In this comprehensive course, you will learn the basics of double-entry bookkeeping, as well as how to analyze and record financial transactions. You will get hands-on experience with handling accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll procedures, sales taxes, and various common banking activities.
Accounting Fundamentals covers 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.
Duration: 6 Weeks
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About the Instructor
Charlene Messier has more than 25 years of teaching experience. Throughout the course of her career, she has taught various business subjects to thousands of students. Now retired from her full-time teaching duties, Messier continues to teach courses online, specializing in accounting, word processing, business law, business economics, and finance.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to 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 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Account Classifications, Account Titles, T Accounts, and the Accounting Equation
Welcome to Accounting Fundamentals! In this first lesson, you will learn all about account classifications, debits, credits, and T accounts. You will learn the difference between a liability and an asset, and you will find out how to determine an owner’s equity.
General Ledger Accounts and the Balance Sheet
Here's where you will begin your hands-on accounting practice: You will start by creating an imaginary company for which you will be the accountant. You will learn how to analyze your company's transactions to determine which amounts go into which accounts, then you will create your company's own General Ledger forms and post a few transactions into those accounts.
Journalizing Transactions and Posting to the General Ledger
Now that you understand 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 will learn how to enter transactions into an 11-column journal and then post or transfer those amounts into appropriate General Ledger accounts.
Journalizing and Posting Cash and Charge Purchases and Payments on Account
In this lesson, you will learn all about Accounts Payable--money that you owe your vendors and suppliers. You will practice journalizing cash purchases and purchases on account, and you will get hands-on practice transferring those purchases to their corresponding Accounts Payable Ledger accounts.
Journalizing and Posting Cash and Charge Sales and Cash Received on Account
In this lesson, you will learn about Accounts Receivable, which is another name for money owed to your company by its customers. You will 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.
Payroll and Various Deductions
It's payday! This lesson will teach you how to determine gross pay, deductions, and net pay. You will learn how to prepare a payroll, write payroll checks, and how to prepare and maintain accurate payroll records.
Banking Services and Reports
In this lesson, you will learn all about banks and banking services: You will learn the proper way to write checks, make out deposit tickets, and reconcile your company's checking account with the bank statement--skills you will find valuable in both your business and personal life!
Posting Journal Totals to the General Ledger and Schedule of Accounts Payable and Schedule of Accounts Receivable
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 will 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.
End-of-Year Financial Reports
In this lesson, you will learn how to prepare various reports that are vital to the well-being of your company. You will 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.
Journalizing and Posting Adjusting Entries
In this lesson, you will 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.
Journalizing and Posting Closing Entries and Preparing a Post Closing Trial Balance
In the final lesson, you will prepare a Post Closing Trial Balance report to ensure that all of your debits and credits in the General Ledger balance out in preparation for the new fiscal period.
- Internet access
- One of the following browsers:
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Internet Explorer (9.0 or above)
- Google Chrome
- Adobe PDF plug-in (a free download obtained at Adobe.com .)
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- A calculator and a printer.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
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!