Accounting Department

Students who have the following background(s) will have an increased change for success in Financial and managerial Accounting courses.  Suggested preparation includes:

Computers play a vital role in accounting and business. Therefore, all business majors need a general background in how computers work and how they are used. It is mandatory that students have spreadsheet (Excel), word processing, and Internet skills.

Hints for success:

  • CIS 3 - Business Information Systems (5 units).
    Visit the CIS Department for more information.

  • CAOS 120G - Integrated Software 1 (1 unit) and/or Courses from the CAOS 91 - Word Processing or 93 - Spreadsheet (1 1/2 to 2 units each) or their equivalent will improve your chances for success in Accounting 1A.
    Visit the CAOS Department for more information.

  • View our Basic Excel Instructional Tutorial (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)Adobe Logo Button

You will also be expected to know how to use the Web. If you have little or no experience, try one of the following:

  • CAOS / CIS 94 - Introduction to the Internet and World Wide Web (1 unit).
    Visit the CAOS Department for
    more information.

  • LCEN 50 - World Wide Web Searching (1 unit) or LCEN 51 - Business Resources on the World Wide Web (1 unit).
    Visit the Learning Center Classes for more information

The ability to manipulate fractions and percentages and solve word problems is essential to accounting success. Finite Mathematics (Math 11, 5 units) is recommended before taking Accounting 1C.

Hint for success:

To improve your changes for success in Accounting 1A..

  • A minimum of BUS 54 - Business Math (4 units).
    Visit the Business Department for more information.

  • MATH 105 - Intermediate Algebra (5 units).
    Visit the Math Department for more information.

The ability to read financial journals, write detailed reports, and make presentations is essential to success in the accounting field. English composition and reading (EWRT 1A, 5 units) is recommended before completing Accounting 1C.

Hint for success:

  • English Writing 100B and Reading 91 (or Reading 100) or their equivalent will improve your chances for success in Accounting 1A.
    Visit the Business Department for more information.

 

Familiarity with the structure and operation of businesses in the United States is assumed in the first accounting course.

Hint for success:

  • BUS 20 - Introduction to Business (4 units) or its equivalent will improve your chances for success in Accounting 1A.
    Visit the Business Department for More Information

 

To do your best in college, it is beneficial to understand how YOU learn. The following courses may help you in this endeavor.

  • ACCT 106 - Accounting/Business Success Workshop I-IV (.5 unit each) Emphasis on developing the skills needed to be successful in accounting/business courses.
  • COUN 104 - College Guidance for the Re-entry Students(3 units) Student life, confidence building, college policies and resources
  • COUN 110 - College Survival(.5 units) Behavior patterns, attitudes, and strategies which relate to the learning process
  • COUN 500 - Student Success Assistance(0 units) Assistance to students to increase student retention and success.
  • SKIL 130 - Study Skills(.5 unit, repeatable) Time management, text reading, note taking, test taking.
  • SKIL 135 - Study Skills Seminar(3 units) Development of effective study skills, e.g. goal setting, memory/concentration, note taking, nutrition, time management, test taking, text reading.

Also, investigate the College Programs and Student Services section of the De Anza catalog for information about support services available, such as:


Accounting
Building: F51a
Contact: Mike Gough
Phone: 408.864.8622

Department Webmaster:
Kevin Mello

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Last Updated: 2/12/14