Associate of Applied Science Degree (Wisconsin residents will receive an Associate of Science Degree)

Accounting (Online Associate's Program)

The program exposes students to fundamental knowledge and skills utilized in entry-level accounting. Students will be exposed to a variety of skills used to provide technical administrative support to professional accountants and other financial management personnel. Students are introduced to a variety of accounting topics, including posting transactions to accounts, record-keeping systems, accounting software operation and general accounting principles and practices.

This program offers graduates an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that can help them pursue careers in a variety of entry-level accounting and bookkeeping positions.

Refer to the Admission section of this catalog for information relating to Admission Requirements and Procedures for this program.

The student is responsible, at his or her expense, for providing all supplies and equipment for the students use in the distance education courses in any program that is taught online over the Internet. The student equipment includes, without limitation, a computer (and the associated accessories and peripheral equipment, including without limitation, a monitor, keyboard and printer), software, Internet service and e-mail account (Student Equipment). In order to assist students whose access to their Student Equipment is disrupted, the school will, from time to time in its discretion, make available certain computers, associated peripheral equipment and Internet access at the school for use by those students.

All of the courses offered at the school in this program are distance education courses and are taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Each course will be taught over a period of either (a) six weeks or (b) 12 weeks, as determined by the school from time to time in its discretion. Courses are delivered through an asynchronous learning network. There is a prescribed completion schedule for the activities in each course. Support materials for each course will be sent to the student. These materials may include a course syllabus, a textbook(s), a CD-ROM(s) and other printed documents required for the course. Students will be assigned to a class for each course. Students in each course will interact with their classmates and the instructor through discussion board and e-mail systems.

Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional requirements.

The student is obligated for any expense associated with obtaining access to the above specified computer equipment, software and Internet service. No school-owned computer equipment, software or Internet service will be accessible to the student.

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Classes generally range in size from 20 to 40 students. Depending on the course subject matter, certain classes may contain a greater or lesser number of students.

Course Number Course Credit Hours
EN1320
Composition I+

This course examines phases of the writing process, with emphasis on the structure of writing and techniques for communicating clearly, precisely and persuasively. Prerequisite: GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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4.5
ES2550
Microeconomics+

This course introduces the economic way of thinking and applies basic principles of microeconomics. It is the study of choices made by households, firms and governments and how these choices impact the market economy. Prerequisites: MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent, EN1320 Composition I or equivalent. Students may not receive credit for both ES2550 Microeconomics or equivalent and ES2555 Survey of Economics or equivalent.

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4.5
ES2560
Macroeconomics+

This course is the study of aggregate economic activity. Students apply basic principles of macroeconomics to unemployment, inflation and economic growth. Prerequisites: MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent, EN1320 Composition I or equivalent. Students may not receive credit for both ES2555 Survey of Economics or equivalent and ES2560 Macroeconomics or equivalent.

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4.5
HU1440
Rhetoric in Contemporary Culture+

This course builds on the foundations of Composition I with emphasis on rhetorical structures, argumentation and research related to the humanities. Students study how to make strong arguments using written, visual and oral communication techniques. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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4.5
MA1210
College Mathematics I+

This course focuses on fundamental mathematical concepts, including quadratic, polynomial and radical equations, linear functions and their graphs, systems of linear equations, functions and their properties and matrices. Activities include solving problems and using appropriate technological tools. Prerequisite: GS1140 Problem Solving Theory or equivalent

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4.5
Subtotal 22.5
Course Number Course Credit Hours
AC1220
Accounting Principles I+

This course involves accounting principles and presents accounting standard, inventory methods, depreciation, and financial components that comprise the income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flows. Students will perform accounting exercises to solve business problems. Prerequisite: GS1140 Problem Solving Theory or equivalent

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4.5
AC1320
Accounting Principles II+

This course expands on the concepts taught in Accounting Principles I, and includes a broader analysis of financial statements and their components. Students study differences between long and short-term liabilities, stocks and bonds, and the uses of management versus financial accounting. Prerequisite: AC1220 Accounting Principles I or equivalent

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4.5
AC1420
Financial Accounting+

In this course, students practice producing financial statements using different classes of assets and inventory valuation methods. It includes the preparation of trial balances and the use of financial ratios to determine a measure of the financial health of a company. Prerequisite: AC1320 Accounting Principles II or equivalent

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4.5
AC2520
Tax Preparation+

In this course, students compare and contrast individual and corporate tax models and analyze the tax practice environment. Topics include the disposition of assets, accounting for tax expense, estate property valuation and auditing in the organization. Prerequisite: AC1420 Financial Accounting or equivalent

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4.5
AC2620
Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting+

In this course, students will analyze internal business accounting statements and accounting reports used for management planning and decision making. Prerequisite: AC1420 Financial Accounting or equivalent

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4.5
AC2720
Cost Accounting+

This course focuses on the evaluation of business cost elements and budgeting for future periods. Topics include cost analysis, variances, inventory costing and control of business finances. Prerequisite: AC1420 Financial Accounting or equivalent

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4.5
AC2799
Accounting Capstone Project+

This is a project course in which students solve an accounting problem that is designed to combine elements of courses in the program. The instructor must approve the scope and depth of the student's project and acts as a resource for the student during the execution of the project. A formal written document and presentation are required. Prerequisites: Must be taken during the student's final quarter of study

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4.5
BU1110
Introduction to Business+

This course explores fundamental processes of management, teamwork, motivation, customer satisfaction, and the production of goods and services. Students will examine ethical and social responsibilities for businesses, and compare business operations in U.S. companies to business operations in foreign countries.

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4.5
BU1410
Management Information Systems+

This course examines fundamentals of information systems used in business. Topics include choice of hardware and software, security, backup, virus protection, and the use of internal and external communication to solve business problems. Prerequisite: BU1110 Introduction to Business or equivalent

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4.5
BU2620
Fundamentals of Business Communications+

This course explores methods to create effective communications within the organization. Concentration is on collaborative communications, communicating bad-news messages and conducting persuasive presentations. Students practice with a variety of electronic and hard copy media and will give a professional presentation at the end of the course. Prerequisite: EN1320 Composition I or equivalent

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4.5
FN2640
Fundamentals of Finance+

This course examines factors included in financial decision-making, such as return on investment, financial planning, budgeting and the comparison of different corporate investments. It also covers the timing of cash flow and its impact on the desirability of investments. Prerequisites: MA1210 College Mathematics I or equivalent, AC1420 Financial Accounting or equivalent

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4.5
MG1350
Fundamentals of Supervision+

This course is an overview of the role of supervision in business. Students examine the challenges of motivation, communication, health and safety issues, collective bargaining and ethical conduct in the workplace. Prerequisite: BU1110 Introduction to Business or equivalent

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4.5
Subtotal 54.0
Course Number Course Credit Hours
GS1140
Problem Solving Theory+

This course introduces students to fundamental principles, strategies and methods of problem solving theory.

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4.5
GS1145
Strategies for the Technical Professional+

This course reviews characteristic and trends of the global information society including basic information processing, Internet research, other skills used by the technical professionals and techniques that can be used for independent technical learning.

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4.5
GS2520
Professional Communications+

This course focuses on techniques of interpersonal and business communications. Students compile a portfolio and create a professional resume. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 54 credits earned in the program of study including EN1320 Composition I

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4.5
GS2747
Advanced Strategies for the Technical Professional+

This course focuses on skills, characteristics and attitudes that contribute to professional life. Topics include personal integrity, business communication skills, teamwork and conflict resolution, financial literacy, professional work habits, networking and social media, and lifelong learning. Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 65 credits earned in the program of study including GS1145 Strategies for the Technical Professional or equivalent

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3.0
Subtotal 16.5
Course Number Course Credit Hours
Program Total
93.0
Subtotal 93.0

Notes

+In this program, this course is a distance education course that is taught online over the Internet, rather than in residence at the school. Refer to the Online Course Information section of this catalog for additional information relating to these courses.

NOTE: The course descriptions for the courses in this program are in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog . The school may, at any time in its discretion, vary the offering and/or sequence of courses in this program, revise the curriculum content of the program or any course in the program and change the number of credit hours in the program or in any program course.