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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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Category: Business

This course is ACE Credit® recommended for transfer to many different colleges and universities.* Learn more
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Course Description
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.

Assessments & Grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 9 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

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

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

by Michael L. on July 10, 2018
The course was fine. I didn't have a preferred instructor but they all had similar information so it worked for me. The bad part is the ID verification after you've completed all the milestones. I understand there has to be some type of verification for online courses but after my first ProctorU exam, I felt like I was being arrested or something. The experience was awful, it 45 minutes from the time my milestone was to begin, to actually be able to take the exam because of all the verification. And God forbid if your child or anyone else happens to walk in the room while you're taking it. I can honestly say, if I have to go through all of that to complete every course, I will no longer take any courses through this program.
by Tara C. on July 13, 2019
Let me just say I struggled. Accounting, contrary to popular belief, is not about math. It’s about formulas. I survived and finished with an 86. Let me give you my formula for survival...SOPHIA PDFs + colored pens+ Evan’s tutorials= SURVIVAL The final milestone was easier than the unit milestones. Due to the wording of some of the questions, I had to raise issues with SOPHIA since I didn’t see the answer as correct. Some answers I got wrong just because it’s A LOT to try and understand. It took me about 12 hours spread out over 13 days to complete. I’m really grateful for Sophia Pathways!! This is my 7th course and I have 2 more to go. ALWAYS use Sophia PDFs with your favorite tutorial. Make notes. Before I even start, I put the page numbers next to each topic on the first page, makes a world of difference to find things later.
by William G. on August 22, 2017
This course was difficult for ones that have no accounting background. I found many of the videos failed to provide insight to several of the questions. Never hope to sit through another course like this one.
Sophia replied on August 22, 2017

Williams - Congratulations on your hard work to complete the course and earn the credits toward your degree. Accounting is a challenging topic for many students, This course includes instruction from multiple instructors, so students get a choice on whom to learn from. Our team is also here to help provide direction and clarification as needed. Congratulations again on your achievement!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Sarah W. on July 29, 2017
There seemed to be a disconnect between the concepts taught and the application through the questions. Accounting is a very detailed field and the questions were very detailed but the lectures were very nebulous; often leaving me very confused.
by Robert T. on February 2, 2018
Overall not bad - some of the questions did not appear to match the lessons (or was incredibly difficult to find in the videos)
by Lisa M. on September 18, 2017
There were some areas where information conflicted, making it challenging to understand concepts. I submitted questions and comments about those areas.
Sophia replied on September 18, 2017

Hi Lisa - we appreciate the questions and feedback you submitted to us during the course. Our team strives to provide quick and helpful guidance to students when questions arise. Thank you for studying with Sophia. We hope to see you in a future course.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Christine S. on October 25, 2017
I would have found this course easier if I could just have read a completed transcript for the course then took the milestones. I am someone who does not enjoy learning from videos.
Sophia replied on October 25, 2017

Hi Christine, While we are disappointed that our format wasn't the best fit for you, we congratulate you on your hard work and successful course completion. Thank you for allowing Sophia to be a part of your degree plan.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Nathan W. on March 25, 2018
This was a challenging course! I felt, though, that it was presented in a detailed and logical manner to make the most sense of the principals of accounting. The case studies were helpful, as were the practice milestones. One thing that would be especially helpful are detailed unit glossaries like many of the other Sophia courses. These are handy resources for me, but I found them lacking or completely missing throughout this course.


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