Welcome to ACCTG 205: Accounting Software

Course Structure

Course Description

This course covers small business accounting using QuickBooks software. Topics include creating a chart of accounts, recording customer and vendor transactions, processing payroll, and printing reports. In addition, students will be learning how to set up a new company and advanced topics such as exporting to Excel software and using the QuickBooks audit trail. An in-depth accounting knowledge is not required, but having some accounting background will help considerably.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students will:

  1. Understand how to set up QuickBooks correctly and maintain it.
  2. Be able to use QuickBooks on a daily basis.
  3. Be able to provide useful reports with the information needed to help business owners make knowledgeable financial decisions.

Learning Model Architecture

This course is designed around the principles of the BYU-Idaho Learning Model: Prepare, Teach One Another, and Ponder/Prove. You will prepare by reading the textbook and watching QuickBooks (QBs) video tutorials. These will explain how to use the various functions in QuickBooks.

Teach One Another activities are designed to provide opportunities to help each other to better grasp the logistics of QBs. These opportunities will be provided as weekly discussion board topics as well as a Final Project that you will present to the class.

You should take opportunities to ponder or reflect on the things you learn each week and share your thoughts through the discussion board.

You will prove your understanding and learning on assignments, quizzes, and the project.

Course Requirements

Course Materials

Computer Accounting with QuickBooks 2018 by Donna Kay, McGraw-Hill, 2019 ISBN: 9781259538490, Division: Higher Education, Copyright: 2019, Edition: 18, Format: bound edition with CD.

The required textbook for this course is a low-cost auto access digital textbook.  Access the textbook using the link to McGraw Hill Bookstore provided in the Student Resources module of this course. Your instructor will provide you an access code.  You will be automatically charged for the digital textbook after the “Add” deadline (the end of the 2nd week of the semester). The textbook includes a five-month access of QuickBooks 2018.  

Note: You will see that the textbook is “Unavailable” until the course is open (the Saturday before).

If you do not want to use the digital textbook (perhaps you already purchased the print version of the textbook), you must opt out. Follow the instructions at the BYU-I bookstore website if you wish to opt out.

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Computer with internet capability


ACCTG 180 or ACCTG 201 with a grade of C- or higher or consent of instructor

Grading Policies

Participation (13%)

There are weekly discussion boards throughout the course that you will need to participate in. Topics include a personal introduction, weekly reflections, and past general conference talks.

Learning Assignments (38%)

Practice is essential in understanding QuickBooks. You will have regular learning assignments during the semester that will be due by the end of each week.

Quizzes (22%)

There will be a weekly, multiple-choice quiz to help you test your understanding of the material.

Final Project (27%)

You will create your own QuickBooks file for a company of your choice and present your project to the class. The project will test your knowledge and skills acquired during the course.


Help Desk

If any technical difficulties arise throughout the course, contact the Help Desk before contacting the instructor.