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Taught by a two time former Controller and noted accounting professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, this course begins as review for accounting and finance professionals who need to sharpen their fundamental understanding of core accounting concepts and how they translate into the accounting and financial concepts used to run companies.

The course then dives deeper into accounting topics like transaction analysis, financial statements, the accounting equation, reconciliations, accounts receivable, depreciation, inventory accounting, and the adjusting and closing processes. Consider this an entire accounting education neatly summed up in one course.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the accounting terms debit and credit and record business transactions into an accounting ledger represented by t-accounts using debits and credits
  • Identify how a trial balance and the accounting equation provide a framework for companies to prepare financial statements and the classification of accounts and recognize how they are impacted by debits and credits
  • Discover how to implement t-accounts and ledgers to perform transaction analysis and how to use journal entries to record transactions, recognize how to perform transaction analysis using journal entries, and identify the steps of the accounting cycle
  • Demonstrate what each financial statement does and how they are utilized by companies both large and small.
  • Measure your company’s performance through the use of financial statements.
  • Sharpen your understanding of how financial statements work together.
  • Identify the elements of the primary accounting equation, including defining assets, liabilities and shareholders equity and recognize various transactions and their impact on the accounting equation
  • Discover how to prepare 3 of the 4 primary financial statements (income statement, statement of retained earnings, balance sheet)
  • Discover Internal Controls and their objectives
  • Recognize how to prepare a bank reconciliation and prepare adjusting entries from a bank reconciliation
  • Define key terms regarding receivables and bad debts and the sequence of events related to the three primary journal entries related to accounting for bad debts
  • Recognize the impact of accounting for bad debts on the related accounts
  • Discover how to calculate values used in the Allowance Method of accounting for bad debts, how to calculate simple interest on notes receivable
  • Identify the characteristics of property, plant and equipment, how to calculate and record straight-line depreciation, units of activity depreciation, and declining balance depreciation, and how to calculate and record the sale of equipment, as well as basic concepts associated with inventory costing
  • Recognize how to perform calculations on a sequence of inventory purchases and sales under the FIFO system, the LIFO system, and the Average Cost system
  • Discover core concepts related to inventory for a merchandising business
  • Recognize how to perform transactions for the sales of inventory cycle, the purchase of inventory cycle, and other transactions associated with inventory such as sales tax and physical inventory counts
  • Discover the adjusting process and its place in the accounting cycle
  • Recognize the proper accounting treatment for prepayments made, prepayments received, expenses accrued prior to payment, and revenue earned prior to payment
  • Discover the reason to perform closing journal entries and identify how they fit in the accounting cycle
  • Recognize how to prepare the four closing journal entries
  • Identify the closing entries and discover how they compare to the statement of retained earnings
Last updated/reviewed: December 08, 2017

30 Reviews (107 ratings)Reviews

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Anonymous Author
I liked the pace and that there was supplemental workbook activities. I did not like that for the workbook there was not a explanation for how an answer was reached- don't just give me the answer but tell me why and how to get there. Also more information is needed on questions about how different accounts are affected if information is omitted/changed (under/overstated NI and RE etc)
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Anonymous Author
This class was great. I liked all of the great videos and all of the supporting materials. Most classes don't include supporting materials, so that was a nice surpirse.
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I loved that it was comprehensive. I found several questions that I can utilize in my classes. Anyone teaching financial accounting would benefit from this course.
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Good course with good pacing. Anyone looking for a refresher on basic accounting principles would benefit from this.
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Video quality was not always great and didn't always feel tailored for this class. Very repetitive at times.
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The first few videos seemed very repetitive, everything else was great.
5
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It was good, the first few videos were a little too easy and slow.
4
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Good review course. Fairly simple accounting concepts.
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excellent refresher for everyone especially those that teach college level classes, manage accounting departments, train peers and subordinates or anyone in the profession so they can speak to clients, peers, teams about the financial statement process and help them understand the process an resulting statements!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Great introductory class and refresher. It was easy to listen to and had some great examples. Some of the final exam questions should be reviewed: -One had a duplicate answer -I have a hard time believing straight line isn't used the most for depreciation expense calculations -Supplies are very rarely an asset usually classified as an expense
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Anonymous Author
I don't think it's wise to tell students that they can skip writing memos. It's necessary in the real world in simple and complex companies. Also, gross margin is a percentage, gross profit is the term that should be used when trying to teach people. I'm a little frustrated with some of the details but overall it was a good refresher course.
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The course was a very good accounting refresher and would also server as a great introduction to accounting. I did not like the 64 question exam at the end only because it took so long and being on-line I was afraid I might lose my work (the questions were fair and well written).
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Course was good and provided an excellent refresher for me. I was surprised at the final exam as it really challenged me to work out the answers...I was expecting to blaze through the exam but it was not that easy.
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Anonymous Author
If I had Erik Slayter as my accounting professor in college, perhaps I would have chosen accounting as my major! He simplifies difficult accounting concepts so well! I definitely recommend this course!
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I liked the examples that were given and the content was good. there were many topics that are good for the beginner in the accounting field and a good refresher for those with experience.
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Anonymous Author
This course definitely help refresh some of the basic accounting concepts. this course would definitely be beneficial to someone that has been out of the accounting world for a while
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Great review and very comprehensive. I didn't realize how much I had forgotten about Retained Earnings. The reveiw was good. I liked working the examples throughout the course.
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I liked the overall content and the manner in which it is presented. What surprised me was how much depth was covered and this course helped me to refresh my knowledge.
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Anonymous Author
It is a good refresher on accounting basics. It is a large time commitment and the final test is 64 multiple choice questions that include calculations.
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Anonymous Author
The course was an excellent review of accounting basics, many of which you don't realize you didn't remember! Very good refresher.
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Great perspective on fundamental accounting and a solid refresher for some of the basics that can be long forgotten. Thank you!
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Member's Profile
Nice refresh course; good for beginners or people who are not using accounting skills frequently as a refresher...
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Solid refresher course on accounting basics. Always good to go back and be sure to have everything straight.
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Member's Profile
Closing Process presentation did not work! All other presentations worked well. Examples were excellent.
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Member's Profile
sometimes the screen was hard to read. Concepts were presented clearly. more typed summaries would help
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It was a good overview and review of the accounting process. Brings you back to the good solid basics.
4
Anonymous Author
Good review of basic concepts, used a refresher to brush up on my skills.
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The pace is slow, but this is a thorough review of basic accounting.
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It would be better to show the answers to the Final Exam questions.
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Anonymous Author
Enjoyed this review of financial accounting basics.

Prerequisites

Course Complexity: Foundational

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information

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Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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Course Syllabus
  53:38An Accounting Review: The Basics of Debits and Credits
  1:15:59Transaction Analysis, T-Accounts, Debits and Credits, and Trial Balances ful video Udemy
  48:51Accounting Review: Overview of Financial Statements; P&L, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow
  1:02:57The Accounting Equation and Financial Statements
  28:16Core Financial Accounting: Cash and Internal Controls
  1:19:16Core Financial Accounting:Accounts Receivable
  36:55Core Financial Accounting:Equipment and Depreciation
  56:39Core Financial Accounting: Inventory Costing
  1:14:32Core Financial Accounting: Purchase and Sale of Inventory
  1:05:15The Adjusting Process
  53:13Core Financial Accounting: The Closing Process
SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  ZIPBack to the Basics: Accounting Fundamentals Combined Supporting Materials
REVIEW AND TEST
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS
 examFINAL EXAM