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ACCT 2101 Online

General Informationfor ACCT 2101 Web Based

Annette Maddox, MAcc, CPA

Associate Professor of Accounting

Online ACCT 2101 is designed for those who need flexibility in their schedule, feel comfortable communicating by email, have experience using the Internet, and are self-motivated.  It is a great way to learn at home with a course based on individual assignments and collaborative discussions with fellow students.  All quizzes and exams will be taken using Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor.

What is this course about?

This is an introduction to fundamentals, practices, theory, and techniques of financial accounting. This course covers the construction, analysis, and interpretation of financial statements.

What is the work load?

Since this is a 3 hour course, in general, students can expect to spend 3 to 12 hours a week involved in course work.  However, if your computer is at your home, you will save the drive time of going to and from campus twice a week. In addition, there are times when you can complete assignments ahead of the course schedule which may help with your time management and balancing your other responsibilities.

What about the Course Materials and delivery?

The course uses D2L to deliver the syllabus, module directions, notes, quizzes, tests, projects, and discussion area.  The homework will be submitted using CengageNOW.

It is your responsibility to make sure your computer has all the requirements to support D2L.  Consideration or accommodation will not be made for your computer skills deficiencies or technical issues.  Technical issues are not a reason to miss a homework assignment, quiz or test.  Do not wait to the last minute to submit assignments, take quizzes or exams.  ALWAYS HAVE A BACKUP IN MIND. Know your backup plan BEFORE a problem arises.  You are expected to solve technical problems with your computer, Internet access, or in using CengageNOW.


Am I ready for an online class? Will you be successful in this course?

If this is your first online course, I would highly recommend that you take the Readiness for Education At a Distance Indicator (READI) to assess your readiness, your goals, and your learning preferences.

You can find the READI at

On that page you will find several User Names and Passwords.  Select and use the one that best fits your major area of study.  When the READI opens, you will notice a navigation bar on the left side. The items listed in the bar are the areas that you will be measured on by the indicator.  At the end, a report will be displayed which you can use to help you prepare to be successful as a distance-learning student.

Mandatory Attendance: 

Everything will be delivered online.

Required Materials:

Text (required): You are required to purchase software called CengageNOWv2. This includes the digital textbook and online software where you will complete a study plan and homework for each module. It also includes many supplements to help you learn the material in an online environment.

CengageNOWv2, 2 terms (12 months) Printed Access for Warren’s Financial & Managerial Accounting, 13th Edition

AUTHORS: Warren/Reeve/Duchac – ©2016 ISBN: 9781305267831

Typical Assignments

You will complete 11 modules, with weekly homework assignments, discussion posts and quizzes.  There are 4 online exams and a final exam.

Preparing  Homework Assignments:

By enrolling in an online course, you have accepted more responsibility for your education. The content is the same as the course offered on campus, but most of your learning will be a direct result of your reading and the careful working of assigned problems in the textbook.

Accounting is basically a problem-solving discipline, and the key to learning the subject is to work problems. The importance of working chapter exercises and problems cannot be overemphasized. Your success in this course will be directly related to the time and effort you spend on working the assigned problems. Since the examination questions cover many of the same concepts contained in the assigned problems, I encourage you to be diligent in your preparation of these assignments.

Each assignment consists of readings and one or more exercises and/or problems related to them. You will complete the assignment and submit it in CenageNOW.  I must emphasize that the problems are self-teaching devices; it is important that you complete them as carefully and thoroughly as possible. Be sure you understand everything you have done.

Please prepare your assignments as described below:

1.    No substitute text may be used. Read the text carefully before you attempt to answer any of the assigned problems. Your first duty is to study the text yourself. I will not answer questions until you have read the chapter and gone through the powerpoint presentation available on the text’s website.  You should also work the pre/post test in CengageNOW and work the customized study plan.

2.    Every student must purchase an CengageNOW code and submit homework through the CengageNOW Website.


Exams                           56%

Homework                   10%

Quizzes                         8%

Study Plans                   4%

Discussion Questions    2%

Annual Report Project    5%

Final Exam                  15%

Total                           100%