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Microsoft Excel for Accountants

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ACC 164

       Course Name: Microsoft Excel for Accountants

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ACC 153 or basic accounting knowledge.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides hands-on experience in accounting uses of Microsoft Excel. Content includes creating data boxes in financial accounting, using multiple sheets with Excel formulas, preparing professional quality financial reports, creating graphs to interpret business results, and using Excel functions to evaluate accounting data.

IV.   Learning Objectives

To prepare students to demonstrate understanding and ability to use the Excel in the following areas:
A.    Creating data boxes for financial accounting
B.    Using multiple sheets in a workbook to prepare financial reports
C.    Preparing professional quality statements for external reporting
D.    Creating graphing to interpret business results
E.    Using Excel functions to evaluate accounting data

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Creating data boxes for financial accounting
B.    Using multiple sheets in a workbook to prepare financial reports
C.    Preparing professional quality statements for external reporting
D.    Creating graphing to interpret business results
E.    Using Excel functions to evaluate accounting data

VII.  Methods of Instruction

A.    Lecture
B.    Demonstration
C.    Hands on Practice/Exercises
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students must perform on a college level in reading, writing, computer applications, and oral presentation.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Varies by instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

A.    Homework Exercises
B.    Quizzes
C.    Tests

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.