Accounting

Accounting

Associates of Applied Science

About the Accounting Program

With accounting courses focused on project-based work, you’ll gain valuable experience in the classroom that will add up to relevant job skills. Projects will emphasize the accounting cycle, bookkeeping, financial statement analysis, and personal and business tax returns. Plus, learn essential programs such as Microsoft Excel, Word, and QuickBooks Premier accounting software.

Program Outline

Semester: 1
Course # Course Title Credits
1010111200 Payroll Accounting
Description

Teaches accounting procedures dealing with payroll, laws, and government requirements, including completion and filing of periodic reports. Prerequisite(s): 1010115100 Accounting Principles 1 (C or better) (concurrent enrollment allowed).

3.00
1010115100 Accounting Principles 1
Description

Develops an understanding of the fundamental principles of accounting with applications to service and merchandising enterprises.

2.00
1010115200 Accounting Principles 2
Description

Extends students' understanding of accounting principles, including applications to inventory, accounting systems, manufacturing, plant assets, and payroll. Prerequisite(s): 1010115100 Accounting Principles 1 (C or better).

2.00
1010210600 Business Orientation
Description

Introduces students to the topics of business and allows them to experience the expectations and rigor of the program. Students also participate in self-assessments to provide feedback and self-awareness of the relationship between interest and aptitude for the program.

1.00
1010311500 MS Word Beginning
Description

Provides practice in using basic word processing functions and features of MS Word.

1.00
1010312600 MS Excel Beginning
Description

Develops skills in using basic spreadsheet functions of MS Excel for business users.

1.00
1080119500 Written Communication
Description

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

3.00
1080413400 Mathematical Reasoning
Description

An activity based approach is used to explore numerical relationships, graphs, proportional relationships, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving using linear, exponential and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. This course is not designed for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) students and/or others who require calculus. Prerequisite(s): 7785478000 Principles of College Math (C or better) or Accuplacer Algebra score >= 35 or UW Math Placement Basic Math score >= 250 or ACT Math score >= 18 or Tailwind Math CMath Fund score >= 16.

3.00
Semester: 2
Course # Course Title Credits
1010111300 Income Tax Preparation 1
Description

Studies current state and federal tax laws. Students learn to calculate and present gross income, deductions, exemptions, taxable income, tax liability, and tax credits on appropriate tax forms.

4.00
1010115400 Accounting Principles 3
Description

Extends and applies accounting concepts and principles to corporations and the analysis of financial statements. Partnership accounting is also introduced. Prerequisite(s): 1010115200 Accounting Principles 2 (C or better).

4.00
1010116500 Computerized Accounting
Description

Covers many of the features of QuickBooks. Topics will include reports, basic journal entries, recording cash receipts/disbursements, sales, deposits, purchase orders/inventory, basic payroll, and bank reconciliations. Students will also perform some financial analysis.

2.00
1010212000 Business Law
Description

Examines the law and the ways it can impact business operations, including the framework of the court system, contracts, torts, criminal law, business ethics, forms of business organizations, real and personal property.

3.00
1010312700 MS Excel Intermediate
Description

Develops skills in using additional spreadsheet features including multiple worksheets, 3-D references, macro basics, charts, and databases. Prerequisite(s): 1010312600 MS Excel Beginning (C or better) (concurrent enrollment allowed).

1.00
1080119600 Oral Interpersonal Communication
Description

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communications, and listening skills through individual presentations, groups activities, and other projects.

3.00
Semester: 3
Course # Course Title Credits
1010111400 Income Tax Preparation 2
Description

Continuation of Income Tax Preparation I. Students learn more advanced tax concepts of individuals as well as businesses. Prerequisite(s): 1010111300 Income Tax Preparation 1 (C or better).

3.00
1010115800 Cost Accounting
Description

Develops basics skills in accounting for materials, labor, and factory overhead in the manufacturing concern. Additional topics include cost-volume-profit, capital budgeting, and relevant costs for decision making. Prerequisite(s): 1010115200 Accounting Principles 2 (C or better).

3.00
1010116200 Intermediate Accounting 1
Description

Presents advanced accounting principles and applications including financial statements, receivables, cash, inventory, plant assets, and intangible assets. Prerequisite(s): 1010115400 Accounting Principles 3 (C or better).

3.00
1080119700 Technical Reporting
Description

Teaches preparation and presentation of written, oral, and multi-media technical reports. Prerequisite(s): 1080119500 Written Communication (C or better) or 2080121900 English Composition I (C or better).

3.00
1089010300 Professional Career Management
Description

Students develop an individualized, results-oriented job search strategy and research less well-known employment sources to access the "hidden job market." Emphasis is on creating personalized career search documents that get noticed, interviewing effectively in a variety of situations, and projecting a professional image-during both the job search and the first days and weeks on the new job.

1.00
Semester: 4
Course # Course Title Credits
1010116600 Intermediate Accounting 2
Description

Prepares the learner to account for revenue, debt and equity financing, leases, deferred income taxes, changes in estimates or principle, error, retirement plans, investments in securities, and to report earnings per share. Prerequisite(s): 1010116200 Intermediate Accounting 1 (C or better).

3.00
1010117000 Accounting Information Systems
Description

Prepares the learner to examine a business information system, design output reports for effective financial reporting and decision making, design input documents to gather data, document and information system of a business, create a database to organize informational needs for managing a business, design a plan for internal control of a business, and develop an information system for a business. Prerequisite(s): 1010111200 Payroll Accounting (C or better) and 1010115400 Accounting Principles 3 (C or better) and 1010116500 Computerized Accounting (C or better) and 1010311500 MS Word Beginning (C or better).

3.00
1010118500 Accounting Spreadsheet Application
Description

Prepares the learner to use formatting for financial reports, design macros for financial reporting, use financial/accounting functions in spreadsheets, create charts for financial analysis, use Excel database functions to query financial information, utilize spreadsheet financial analysis tools, and maintain data integrity by using internal control features. Prerequisite(s): 1010115200 Accounting Principles 2 (C or better) and 1010111200 Payroll Accounting (C or better) and 1010311500 MS Word Beginning (C or better).

2.00
1080919500 Economics
Description

This course is designed to give an overview of how a market-oriented economic system operates, and it surveys the factors which influence national economic policy. Basic concepts and analyses are illustrated by reference to a variety of contemporary problems and public policy issues. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic system, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.

3.00
1080919900 Psychology of Human Relations
Description

Focuses on improving personal and job-related relationships through understanding and applying sound psychological principles. Topics include self-concept, motivation, emotions, stress management, conflict resolution, and human relation processes.

3.00

At A Glance

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Optional Lab Support

Approximate Cost

$8,052*

Financial Aid Eligible

*Based on 10-level courses - materials, books, and fees may be additional

What You'll Learn

  • Process financial transactions throughout the accounting cycle.
  • Perform organizational and individual tax accounting preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks.
  • Perform payroll preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks.
  • Perform cost accounting preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks.
  • Identify internal controls to reduce risk.
  • Analyze financial and business information to support planning and decision-making.

Your Potential Careers

  • Staff Accountant
  • Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk
  • Payroll Accountant
  • Tax Accountant
  • Cost Accounting
  • Assist in Public Accounting

Median Annual Salary

$36,462 $43,347 $47,674
Local State National

EMSI 2018.3

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