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Accounting

10-101-1 Associate Degree (AAS) 63 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Locations*: Appleton, Clintonville, Online, Oshkosh

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

If you’re detail orientated, this degree program could lead to a successful accounting career. Learn how to maintain records of accounts and handle business transactions for sales, expenses, payments, purchases and inventories. You’ll learn to prepare, review and interpret financial reports, which is critical information that helps management make business decisions. You’ll also gain skills in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, computerized accounting software, payroll, cost accounting and tax preparation. These services are essential for virtually any type of business, industry or government operation.

COURSE LIST

Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.
**Outside effort hours are an estimate based on state standards, and may vary from person to person.

Technical Studies (42 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Spreadsheets, Beginning
10-101-145
1Credit
36
18
36 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Covers developing, constructing and printing basic business-related worksheets and reports using spreadsheet software. Students create, modify and print various charts based on worksheet data.
Coreq: MS Office Suite, Intro (10103120) or Microcomputer Applications (10107150) OR not pursuing a degree
Spreadsheets, Intermediate
10-101-152
1Credit
36
18
36 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Covers developing and editing business-related worksheets. Students examine various functions such as If, Round, Sum, Average and Pmt. They also use Data Tables, Goal Seek, Scenarios and Solver to assist in decision making.
Coreq: Spreadsheets, Beginning (10101145)
Financial Accounting 1
10-101-180
4Credit
81
135
81 hours in class and estimate 135 hours outside of class. Prepares students to analyze, record, summarize and interpret accounting information. The course focuses on business transactions, financial statements, merchandising, inventory, special journals, internal controls, receivables, plant assets and payroll.
MS Office Suite, Introduction
10-103-120
2Credit
54
54
54 hours in class and estimate 54 hours outside of class. Provides an opportunity to gain technical skills employers are seeking, by using the features in Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Through hand- on course work, students will be able to integrate Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Keyboarding Speed Development
10-106-112
1Credit
36
18
36 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Focuses on improving typing speed and accuracy through the use of skill-building software. Introduces data entry using the numeric keypad.
QuickBooks Accounting Applications
10-101-102
1Credit
36
18
36 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Lays the foundation for students to gain experience using QuickBooks Pro. Students practice creating a company using a chart of accounts, creating vendors and customers, demo payroll, record transactions, and generate and use financial reports. Being familiar with Windows, business experience or completion of an accounting course is helpful.
Coreq: Principles of Accounting (10101107) or Financial Accounting 1 (10101180) OR not pursuing a degree
Spreadsheets, Advanced
10-101-154
1Credit
36
18
36 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Introduces spreadsheet topics and functions that enhance student expertise.
Prereq: Spreadsheets, Intermediate 10101152 and Financial Accounting 1 - 10101180
Financial Accounting 2
10-101-181
4Credit
81
135
81 hours in class and estimate 135 hours outside of class. Presents basic concepts for partnerships and corporations. It introduces bonds, cash flow statement preparation, financial statement analysis, budgeting and job cost procedures. The course includes a practice set using job costing.
Coreq: Math w Business Apps (10804123); Prerequisite: Financial Accounting 1 (10101180)
Payroll
10-101-194
2Credit
36
72
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Presents payroll calculation and preparation of payroll. Topics include federal and state laws, calculation and payment of payroll taxes, completion of government forms. Proficiency with electronic calculators is recommended.
Prereq: Financial Accounting 10101180 or admitted to Human Resource plan or not pursuing a degree
Advanced Payroll
10-101-195
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Presents preparation of payroll-related journal entries. A computer practice set is included. Proficiency with electronic calculators is recommended.
Coreq: Payroll 10101194
Business, Introduction to
10-102-112
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Provides an overview of the variety of activities in the world of business. It focuses on the responsibilities connected with operating a business from both organizational and managerial viewpoints. It also examines the role of government in business.
Cost Accounting
10-101-132
4Credit
90
126
90 hours in class and estimate 126 hours outside of class. Presents fundamental cost accounting concepts and objectives as well as comprehensive illustrations of the flow of costs in manufacturing systems. The planning and control phases of cost elements (material, labor and factory overhead) are covered in relation to job order and process costing systems, and CVP analysis. Students learn about tools for planning and control through budgeting and variance analysis, inventory costing and management using JIT, and also understand accounting aspects of department and product costs.
Prereq: Financial Accounting 2 - 10101181
Income Tax Accounting
10-101-186
4Credit
90
126
90 hours in class and estimate 126 hours outside of class. Emphasizes correct completion of simple mid-level individual federal income tax returns and forms. Focuses on income tax withholding and basic reporting requirements, interest and dividends, business expenses, itemized deductions, capital gains and losses.
Prereq: Financial Accounting 10101180
Intermediate Accounting
10-101-182
4Credit
81
135
81 hours in class and estimate 135 hours outside of class. Reviews accounting and recording processes, temporary investments, cash flows, revenue recognition and financial statement analysis.
Prereq: Financial Accounting 2 (10101181)
Financial Fraud Detection, Fundamentals of
10-101-190
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Focuses on accounting information systems and accounting processes related to sales, purchasing, etc. Covers internal controls designed to mitigate and prevent financial fraud.
Coreqs: Great Plains - ERP (10101193) and Intermediate Accounting 1 (10101182) OR active in Fundamentals of Financial Fraud Detection Certificate or IT Information Systems Security Specialist degree
Great Plains-Enterprise Resource Planning System
10-101-193
1Credit
27
27
27 hours in class and estimate 27 hours outside of class. Gain experience working on Great Plains software, Enterprise Resource Planning Systems. Learn how to build the Chart of Accounts, set up the company's accounting system, enter monthly transactions and run financial statements for multiple accounting periods.
Coreqs: Intermediate Accounting 1 (10101182) and Financial Fraud Detection (10101190)
Accounting Capstone
10-101-196
2Credit
90
36
90 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their attainment of program outcomes through the completion of a project which accounts for a small business through the accounting cycle using accounting software and completion of the personal income tax return using income tax preparation software.
Prereq: Income Tax Accounting 10101186; Corequisite: Intermediate Accounting 1 - 10101182
Business Law 1
10-102-103
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Introduces legal principles and standard business law concepts and their implications for business. It emphasizes contracts, sales, commercial paper, bailment, agency and real property, with references to the Uniform Commercial Code and recent consumer legislation.
Accounting Internship
10-101-158
2Credit
90
36
90 hours in class and estimate 36 hours outside of class. Provides on-the-job supervised work experience in the accounting industry. Weekly seminars and/or assignments emphasize career-related topics. Each student completes a minimum of 72 hours working as an intern along with classroom experiences

General Studies (18 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Written Communication
10-801-195
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Teaches the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting and revising. Through writing assignments, students analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Class sessions and assignments involve giving oral presentations and using computers.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 250+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 18+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 10831103 OR Not pursuing a degree
Math w Business Apps
10-804-123
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Covers real numbers, basic operations, linear equations, proportions with one variable, percents, simple interest, compound interest, annuities, applying math concepts to the purchasing/buying process, applying math concepts to the selling process, and basic statistics with business/consumer applications.
Prereq: Arith – HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL 46+, Next Gen 250+, ACT Math 16+ OR Arith Prep 10834109 OR Not pursuing a degree
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
10-801-196
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on developing various communication skills including speaking and listening. Students practice intrapersonal/interpersonal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentations, group activities and written projects.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
10-809-166
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Provides a basic understanding of ethical theories and uses diverse ethical perspectives to analyze and compare relevant issues. Students will critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
Intro to Psychology
10-809-198
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Focuses on the theoretical foundation of human functioning and looks at learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. Students consider the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree
Economics
10-809-195
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Provides a foundation of economic concepts and institutions so that students can apply economic thinking to their own decisions as consumers, employees and citizens in a market-oriented economic system. Topics include supply and demand, employment, prices and production, fiscal policy, monetary policy, market structures, and international trade and finance.
Prereq: HS GPA 2.75+ OR ACPL Read 54+/Sent 83+, Next Gen Read 250+/Sent 237+, ACT Read 18+/Engl 15+ OR Read Prep 10838105/Sent Prep 74851745 OR not pursuing a degree

Suggested Electives (3 Credits)

Course Title
Course
Number
Credits
Instructional
Hours
Outside Effort
Hours**
Prior Learning
Credit Eligibility
Options
Problem Solving
10-196-131
2Credit
36
72
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Presents basic problem-solving techniques. Emphasizes the importance of identifying the real problem, identifying the causes, looking at alternative solutions, arriving at a solution and following up to ensure implementation.
Marketing 1, Principles of
10-104-151
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Introduces modern marketing practices. The course examines the role played by marketing in society and covers consumer motivation, market segmentation, product development, advertising and channels of distribution.
Sage Accounting Applications
10-101-103
1Credit
36
18
36 hours in class and estimate 18 hours outside of class. Lays the foundation for students to gain experience using Sage Accounting. Students practice creating a company using a chart of accounts, creating vendors and customers, record payroll and other transactions, and generate and use financial reports. Being familiar with Windows, business experience or completion of an accounting course is helpful.
Coreq: Principles of Accounting (10101107) or Financial Accounting 1 (10101180)
Business Relationship Development
10-106-160
2Credit
36
72
36 hours in class and estimate 72 hours outside of class. Provides students with opportunity to develop and analyze networking and business relationships. Includes examination of the networking process, tools to facilitate and enhance networking opportunities and networking communication development.
Financial Planning
10-114-175
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Approaches planning from the perspective of an individual who applies specific financial concepts and principles to setting financial goals, choosing a career, budgeting and cash flow management. Topics include credit, income taxes, asset protection, investments, retirement and estate planning.
Cost Controls and Budgeting
10-196-110
3Credit
54
108
54 hours in class and estimate 108 hours outside of class. Examines how financial information is interpreted and applied by supervisors/managers in planning and controlling business activities. This managerial accounting course emphasizes the budgeting process.

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