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Accounting Capstone

  • Spring 2023
  • Section IND
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 01/17/2023 to 05/09/2023
  • Modified 11/11/2022

Based on recommendations from the CDC and other governmental agencies, the content delivery method for this course may need to be modified.

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Contact Information

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2 lec./3 lab (3 Cr.) Allows students to apply broad knowledge of accounting profession through discipline specific projects involving the integration of individuals and teams performing activities to simulate workplace situations. Capstone must be taken in degree plan sequence. Contact accounting program coordinator prior to enrolling.


Upon completion of the core curriculum, students are expected to demonstrate competence in all of the core objectives listed in the college catalog. The overall content of this course is designed to enhance skills in each of the following core objectives.

  • Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
  • Personal Responsibility - ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision making
  • Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. 1. Complete the accounting cycle for service and merchandising businesses;

    2. Demonstrate computer skills related to accounting applications in business;

    3. Prepare financial reports;

    4. Communicate report findings in written and/or oral form;

    5. Solve complex accounting issues;

    6. Participate in research and discussion on accounting issues, trends, and/or situations.

Required and Optional Materials

Visit the Navarro College Bookstore: College Bookstore

Students are required to have the course materials on the 1st day of class. Failure to have the textbook on the first day doesn’t exempt the student from meeting the due dates for quizzes, assignments or exams.

Other: Calculator, pencils, eraser, ruler, notebook paper, jump drive or other storage medium, access to a computer with daily Internet access and printer. Access to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

Assignments and Activities

Accounting Cycle Problem

This course will utilize a comprehensive problem to apply the concepts of the Accounting Cycle. Please see your Course Schedule for the due date.

The Accounting Cycle Problem is worth 150 points or 15% of your total course grade.

Discussion Boards

This course will consist of Discussion Board activities with specific due dates. Please see the Course Schedule for specific due dates.

Discussion Board postings are not optional. You must participate in the discussion boards with substantive posts to be successful in this course.  Students are required to post their original discussion posting and two (2) response postings to fellow classmates by the due date each week at 11:55PM unless otherwise specified. Please note that these are the minimum standards. Our course will be more interactive and enjoyable if you post to more than two learners' responses per week and on more days. Note, you are expected to post something that adds to the discussion. Do not simply restate what someone else has said or post simple statements like “I agree” or “good job”, etc. Always include the “why” or support your statements. 

Each initial discussion should be at least 100 words in length. If you type your discussion posting in Word, you can check your word count, then cut and paste the discussion into the discussion box. Posts that do not add value to the discussion, show little effort or are plagiarized will be severely penalized. If you use an outside source to support your post, you must reference the source. Remember, the sooner you post your initial discussion response during the week, the sooner your classmates can respond to you. The goal is to have a continuous discussion in class during the week, so post early and post often. As the instructor, I may comment on your post during the week, but I am looking for students to interact with each other, without being swayed by my comments.

The Discussion Boards are worth 150 points or 15% of your total course grade.

Ethics Case Studies

Professional ethics is important in business and accounting. There will be five (5) ethics case studies that will focus on developing critical thinking and communication skills for ethical situations. Details and due dates about the ethics case studies can be found in the Course Schedule as well as under the appropriate module on Canvas. The ethics case studies will be graded using a published rubric. 

Note: Due to the nature of this course, all assignments will be graded for spelling, grammar, clarity and organization, as well as, a professional writing tone.  Be sure to treat each case study as a reflection of your professional capabilities for future employment.

The Ethics Case Studies are worth 250 points or 25% of your total course grade.

Excel Apply Your Skills Assignments

There are 20 Excel Apply Your Skills Assignments (2 per chapter). These assignments will be completed using Labyrinth Learning's eLab and the instructions in your textbook. You are allowed 3 attempts for each assignment before the due date. Your instructor will record your highest grade in the Canvas grade book. Please see the Course Schedule in Canvas for specific due dates.

The Excel Apply Your Skills Assignments are worth 300 points or 30% of your total course grade.

LinkedIn Assignment

Students will prepare a LinkedIn profile and supporting employment documents, including a cover letter, resume, reference letters, and samples of accounting work. More assignment details are provided in Canvas on the LinkedIn Assignment page in the Week 15 module. 

The LinkedIn Assignment is worth 150 points or 15% of your total course grade.

Extra Credit

A maximum of 30 extra credit points will be available in this course. 25 points are available at your instructor’s discretion and 5 points will be available for completing the EOC (End-Of-Course Evaluation). It is departmental policy that extra credit or bonus points cannot exceed the 30-point maximum. The extra credit opportunities can be used toward your total course grade to improve a low assignment, quiz, or mid-term score. The extra credit opportunity is a lifeline opportunity in this course and must be submitted by the established due date to be graded. Late submissions will not receive extra credit points.

Grading Criteria

Grading criteria will conform to the established policy of Navarro College, as stated in the College catalog: A=90-100%; B=80-89%; C=70-79%; D=60-69%; F= Below 60%. 

Grading criteria for certain programs, including those in the health professions, may differ. Grading criteria for such courses or programs may be located in the course syllabus and/or program handbook.


Grade criteria will conform to the established policy of Navarro College as stated in the College catalog: A=90-100%; B=80-89%; C=70-79%; D=60-69%; F=59% or below.

This course does not require proctored testing.


Assignment Category

Assignment Details

Assignment Points

Weighted Percentage

Accounting Cycle Problem

(1 @ 150 points)

150 points


Discussion Board

(15 @ 10 points)

150 points


Excel Apply Your Skills Assignments

(20 @ 15 points)

300 points


Ethics Case Studies

(5 @ 50 points)

250 points


LinkedIn Assignment

(1 @ 150 points)

150 points




1000 points


Course Policies

Instructional Modalities

Description of instructional modalities

Face to Face 



Face to face courses are taught in a traditional classroom format. 

Courses classified as “Hybrid” in the course schedule (identified with the letter ‘H’ in the course section designation) will use a combination of face-to-face classroom and online instructional methods. A minimum of 50 percent of the course must be taught online to be classified as a hybrid course.

Students must have regular access to a computer and a reliable internet connection, either on campus or in a personal setting, to complete all assignments.

In addition to traditional lecture, Navarro College uses the Canvas Learning Management System to provide course materials and activities assigned by the instructor. Access user information here:

To access Canvas:
(1) Go to:
(2) Enter your User Name and Password
(3) Click on the Canvas icon and locate your course on the Canvas Dashboard.

Method of Instruction

As a capstone experience, students use case studies, business simulations, database research, technology tools and projects to apply knowledge obtained in previous accounting courses. The course will be available on the Navarro College Canvas at

Please note: This is an internet-based course. Students must have regular access to a computer and a reliable internet connection, either on campus or in a personal setting, to complete all assignments.

Grade Book

Grades will be posted in the Canvas master grade book throughout the course. The master Canvas grade book will be updated within seven (7) days of the posted due date.

Grade of Incomplete

No grade of “I” (Incomplete) will be given in this course unless there are extenuating circumstances, all work at the time of request has been completed with passing grades and the student has attended/participated in class regularly to date. An incomplete will be given only upon the student’s request AND the instructor’s approval. An incomplete grade must be made up before the end of the following semester (by the due date established by the college and instructor) or the “I” will automatically become an “F”.

Late/Make-Up Work

Accounting is a profession based on strict due dates, therefore, course assignments and due dates that are listed in the Course Schedule are required deadlines, not simply recommendations. If you are a procrastinator, be aware that you cannot cram for this course. Accounting assignments take time and waiting to start assignments at the last minute is a sure path to failure. Failing to meet a course due date without prior instructor approval will results in a zero (NO EXCEPTIONS). Course material is broken into weekly unit segments with required due dates. This is not a self-paced course. Be sure to submit your assignments each week by the required dates listed in your course outline. Failure to complete work on time will have a negative impact on your final grade.

Final Exams

Students are required to take final exams during the posted final exam week and should not make travel reservations or other plans which would require them to request a rescheduled final.  Requests to take final exams early, or at a time other than indicated on the final exam schedule, must be approved by the appropriate Campus Dean and are granted only in exceptional circumstances. Personal or family travel plans are not deemed as exceptional circumstances.

Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting

Students may choose to share personal information or experiences, as appropriate, in written assignments, class discussions, presentations, and conferences with instructors. While instructors and other college employees will strive to keep personal student information private, they are required to report information about sexual misconduct, childhood abuse, and criminal activity to the proper authorities. 

Course Content and Rigor

College-level courses may include controversial, sensitive, and/or adult material. Students are expected to have the readiness for college-level rigor and content.


All Navarro College students are required to use their Navarro College email to correspond with instructors and other Navarro College personnel.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to do their own work at all times. Cheating is a serious offense with serious consequences which may include any of the following:  a grade of zero, course failure, or removal from a program.

Student Conduct

All students enrolled in classes at Navarro College shall follow the tenets of common decency and acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment. Behavior deemed by the instructor to be disruptive may result in the student being dropped from the course.

Subject to Change

The Course Syllabus and/or the Course Calendar may be changed as the term progresses at the discretion of the department and/or instructor.

Proctored Testing

This course may require one or more assignments to be administered in a proctored setting.  Those assignments will be identified in the course syllabus. Identified assignments must be administered in an approved testing environment.

What is an approved testing center?

  1. Any Navarro College Testing Center location
  2. A proctored high school testing site* (see below)
  3. A different college, or university testing center or proctoring site* (see below)
  4. A virtual proctoring setting, if permitted by the instructor

Navarro College offers free proctored testing (by appointment only) to all current Navarro College students. Visit the Navarro College Testing Center site for details. All NC Testing Centers are approved locations.

*Students requesting permission to complete an exam with a different proctor, such as a dual credit high school proctor or testing center at another college or university, must submit the Proctor Agreement Form at the beginning of the semester. The form is located on the Navarro College Online Testing page. While proctored testing is available at all Navarro College Testing Centers at no charge to NC students, other colleges and universities may charge a fee for this service. Students are responsible for any fees related to testing at other locations.

What is a virtual proctoring setting?

Your professor may allow you, at their discretion, to be proctored in a virtual setting.  Assignments requiring a proctor, identified in the course syllabus, will indicate whether or not virtual proctoring is allowed. Virtual proctoring is a privilege and may be revoked by the instructor at any time.

Verification Process for all proctored exams: 

  • Students will be required to verify their identity, by presenting a valid photo ID, when testing in a proctored environment
  • Exams are not valid until reviewed by the instructor
  • Students are responsible for creating a secure testing environment

Proctored Testing Dates

If this course requires proctored testing, exam dates are listed below.

Institutional Policies

Students are expected and required to have read the Student Handbook and to consult appropriate sections of the College Catalog for general academic information.

Attendance and Preparation

Attendance and Preparation Policies

Face to Face and Hybrid


Regular and punctual class attendance is expected at Navarro College as a key element for student success. Excessive absenteeism is defined as two consecutive weeks of instruction in a 16-week semester (or the equivalent in any shorter term) and may result in being dropped from the course.

Students who miss class to participate in a co-curricular activity must have written permission (e-mail accepted) from a coach/director and must make prior arrangements with the instructor to take an examination or complete an assignment scheduled for that day. 

Regular (daily or weekly) online work is a key element for student success in an internet-based class.  Students must complete the first assignment by the designated deadline to document participation in the course.  The instructor will drop any student who fails to complete an assignment by the deadline provided in Canvas.

Although the instructor may drop a student from the class for insufficient participation, the responsibility for dropping a class belongs to the student. Insufficient participation is defined as not logging in and completing assignments for the equivalent of two consecutive weeks.  If you are unable to complete the course, you should formally drop it.

  • Additional information regarding attendance requirements is available in the Navarro College Catalog. College Catalog
  • You may drop this class by completing an online form. It is the student's responsibility to visit with his or her instructor concerning course status before submitting the required paperwork to the Office of Admissions and Records to drop this class. Additional information about dropping a class may be found in the Navarro College Catalog: Dropping and/or Adding Courses
  • Failure to withdraw by the deadline may result in your name remaining on the class roll, resulting in a grade of ‘F’ at the end of the semester. 
  • If you are pregnant, have given birth,  have absences related to pregnancy, or foresee any educational issues related to pregnancy, under Title IX you have a right to request reasonable accommodations. The choice to inform the college of any health concern is voluntary, but if you wish to have accommodations, you must contact the Navarro College Disability Services Office at 903-875-7377 or [email protected]
  • If you are receiving financial aid grants or loans, you must attend and participate in all classes from the first class day.  Do not drop or stop attending any class without consulting the Financial Aid Office. Changes in your enrollment level and/or failing grades may require you to repay financial aid funds.  
  • All students receiving Veterans Administration (VA) benefits must notify the Veteran’s Certifying Official of any enrollment changes as soon as they are made. The Veterans Affairs benefit recipient needs to be aware that the VA may require repayment of all benefits received since the beginning of a semester for any course in which a “W” grade is received
  • According to current Texas law, dropping a course may have serious academic consequences. Under most circumstances, a maximum of 6 courses may be dropped throughout the entire undergraduate degree program. Before you decide to withdraw from this or any other course, make sure you understand the consequences. For more information see the Office of the Registrar.

MyNC Single Sign-On

MyNC Single Sign-On:
The MyNC Single Sign-On page provides one-stop access to several student resources, such as Canvas, Office365 (Student Email), and Self-Service.

For Login Instructions, visit: Contact Center

For Login Assistance:
Contact Center
Phone: (903) 875-7416
Email: [email protected]
Your privacy is extremely important. Please do not share your account information with anyone.

Links to Important Information

Academic Decorum: Academic Decorum Policy
Includes: Civility, Being a Successful Student, Classroom Decorum, Change of Grade, Grade Challenge Procedure, Academic Dishonesty, and User Responsibilities for IT Resources/Penalties for Violation of Technology Policy, Tobacco Use Policy

Academic Integrity: Academic Integrity Policy

College Catalog: College Catalog

Campus Safety: Department of Campus Safety

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): FERPA Policy

Student Rights and Responsibilities: Rights and Responsiblilities Policy

Student Handbook:  Official Student Handbook

Links to Campus Services

Bulldog Life: Learning. Living. Launching: Bulldog Life 

Navarro College's Bulldog Life is a student success service to all students. Opportunities include Canvas courses, meaningful activities, Culture of Caring and travel opportunities. Bulldog Life is a self-guided experience. We know that every student is in a different stage in life. 

Counseling Services: Counseling Services Center

The Counseling Center is staffed by licensed counselors who provide brief counseling, assessment, referral, and crisis intervention services to currently-enrolled Navarro College students. The Navarro College Counseling Center is free, confidential, and available to all enrolled NC students.

Testing Center Hours and Contact Information: Testing Center

One-week advance notice is strongly recommended for testing appointments.

Online Proctored Testing Information: Online Campus Proctoring (Testing)

Library Services: Navarro College Libraries

Tutorial Services: Tutoring Services

Disability Services: Disability and Access Services Office

It is the responsibility of the student to contact Navarro College Disability Services Office to request accommodations. Contact 903-875-7377 or [email protected] for more information.  Once approved, you will be given an accommodation letter that you are to share with your instructor.

The instructor is committed to helping each student reach his/her academic potential and to providing every student equal opportunity to participate in and engage with the course.  In keeping with this commitment, effort has been made to develop accessible learning materials that provide equal access.  Please contact the instructor immediately if access to course materials is restricted due to a disability so the issue(s) can be resolved in a timely manner.

Title IX Accommodations Related to Pregnancy: 

If you are pregnant, have given birth,  have absences related to pregnancy, or foresee any educational issues related to pregnancy, under Title IX you have a right to request reasonable accommodations.  The choice to inform the college of any health concern is voluntary, but if you wish to have accommodations, you must contact the Navarro College Disability Services Office at 903-875-7377 or [email protected]


Student Support and Administrative Services: Support Services


Week 1

Getting Started Activities

The Accounting Cycle - Service Companies

Week 2

Chapter 1: The Accounting Equation

Careers in Accounting – Areas of Accounting that interest you

Week 3

Chapter 2: Financial Statements

Week 4

Chapter 3: Statement of Cash Flows

Week 5

Chapter 4: Inventory Costing and Analysis

Week 6

Social Media and Employment

Week 7

Chapter 5: Bank Reconciliation

Week 8

Chapter 6: Depreciation Schedule

Week 9

Chapter 7: Payroll Register

Week 10

Chapter 8: Bond Amortization

Week 11

LinkedIn Assignment

Week 12

Chapter 9: Financial Statement Analysis

Week 13

Chapter 10: Budgeting and Cost Analysis

Week 14

Ethics Case Study - WorldCom

Week 15

LinkedIn Assignment

Week 16

Final Exam Week