Cloud Accounting

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ACC 188

       Course Name: Cloud Accounting

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: ACC 153 or prior accounting knowledge.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course uses cloud systems to perform accounting functions for service and merchandising entities.  Google Sheets are used to prepare transaction analysis and financial statements.  Excel 365 is used to perform the entire accounting cycle, including the statement of cash flows. QuickBooks Online is used for accounting functions related to company setup, customers, vendors, inventory tracking, sales tax, bank reconciliations, adjusting entries, and financial reporting.  Other cloud accounting platforms may be introduced.  Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive are used for file sharing.  Prior experience with accounting software is not required.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Students will perform the following accounting functions with online spreadsheet platforms such as Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel 365:
    1. Develop an analysis to show the impact of transactions on financial accounts.
    2. Use multiple tabs to journalize and post accounting transactions.
    3. Complete a comprehensive project using appropriate formats and formulas to develop worksheets, adjusting entries, income statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements.
  1. Students will perform the following accounting functions using cloud accounting software packages such as QuickBooks Online:
    1. Setup new company files, create preferences, establish chart of accounts, and import activity from previous data.
    2. Add customers and vendors, record all sales and purchasing activity, record cash receipts and payments, create credit and debit memos, and develop invoices and statements.
    3. For merchandising entities, create inventory items, establish product categories, develop inventory reports, and manage sales taxes.
    4. For month end, create adjusting entries, perform bank reconciliations, and customize financial statements for both internal and external reporting.
  1. Students will navigate file sharing storage systems such as Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive.

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. Financial Statements
  2. Cloud Storage Platforms such as Google Drive
  3. Accounting Transactions and Google Sheets
  4. Adjusting Entries, Worksheets, and Closing Entries
  5. Microsoft Excel 365 and Microsoft One Drive
  6. Statement of Cash Flows
  7. Comprehensive Project using Excel 365

The following items will be performed in QuickBooks Online:

  1. Creating Companies and Importing Transactions
  2. Sales and Purchasing Activity for Service Entities
  3. End of Period Functions for Service Entities
  4. Sales and Purchasing Activity for Merchandising Entities
  5. End of Period Functions for Merchandising Entities

VII.  Methods of Instruction

- In Example:              

  1. In-class or video tutorials
  2. Demonstration of exercises
  3. Hands-on Practice
  4. Application Exercises and Projects

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students are required to:

  • Complete all practice and graded homework
  • Complete any projects assigned by instructor
  • Take quizzes and exams

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

- In Example -

  1. Custom pub of selected chapters from Financial Accounting textbook
  2. QuickBooks Online textbook

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

-In example-

  • Weekly Online homework
  • Quizzes
  • Practice exams/Exams
  • Projects

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

XI.   Other Course Information

Tutoring/Accounting Lab
There are Accounting Lab hours at both campuses where accounting faculty and CPA’s can help you with your homework.  Feel free to just come and work at one of the computers and ask for help as needed.  Hours and locations are posted in D2L.

Health Issues
Students who have a change of health status need to contact the instructor as soon as possible so arrangements can be handled in a timely manner. Documentation will be required.

Religious Observances
Oakton Community College recognizes the broad diversity of religious beliefs of its constituencies.  Students who inform instructors in advance of an intended absence for a major religious observance will not be penalized, but it is the responsibility of students to disclose any religious observances to the instructor at the beginning of the semester so that arrangements can be made.  Please look at your religious calendar right away, because last minute requests will not be considered.

Campus Closure
In the event that a campus is closed, please see your D2L course shell for further guidance from your instructor.

Withdrawal Dates

  • The last day to withdraw and receive a full refund is xx.
  • The last day to withdraw and receive a 50% refund is xx.
  • The last day to switch to audit status is xx. Audit students receive no credit.  (This is the only one that must be done in-person at the registration window with student signature.)
  • The last day to withdraw and have nothing appear on your transcript is xx.
  • The last day to withdraw and have a “W” on your transcript is xx. After that date, you must receive a grade in the course.

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

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.