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How do you keep track of the day-to-day financial transactions of a business?  Whether you are looking to advance in your career, or you’re an entrepreneur, (or maybe you are a part of a family business), this course will help you if you are looking to understand the numbers.  The Basics of Bookkeeping course will help you understand, and know how to record, every penny that comes into your business and every penny that goes out of your business.  This course shows you how to create a chart of accounts that meet your needs.   All of the money you spend, and all of the money you earn, have a place to go.  How do your record them?  What are debits and credits?  What do the numbers mean?  How do I label accounts?  Even if you outsource your bookkeeping needs, you should still have a basic understand of what happens with the money earned and the money spent.  No one should be blind to his or her finances!  In this course you will learn where the numbers go, and why!  You will learn the bookkeeping terminology as well as what it means to keep track of the numbers.  At the end of the cycle, what do the numbers mean?  The Basics of Bookkeeping will show you how to keep track of the numbers and why! 

One month; Sharon deFonteny, instructor
Unit 1: The Accounting Equation and Chart of Accounts
    a.  The accounting equation
    b.  The chart of accounts for a business
    c.   Temporary accounts (Revenue and Expenses)
    d.   Where the accounts fall under the accounting equation

Unit 2: Journals and the General Ledger
    a.   Special Journals
    b.   General Journal
    c.   The General Ledger Accounts

 Unit 3: Recording Transactions
    a.  The Rules
    b.   Debits and Credits
    c.   T-Accounts
    d.   Using journals to record transactions

Unit 4: Month End Closing
    a.    Adjusting Entries
    b.    Posting to the General Ledger
    c.    End of month account balances

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Access the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Take a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each day.

The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each day to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

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$195.0000 USD
$195 USD
Ave. hours 16; 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructor
Sharon deFonteny has a degree in Business Education with a concentration in Accounting and spent many years in Corporate America working in Accounting and Finance.   For the past 5 years, she has created and taught online Business courses for Bucks County Community College.  Her experience in business, as well as experience in teaching, has allowed her to help people understand the Accounting and Finance process.  

Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives

  • Students will gain an understanding of the accounting equation and the importance of making it balance.

  • Students will gain an understanding of how to create a chart of accounts that matches the needs of a business.

  • Students will learn how to classify accounts appropriately under the accounting.

  • Students will learn how to record journal entries for the financial transactions and events of a business.

Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes

  After taking this course, you will be able to:
  • evaluate the financial transactions and events of a business
  • record these transactions in the appropriate accounts
  • balance the general ledger at month's end
  • complete the accounting equation
Completion Requirements