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This course continues our exploration into the bookkeeping function. We introduce the concepts of single-entry and double entry bookkeeping as well as the accounting equation.  This allows us to delve into examining the concepts of how to utilize debits and credits within financial accounting including assets, liabilities, equity, revenue and expense.  It is imperative that a bookkeeper have a strong grasp on the utilization of debits and credits.

“A debit is an accounting entry that either increases an asset or expense account, or decreases a liability or equity account. It is positioned to the left in an accounting entry.”

“A credit is an accounting entry that either increases a liability or equity account, or decreases an asset or expense account.”

Following is a summary of how debits and credits impact the financial statement accounts

Category

Increase Acct

Decrease Acct

Assets

Debit

Credit

Liabilities

Credit

Debit

Equity

Credit

Debit

Revenue

Credit

Debit

Expense

Debit

Credit

This session utilizes multiple examples of how to apply debits and credits within various transactions and entries and provides the participant with a foundation of the concept of how to utilize the double entry bookkeeping system.

In addition, we examine a few of the many functions the bookkeeper can be involved with as part of their overall responsibilities. 

NOTE: This course is one of a series of courses developed for the Professional Bookkeeping Certification program on Illumeo. The full curriculum of courses will provide you with the ultimate foundation to a career as a bookkeeper. 

 

Learning Objectives

  • Explore double entry bookkeeping.
  • Identify the accounting equation and recognize how to apply the accounting equation approach.
  • Explore bookkeeping processes managed by the bookkeeper.
  • Explore the process of recording debits and credits.
  • Recognize how to apply the account debit and credit process to the balance sheet and income statement.
  • Explore example entries using typical accounts and processes.
Last updated/reviewed: November 8, 2020

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

14 CoursesProfessional Bookkeeping Certification

  1. Bookkeeping: Terminology and Process Execution
  2. Bookkeeping: Debits And Credits
  3. Bookkeeping: Cash vs. Accrual
  4. Bookkeeping: Payroll And Expenses
  5. Bookkeeping: Legal Entity And Chart Of Accounts
  6. Bookkeeping: Journals, Subsidiary Ledgers and General Ledger
  7. Bookkeeping: Responsibilities
  8. Bookkeeping: Fixed assets and inventory
  9. Bookkeeping: Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable And Receipts
  10. Management Internal Control Essentials
  11. GAAP Principles, Assumptions and Considerations
  12. GAAP Presentation of Financial Statements
  13. Bookkeeping Basics – Case Study Scenario
  14. Useful Bookkeeping Tools

25 Reviews (71 ratings)Reviews

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Member's Profile
The course clearly explained how to record debits and credits based on the type of transaction. It used very helpful examples and I loved refreshing which accounts have a normal debit or credit balance.
5
Member's Profile
Lynn is simply the BEST on Illumeo. She is my go to Course Presenter when she covers the topic/s I am interest in. This course is a good basic review of the materials presented. Thanks again Lynn.
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Anonymous Author
This course was difficult with little to no background. The examples were unclear at times, and confusing. Lots of good information in this lecture, however it could have been laid out differently.
4
Member's Profile
Great content and good examples. The slide presentation provides valuable information. The instructor also provides a list of vocabulary and common acronyms which is helpful.
5
Anonymous Author
For me this was a very good review and reinforcement of the debit and credit concepts. I really appreciated the different examples that were given.
5
Anonymous Author
Good information for introduction to bookkeeping. A bit basic for those already earning CPE credits for the CPA license. Excellent instructor.
5
Member's Profile
Good information. For an non initiate it can be useful to draw the concepts of debit and credit to have the clear picture... but very clear...
4
Anonymous Author
A little challenging for someone without an accounting background, but am discovering areas I should learn more about for my small business.
5
Anonymous Author
I feel most engaged when Lynn is present in a slide. The images/clipart examples really helped drive this information home!
4
Member's Profile
Clears up the debits and credits. Feel a little better about understanding it. So many functions for bookkeeping.
5
Member's Profile
The course highlights a clear understanding of General ledger (GL) accounts and key terminologies in GL management
5
Anonymous Author
Very good basic course for entry level accountants, or a good refresher for anyone in the accounting roles.
5
Anonymous Author
good course
5
Member's Profile
This was very informative. I liked the way everything was explained and I printed out the PDF.
5
Member's Profile
awesome course, definitely learned a lot here. great knowledge on bookeeping responsibilities
4
Member's Profile
Great instructor, I enjoyed most reviewing the typical activities and role of bookkeeper.
4
Anonymous Author
Difficult, but not impossible to understand without a finance or accounting foundation.
5
Member's Profile
This is a bit more difficult. The examples are very good and the instructor is great.
5
Member's Profile
Great quick review of lots of information. Easy format and examples presented.
4
Anonymous Author
anyone that works in a business office would get the most from this course
5
Anonymous Author
Good review of bookkeeping responsibilities. Worth taking as a refresher.
5
Anonymous Author
Basic but informative. Good overview of the accounting process and flow.
5
Anonymous Author
This course made it very easy to understand debits and credits.
4
Anonymous Author
It was comprehensive but also went over the same things too much
4
Anonymous Author
This is a very informative segment on debits and credits

Prerequisites

Course Complexity: Foundational

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course. However, it is recommended to take the other courses in the series prior to completing this one.

Education Provider Information

Company:
Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact:
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Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
  1:33Introduction to Bookkeeping Basics– Processes and Debits and Credits
  3:29Double Entry Bookkeeping
  7:35Accounting Equation
  17:02Bookkeeping Functions
  3:52Debits and Credits
  9:58Assets/Liabilities/Equity
  13:37Examples
  1:44Summary
CONTINUOUS PLAY
  58:50Bookkeeping Basics– Processes and Debits and Credits
SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  PDFSlides: Bookkeeping Basics – Processes and Debits and Credits
  PDFBookkeeping Basics – Processes and Debits and Credits Glossary/Index
REVIEW AND TEST
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS
 examFINAL EXAM