I.     Course Prefix/Number: ACC 253

       Course Name: Practicum

       Credits: 3 (1 lecture; 15 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: ACC 250 and accounting job (at least 15 hours per week) at the time ACC 253 begins.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course offers cooperative work experience in accounting field.  Part of course credit earned for participation in supervised cooperative work experience program, in college-approved training setting.  Minimum of 200 hours at work site must be completed.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course each student will have been exposed to and will have had practice in:
A.    Working on a job (in accounting) for at least 15 hours per week.
B.    Evaluating his strong points and problem areas on the job.
C.    Reviewing an entire accounting system related to the student's own job.
D.    Working at least one practice set.
E.    Developing and working on a self development plan re: improvement of job competencies.
F.    Exposure to professional development materials and/or seminars.
G.    Becoming familiar with accounting related software.

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.    Evaluation of training Experience and Performance
B.    Review of Accounting Systems
C.    Accounting Practice Set
D.    Professionalism on the Job
E.    Exposure to professional development materials and\or seminars

VII.  Methods of Instruction

A.    Individual Consultation
B.    Lecture and Discussion
C.    Cases
D.    Outside Speakers
E.    Attendance at Meetings of Professional Organizations
F.    Speakers on Accounting Topics
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, demonstrating a professional attitude, doing reading assignments, case preparation, and problem solving.

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.    Employer Evaluation
B.    Instructor evaluation of student growth during the course
C.    Grades on assignments

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.