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Sophia’s Accounting course helps you master the fundamental principles and procedures of the modern practice of accounting. You will gain practical experience with bookkeeping and preparing financial reports within the context of operating a sole proprietorship. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Sophia's Accounting course helps you gain mastery of the fundamental principles and procedures of the modern practice of accounting. In this course, you will gain practical experience with bookkeeping and preparing financial reports within the context of operating a sole proprietorship. You will use a problem solving approach to actively apply key concepts of introductory accounting to realistic case studies.

In Sophia's Accounting course, you will complete a series of formative and summative assessments comprised of 12 Challenge assessments and 4 Milestone assessments and tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Identify accounting fundamentals.
  • Analyze financial reporting.
  • Apply principles of accounting for merchandising operations.
  • Analyze advanced accounting topics.

The Accounting course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with multiple teachers and various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.


47 Student Reviews
by Rebecca L. on July 13, 2017
This was a very difficult course
by Kaitlin C. on July 11, 2017
This is an older course. As such, some of the styles of questioning is outdated and can be frustrating at times. It sometimes asks you to type in the answer with no word bank to choose from and not much in the way of clues as to what they're looking for. Newer courses do not have this style of questioning precisely because students have found it to be frustrating. Other than this flaw, it was a very solid course and I feel that I learned a lot.
Sophia replied on July 12, 2017

Kaitlin - Congratulations on your recent course completion! We always encourage our course-takers to contact us anytime the feel confused or frustrated by a question in an assessment. There is a direct link to submit feedback about a specific question, and our team can be reached via Live Chat directly from the courseroom. Thanks for your feedback on this course and we hope to see you in a future Sophia course.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Alicia M. on July 9, 2017
it was hard but i enjoyed taking it through sophia
by Shade J. on June 23, 2017
Probably the toughest course I've taken so far, but certainly worth the hard work.
by Kerry P. on June 23, 2017
Best Accounting Class Ever!
by Aaron L. on May 22, 2017
I learned a great deal. Just because you are good at math does not mean accounting will not be challenging. Much more difficult than I thought it would be!
by Samuel C. on May 21, 2017
I really enjoyed this course. However, some of the wording and the order of questions were meant to deceive you which I don't believe should happen especially with the course material being challenging already.
Sophia replied on May 22, 2017

Hi Andrew -- congratulations on your successful course completion. Remember that our team is here to clarify questions when and if needed. We typically recommend that you read, and then re-read the question to ensure you know what you are being asked. Then you can review the instructional content to help you answer the question. We hope to see you in a future course with us. Thank you!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Shelly C. on January 20, 2017
the study guides with the different instructors helped understand points that i could not get with one of the other instructors.


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