QuickBooks Comprehensive

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ACC 251

       Course Name: QuickBooks Consulting

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: ACC 153 and basic computer skills.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course prepares students for QuickBooks ProAdvisor Exam. Content in first 8 weeks includes basic functions such as sales, receivables, purchases, payables, inventory, bank reconciliations, sales taxes, and payroll. Content in second 8 weeks includes cleaning up errors, fixing the data necessary for tax returns, and troubleshooting financial reports. This course will substitute for ACC 173 and ACC 174. Previous experience with QuickBooks is not required.

IV.   Learning Objectives

To perform the following functions in QuickBooks:
A.    Tracking Revenue
B.    Managing Expenses
C.    Performing Bank Reconciliation
D.    Preparing Reports and Graphs Inventory
E.    Managing Sales Tax
F.    Tracking Time and Billing
G.    Preparing Adjustments and Performing Year End Procedures
H.    Setting Up and Maintaining Company File
I.    Customizing QuickBooks

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

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.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Introduction to QuickBooks
B.    The Sales Process
C.    Tracking Revenue
D.    Managing Expenses
E.    Bank Reconciliation
F.    Reports and Graphs
G.    Inventory
H    Sales Tax
I.    Time and Billing
J.    Adjustments and Year End Procedures
K.    Company file Setup and Maintenance
L.    Customizing QuickBooks
M.     Common error messages & support topics
N.    New versions of QuickBooks
O.    The QuickBooks Consultant Profession

VII.  Methods of Instruction

A.    Lecture & Discussions
B.    Problem Solving-In class Computer Lab
C.    Homework and Case Problems
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students must perform on a college level in reading, writing, problem solving, 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.    Four Tests (100 points each)
Homework Projects/Cases/Attendance and Class Participation (100 points total)
Attendance is Mandatory.

B.    A point scale based on total possible points.
90 - 100% = A
80 -  89%  = B
70 -  79%  = C
60 -  69%  = D
59% & Below F

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.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.