Master Syllabi – ACNT 2301: Principles of Accounting I


SYNONYM AND SECTION NUMBER: See section specific syllabus.

COURSE DATES AND TIMES:  See section specific syllabus.

COURSE LOCATION:  See section specific syllabus.

CREDITS:  3; Lecture Hours: 3 and Lab Hours: 1


OFFICE LOCATION: See section specific syllabus.

WORK PHONE: See section specific syllabus.

E-MAIL: See section specific syllabus.

BLACKBOARD COURSE WEBSITE: Can be accessed through homepage

INSTRUCTOR WEBSITE: See section specific syllabus.

OFFICE HOURS: See section specific syllabus. 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to financial accounting concepts and the communication of financial information to external users. It examines the accounting process, transaction analysis, asset and equity accounting, financial statement preparation and analysis, and related topics.

Principles of Accounting I – Financial is a 3 credit hour course.  The course consists of 3 lecture hours and 1 lab hour per week (during the 16 week semester).  Attendance in lab is required.


Before enrolling in ACCT 2301, it is advisable to 1) have taken the equivalent of ACCT 1403 or BUSI 1301; 2) have recently taken high school bookkeeping; or 3) have acquired relevant work experience.  Although not required, the equivalent of MATH 1324 provides a good foundation for ACCT 2301.

Basic computer skills utilizing internet, word processing, spreadsheet (Excel), and presentation (Power Point) software are recommended for all accounting courses. If you have any questions, please consult with an accounting advisor.


To become a CPA in Texas, you must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree that includes 150 hours of college credit, 36 hours of accounting, an approved 3 hour accounting ethics course and 24 hours of business. Passage of the uniform CPA exam and appropriate supervision by a CPA are also required.

Principles of Accounting I – Financial generally transfers to four-year colleges and universities.   The equivalent at UT is ACC 311, TSU it is ACC 2361, and TAMU ACCT 229.

The second accounting course required for business majors is ACCT 2302 – Principles of Accounting II – Managerial.  A grade of C or better in ACCT 2301 is a prerequisite for ACCT 2302.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK/MATERIALSSee section specific syllabus.

SCANS COMPETENCIES: SCANS is the Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills. Please go to  for complete definitions and explanation of SCANS.  This list summarizes the SCANS competencies addressed in this particular course.

  1. Student exhibits responsibility: Exerts a high level of effort and perseverance toward goal attainment, works hard to become excellent at doing tasks by setting high standards, paying attention to details, working well and displaying a high level of concentration even when assigned an unpleasant task; and displays high standards of attendance, punctuality, enthusiasm, vitality and optimism in approaching and completing tasks.
  1. Student acquires information: Identifies need for data, obtains them from existing sources or creates them, and evaluates their relevance and accuracy. Competently performing the tasks for acquiring data and evaluating information includes posing analytical questions to determine specific information needs, selecting possible information and evaluating its appropriateness, and determining when new information must be created.
  1. Student communicates information: Selects and analyzes information and communicates the result to others using oral, written, graphic, pictorial, or multi-media methods. Competently performing the tasks of communicating and interpreting information to others includes determining information to be communicated, identifying the best methods to present information (i.e. overheads, handouts, etc.), and if necessary, converting to desired format and conveying information to others through a variety of means including oral presentation and written communication.

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODOLOGY: The objectives of this course will be met by incorporating a variety of instructional methods.  These may include lecture, class exams and quizzes, group activities and project, student presentations, class problem-solving, written analysis, spreadsheet, word processing and power point activities, the use of accounting software and online activities and research.

COURSE RATIONALE: The goals and objectives of this course prepare students to (1) complete degree requirements; (2) obtain or improve job skills; (3) qualify for a business or accounting job; (4) become an entrepreneur; (5) fulfill personal goals; and/or (6) understand financial statements and the basic accounting process.

COURSE OBJECTIVE: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to “read” the financial statements of companies and understand information that is being conveyed.

COMMON COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES: Please refer to  The learning objectives/outcomes will be evaluated through the department designed mid-term and end of semester assessments. There are 7 core concepts that students are expected to master:

  1. Prepare a multiple-step income statement, classified balance sheet and statement of earnings.
  2. Analyze and record the effects of common business transactions.
  3. Prepare adjusting entries.
  4. Describe the role of closing entries.
  5. Apply elements of the conceptual framework to accounting issues.
  6. Explain the components of the statement of cash flows.
  7. Understand the relationship between financial components.

GRADING POLICIES: Your grade will be based on the following:

Activity Points Percent
 Exams and Quizzes (proctored) 520 65%
 Lab Activities 80 10%
 Comprehensive Problems 80 10%
Homework 64 8%
Other Activities 56 7%
       TOTAL 800 100%


Basis for Grading:

Points Grade
720-800 A
640-719 B
560-639 C
480-559 D
Below 479 F



Attendance/Class Participation: Regular and punctual class and laboratory attendance is expected of all students.  If attendance or compliance with other course policies is unsatisfactory, the instructor may withdraw students from the class.

Withdrawal: It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that his or her name is removed from the roll should he or she decide to withdraw from the class.  The instructor does, however, reserve the right to drop a student should he or she feel it is necessary.  If a student decides to withdraw, he or she should also verify that the withdrawal is submitted before the Final Withdrawal Date.  The student is also strongly encouraged to retain their copy of the withdrawal form for their records.

Students who enroll for the third or subsequent time in a course taken since Fall, 2002, may be charged a higher tuition rate, for that course.

State law permits students to withdraw from no more than six courses during their entire undergraduate career at Texas public colleges or universities.  With certain exceptions, all course withdrawals automatically count towards this limit.  Details regarding this policy can be found in the ACC college catalog.

Incomplete:  An instructor may award a grade of “I” (incomplete) if a student was unable to complete all of the objectives for the passing grade in a course. An “I” cannot be carried beyond the established date in the following semester. The completion date is determined by the instructor but may not be later than the final deadline for withdrawal in the subsequent semester.

It is the Accounting department’s policy that incomplete grades are given only on rare occasions and generally, only when a student has completed all examinations and assignments to date, with a satisfactory grade of C or better, and has personal circumstances that prevent course completion that occur after the deadline to withdraw.

Scholastic dishonesty: A student attending ACC assumes responsibility for conduct compatible with the mission of the college as an educational institution.  Students have the responsibility to submit coursework that is the result of their own thought, research, or self-expression.  Students must follow all instructions given by faculty or designated college representatives when taking examinations, placement assessments, tests, quizzes, and evaluations.  Actions constituting scholastic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, collusion, and falsifying documents.   Penalties for scholastic dishonesty will depend upon the nature of the violation and may range from lowering a grade on one assignment to an “F” in the course and/or expulsion from the college.  See the Student Standards of Conduct and Disciplinary Process and other policies at

 Student Rights and Responsibilities (Academic freedom statement): Students at the college have the rights accorded by the U.S. Constitution to freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, petition, and association. These rights carry with them the responsibility to accord the same rights to others in the college community and not to interfere with or disrupt the educational process. Opportunity for students to examine and question pertinent data and assumptions of a given discipline, guided by the evidence of scholarly research, is appropriate in a learning environment. This concept is accompanied by an equally demanding concept of responsibility on the part of the student. As willing partners in learning, students must comply with college rules and procedures.

Students with Disabilities Statement: Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented disabilities.  Students with disabilities who need classroom, academic or other accommodations must request them through the Office for Student Accessibility Services (SAS).   Students are encouraged to request accommodations when they register for courses or at least three weeks before the start of the semester, otherwise the provision of accommodations may be delayed.

Students who have received approval for accommodations for this course must provide the instructor with the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ before accommodations will be provided.   Arrangements for academic accommodations can only be made after the instructor receives the ‘Notice of Approved Accommodations’ from the student.

Additional information about the Office for Students with Disabilities is available ats

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Please note: you are expected to conduct yourself professionally with respect and courtesy to all. Anyone who thoughtlessly or intentionally jeopardizes the health or safety of another individual will be dismissed from the day’s activity, may be withdrawn from the class, and/or barred from attending future activities.

Use of ACC email: All College e-mail communication to students will be sent solely to the student’s ACCmail account, with the expectation that such communications will be read in a timely fashion. ACC will send important information and will notify you of any college related emergencies using this account.  Students should only expect to receive email communication from their instructor using this account.  Likewise, students should use their ACCmail account when communicating with instructors and staff.  Instructions for activating an ACCmail account can be found at

Testing Center Policy: Under unusual circumstances, an instructor may have students take an examination in a testing center.  Students using the Academic Testing Center must govern themselves according to the Student Guide for Use of ACC Testing Centers and should read the entire guide before going to take the exam.  To request an exam, one must have:

  • ACC Photo ID
  • Course Abbreviation ACCT
  • Course Number 2301
  • Course Synonym (e.g., 10123)
  • Course Section (e.g., 005)
  • Instructor’s Name

Do NOT bring cell phones to the Testing Center.  Having your cell phone in the testing room, regardless of whether it is on or off, will revoke your testing privileges for the remainder of the semester.  ACC Testing Center policies can be found at

Student and Instructional Services: ACC strives to provide exemplary support to its students and offers a broad variety of opportunities and services.  Information on these services and support systems is available at:

Links to many student services and other information can be found at:

Tutoring:  ACC Learning Labs provide free tutoring services to all ACC students currently enrolled in the course to be tutored.  The tutor schedule for each Learning Lab may be found at:

For help setting up your ACCeID, ACC Gmail, or ACC Blackboard, see a Learning Lab Technician at any ACC Learning Lab.


BlackboardI maintain a Blackboard site for this class.  You will be able to log onto the Blackboard site to gain access to:

  • Course announcements
  • Syllabus
  • Grade book
  • Link to CengageNow (where the interactive homework assignments are located)

Your user name for Blackboard is your ACC eID. This is your 7 digit ACC student ID, preceded by the first initial of your official first name. During the activation of your ACC eID, you will select your password. If you do not know your ACC eID, you may retrieve it via the Blackboard home page.

To use Blackboard, you do not have to have Internet access at home.  Blackboard access is available through any ACC computer.

Exams: The exams will be a combination of multiple choice and problems (Instructor choice).  DO NOT MISS EXAMS.  If you must miss an exam, please contact me BEFORE the start of class by email, phone or a note in my mailbox.

Mid and End of Semester Assessment:

There will 2 assessments of course concepts, one as part of the mid-term test and one at the end of the semester. These 2 assessments will be used course-wide and are intended to assess the overall mastery of the core concepts. 

Lab Activities: Attendance at lab is required.  Lab consists of graded assignments, worth 80 points which is 10% of your total grade. You should consider the assignments as open book quizzes which must be completed in the 50 minutes of lab. This means you must come prepared to work the assigned problems on your own.

Comprehensive Problems:  Specific instructions will be provided in class

Homework: Homework is a critical part of any accounting course.  Important accounting concepts cannot be fully understood until you work the problems. Failure to complete homework often affects the grade a student receives.

Homework assignments must be completed using an on-line interactive homework system.  The software will grade your homework and provide immediate feedback to you.

Class Activities: There will be a variety of other class activities.

LAB SCHEDULE: See section specific syllabus. 

COURSE CALENDAR:  See section specific syllabus.