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Accounting Capstone
ACNT-2302

  • Spring 2021
  • Section NT1
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 01/19/2021 to 05/11/2021
  • Modified 11/16/2020

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

Meeting Times

Contact Information

Office Hours

Description

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.

Objectives

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.

Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate the qualities of effective writing for accountants. Utilize techniques for generating and organizing ideas that improved communication. Demonstrate the ability to present oneself for employment in the accounting field.
  2. Distinguish between inductive and deductive logic and develop logical conclusions.
  3. Apply professional skepticism, which is an attitude that includes a questioning mind and a critical assessment of information or evidence obtained.
  4. Identify and demonstrate steps in the accounting research process.
  5. Identify and resolve ethical issues involved in real world business situations.
  6. Analyze and evaluate an individual firm’s financial stability and trends using technology tools such as Excel and Access.
  7. Analyze and evaluate an individual product and/or service for its success.
  8. Analyze and evaluate an individual firm against industry.
  9. Identify and evaluate important accounting/business assumptions for a given problem (case study or business simulation).
  10. Demonstrate decision-making skills utilizing a company’s financial information, including the areas of depreciation, loan and bond amortization, cash budgeting, present/future values, predicting costs and allowance for uncollectable accounts using technology tools such as Excel and Access.
  11. Demonstrate an understanding of “what-if” analysis and evaluate how various scenarios affect an organization.

Student learning outcomes will be assessed through the Accounting Capstone Project.

Required and Optional Materials

DM Yard Service: An Accounting Capstone with QuickBooks

  • Author: Schunck
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Edition: 1st
  • ISBN: 9781337621250
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore

Using Microsoft® Excel® and Access 2016 for Accounting (with Student Data CD ROM)

  • Author: Glenn Owen
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Edition: 5th
  • ISBN: 9781337109048
  • Availability: Campus 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

Assignments

All assignments for this course must be completed and submitted within the unit due dates. All assignments will be submitted through the appropriate Canvas Assignment link in either Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF or Rich Text format.  No other formats will be accepted, unless specified by your instructor. DO NOT USE EMAIL TO SUBMIT ASSIGNMENTS. Assignments that are not submitted under the appropriate assignment link will not be accepted. Students must do a virus scan before submitting assignments as attachments. Please scan both your computer and the file you intend to submit. Your instructor reserves the right to refuse emails or assignment attachments from students if a virus is detected. You are responsible to check your work for both format and viruses. Assignments infected by a virus or submitted in a different format than listed above, will not be accepted and considered late. Once an assignment is submitted through the Canvas Assignment link, you will see a green “!” in the grade book. This means your assignment has been submitted and is waiting to be graded. This does not necessarily mean you have submitted your assignment in one of the acceptable formats. Be sure to double check your format before submitting.  Once the assignment is graded, the grade book on Canvas will be updated and you will be able to see any instructor comments by clicking on the actual grade. It is recommended that you use Internet Explorer to submit assignments on Canvas.  Mozilla Firefox occasionally gives an “invalid file” error message. If you get this message when trying to submit an assignment on Canvas, be sure to verify that you are submitting the file using Internet Explorer before contacting your instructor. 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 assignment as a reflection of your professional capabilities for future employment.

The Assignments are worth 400 points or 40% of your total course grade.

Capstone Project

There are no exams in this course, however, there will be an Accounting Capstone project with QuickBooks that will have various activities completed throughout the course.

The Capstone Project is worth 400 points or 40% of your total course grade.

Discussion Boards

This course will consist of Discussion Board activities. IMPORTANT: Each discussion question will have a specific due date. 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 learner’s 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. 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. Be sure to review the discussion board grading rubric before posting to the discussion boards. 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 75 points or 7.5% of your total course grade.

Employment Portfolio

Students will complete an employment portfolio package, including a cover letter, resume, reference letters, and samples of accounting work.

The employment portfolio project is worth 100 points or 10.0% of your total course grade.

Ethics Assignment

Professional ethics is important in business and accounting. While this course will discuss several ethical situations that apply to business and accounting, there will be one (1) specific ethics assignment that will focus on developing critical thinking and communication skills for an ethical situation. Details and due dates about this ethics assignment can be found in the Course Schedule as well as under the appropriate module on Canvas. The ethics assignment will be submitted through plagiarism detection software.

The Ethics Assignment is worth 25 points or 2.5% 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

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.

Criteria

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.

Breakdown

Assignment Category

Assignment Details

Assignment Points

Weighted Percentage

Discussion Board

(15 @ 5 points)

75 points

7.5%

Assignments

(8 @ 50 points)

400 points

40.0%

Ethics Assignment

See Assignment Details and Grading Rubric on Canvas

25 points

2.5%

Employment Portfolio

See Assignment Details and Grading Rubric on Canvas

100 points

10.0%

Final Capstone Project

See Assignment Details and Grading Rubric on Canvas

400 points

40.0%

Total

 

1000 points

100%

Course Policies

Instructional Methodologies

Face to Face  Hybrid Online

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. Here is a video overview of Canvas:



To access Canvas:

(1) Go to: [email protected] 
(2) Enter your User Name (MyNC ID) and Password
(3) Click on the Canvas icon and locate your course in your Canvas Dashboard.

Please note some courses will also use materials provided by the publisher and require the student to have an access code in order to complete assignments, activities, and exams. Please see the Materials section of this syllabus to determine if an access code will be necessary for this course.

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 https://navarrocollege.instructure.com/login/canvas.

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 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 Executive 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. Students may speak to someone confidentially by contacting NorthSTAR Mobile Crisis at 1-800-260-8000 or the Navarro College Licensed Counselor at 903-875-7393.

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.

Email

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.

Late/Make-Up Work

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

Face to Face and Hybrid Online

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 withdraw 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. https://navarrocollege.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/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. https://navarrocollege.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/Catalog/Academic-Policies-and-Information/Academic-Policies/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. 
  • A student who foresees educational issues related to pregnancy, postpartum recovery, or other physical or mental health matters is strongly encouraged to notify the College as soon as possible.  By doing so, the student and College personnel can collaborate and develop an appropriate plan for the continuation of the student's education.  Pre-planning when possible also may help with particular challenges a student faces while pregnant, when recovering from childbirth, or in response to a physical or mental health concern (e.g., missed classes, make-up work).  The choice to inform the College of any health concern is voluntary. A student is not required to share this information with the College. A student may choose to consult a College counselor or the Office of Disability Services before deciding whether or not to disclose any health-related information.
  • 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:  https://mync.navarrocollege.edu/

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

For Login Instructions, please visit:

https://www.navarrocollege.edu/service-desk 

For Login Assistance, please contact:

OneStop Service Desk
Phone: (903) 875-7416
Email: [email protected]

Your privacy is extremely important.  Please DO NOT SHARE your account information with anyone.

Always include full name and date of birth, phone number, and valid email address when contacting the One-Stop Service Desk. Navarro College will not disclose sensitive account access information with anyone other than the student regardless of student’s age.

For Assistance with Canvas, please contact:

Matt Miller, Dean of Online Instruction
Phone: (903) 875-7422
Email: [email protected]

Links to Important Information

Academic Decorum: https://navarrocollege.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/Catalog/Academic-Policies-and-Information/Academic-Policies/Classroom-Decorum

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: https://navarrocollege.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/Catalog/Academic-Policies-and-Information/Academic-Policies/Academic-Dishonesty


College Catalog: https://navarrocollege.smartcatalogiq.com/2020-2021/Catalog


Campus Safety: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/campus-safety/index.html


Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): https://www.navarrocollege.edu/handbook/student-records/student-records-family-rights-and-privacy-act.html


Student Rights and Responsibilities: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/handbook/students-rights-and-responsiblilities.html


Student Handbook:   http://navarrocollege.edu/handbook/

Links to Campus Services

Bulldog Life: Learning. Living. Launching: https://navarrocollege.edu/handbook/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: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/counseling/index.html 

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: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/testing-center/testing-hours-contact.html


Online Proctored Testing Information: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/online-campus/online-testing.html


Library Services: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/library/index.html


Tutorial Services: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/learning-commons/index.html

NOTE: In addition to Navarro College tutoring services, students also have access to free 24/7 tutoring by visiting UpSwing (http://navarrocollege.upswing.io) and logging in to their UpSwing account.  If you're a new user, click NEW USER to create an account.


Disability Services: http://www.navarrocollege.edu/support-services/disability-services. 

It is the responsibility of the student to contact Navarro College Disability Services Office to request accommodations.

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.


Student Support and Administrative Services: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/support-services/

Schedule

Week 1

Getting Started Activities

Week 2

Careers in Accounting – Areas of Accounting that interest you

Resumes that Rock

Week 3

Chapter 1: Excel Tour

Week 4

Chapter 2: Excel Basics

Week 5

Chapter 3: Financial Statement Analysis

Week 6

Chapter 4: Depreciation

Week 7

Employment Portfolio

Week 8

Chapter 6: Cash Budgeting

Week 9

Employment Portfolio

Weeks 10 - 15

Capstone Project

Week 16

Final Capstone Project