Accounting Education

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Welcome to Accounting Education

Program Description

Accounting courses provide the essential foundation needed to succeed in these career areas:

  • Management: general management, financial management, budget management, assets management, controller, treasurer
  • Private Accounting: general financial accounting, accounting information systems design, cost accounting, budgeting, taxation, internal auditing, data processing
  • Public Accounting — CPAs: auditing, tax compliance and tax planning services, management advisory services, computerized accounting systems
  • Government Accounting
  • Accounting Education: teaching, research, consulting

Those interested in preparing for immediate employment or advancement should consider . . .

  1. The Skills Competency Award in Bookkeeping that prepares students for working in the areas of entry-level bookkeeper (for small business, sole proprietorship) or accounting clerk (accounts payable or accounts receivable, under supervision of an accounting supervisor).
  2. The Accounting Assistant/Bookkeeper Certificate that prepares students to be full-charge bookkeepers in businesses that have computerized or manual accounting systems; or
  3. The Associate Degree in Accounting that prepares students for advanced academic work in accounting (transfer to four-year institutions), or for employment and/or promotion to more responsible positions in accounting or business

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Use introductory managerial accounting concepts to make decisions within a business.
  2. Apply generally accepted accounting principles to record common business transactions, to prepare simple financial statements, and to analyze the results of operations, cash flows and financial position as reported.
  3. Calculate and explain the impact of alternate generally accepted accounting principles for financial ratio analysis and economic analysis.
  4. Recognize the elementary business laws and the consequences of ignoring or not following legal business precepts and/or behaving unethically.
  5. Use introductory level macroeconomics and microeconomics theories to estimate the domestic and global economic impact of conditions/situations on a given business organization.
  6. Use computer technology and applications to record, report and analyze business transactions and their effects on operating, investing and financing activities.
  7. Prepare financial reports and communiqués, using standard Business English.
  8. Define elementary business management concepts.

Department Offices
Division: Business Education
Dean: Melissa V. Moreno, Wake Campus, Room 1, (805) 683-8292

Faculty & Offices

Department Co-Chairs: Cornelia Alsheimer-Barthel (BC-206,
ext. 2686); Al Vera-Graziano (BC-207, ext. 2499)


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