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Accounting Certificate (ACN)
Program Course Descriptions

ACC101 Basic Accounting 1
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Introduction of the accounting process for the financial enterprise. Students will gain insight to the value of financial reports in business decision-making. Communicative, quantitative, critical thinking and ethical considerations will be emphasized. Topics include: the framework of accounting, the preparation and analysis of financial statements, transaction analysis for service and merchandising operations, inventories, accounting information systems, internal control, and accounting for cash. General ledger software and other appropriate computer applications may be included. Fulfills open and business electives (3 hours of lecture per week)
BUS100 Introduction to Business
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Designed to introduce the student to the various aspects of the business world. Topics include economic systems, management principles, organizing concepts, motivation theory, production and quality, marketing principles, accounting concepts, financial management and contracts. Fulfills open and business elective.
CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
CPS100 Information Technology and Its Applications
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
This course provides an introduction to the technical and social aspect of IT. Topics include computer hardware, software, telecommunications concepts, Web applications, Internet services, ethical issues, data security, and privacy. IT applications in areas such as business, education, and the arts will be examined. Course projects using operating system, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software will be integrated throughout the course. CPS100 may be fulfilled by a challenge exam and successfully completing a 3-credit liberal arts course. Credits are not awarded for passing the challeng exam. (3 lecture hours per week). Fulfills open and liberal arts elective.
ACC102 Basic Accounting 2
Pre: ACC101
A continuation of ACC101 applying communicative, quantitative, and critical thinking skills to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Topics include: accounting for receivables, plant assets, natural resources, intangible assets, investments, payroll, accounting for various types of equity, introductory current and long term liabilities, partnerships, corporations, and preparation of the Cash Flow Statement. General ledger software and other appropriate computer applications may be included. Fulfills open and business electives. (3 hours of lecture per week)
ACC106 Computer Applications in Accounting
Pre: ACC101 or ACC108 & CPS100 within last 5 years
Utilizes Microsoft Excel and Quickbooks for analyzing and reporting financial data. Excel topics include use of advanced formatting and filtering techniques, functions, tools, tables, charts, as well as collaborating, performing what-if-analysis, automating repetitive tasks, importing and exporting data. Quickbooks topics include maintaining company files, recording invoices, paying vendors, recording sales, journalizing closing entries, processing inventory with discounts and taxes, performing payroll tasks, reconciling accounts and transferring funds. Fulfills open and business electives.(3 hours of combined lecture and lab per week)
ACC201 Intermediate Accounting 1
Pre: ACC102 or ACC108
An in-depth study of accounting concepts, theory, and principles as applied to financial accounting. Focuses on the preparation and analysis of the income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flows. Emphasis is on accounting issues relating to cash, temporary investments, receivables, inventories, and time value of money. Fulfills open and business electives. (3 lecture hours per week)
ACC203 Managerial Accounting
Pre: ACC102 or ACC108
Emphasizes the use of cost issues for management to make informed decisions for business planning. Topics include cost classifications, job cost systems, process costing, cost behavior, cost- volume-profit analysis, budgeting with variance analysis using standard costs, relevant costs for decision making, capital investments, Activity Based Costing and financial statement analysis; additional topics may be covered. Fulfills open and business electives. (3 lecture hours per week)
ACC208 Taxation
Pre: ACC101 or ACC108
Presents an introduction to personal and business taxation. Topics include filing status and dependency determination, income inclusions and exclusions, components of total income, allowable deductions and credits. Introduces taxation of partnerships and corporations. The course may include software with Individual Taxation applications. Fulfills open and business electives. (3 lecture hours per week)
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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