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English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    How to use journal entries to record transactions and prepare and use t-accounts to summarize transactions recorded during an accounting period

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    The three most commonly used financial statements and how they fit together

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    How to prepare these financial statements based on transactions recorded during an accounting period

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    How to draw basic conclusions about a company's financial health

Skills you will gain

Financial AccountingAccountingFinancial StatementBalance Sheet
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

No prior experience needed to participate in and benefit from this course.

Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Introduction to Financial Accounting, the Financial Statements, and the Balance Sheet

During this first week, we’ll learn about the context for financial accounting, including the informational role it plays for both internal and external audiences. We’ll explain accounting standards, which ensure financial information is conveyed clearly and effectively. Finally, we’ll describe the three primary financial statements as part of a recurring accounting process, called the accounting cycle, and then dive into one of those statements: the Balance Sheet (BS)....
Reading
14 videos (Total 65 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video14 videos
What Is Accounting?53s
3 Sets of Books3m
An Informational Role for Financial Accounting2m
Accounting Standards Inside the U.S.11m
Accounting Standards Outside the U.S.5m
The Financial Statements1m
The Financial Statements: A Framework3m
The Accounting Cycle2m
The Balance Sheet5m
Assets14m
Liabilities8m
Owners' Equity1m
The Balance Sheet: A Summary2m
Reading1 reading
Course Overview10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Week 1 Practice Quiz36m
Week 1 Graded Quiz36m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Introduction to Recording Transactions

After learning about the Balance Sheet, we’re ready to move on to using journal entries to record transactions, then t-accounts to summarize transactions recorded during an accounting period. We’ll apply those tools to record transactions for a fictional startup company, The Garden Spot, during its first year of operations (TGS Year 1). As we go along, we’ll also evaluate the effect of transactions on the balance sheet equation to ensure it remains balanced....
Reading
13 videos (Total 61 min), 2 quizzes
Video13 videos
T-Accounts: A Tutorial4m
Journal Entries: A Tutorial3m
Recording Transactions: Example 15m
Recording Transactions: Example 24m
Recording Transactions: Example 36m
Recording Transactions: Your Turn10m
Introduction to TGS Year 15m
TGS Year 1: Transaction 16m
TGS Year 1: Transaction 24m
TGS Year 1: Transaction 32m
TGS Year 1: Transaction 41m
TGS Year 1: Transaction 5 and a Summary3m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Week 2 Practice Quiz36m
Week 2 Graded Quiz36m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

The Income Statement, Revenue and Expense Transactions, and Adjusting Entries

Now that we’ve learned the fundamentals of recording transactions, we’re ready to dive into another financial statement: the Income Statement (IS). After learning about the Income Statement, we’ll record revenue and expense transactions, and summarize these transactions in a special account. Finally, we'll record adjusting entries in accordance with accrual accounting, prior to the preparation of the financial statements....
Reading
14 videos (Total 94 min), 2 quizzes
Video14 videos
Revenues5m
Expenses9m
The Income Statement: A Summary2m
Revenue and Expense Transactions: A Tutorial11m
Recording Revenue and Expense Transactions: Your Turn7m
TGS Year 1: Transaction 67m
TGS Year 1: Transaction 72m
TGS Year 1: Transaction 84m
Adjusting Entries: A Tutorial9m
Recording Adjusting Entries: Your Turn16m
TGS Year 1: Transaction 93m
TGS Year 1: Transaction 104m
TGS Year 1: Transaction 11 and a Summary4m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Week 3 Practice Quiz24m
Week 3 Graded Quiz24m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

The Statement of Cash Flows, Financial Statement Preparation

After learning about the Income Statement, revenue and expense transactions, and adjusting entries, we’re ready to move on to preparing our end-of-period financial statements. We’ll prepare the Income Statement and Balance Sheet based on the transactions that have been recorded. Then, we’ll dive into the Statement of Cash Flows (SCF) and learn how to prepare that financial statement. Finally, we’ll briefly discuss closing entries, since we've been preparing them as we've been going along!...
Reading
16 videos (Total 108 min), 2 quizzes
Video16 videos
TGS Year 1: Preparing the Income Statement7m
TGS Year 1: Preparing the Balance Sheet6m
TGS Year 1: Revisiting the Financial Statement Framework2m
A Managerial Approach to Recording Transactions6m
Transactions from the Viewpoint of a Manager17m
Introduction to the Statement of Cash Flows6m
Explaining the Change in Cash: A Tutorial10m
TGS Year 1: Preparing the Operating Activities Section of the Statement of Cash Flows10m
TGS Year 1: Preparing the Investing Activities Section of the Statement of Cash Flows2m
TGS Year 1: Preparing the Financing Activities Section of the Statement of Cash Flows6m
Closing Entries40s
The Statement of Cash Flows: A Conceptual Understanding10m
TGS Year 1: Using the Direct Method to Prepare the Statement of Cash Flows6m
TGS Year 1: Using the Indirect Method to Prepare the Statement of Cash Flows8m
The Direct and Indirect Methods: A Summary3m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Week 4 Practice Quiz24m
Week 4 Graded Quiz24m

Instructor

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Luann J. Lynch

Almand R. Coleman Professor of Business Administration
Darden School of Business

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