QuickBooks Comprehensive

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ACC 251

       Course Name: QuickBooks Comprehensive

       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

Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to perform the following functions in QuickBooks:
  1. Track Revenue
  2. Manage Expenses
  3. Perform Bank Reconciliation
  4. Prepare Reports and Graphs Inventory
  5. Manage Sales Tax
  6. Track Time and Billing
  7. Prepare Adjustments and Performing Year End Procedures
  8. Set Up and Maintaining Company File
  9. Customize 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

  1. Introduction to QuickBooks
  2. The Sales Process
  3. Tracking Revenue
  4. Managing Expenses
  5. Bank Reconciliation
  6. Reports and Graphs
  7. Inventory
  8. Sales Tax
  9. Time and Billing
  10. Adjustments and Year End Procedures
  11. Company file Setup and Maintenance
  12. Customizing QuickBooks
  13. Common error messages & support topics
  14. New versions of QuickBooks
  15. Overview of the QuickBooks Consultant Profession

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  1. Lecture & Discussions
  2. Problem Solving-In class Computer Lab
  3. 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, and problem solving. 

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:    QuickBooks Complete by The Sleeter Group

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:
  1. Four Tests (100 points each)
    Homework Projects/Cases/Attendance and Class Participation (100 points total)
    Attendance is Mandatory.

  2. 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.

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.