Accounting with Microsoft Excel

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ACC 180

       Course Name: Accounting with Microsoft Excel

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: ACC 153 or prior accounting knowledge.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides accounting refresher and uses Microsoft Excel features to perform accounting functions.  Accounting topics include transactions, financial statements, cash flow, inventory costing, bank reconciliations, payroll, depreciation, bond amortization, financial ratios, and budgeting.  Excel topics include formulas, formatting, multiple worksheets, charting, ranges, pivot tables, basic macros, goal seek, and special functions for calculations of inventory, payroll, depreciation, and time value of money.

Note:   ACC 180 is designed for students with prior knowledge in accounting. Other students should refer to CAB 135.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students will demonstrate their accounting knowledge and Excel proficiency by applying the following Excel functions to accounting concepts:
  1. Basic formulas and formats to complete accounting transactions.
  2. Multiple worksheets to assemble financial statements.
  3. Ranges, cell references, and what-if analysis to prepare and analyze cash flow statements.
  4. AVERAGE, COUNT, MAX, MIN, and pivot tables to track and manage inventory with various costing methods.
  5. Headers, footers, styles, data importing, and conditional formatting to perform bank reconciliations.
  6. IF functions, mixed references, HLOOKUP, and VLOOKUP to prepare payroll.
  7. Tables, sorting, filtering, SLN, SYD, and DDB to calculate depreciation expense using various accounting methods.
  8. PV, PMT, FV, and basic macros to calculate bond amortization and prepare adjusting journal entries.
  9. Charts and graphs to illustrate financial ratios and analyze company performance.
  10. Goal seek, scenario manager, and solver to prepare budgets and perform cost analysis.

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

  1. Accounting Equation and Recording Transactions
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Statement of Cash Flows
  4. Inventory Costing Methods
  5. Bank Reconciliation
  6. Payroll Register
  7. Depreciation Methods
  8. Bond Amortization
  9. Financial Statement Analysis
  10. Budgeting and Cost Analysis

VII.  Methods of Instruction

- In Example –
  1. Accounting Lecture
  2. Excel Tutorials and Hands-on Practice
  3. Application Exercises and Cases
  4. Quizzes and Exams

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students must have basic computer skills for file management and software navigation.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

- In Example -
Text:  Excel for Accounting by Weinstein, Labyrinth Learning

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

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

- In Example -
Weekly Homework and Cases 250 points
Quizzes and Exams 250 points
Total Course 500 points
A 90 - 100%
B 80 - 89%
C 70 - 79%
D 60 - 69%
F Below 60%

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

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at