Accounting


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Coastline Community College offers a variety of classes in the field of accounting. These classes are offered both on-site and online, and include topics such as "Financial Accounting,""Managerial Accounting," "Individual Taxation," and "Accounting with Quickbooks." Although available courses vary each semester (check your current class schedule for course offerings), students find it quick and easy to complete a certificate in accounting in only a short amount of time.

What is an Accountant?

Accountants are certified financial experts who specialize in the measurement and interpretation of financial information. Their expertise helps managers, investors, tax authorities, individuals and others plan yearly budgets, make investment decisions, prepare tax documents, and so forth.

Accountants are crucial players in both large corporations and small businesses. Practitioners of accountancy are known as accountants. There are many professional bodies for accountants throughout the world, some of them are legally recognized in their jurisdictions. In the United States, qualified accountants are known as Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Certificates and Exams

The Accounting curriculum provides a rigorous program of beginning through advanced courses designed to meet the needs of the student transferring to a university, the career changer seeking the required courses to sit for the CPA exam, and the employee who endeavors to gain a new skill. Our Accounting Department maintains close ties with both local universities and local business firms to ensure that our program provides seamless pathways to advanced degrees, CPA candidate status, and immediate employable expertise.

Currently five different certificates are available in the field of accounting.
  • General Accounting
  • Bookkeeping Accounting
  • Taxation Accounting
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting

Job Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that accountants at all levels will enjoy the second highest percentage increase in employment opportunities of any field for the foreseeable future. Coastline is working tirelessly to create courses, certificates, and an academic environment to ensure that our students are prepared to take full advantage of this future.

The California Society of CPAs estimates average salary for those holding various accounting certifications as the following:
  • CPA certification only $70,833
  • CPA, CFA $86,000
  • CPA, CMA $84,100
  • CPA, EA $76,000
  • CPA, MBA $90,200
  • CPA, PFS $116,000
  • EA $67,713
Accountant I $41,475 to $50,472
Tax Accountant I $46,266 to $57,613
Cost Accountant I $44,702 to $55,798
Financial Reporting Acct. I $47,886 to $60,929
Source: Salary.com figures reported based on zip code 92708

Accounting Program Course Outlines

Student Learning Outcomes

ACCT-C100

Section Description

Practical accounting/bookkeeping principles applied to personal services by professional individuals and firms and the small retail operator. Familiarization with accounting forms and practical accounting procedures in completing the accounting cycle. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and record in applicable journals, post to a general ledger, and prepare financial statements: Statement of Income, Statement of Owner's Equity, and Balance Sheet.
  • Complete an accounting cycle for sole proprietorship according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Generate and record payroll-related transactions in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Accumulate, record, and interpret financial data.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computerized accounting software.
  • Demonstrate understanding of accounting and business terminology.
  • Prepare accurate reports for decision making and regulatory compliance.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate ethical civic, environmental, and social responsibility.
  • Use scientific and quantitative reasoning.

ACCT-C101

Section Description

This is the study of accounting as an information system, examining why it is important and how it is used by investors, creditors, and others to make decisions. The course covers the accounting information system, including recording and reporting of business transactions with a focus on the accounting cycle and the application of generally accepted accounting principles, the financial statements, and statement analysis. Students will analyze issues relating to asset, liability, and equity valuation; and revenue and expense recognition, cash flow, internal controls, and ethics and will record financial transactions and interpret financial statements. This course meets the accounting-related or business related course requirements needed to sit for the CPA exam. ADVISORY: Eligibility for ENGL C100 and MATH C010. Graded or Pass/No Pass option. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify accounting elements of service and merchandising business transactions in terms of the accounting equation.
  • Analyze, record in applicable journals, and subsequently post to a general ledger and prepare financial statements: Statement of Income, Statement of Owner's/Stockholders Equity, Balance Sheet, and Statement of Cash Flows and the closing process completed.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Accumulate, record, and interpret financial data.
  • Analyze and recommend effective business decisions/solutions using a systematic, evaluative, and information-based approach.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computerized accounting software.
  • Demonstrate understanding of accounting and business terminology.
  • Prepare accurate reports for decision making and regulatory compliance.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate ethical civic, environmental, and social responsibility.
  • Use scientific and quantitative reasoning.

ACCT-C102

Section Description

This is the study of how managers use accounting information in decision-making, planning, directing operations, and controlling. Focuses on cost terms and concepts, cost behavior, cost structure, and cost-volume-profit analysis. Includes issues relating to cost systems, cost control, profit planning, and performance analysis in manufacturing and service environments. This course meets the accounting-related or business related course requirements needed to sit for the CPA exam. ADVISORY: Eligibility for ENGL C100 and MATH C010. PREREQUISITE: ACCT C101. Transfer Credit: CSU; UC. Graded or Pass/No Pass option. C-IC ACCT 120.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Design, analyze and interpret accounting information for planning and for making business decisions.
  • Prepare evaluate, interpret financial statements by use of ratio, trend, and cash flow analysis.
  • Utilize and evaluate information and reports used by management to plan, direct, and control manufacturing processes for various business costing models. Develop and defend capital budgeting decisions.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Accumulate, record, and interpret financial data.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computerized accounting software.
  • Demonstrate understanding of accounting and business terminology.
  • Prepare accurate reports for decision making and regulatory compliance.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate ethical civic, environmental, and social responsibility.
  • Use scientific and quantitative reasoning.

ACCT-C103

Section Description

Foundation of individual income taxation will be acquired. Introduction of the income tax forms and instruction on how to prepare an income tax return. ADVISORY: ACCT C101. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss basic elements of tax planning in detail.
  • Prepare a simple individual 1040 income tax return.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Accumulate, record, and interpret financial data.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computerized accounting software.
  • Demonstrate understanding of accounting and business terminology.
  • Prepare accurate reports for decision making and regulatory compliance.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate ethical civic, environmental, and social responsibility.
  • Use scientific and quantitative reasoning.

ACCT-C104

Section Description

Taxation from business entities approach including business deductions, losses, property transactions, and basic issues. ADVISORY: Introduction to Accounting or Financial Accounting. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Appraise, justify, and communicate to stakeholders the tax consequences in taking distributions from a corporation, partnership, S corporation, or LLC.
  • Assess and design the most advantageous tax consequences in dissolving a corporation, partnership, S corporation, or LLC.
  • Categorize, facilitate, and perform tax compliance for tax authorities in the operating of a corporation, partnership or S corporation, or LLC.
  • Generate tax planning strategies and analyze tax situations, research tax law, engage in tax compliance, and communicate results of tax analysis in memo format to interested parties in a manner similar to CPA exam tax case simulation requirements.
  • Research, compute, and communicate the tax repercussions to stakeholders in starting a corporation, partnership, S corporation, or LLC.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Accumulate, record, and interpret financial data.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computerized accounting software.
  • Demonstrate understanding of accounting and business terminology.
  • Prepare accurate reports for decision making and regulatory compliance.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate ethical civic, environmental, and social responsibility.
  • Use scientific and quantitative reasoning.

ACCT-C106

Section Description

This course includes a detailed study of Accounting using Excel spreadsheets software. Topics include the use of functions and formulas in Excel with emphasis on Accounting as a financial analysis tool. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of Windows. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret and implement general computerized Accounting principles and practices.
  • Utilize Excel features to generate formulas functions, and commands to construct accounting related spreadsheets.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Accumulate, record, and interpret financial data.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computerized accounting software.
  • Demonstrate understanding of accounting and business terminology.
  • Prepare accurate reports for decision making and regulatory compliance.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate ethical civic, environmental, and social responsibility.
  • Use scientific and quantitative reasoning.

ACCT-C107

Section Description

QuickBooks is a complete computerized accounting system for small businesses. Topics include a review of basic accounting concepts, preparation of business reports and graphs, and the creation of a company using QuickBooks accounting. Covers creation and operation of a detailed accounting system for new and existing businesses. ADVISORY: ACCT C100 and/or C101. Transfer Credit: CSU. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Accumulate, record, and interpret financial data.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computerized accounting software.
  • Demonstrate understanding of accounting and business terminology.
  • Prepare accurate reports for decision making and regulatory compliance.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate ethical civic, environmental, and social responsibility.
  • Use scientific and quantitative reasoning.

ACCT-C111

Section Description

Advanced QuickBooks covers setting up budgets, progress billing, file importing and exporting, and creating graphs and a project using QuickBooks. ADVISORY: ACCT C107. Graded or Pass/No Pass.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Apply advanced features using QuickBooks accounting software.
  • Create a project proposal using QuickBooks.
  • Prepare customized reports and graphs for a merchandising or service business using QuickBooks.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Accumulate, record, and interpret financial data.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computerized accounting software.
  • Demonstrate understanding of accounting and business terminology.
  • Prepare accurate reports for decision making and regulatory compliance.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate ethical civic, environmental, and social responsibility.
  • Use scientific and quantitative reasoning.

ACCT-C112

Section Description

Foundation acquired in ACCT C101 will be further developed through more detailed principles. This is the first semester of a three-semester sequence that will explore topics in intermediate accounting. ADVISORY: ACCT C101. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the major financial statements and describe the basic elements of each financial statement.
  • Implement generally accepted accounting policies and relate the different valuation methods for inventory and the accounting cycle.
  • Prepare an income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Accumulate, record, and interpret financial data.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computerized accounting software.
  • Demonstrate understanding of accounting and business terminology.
  • Prepare accurate reports for decision making and regulatory compliance.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate ethical civic, environmental, and social responsibility.
  • Use scientific and quantitative reasoning.

ACCT-C113

Section Description

Foundation acquired in ACCT C101 will be further developed through more detailed principles. Topics covered include acquisition and disposition of property, plant, and equipment; depreciation; impairments and depletion; intangible assets; current liabilities and contingencies; long-term liabilities; stockholders equity; dilutive securities; earnings per share; and investments. This is the second semester of a three semester sequence that will explore topics in intermediate accounting. ADVISORY: ACCT C101, ACCT C102 and ACCT C110. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the accounting procedures for issuing shares of stock.
  • Explain the characteristics of intangible assets and the process of amortizing intangible assets.
  • Implement and participate in accounting treatments related to acquiring and valuing plant assets.
  • Interpret and identify the three categories of debt securities, and describe the accounting and reporting treatment for each category.
  • Present and analyze depreciation, liabilities, and contingencies.
  • Relate depreciation, liabilities, and contingencies to real world accounting challenges.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Accumulate, record, and interpret financial data.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computerized accounting software.
  • Demonstrate understanding of accounting and business terminology.
  • Prepare accurate reports for decision making and regulatory compliance.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate ethical civic, environmental, and social responsibility.
  • Use scientific and quantitative reasoning.

ACCT-C120

Section Description

Topics cover corporate reporting for segments; interim reporting; accounting for foreign operations; accounting for partnerships; and accounting for government entities, not-for-profit entities, estates, and trusts. Also covered are bankruptcies, equity method, consolidated financial statements, and foreign currency transactions. ADVISORY: ACCT C101. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Compute the capital allocated to a new partner under the bonus and goodwill methods.
  • Prepare consolidating entries for separate entities.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Accumulate, record, and interpret financial data.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computerized accounting software.
  • Demonstrate understanding of accounting and business terminology.
  • Prepare accurate reports for decision making and regulatory compliance.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate ethical civic, environmental, and social responsibility.
  • Use scientific and quantitative reasoning.

ACCT-C130

Section Description

To enhance each Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) student's opportunity for success in the field of Accounting by bridging the gap between educational theory and on-the-job practices. Successful completion of VITA I course certification in IRS provided online Basic, Advanced, and additional tax courses. The course also includes tax software training that provides skills transferable to the workplace. ADVISORY: ACCT C103 Individual Taxation. Graded or Pass/No Pass Option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of State and Federal tax regulations.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Accumulate, record, and interpret financial data.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of computerized accounting software.
  • Demonstrate understanding of accounting and business terminology.
  • Prepare accurate reports for decision making and regulatory compliance.

Institutional Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and analysis.
  • Demonstrate ethical civic, environmental, and social responsibility.
  • Use scientific and quantitative reasoning.

ACCT-C131

Section Description

To enhance each Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) student's opportunity for success in the field of accounting by bridging the gap between educational theory and on-the-job practices. Successful completion of the VITA II course using IRS provided tax software is through completion of service hours in the VITA program that provides skills transferable to the workplace. PREREQUISITE: ACCT C130. Graded or Pass/No Pass Option.

Course Level Student Learning Outcomes

  • Accurately complete personal income tax returns.
  • Apply customer service strategies to VITA Site patrons.
  • Conduct a Quality Review of completed personal income tax returns.


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