About this Course

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Beginner Level

Approx. 11 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

AccountingFinancial StatementBalance SheetAccounting Terminology

Learner Career Outcomes

33%

started a new career after completing these courses

40%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

25%

got a pay increase or promotion

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 11 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Course Orientation

1 hour to complete
1 video (Total 2 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
5 readings
Syllabus10m
About the Discussion Forums10m
Glossary10m
Updating Your Profile10m
Social Media10m
1 practice exercise
Orientation Quiz10m
2 hours to complete

Module 1: What Is Accounting and Why Are Financial Reports Important?

2 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 23 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
2 videos
1-2. Why Are Financial Statements Important?8m
2 readings
Module 1 Overview10m
Lessons 1 & 2 Readings10m
3 practice exercises
Lesson 1-1 Practice Quiz30m
Lesson 1-2 Practice Quiz30m
Module 1 Quiz30m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Module 2: Assets – What Do You Own?

2 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 23 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
2 videos
2-2. The Balance Sheet – Non-Current Assets11m
2 readings
Module 2 Overview10m
Module 2 Readings10m
3 practice exercises
Lesson 2-1 Practice Quiz30m
Lesson 2-2 Practice Quiz30m
Module 2 Quiz30m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Module 3: Liabilities – What Do You Owe?

2 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 24 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
2 videos
3-2. The Balance Sheet – Liabilities Part 213m
2 readings
Module 3 Overview10m
Module 3 Readings10m
3 practice exercises
Lesson 3-1 Practice Quiz30m
Lesson 3-2 Practice Quiz30m
Module 3 Quiz30m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Module 4: Equity and How the Balance Sheet Fits Together

3 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 18 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
2 videos
4-2. The Balance Sheet – Equity Part 24m
2 readings
Module 4 Overview10m
Module 4 Readings10m
3 practice exercises
Lesson 4-1 Practice Quiz30m
Lesson 4-2 Practice Quiz30m
Module 4 Quiz30m

About the Fundamentals of Accounting Specialization

Accounting is the “language of business.” Being able to understand this language allows individuals both inside and outside of an organization to join the “conversation” about how the organization is performing and how it can improve future performance. Financial accounting focuses on the reports that managers generate to provide interested external parties a summary of the firm’s financial position and operations. Managerial accounting focuses on the information and the analytical tools and techniques that help managers and employees make the right business decisions. In this Specialization, you will learn the fundamentals of both of these purposes of accounting. More specifically, you will understand the financial statements that managers create, and be able to interpret and analyze these statements to assess the financial position of the organization. You will also identify and understand the nature, purpose, and importance of different types of decision-useful accounting information, and use analytical tools and techniques to use this information to make business decisions. Via the capstone, you will apply these fundamentals via the lens of a new business, creating a business plan, forecasts and budgets, and anticipated information needs for decisions made by you as owner and manager, your employees, and external parties such as future shareholders, creditors, and other constituents....
Fundamentals of Accounting

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