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College Accounting 12e

ISBN-13: 9781305863385 / ISBN-10: 1305863380

A Career Approach (with QuickBooks Accountant 2015 CD-ROM)
Cathy J. Scott, Navarro College
Published by Cengage Learning, ©2015
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The twelfth edition of COLLEGE ACCOUNTING: A CAREER APPROACH maintains its dedicated emphasis on the significance of the College Accounting course as true groundwork for your future classes and jobs, with a greater focus on teaching the fundamentals of accounting from a career development approach. This text provides students an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of accounting and then apply these concepts with QuickBooks and Excel®. COLLEGE ACCOUNTING: A CAREER APPROACH, Twelfth Edition, provides real-world context that keeps chapter content relevant and vital. End-of-chapter materials are available online in CengageNOW, and you can test your mastery of new concepts with a personalized study plan.


  • The "Accounting Cycle Review" and "Comprehensive Review Problems" are available in multiple formats, including manual, using QuickBooks, Excel®, or Cengage Learning''s Online General Ledger.
  • You Make the Call: This feature sharpens critical-thinking and problem-solving skills by placing the student in small business career position facing a realistic accounting dilemma. These exercises provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of individual topics within the chapter. Each scenario is followed by a detailed, clearly explained solution.
  • End-of-Chapter Activities: A series of brief activities at the end of each chapter help students keep the business perspective in mind. Why Does It Matter? What Would You Say? What Do You Think? What Would You Do? What''s On The Internet? and What''s Wrong With This Picture? foster problem-solving and communication skills that students will need in today''s business world. With each activity, students have an opportunity to develop their problem-solving skills and employ their knowledge of accounting to complete a task. The activities may be appropriate for individual or team responses--Discussion of these activities in class, particularly questions involving ethical issues, can be especially useful.
  • Before a Test Check: This comprehensive chapter review feature provides questions (true/false, multiple choice, matching, and completion) and brief application problems after every two to four chapters. The pre-test activities allow students to check their understanding of what they have read and practiced in the preceding chapters prior to taking a test.
  • All About You Spa: Designed to give students experience using computers to manage accounting transactions, this continuous general ledger problem features a sole proprietorship service business. In Chapter 3, students open accounting books for the spa using the manual method, QuickBooks, or Cengage Learning''s Online General Ledger. After adding the company name, type, and chart of accounts, the first month''s transactions are journalized and posted and the trial balance is printed. The problem continues with adjustment of entries into worksheets, completion of end-of-the-month adjustments, and printing financial statements. After Chapter 5, students close the books for the month and print a post-closing trial balance. In Chapters 9-12, students add two lines of merchandise to the business. Special journals for sales, purchases, cash receipts, and cash payments are introduced, and procedures are completed to end the accounting period.

1. Asset, Liability, Owner's Equity, Revenue, and Expense Accounts.
2. T Accounts, Debits and Credits, Trial Balance, and Financial Statements.
3. The General Journal and the General Ledger.
4. Adjusting Entries and the Work Sheet
5. Closing Entries and the Post-Closing Trial Balance.
Capstone Appendix. Financial Statement Analysis and Cash Flows using QuickBooks.
6. Bank Accounts, Cash Funds, and Internal Controls.
7. Employee Earnings and Deductions.
8. Employer Taxes, Payments, and Reports.
9. Sales and Purchases.
10. Cash Receipts and Cash Payments.
11. Work Sheet and Adjusting Entries.
12. Financial Statements, Closing Entries, and Reversing Entries.
Capstone. QuickBooks Analysis Activities: Comparative Financial Statements and the Statement of Cash Flows.
Appendix A: Methods of Depreciation.
Appendix B: Bad Debts.
Appendix C: Inventory Methods.
Appendix D: Notes Receivable/Notes Payable.
Appendix E: Departmental Accounting (online only).
  • NEW: ACCOUNTING WITH QUICKBOOKS is an entirely new section at the end of each chapter that explains how to apply the fundamentals of accounting processes directly with QuickBooks accounting software. Complete with clear screen captures, learning objectives, new accounting language, and "QuickBooks Tips," this feature is a must for instructors that value real-world technology and want their students to understand how to utilize a real-world application and how to apply it to day-to-day workplace accounting.
  • NEW: BLUEPRINT PROBLEMS, available in CengageNOW, relate to the Accounting Cycle Practice Exercises for a Service and Merchandising Business. The "Blueprint Problems" are designed to help students see the big picture regarding fundamental accounting concepts by breaking concepts into smaller parts that build on each other through a systematic problem-solving process.
  • NEW: QuickBooks DEMONSTRATION VIDEOS, available in CengageNOW, provide students with step-by-step examples of how to use QuickBooks features covered in the new "Accounting with QuickBooks" section. ANIMATED EXERCISES, available in CengageNOW and narrated by the author, provide students with an illustrated example of how to work basic exercises for each learning objective.
  • NEW: SHOW-ME-HOW DEMONSTRATION VIDEOS, available in CengageNOW, are animated walk-through videos of the popular demonstration problem from the Study Guide. Essential for visual learners, the new demo problems visually explain how to work through a popular chapter problem from start to finish.
  • NEW: ONLINE TESTING SYSTEM: COGNERO. Cognero is a full-featured online-assessment system that lets instructors manage content, create and assign tests, deliver tests through a secure online test center, and have complete reporting functionality at the click of a button.

"Most students who work with accounting information will need to know some computerized accounting software. When we have small business advisory groups on campus, they all tell us that accounting students MUST know how to use computerized financial accounting software."
Anna M. Boulware, St. Charles Community College

"I have always liked the idea of teaching QuickBooks and College Accounting together."
Morgan Rockett, CPA, Moberly Area Community College

"I think the beauty of CengageNOW is the interactive element of the homework. It provides instant feedback in the form of suggestions and tips rather than just telling the student that he got the question wrong. It forces the user to look at the problem from multiple angles in order to answer the problem correctly."
Derek Trainor-Fogleman

Cathy J. Scott
Cathy J. Scott is Professor of Accounting and Accounting Department Chair at Navarro College. She has received the 2014 Texas Society of CPAs Outstanding Accounting Educator Award, the 2012-2013 American Accounting Association Educator of the Year, and the Two-Year College and the 2010 Navarro College's Teaching of Excellence Award. Dr. Scott earned her bachelor's degree from Nazareth College, MBA from Amberton University, a post-graduate accounting degree from Keller Graduate School of Management, and her PhD from Capella University. Prior to joining academics, Dr. Scott had a 25-year accounting career in the automotive industry. She remains a popular speaker in accounting and financial management for vehicle manufacturers and dealer associations. She has written numerous accounting-related articles for automotive publications. Dr. Scott is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges (TACTYC), the American Accounting Association (AAA), National Business Educators Association (NBEA) and Texas Community College Association (TCCTA). She has held regional and national positions with the American Accounting Association, including Secretary of the Two-Year College section and co-coordinator of the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Southwest Region. She is a board member for TACTYC and has held various roles with TCCTA, including past chair for the accounting section. Dr. Scott is a frequently requested speaker and is passionate about effective online learning and innovative teaching technology. She is co-founder of Teaching and Learning Toolbox (www.teachingandlearningtoolbox.com), a free website that helps educators connect technology and pedagogy. In her free time, Dr. Scott enjoys spending time with her family on her farm in North Texas, where she raises and shows Arabian horses.