Office Accounting II Using QuickBooks Pro Syllabus
APA1112C Class 7908, Fall 2014

Instructor Information

Keri Gallagher, M.A.

Professor:  Keri Gallagher



Course Information

Office Accounting II Using QuickBooks Pro - APA1112C Class 7908
Date: August 25 to December 13, 2016

In this course students will learn to use Quickbooks Pro, a computerized accounting software program. Selected topics include setting up a company, setting up and modifying a chart of accounts, tracking invoices and customer payments, entering and paying bills, tracking inventory, using banking features and preparing financial reports. Lab fee required.

Pre-reqs: Prerequisite: APA 1111C or ACG 2021.

Additional Class Information: Online class. Using QuickBooks. Computer & Internet access required. Log in to Sakai as soon as the term begins to access your course: Students who do not log into their course by the end of add/drop may be withdrawn from the class. Simply logging in to an online class does not count as attendance. Students must engage in an academically related activity.

Credits: 3

Measurable Course Objectives

Measurable Course Objectives are outcomes students are expected to achieve by the end of the course.

  • Create and modify a chart of accounts using generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Analyze and record financial transactions for a business using Quickbooks.
  • Set up and customize a new company file using Quickbooks.
  • Create and evaluate financial reports.
  • Prepare bank reconcilliations and manage sales tax.
  • Demonstrate ability to recognize and correct errors.
  • Manage customer, vendors and item lists in Quickbooks to control the accounting framework.
  • Set up and process payroll.

Orientation Information

There is no on campus orientation meeting for this course. All the materials and information you need are available online in Sakai. Please review this syllabus carefully.

Textbook Information

No information about textbooks has been received.


Textbooks may be purchased at the Seminole State bookstore or ordered online at

Software: A 140-day trial version of QuickBooks Pro 2014 software is included with the

textbook. Caution: If buying a used book, the software may not be included or the license may have expired. If you buy a used textbook, then you must also purchase QuickBooks 2014 - Pro or Premier Versions. QuickBooks 2014 will not run on a MAC computer.

Hardware/Software Listing

You are required to have access to a computer with an Internet connection, an e-mail address, a file compression program (included in Window XP or later and Vista) and a virus checker program. You must be familiar with using the Internet as all class communications will be conducted on-line. For best results, a high speed internet service is recommended.

We will be using QuickBooks 2014 software. A 140-day trial version of this software is bundled with the textbook. (Please note that QuickBooks 2014 will NOT run on a Mac operating system.)

Students will have access to computer labs with the required hardware and software on the Sanford/Lake Mary and Altamonte Springs Seminole State campuses. If you experience technical difficulties with your personal computer, be prepared to come to a campus lab to complete your assignments as no extensions will be granted due to computer problems. Go to for more information on campus lab locations and hours.

Instructional Mode

DL Online

An online course is delivered entirely over the Internet and fosters remote interaction among students and instructors. To learn more about Seminole State's online courses, visit elearning

Additional Class Information: Online class. Using QuickBooks. Computer & Internet access required. Log in to Sakai as soon as the term begins to access your course: Students who do not log into their course by the end of add/drop may be withdrawn from the class. Simply logging in to an online class does not count as attendance. Students must engage in an academically related activity.

eLearning Information

To succeed in an online course, you need to be:

  • motivated
  • self-directed
  • willing to work on your own

Online courses are not for everyone. They are neither easier nor more difficult than on-campus courses, but they do require more dedication and self-discipline from the student.  If you like to interact face-to-face with a professor and classmates, or if you have difficulty managing your time, this might not be the best course delivery mode for you.  However, if you can read and understand technical information, follow instructions as given, and solve computer problems on your own without asking for much help, online instruction should work well for you. Good time management skills, self-discipline, and motivation are required to successfully complete an online course.

Grade Scale and Evaluation Methods

Participation – Sakai Forums (5 points each) 75
Chapter 1-14 Assignments ( 40 points each) 520
Chapter 1-14 Quizzes 195
Chapter 15 Project - Walker Business Scenario 70
Chapter 16 Project - Horizon Business Scenario 140
Total Points 1000

Lowest chapter participation, assignment and quiz grade will be dropped.



Your grade in Office Systems Accounting II will be determined by the following:


Evaluation and grading scale:

A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
D 60-69
F 59-0

Classroom Guidelines

Due Dates: Activities in each chapter should be completed by the weekly due dates listed on the Weekly Task Calendar. Completing your work weekly on a regular basis will help ensure your success in this course! It is suggested that you post a copy of the Weekly Task Calendar somewhere where you will see it so that you do not forget due dates. It is your responsibility to complete all assignments on time.

Late Work: There will be a 10% penalty for any work turned in after the due date. This applies to homework assignments and quizzes only, lack of participation in the forums before the due date will result in a 0 for that chapter/module. Check the Weekly Task Calendar for due dates and late deadlines for all assignments. No work will be accepted after the late deadline on the Weekly Task Calendar. Failure to submit work by the late deadline will result in a grade of zero.

Extra Credit: Extra credit may be announced periodically in Sakai throughout the semester.

Participation/ Attendance: In this course, attendance during the first week of class is signified by completing the Getting started activities including posting an introduction in the Meet the Class Forum. If these items are not completed, then a student may recieve a W4 and be withdrawn from the class. For the remainder of the course attendance will be signified by participation in the Sakai forums.

Class Assignments

Assignments ( 40 points per chapter): You will be responsible for reading and working through each page of the textbook for the assigned Chapters. At the end of each chapter, a variety of additional assignments will be given. Lowest assignment grade will be dropped.

Quizzes (15 points each): At the end of each chapter, a quiz consisting of 15 Multiple Choice and True False questions will be given. You may take each quiz two times before the due date. If you miss the due date, you may take the quiz one time after the due date and before the late deadline. Your highest score will count. The questions on each quiz attempt will vary. Lowest quiz grade will be dropped.

Participation ( 5 points each module/ 10 points meet the class intro) 

In order to be considered an active participant the in class, you must access Sakai several times a week.

Participation in the online forums is required. Points for participation are earned by posting in the forums along with reading posts authored by the instructor or other students. The minimum posting requirement is two posts per module this can be a response to a question posted by the instructor or a question posted by another student pertaining to the subject matter covered in the chapter. Lowest Chapter participation grade will be dropped.

Chapter 15 Walker Business Scenario Project (70 Points): Students will complete a comprehensive project utilizing skills learned throughout the sememster.

Chapter 16 Horizon Business Scenario Project (140 points): Students will complete a comprehensive project utilizing skills learned throughout the semester.

Class Participation

Academic Integrity

As members of the Seminole State College of Florida community, students are expected to be honest in all of their academic coursework and activities. Academic dishonesty, such as cheating of any kind on examinations, course assignments or projects, plagiarism, misrepresentation and the unauthorized possession of examinations or other course-related materials, is prohibited.

Plagiarism is unacceptable to the college community. Academic work that is submitted by students is assumed to be the result of their own thought, research or self-expression. When students borrow ideas, wording or organization from another source, they are expected to acknowledge that fact in an appropriate manner. Plagiarism is the deliberate use and appropriation of another's work without identifying the source and trying to pass-off such work as the student's own. Any student who fails to give full credit for ideas or materials taken from another has plagiarized.

Students who share their work for the purpose of cheating on class assignments or tests are subject to the same penalties as the student who commits the act of cheating.

When cheating or plagiarism has occurred, instructors may take academic action that ranges from denial of credit for the assignment or a grade of "F" on a specific assignment, examination or project, to the assignment of a grade of "F" for the course. Students may also be subject to further sanctions imposed by the judicial officer, such as disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal from the College. Students may also be subject to further sanctions imposed by a judicial officer, such as disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal from the College.

Sakai Learning Management System Information

Sakai is the one of the online learning management systems used at Seminole State College.  If you are enrolled in an online, online/campus, hybrid, or web-enhanced campus class, you may need to log in to Sakai to access the site for your course.  

Sakai course sites will not be available until the first day of class.  If you register during the add/drop period, there may be a slight delay (up to 24 hours) in the activation of your user ID and password. If you are unable to log into Sakai after the add/drop period, please complete the eLearning Online Course Problem Form, and the eLearning staff will check on your account.

The login page for Sakai is:

Your Sakai login information is:

  • USERNAME = same as your MySeminoleState username
  • PASSWORD = first and last initial in UPPERCASE followed by your birthdate in YYMMDD format

Recommended browsers for Sakai include Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer (Note: IE9 users will need to enable compatibility mode).  Your browser must be set to accept cookies.

Sakai Test-Taking Tips - In order to avoid potential problems during an exam, we recommend that you:

  • Don't use mobile devices such as phones or tablets.
  • Use a supported web browser such as the latest version of Firefox, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer.
  • Make sure that you DO NOT have multiple windows or tabs open while testing.
  • Make sure you have a dependable internet connection; 
  • DO NOT use your browser back and forward buttons. Always navigate within Sakai.
  • For timed tests, remember that once you begin the test, the timer will continue to count down.  This is true if you lose internet connection, your browser crashes, or you simply exit and close your browser window.
  • Make sure that you only click on the "Begin Assessment" button ONCE when starting a test.
  • Make sure that you only click on the "Submit for Grading" button ONCE when submitting a test.

A calendar (click on Assignment Schedules and select the current term) is provided to help you organize your time and create some structure in the course. It does not provide 'slack' time. You may choose to work ahead, but it is important that you adhere to the due dates. It is suggested that you post a copy of the schedule where you will see it, so that you do not forget due dates. Work not submitted by the required date will not be accepted unless prior arraingements have been made.

If you have special circumstances which will require you to be absent from the course for an extended period (such as health complications, surgery, family emergencies, etc.), you must contact the instructor to discuss when and how you will make up any missed work and obtain approval for your absence PRIOR TO your lapse in attendance. Documentation of absence maybe required by your instructor. Please be aware of this policy.

Please keep in mind that it is your responsibility to make sure that you have the ability to connect to the Internet and access the course and have the required software for the class. If you were taking a course on campus, you would be responsible for your transportation to and from the college to attend class and turn in your work. Similarly, you are responsible for working around any difficulties that you may encounter with your computer during the term and making sure that course work is completed and turned in on time. Computer difficulties are not an excuse for failing to log in to the course and/or turn in work or to meet due dates.

Your participation is crucial to your success in this class. Online courses require a time commitment equivalent to on campus classes. Be prepared to spend 4-6 hours per week to be successful in this course. It is expected that you check into Sakai to review the discussion forums and check your e-mail several times a week. You will also be reviewing assignment material. This is how you attend class. It does not matter what time of day or night you check in. This is the way the instructor and your classmates correspond with you. Please use the e-mail feature within Sakai once the course begins and everyone can log-in.

If you do not access Sakai several times per week, then you are not participating in class. School policy indicates that any student who is absent from class ten percent of the time may be dropped from the class without warning. If you are having difficulties and are unable to keep up with class, please let me know. I will try to help you in any way I can. If the problems persist and you are unable to complete this course, I expect you to administratively withdraw from the class. The deadline for withdrawing from a class is just before the midpoint of the semester. It is not the instructor's responsibility to withdraw students from class. Students who fail to withdraw will receive zeroes for incomplete assignments and exams which will result in a grade of F for the course. Last date of attendance will be determined by the last email, discussion posting or assignment submitted.

Forums: Postings to the discussion forums can be viewed by anyone in the class at any time, so if you have a question, post it to the discussion forum and another student or I will answer your question for you. The discussion forum should not be used for grade-related questions. You can email your instructor in Sakai with questions, comments or concerns at anytime. Emails will be answered within 24-48 hours Monday through Friday. Please try asking and answering questions on the discussion forums rather than e-mailing the instructor. That way everyone can benefit from both the questions and answers. Chat rooms are available as well on the Communication tab in Sakai if anyone wants to set a date and time to meet and study. These tools will serve as your support system and can alleviate the disconnected feeling some distance learning student’s experience. Distance learning is about learning, not a classroom. The instructor is a facilitator more than a teacher. Learning is your responsibility and will be accomplished by working within the virtual environment created with the students in the course.

Messages: You may e-mail me or any student in the class using Sakai e-mail. Your e-mail is under Messages. You can access this e-mail from any computer where you can access Sakai. Simply click Messages, select Compose Message, select who you want to send the message to. Use this e-mail to correspond with me. I will check my Sakai e-mail Monday through Friday (Fall and Spring terms) and Monday-Thursday in the Summer term.

When sending an e-mail be sure to type a subject in the subject box that is relevant to your message. Use complete sentences and no texting code. All capitals should not be used. Do not reply to an e-mail that you receive that is not about the same subject. Create a new e-mail and put the subject in the subject box. Proofread your message before sending it.

Withdrawal Policy

A student desiring to withdraw from a course after the add/drop period should initiate withdrawal procedures with an instructor or counselor. Withdrawals are not official until the withdrawal form is completed and given to the Office of Enrollment Services and Registrar. Withdrawal deadlines are published in the official College Catalog Academic Calendar.

Collegewide Student Learning Outcomes

The Collegewide Student Learning Outcomes assessed and reinforced in this course include the following:

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Information Literacy
  • Global Sociocultural Responsibility

URL of Online Syllabus

Online version:

PDF version:

Attendance Policy

The College recognizes the correlation between attendance and both student retention and achievement. Per College Policy 3.060 Students are expected to attend all class meetings of all courses for which they are registered. The College Attendance Procedure is located in College Procedure 4.0900 and is available online at

For online classes, attendance is determined by consistently logging in and accessing the course content and completing courses in accordance with the syllabus. Simply logging in to an on-line class does NOT count as attendance. Students must engage in an academically-related activity.

In this course, attendance during the first week of class is signified by completing the Getting Started Activities including posting an introduction in the Meet the Class Forum. If these items are not completed, than a student may recieve a W4 and be withdrawn from the class. For the remainder of the course attendance will be signified by participating in the Sakai forums on a weekly basis.

Accommodation Statement

Seminole State College abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which stipulates that no student shall be denied the benefits of an education 'solely by reason of a handicap.' Disabilities covered by law include, but are not limited to psychiatric impairments, learning disabilities and hearing, sight or mobility impairments. If you have a disability that may have some impact on your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations you must contact the Disability Support Services Office (DSS) to facilitate the accommodation process.

Campus locations and phone numbers for DSS are:

  • Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Room A-101, 407.708.2109
  • Altamonte Campus, Room ALT 107, 407.404.6005
  • Heathrow Campus, Room HEA 115, 407.708.4440
  • Oviedo Campus, Room OVF 102-D, 407.971.5114

Available Support Services

The following services are available to assist your learning at Seminole State:

  • Academic Success Center (ASC) offers all Seminole State students free tutoring in math, writing and the sciences, as well as an open computer lab.

  • Disability Support Services (DSS) at Seminole State offers College constituents equity and excellence in education. By working with students, faculty and staff on all Seminole State campuses, DSS ensures that appropriate academic adjustments are made to give all students equal opportunities inside the classroom and around campus.

  • Seminole State Library offers beneficial and rewarding services to all college students. The library is an excellent place to break from classes, meet fellow students, and reflect independently and collaboratively. It is also an environment for discovery that encourages students to seek information, engage in listening and viewing activities, and think creatively.

College Technology Policy

Unacceptable use of College technology may result in the revocation of access to College information technology, and may subject the user to criminal and civil penalties. Unacceptable use includes students who attempt to abuse computers or software, introduce viruses, send misappropriate messages or interfere with normal network operations.

Computer Lab Hours

Computer labs are available on all Seminole State Campuses.  Available campus lab hours for this semester can be found at:

Seminole State Library Hours

Library hours of operation can be found at:

QEP Read to Succeed

Seminole State’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is Read to Succeed. For more information visit the QEP website



College Emergency Information

In case of emergency conditions (such as tropical storms, hurricanes, power outages, etc), verify the college is open and classes are being held by calling 407.708.2290 or 407.708.4722.  The Seminole State homepage will also feature updated announcements (


PBL (Phi Beta Lambda)

Students enrolled in Seminole State’s computer courses are encouraged to participate in the local chapter of the national student organization Phi Beta Lambda. Seminole State’s chapter has a history of success in state and national competitions, as well as service to our community. For further information, contact Professor Sherry Jenkins or visit the PBL Web site at


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. Students have the right to have some control over the disclosure of information from the records.  It is Seminole State Colleges policy to comply with the requirements of FERPA and to prevent improper disclosure of personally identifiable information from the records. For more details on FERPA, please refer to the FERPA information on the Seminole State website

College Communication

Student Email Office 365

All official e-mail from the College is sent to your Seminole State Office 365 student e-mail address. When contacting the college students should use their student email accounts to ensure that communication is delivered to the appropriate party.   Be sure to check your account regularly for information important to your academic and financial records. To access your student email account, visit for instructions.

Canvas Messages

Students currently enrolled in online or hybrid courses should use the Inbox link within their Canvas course to communicate with the professor. It is important for students to check the inbox regularly for important communication from the instructor.

Seminole State Text

Sign up for Seminole State Text and you will receive messages pertaining to registration dates, tuition deadlines, financial aid, emergency campus closings and changes to your student record or classes. To sign up to receive text messages, visit

Student Code of Conduct

It is the responsibility of a student to observe campus rules and regulations and to help maintain appropriate conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community. The Student Code of Conduct is a statement of Seminole State’s expectations regarding student standards of conduct, both academic and non-academic. It is the student’s responsibility to read the Code of Conduct and follow its expectations. The Student Code of Conduct can be found at

A Tobacco-Free College

To promote the health and wellness of the Seminole State College community, the use if tobacco of any kind and in any form is prohibited on all College-owned and/or operated facilities.  This includes tobacco use in personal vehicles while on College property.  The College Tobacco-Free Policy can be found at

Syllabus Disclaimer

Changes in syllabus and/or schedule may be made at any time during the term by announcement of the instructor.  A revised syllabus may be issued at the discretion of the instructor.