Course Catalog

Accounting - Certificate

West Burlington Campus, Online, and select courses available at the Keokuk Campus

Related programs:

Accounting Certificate
Accounting Diploma
Accounting AAS

The Accounting program is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills for entry-level accounting positions. The program will also take the student through balance sheets, financial statements, income tax analysis and cost accounting.

This program is offered in West Burlington, Keokuk, and online. Keokuk students will be required to enroll in courses at either the West Burlington campus, online, or both to complete this program.

The Accounting certificate is awarded after successful completion of first semester courses.

*Certificate can be earned one time.

Summary Sheet

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Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester Course Title Credit
ACC-161 Payroll Accounting 3
CSC-110 Introduction to Computers 3
ENG-105 Composition I 3
Take WBL-155 as 1 Credit
WBL-155 Job Shadowing: Job Shadowing: Business, Finance, Marketing, and Management 1-2
Take 1 of 2 courses
ACC-131 Principles of Accounting I 4
ACC-142 Financial Accounting 3
Take 1 of 2 courses
BUS-102 Introduction to Business 3
MAT-140 Finite Math 3

ACC-161 - Payroll Accounting

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Payroll accounting emphasizes the methods of computing wages and salaries, the methods of keeping records and the preparation of government reports. Extensive coverage of federal and state laws impacting payroll accounting is provided. During the course of the semester, students will explore numerous manual and computerized payroll systems. Corequisite: ACC-131 or ACC-142.

CSC-110 - Introduction to Computers

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides an introduction to computer concepts. The student will use the Windows operating system, presentation software, electronic spreadsheet software, database management software and word processing software. Microcomputer hardware and software as well as the processing concepts associated with each will be discussed. The course will also include information on file management, the Internet, virus protection and e-mail basics as applicable to the academic world as well as the business environment. Lab time outside of class is required to complete projects.

ENG-105 - Composition I

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A study of the principles of writing. Emphasis on rhetoric, mechanics and development of expository patterns: narration, description illustration, comparison/contrast, classification, process and cause/effect. Required for AA and AS Degrees. Prerequisite: Meet minimum test score requirements.

WBL-155 - Job Shadowing: Job Shadowing: Business, Finance, Marketing, and Management

Lecture: 0.5-1

Lab: 1-2

Credit: 1-2

Students in this course will explore the fields of Business, Finance, Marketing and Management while developing research skills, professionalism and building occupational knowledge. Students will visit workplaces in this employment sector to learn about specific jobs, professional requirements and develop a basic knowledge of an organization's structure and values.

ACC-131 - Principles of Accounting I

Lecture: 4

Credit: 4

This first course covering the principles of accounting introduces the basic terms, concepts and procedures of accounting. The course is intended for students who will major in accounting or have chosen a career which requires extensive use of accounting information. During the course, the focus will be on the completion of the accounting cycle, including the preparation of journal entries, posting to the ledger, and the preparation of adjusting entries, financial statements and closing entries at the end of the accounting period. Special attention will also be given to special journals and subsidiary ledgers, the information needed to account for merchandising businesses, and the special accounting procedures related to cash, receivables, payables and systems of control.

ACC-142 - Financial Accounting

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An introduction to financial accounting theory and practice with emphasis on the use and interpretation of financial statements.

BUS-102 - Introduction to Business

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An overview of contemporary business principles touching on all the major functional areas of business and trends that are shaping today's business environment. Understanding the fundamental pillars of the business environment -- globalization, technology and ethics -- is a crucial component in this course.

MAT-140 - Finite Math

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is designed for Business and Social Science majors. It introduces them to matrix solutions, to linear equations, linear programming, matrix algebra, mathematics of finance, computer applications, value of slope of a line and exponential/logarithmic functions. Application problems are taken from Business Management and Social Science areas. Prerequisite: MAT-120 with a minimum grade of C- or meet minimum placement testing requirements.

Renee Smith - Professor - Business

AA & AAS, Southeastern Community College
BA, Buena Vista University
MBA, Grand Canyon University

Sau Kuen Yam - Instructor - Accounting

BA, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
MA, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
MS, Grand Canyon University
Additional study: University of Oregon