Online Standardized Syllabus

ACC 230 OA | Accounting with Quickbooks Syllabus

3 Credit Course | January 22, 2019 to March 17, 2019




Melaina McCracken-Benscoter MAcc


(570) 955-9044




Office Hours

By appointment (please set up through email)

I will be on the Coursemates & Chat Saturdays 9 to 11 AM if anyone has a question and wants to chat!




Text & Required Materials:


QuickBooks Online: Comprehensive Spring 2019 Edition (Printed textbook w/ eBook, eLab, and trial software)

by Labyrinth Learning

ISBN: 9781640610569

Format: Paperback w/ Access Card


Pub. Date: 12/1/2018



eLab Account (included free with new textbook)



ACC 230  - Accounting with QuickBooks

This course teaches our students computer accounting with QuickBooks. This accounting information system will illustrate how to record accounting transactions for both a service and merchandising company. Accounting topics covered are chart of accounts, accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory, payroll, and financial statements. (3credits) Pre-requisite: ACC105



1. Install, navigate, and customize QuickBooks in order to create an accounting information system.

2. Use QuickBooks to record the company’s banking transactions.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of how QuickBooks is utilized to record customer and sales information. This section focuses on accounts receivable transactions.

4. Use QuickBooks to record a company's vendor, purchases, and inventory information. This section focuses on accounts payable and inventory transactions.

5. Illustrate how to record employee and payroll information into QuickBooks.

6. Prepare financial statements and analyze the results using QuickBooks.

7. Use QuickBooks to set up an accounting information system for a new service or merchandising company.



Students will be assessed on comprehending course content via: online class participation, lecture, discussion, projects, assignments, exams, and the final exam project. 

All discussions will be administered on the portal.  However, Tests will be completed in our Quickbooks eLab classroom. 

(Within your text there are self-assessments/concept review quizzes that will be helpful to take after reviewing each chapter!)

Please arrange backup technology in case of computer issues.  There are computer rooms, and a library, on campus for your use.  ALWAYS save a copy of your work on a flash drive so you can have it in case of technical issues.  You should retain a copy of all of your course work until final grades are submitted for this course, just in case of computer issues or system failure.

Please complete all discussions in a Word document first so you can have a copy and be able to perform a spelling and grammar check.  Then you can simply copy/paste onto the discussion board.  This is helpful in case of internet trouble as well, gives you an ease of mind to have a saved word document copy! Print a copy of your graded quizzes/final exam, as proof of submission to keep on file as well.



  • There will be work that you need to complete prior to starting discussions, assignments, and chapter tests.
  • Chapter readings, reviewing lecture materials, and external links provided by me should be completed PRIOR to participating in any graded work.
  • You are required to participate in the weekly discussions, please understand the following information:
    • Make 1 initial post for each discussion question, in at least 250 words, by Thursday.
    • Make 2 additional replies during the week in at least 100 words, by Sunday.
      • Review the policies to understand the criterial for what is acceptable as a reply post (within the syllabus).
  • There will be a final examination that takes into account the chapters we covered on eLabs.


*OPTIONAL, you can practice your skills completing the “Reinforce Your Skills” exercises at the back of the chapters.  In addition, you can also practice with the “Apply Your Skills” problems at the end of the chapters. 

Please note that the Pampered Pooch documents have been found to have errors, that is why they are not required as assignments, yet they are helpful for learning the concepts.

The syllabus schedule is subject to change.


Online Course Attendance Policy

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.


Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes making posts and replies in a course-related graded discussion forum or submitting a course-related written assignment. Activities (Syllabus quiz, Course Navigation Quiz, Academic Honesty Pledge, Autobiography) not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.


Students that fail to participate in an academic activity as described above in the online classroom prior to the last day to drop/add, will automatically be dropped from the course.


  • You are required to engage in discussion by making an initial post to your instructor’s prompt by the assigned day of the week, and then submitting the required number of replies by the end of the week.
  • Students who do not participate in any course-related discussions AND who do not submit any course-related assignments for ONE week will be DROPPED from the course. It is the responsibility of the student to formally withdraw from the course at the Registrar’s office.



Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

Good Discussions in Course Resources will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

Ask yourself the following questions to help guide you in having a great discussion:

  • Did I answer the discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material that promoted conversation?
  • Did I support my answers to the discussion questions with research and reading?
  • Did I make the required number of replies to my classmates?
  • Did I continue the conversation with peers that replied to my discussion?
  • Did I answer any additional questions the instructor may have asked?
  • Are all of my responses detailed and clear?
  • Did I make my initial post and replies by the assigned due dates?
  • Did I relate my responses to the course reading, notes, and/or personal life?
  • Did I provide the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learned from what I have contributed and can continue the conversation
  • Did I use proper grammar, spelling and netiquette?


Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will negatively affect your weekly score.


Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.


Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.


Instructor Policies

  • All emails and responses posted in the General Questions section of the forum will be answered within one day.
  • All assignments will be graded within 3 days of the assignment due date
  • If you wish, email the instructor to schedule a meeting during office hours, or over the phone, to help you get started the first week of class!
  • All emails and responses posted in the General Questions section of the forum will be answered within 24-48 hours. (If it is something that you feel needs immediate attention, please send an email to me & then I will post information to both you and the general questions submission area)
  • All assignments turned in via eLab, as required, will be graded immediately. (If problems occur with eLab their customer service is great! It is best to not wait until the last minute to submit with this type of work)
  • Discussions will be graded within 3 days of the assignment due date.
  • Please arrange backup technology in case of computer issues.  ALWAYS save a copy of your work so you can have it in case of computer issues.  You should retain a copy of all of your course work until final grades are submitted for this course. NO ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED LATE.
  • Please take the initiative to ask for assistance whenever necessary.  Unlike an on-ground class I cannot see when you need clarification.
  • An online class is only as interactive as the learner wants it to be.  For best results, participate whenever possible!
  • The textbook is very helpful, yet it will be best to explore and utilize accounting resources to make the most out of this course! The outside sources that I provide will be a good start!






  • Assignments (Tackle the Task)– 20 points
  • Test  100 points
  • Unit 1 & Final – 100 points
  • Discussions- 50 points


Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points


96 – 100



90 – 95



87 – 89



83 – 86



80 – 82



77 – 79



73 – 76



70 – 72



67 – 69



60 – 66



0 – 59



Due Dates and Late Penalties

  • No late work will be accepted. (This includes assignments, tests, and discussion posts)
    • Treat this course as a job, you would not show up late or not submit a work assignment.
    • Technology is not an excuse for late work. That is why it is important to not wait until that last minute to complete this type of work, time management is key for success in an online course!
      • Saving a copy of your work is necessary!


Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course


(Please see student handbook for more information)


Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.

Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 


In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 


Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589,

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, or Gopu Kiron, Affirmative Action Officer/eLearning Director, Angeli Hall, Ground Floor, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-7929,

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email:   

Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.


Course Schedule


*This course is going to aid you in your completion of the Quickbooks Certified Exam!




Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity


Chapter 1

Chapter 3


Lecture Materials (under handouts)

Chapter tutorials (in book)

Tackle the Tasks (in book) Homework

“Develop your Skills” (in book)

Chapter Test (on eLabs, under tests)



Prior to chapter 3, please review chapter 2. The chapter files are not correct, so we will not be completing it.


Chapter 4

Chapter 5


Lecture Materials (under handouts)

Chapter tutorials (in book)

Tackle the Tasks (in book) Homework

“Develop your Skills” (in book)

Chapter Test (on eLabs, under tests)



Unit 1 Exam (On ELabs)

Chapter 7


Lecture Materials (under handouts)

Chapter tutorials (in book)

Tackle the Tasks (in book) Homework

“Develop your Skills” (in book)

Chapter Test (on eLabs, under tests)



Chapter 8

Chapter 9


Lecture Materials (under handouts)

Chapter tutorials (in book)

Tackle the Tasks (in book) Homework

“Develop your Skills” (in book)

Chapter Test (on eLabs, under tests)



Chapter 10

Chapter 11


Lecture Materials (under handouts)

Chapter tutorials (in book)

Tackle the Tasks (in book) Homework

“Develop your Skills” (in book)

Chapter Test (on eLabs, under tests)


Chapter 12


Lecture Materials (under handouts)

Chapter tutorials (in book)

Tackle the Tasks (in book) Homework

“Develop your Skills” (in book)

Chapter Test  (on eLabs, under tests)


Unit 2 (Final) Exam (On ELabs)

Comprehensive Problem Chapter 13


Final Exam on eLabs

Comprehensive problem from Chapter 13: Bringing it all together!



All tests and examinations will be completed on our eLabs page (directions on the portal). Due dates will also be posted on the portal.