

Week 4: Fraud and Computerized Accounting Information Systems
Readings
  • Romney: Chapter 5
  • Romney: Chapter 6
  • Transactions List: Year-end Procedures.
  • Systems Understanding Aid (SUA) Instructions Book: Waren’s Year-End Procedures.
  • Systems Understanding Aid (SUA) Reference Book: Chapter 1 and chapters related to Waren’s Year-End Procedures in the SUA Instructions book.
Discussion 4

For the week’s discussion, study Table 5-5 Summary of Ways to Prevent and Detect Fraud in Romney chapter 5 and briefly describe one item from each of the four sections: (1) Make Fraud Less Likely to Occur; (2) Increase the Difficulty of Committing Fraud; (3) Improve Detection Methods, and (4) Reduce Fraud Losses (Romney & Steinbart, 2017). For at least one of the areas, include one real-world example (cited).

You can research fraud prevention and detection on official websites like:

The Journal of Accountancy http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/

and The CPA Journal http://www.cpajournal.com/

  • You must choose different items from each of the four sections from your classmates. Prior to writing your initial post, reply to the Discussion 4: Fraud Reservation thread in Week 4 using the following format: “I reserve [insert fraud prevention #1], etc.” This will ensure that each student covers four different preventative measures.
  • For your replies, consider the following questions: How do your prevention types differ from your peers? How are they similar? What new insight regarding fraud prevention have you gained from reading your classmates’ posts?
Chapter 5 Homework Quiz

You are required to solve problems designed that gauge your understanding of this week’s reading material. Please complete the assigned questions within the Chapter 5 Homework Quiz under the Quizzes portion of D2L.

Chapter 6 Homework Quiz

You are required to solve problems designed that gauge your understanding of this week’s reading material. Please complete the assigned questions within the Chapter 6 Homework Quiz under the Quizzes portion of D2L.

Systems Understanding Aid Part B

Complete and submit SUA Project: Part B—Waren’s Year-End Procedures using the Waren Sport Spreadsheet provided in the Content area Week 3.

Week 5: Control and Security of Accounting Information Systems
Readings
  • Romney: Chapter 7
  • Romney: Chapter 8
Discussion 5

In two substantive paragraphs (minimum of 100 words), provide an overview of (1) the Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX) 2002 and (2) the Foreign Corrupt Practices (FCP) Act 1997.   For each, be sure to include:

  • Two objectives for the passage, and
  • Your opinion whether the Act is effective in addressing the violations. Please provide a brief example or scenario to support your opinion from a major accounting or financial resource. 
  • For your replies, consider the following questions: How does their understanding of the passage for each Act differ from your own? How are they similar? Do you agree with their opinion on whether they are effective or not? What did you find interesting about their examples or scenarios? Does it support their claims?

Use your own words for and follow APA formatting.  

Chapter 7 Homework Quiz
You are required to solve problems designed that gauge your understanding of this week’s reading material. Please complete the assigned questions within the Chapter 7 Homework Quiz under the Quizzes portion of D2L.
Chapter 8 Homework Quiz
You are required to solve problems designed that gauge your understanding of this week’s reading material. Please complete the assigned questions within the Chapter 8 Homework Quiz under the Quizzes portion of D2L.
Week 6: Quickbooks Pro and AIS Controls for Confidentiality and Processing Integrity
Readings
  • Romney: Chapter 9
  • Romney: Chapter 10
  • Computerized Accounting using Quickbooks Pro 2015: Pages 9-3 to 9-6.
Discussion 6

Fraudulent and other inappropriate activities led to failures at major public companies such as Worldcom, Enron, Sunbeam, Waste-Management, and others as well as the failure of Arthur Anderson which was one of the “Big Five” CPA firms in the U.S.  Arthur Anderson was the public, independent auditor tasked with reporting on the accuracy of the annual financial reports (10-K) of major public companies.

In light of fraudulent activities similar to these, the SOX included Title 11- Auditors Independence which lists eight “prohibited activities” that may impair or compromise the independence between the auditor and companies (clients) they are hired to audit. 

Discussion

For your main discussion topic, choose one of the eight prohibited non-audit services found in the SOX and:

  • Describe the prohibited activity in your own words and how it could impair the judgement and accuracy of the auditor’s report of the client’s financial activities, provide examples, and cite the source of your information.
  • For your replies, consider the following questions: If your peers chose the same activity, how does your understanding differ from theirs? What was similar or different about the examples they cited? If they chose a different activity, what insights did you gain from their descriptions and examples? 
Chapter 9 Homework Quiz
You are required to solve problems designed that gauge your understanding of this week’s reading material. Please complete the assigned questions within the Chapter 9 Homework Quiz under the Quizzes portion of D2L.
Chapter 10 Homework Quiz
You are required to solve problems designed that gauge your understanding of this week’s reading material. Please complete the assigned questions within the Chapter 10 Homework Quiz under the Quizzes portion of D2L.
QuickBooks Project

You will specifically be following the transaction activities and instructions in Chapter 9, Option A of the accompanying Computerized Accounting Instructions, Book 1 of 3.

Additional material and work files must downloaded from the Armond Dalton Resources website. The files downloaded from the Resources website contain pre-loaded data used to supplement the transaction activities and instructions for Chapter 9, Option A.

The Computerized Accounting, Book 2 of 3 contains detailed, how-to instructions for different Quickbooks activities.

To complete this project, submit the Waren Sports Supply backup file to the appropriate dropbox. No zipped or printed document is required for the project.

Exam 2
Covers Chapters 5 through 10.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Relational Database Systems and Microsoft Access
Readings
Romney: Chapter 4
Discussion 7

Discuss three examples (one each) of how a relational database system might be used by managers in (1) an accounting department, (2) human resources (HR) department, and (3) in an educational institution such as a high school or college.  You can create hypothetical scenarios in your three examples. 

For at least one of these industries, provide evidence of how the system is valuable by citing at least one resource or including a company’s organization chart. Business Sources Complete—EBSCOhost, provided the Stafford Library, houses articles related to these relational database systems.

Your main posts should be in your own words in APA format and completed by 11:59 pm CT Thursday.  
Chapter 4 Homework Quiz
You are required to solve problems designed that gauge your understanding of this week’s reading material. Please complete the assigned questions within the Chapter 4 Homework Quiz under the Quizzes portion of D2L.
Week 8: Designing and Implementing an AIS Database using the REA Data Model
Readings
  • Romney: Chapter 17
  • Romney: Chapter 18
Discussion 8

Describe the E-R diagram and REA data model in designing a database system for use in any one value-chain (sales, accounting, HR, purchasing etc.) activity of an organization. Support your description with at least one cited source. Business Sources Complete—EBSCOhost, provided by the Stafford Library, is just one resource you may use.

You may also consider creating a simple E-R Diagram or REA data model to represent this one value-chain. If possible, attach an exported image of the diagram you created.

Compare and contrast your descriptions, diagrams or models with your peers. 
Chapter 17 Homework Quiz
You are required to solve problems designed that gauge your understanding of this week’s reading material. Please complete the assigned questions within the Chapter 17 Homework Quiz under the Quizzes portion of D2L.
Chapter 18 Homework Question

Rather than the traditional Homework Quizzes you've been completing, this week you are tasked with a Chapter 18 Homework Question located within the Dropbox portion of D2L.

Access Project
You must complete Problem 4-10 at the end of Chapter 4: Relational Databases of the Romney text. In doing so, you will create tables and queries to address the different facets of the scenario presented. The tables you create should be similar (including the names) to the completed tables shown for the Comprehensive problem.  Your queries should be named and saved in alignment with the parts of the problem, i.e. Query 4-10-a, Query 4-10-b, Query 4-10-c, etc. 
Exam 3
Covers Chapters 4, 17, and 18.


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late assignments will be accepted without extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student and with instructor notification prior to the due date.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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