ACCT 2301 - Principles of Financial Accounting

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of financial accounting as prescribed by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) as applied to transactions and events that affect business organizations. Students will examine the procedures and systems to accumulate, analyze, measure, and record financial transactions. Students will use recorded financial information to prepare a balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows, and statement of shareholders’ equity to communicate the business entity’s results of operations and financial position to users of financial information who are external to the company. Students will study the nature of assets, liabilities, and owners’ equity while learning to use reported financial information for purposes of making decisions about the company. Students will be exposed to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Use basic accounting terminology and the assumptions, principles, and constraints of the accounting environment.
  2. Identify the difference between accrual and cash basis accounting.
  3. Analyze and record business events in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  4. Prepare adjusting entries and close the general ledger.
  5. Prepare financial statements in an appropriate U.S. GAAP format, including the following: income statement, balance sheet, statement of cash flows, and statement of shareholders’ equity.
  6. Analyze and interpret financial statements using financial analysis techniques.
  7. Describe the conceptual differences between International Financial Reporting Standards and U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

Grade Basis: L
Credit hours: 3.0
Lecture hours: 2.0
Lab hours: 3.0