Demand for accounting professionals currently exceeds supply. If you're interested in increasing your financial awareness while also gaining a marketable skill, this course is for you. You'll learn the basics of double-entry bookkeeping, as well as how to analyze and record financial transactions. You'll get hands-on experience with handling accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll procedures, sales taxes, and various common banking activities. We'll cover all the bases, from writing checks to preparing an income statement and closing out accounts at the end of each fiscal period. Whether you're a sole proprietor looking to manage your business finances or you simply want to gain an understanding of accounting basics for career advancement or for personal use, this course will give you a solid foundation in financial matters.
Course Revised November 2014
With 12 years experience in business and 27 years teaching experience, Charlene Messier has taught business subjects to close to 140 students per year over the course of her career. Now retired from her full-time teaching duties, Charlene continues to teach online courses, and specializes in courses in accounting, word processing, business law, business economics, and finance.
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A new session of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or
more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two
All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons
are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do not have
to be present when lessons are released. You will have access to all lessons until
the course ends. However, the interactive discussion area that accompanies each
lesson will automatically close two weeks after the lesson is released. As such,
we strongly recommend that you complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final
exam has been released, you will have two weeks to complete all of your course work,
including the final exam.
Welcome to Accounting Fundamentals! In this first lesson, you'll learn all about account classifications, debits, credits, and T accounts. You'll learn the difference between a liability and an asset, and you'll find out how to determine an owner?s equity.
Here's where you'll begin your hands-on accounting practice: You'll start by creating an imaginary company for which you'll be the accountant. You'll learn how to analyze your company's transactions to determine which amounts go into which accounts, then you'll create your company's own General Ledger forms and post a few transactions into those accounts. You'll also prepare a Balance Sheet to prove your accounting equations.
Now that you have an understanding of the functions of the General Ledger, you're ready to move on to the next phase of recording transactions: the Journal. In this lesson, you'll learn how to enter transactions into an 11-column journal and then post or transfer those amounts into appropriate General Ledger accounts.
In this lesson, you'll learn all about Accounts Payable--money that you owe your vendors and suppliers. You'll practice journalizing cash purchases and purchases on account, and you'll get hands-on practice transferring those purchases to their corresponding Accounts Payable Ledger accounts.
In this lesson, you'll learn about Accounts Receivable, which is another name for money owed to your company by its customers. You'll learn how to journalize and post those sales on account, how to enter charge sales into the journal, and how to transfer the information into an Accounts Receivable Ledger.
It's payday! This lesson will teach you how to determine gross pay, deductions, and net pay. You'll learn how to prepare a payroll, write payroll checks, and how to prepare and maintain accurate payroll records.
In this lesson, you'll learn all about banks and banking services: You'll learn the proper way to write checks, make out deposit tickets, and reconcile your company's checking account with the bank statement--skills you'll find valuable in both your business and personal life!
This lesson will teach you how to prepare a Schedule of Accounts Payable and a Schedule of Accounts Receivable. These reports can be used to compare the amount of money your business owes its creditors with the amount of money your customers owe your business.
In this lesson, you'll prepare a worksheet showing the net income or net loss for the fiscal period. The worksheet will show all income and expenses for the fiscal period as well as the assets, liabilities, and owner?s equity account balances.
In this lesson, you will learn how to prepare various reports that are vital to the well-being of your company. You'll learn how these reports can be used to make sound financial decisions in the next fiscal period. You will discover how to put together an Owner?s Equity Statement, an Income Statement, and a Distribution of Net Income.
In this lesson, you'll prepare for the end of the fiscal period by adjusting your asset account balances to accurately reflect the assets remaining at the end of the year. You will also find out how to journalize and post adjusting and closing entries to bring your company's General Ledger up to date.
In our final lesson, we will prepare a Post Closing Trial Balance report to ensure that all of our debits and credits in the General Ledger balance out in preparation for the new fiscal period.
Thank you for the well-organized, self-paced learning environment. I've taken many online courses, including my education masters, and this is the best class and learning experience. I'm trying to decide between Accounting Fundamentals II or QuickBooks. I'm leaving education and did accounting 30 years ago and am looking for future employment. Thanks again, Charlene.
I really enjoyed this class as well. Thank you for your encouragement, instruction and advice throughout the six weeks. I will also be taking the Accounting Fundamentals II course in August. I completed the final exam and received 100%. :-) I am elated.
Thank you for a well-designed course. At times it was a challenge, but you set up an incredible learning experience. I loved the practice entries you had at the beginning of a number of the lessons. They added to the learning experience. This was a great course. Thank you very much!! And yes, final done and passed at 100%.
Although I have taken Accounting I and II in person, your presentation of the material made it much easier to understand. I am currently enrolled in your Accounting Fundamentals II course and look forward to it, as well. Thank you very much for a great learning experience.
Thank you very much! This was such a great class. I've taken this at a college before and did not walk away with nearly as much knowledge as what I have with this class. It all makes sense now, and it simply didn't before. So thank you again so very much!
Just this morning I took a test required by a local accounting recruiting agency, to
determine competency for a future bookkeeping position. I scored 97% correct (no use of notes or materials allowed), and the recruiter noted that the national average is 83%. He was very impressed on all that was learned and had high, high praise for the instructor and the course - as do I!
I have been bookkeeping for the past 14 months, part-time for a small business. I was very frustrated because the accountant there stopped working and the training has been very minimal and not adequate. I felt like I was required to do the accounting and I was only hired as an entry level bookkeeper...The owner was asking for quarterly reports and I was in way over my head. It was so stressful! I had no double-entry accounting experience and was very confused about credits and debits and the types of accounts were a mystery to me. This course has my stress level way, way down. I feel so much better about my job and I am not stressed out to the max every day. I have some confidence now. I don't feel so helpless or dependent on the CPA who is mostly not available.
I have been somewhat casually trying to understand accounting fundamentals off and on since, literally, the mid 80's when I lived in Chicago and the PBS television station there offered it as a weekly class. Never could get past the initial debit/credit presentations without my head exploding...now I get it! Everything after that in this course was, with some effort, smooth sailing. Thank you for your offering.
This is one of the best online courses I have taken. Most concise information explained in easily understandable terms. I am truly thankful to Ms. Charlene Messier for the efforts which she has taken to make such a complex and theoretical subject, so easy to comprehend for a novice like me.
Accounting is a world of its own and often difficult to enter. This teacher shows she has experience with beginners and is good at explaining the difficult and most essential concept of debits and credits. I appreciated her style because accounting is not easy for me and she makes it understandable! The lessons have explanations and practice, so we learn what to do. I like the no pressure lesson exams. This was a great accounting course. The content was great!
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