Financial Accounting – Subsidiary Ledgers & Special Journals
What you'll learn
- Identify and explain the role of special journals in simplifying data entry and ledger maintenance in accounting.
- Accurately categorize diverse financial transactions and record them in their respective special journals.
- Analyze the impact of special journals on reducing general ledger postings and enhancing data management efficiency.
- Differentiate between the usage and purpose of accounts receivable and accounts payable subsidiary ledgers.
- Develop, maintain, and interpret subsidiary ledgers, improving the understanding of debtor and creditor relationships.
- Leverage Excel tools for robust data management, aiding in the analysis of accounting transactions.
- Improve problem-solving skills by evaluating complex accounting problems through multiple-choice questions.
- Utilize downloadable PDF resources to expand learning beyond course videos, facilitating comprehensive study and review.
- Apply course-acquired knowledge and skills to address real-world accounting problems, boosting professional competence.
- A basic understanding of financial accounting concepts, including debits and credits.
- Familiarity with financial transactions and general ledger management.
- Access to a computer and internet to download course materials and watch instructional videos.
- Motivation and readiness to participate in discussions and tackle practical accounting problems.
NASBA CPE accredited course
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)
NASBA CPE credits: 15.0
Recommended NASBA field of study: Accounting
Program level: Basic
To earn NASBA CPE credits:
- Complete all videos
- Score 70% or higher on final exam
Glossary: Find PDF attached to the first lecture of this course.
Completion to obtain CPE should be accomplished a year after purchase date.
If you undertake this course for NASBA CPE credits, please complete the Self Study Course Evaluation.
In this course, you'll first delve into the understanding and practical utilization of special journals. Special journals are a useful tool for reducing data input and simplifying the accounting process. You'll learn to categorize transactions by type and record them into these specific journals, transforming the way transactions are posted to the general ledger and streamlining the monthly closing process.
Next, you'll explore the significance of implementing accounts receivable and payable subsidiary ledgers, especially in systems where sales and purchases are made on account. These subsidiary ledgers, which keep track of the money owed to and by your business, play a crucial role in efficient account management. You'll learn how to create, maintain, and use these ledgers to enhance your accounting practices, ensuring every penny is accounted for.
The course then moves on to the more specific aspects of accounting, including the navigation of sales, purchases, cash receipts, and cash payments journals. Each of these journals is crucial to the financial health and operational efficiency of any business. You'll gain detailed insights into how each journal functions, how they interact with each other, and how to leverage them effectively in your accounting practices.
We will also have a strong focus on tackling comprehensive accounting problems. We'll walk you through numerous scenarios and case studies, providing hands-on experience in dealing with complex accounting issues. We believe that the best way to learn is by doing, and these problems will give you ample opportunity to practice and apply what you've learned.
Excel essentials for accounting are also a significant part of the course. Given that most accounting tasks today are performed digitally, it's important for every accountant to be comfortable with Excel. We'll cover the basics like addition and subtraction, cell relationships, and then delve into more complex functions and features that can save you hours of work.
Lastly, this course will familiarize you with the key definitions and terminologies used in the field of accounting. Understanding this language is crucial for effective communication in the business world, and for making sense of complex financial documents and reports. This foundation will support all of your future learning and work in accounting.
In essence, this course offers a well-rounded and in-depth study of accounting, taking you from the basic concepts to more complex practices and problems. Whether you're an accounting professional or a student just starting your journey in the field, this course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.
Who this course is for:
- Intermediate Accounting students who are looking to deepen their understanding of special journals and subsidiary ledgers.
- Aspiring accountants or financial professionals who want to gain practical skills in managing accounts receivable and payable ledgers.
- Business owners who need to understand these accounting techniques for improved business financial management.
- Professionals in the finance field who aim to upgrade their skills or need a refresher on these accounting procedures.
Through working with students from many different schools, Mr. Steele has learned best practices for helping people understand accounting fast. Learning new skills and finding the best way to share knowledge with people who can benefit from it is a passion of his.
Mr. Steele has experience working as a practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA), an accounting and business instructor, and curriculum developer. He has enjoyed putting together quality tools to improve learning and has been teaching, making instructional resources, and building curriculum since 2009. He has been a practicing CPA since 2005. Mr. Steele is a practicing CPA, has a Certified Post-Secondary Instructor (CPI) credential, a Master of Science in taxation from Golden Gate University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics with an emphasis in accounting from The University of California Santa Barbara, and a Global Management Accounting Designation (CGMA) from The American Institute of CPA (AICPA).
Mr. Steele has also authored five books that can be found on Amazon or in audiobook format on Audible. He has developed bestselling courses in accounting topics including financial accounting and QuickBooks accounting software.
In addition to working as an accountant, teaching, and developing courses Mr. Steele has helped create an accounting website at accountinginstruction, a YouTube channel called Accounting Instruction, Help, and How Too, and has developed supplemental resources including a Facebook Page, Twitter Page, and Podcasts that can be found on I-tunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud. Mr. Steele's teaching philosophy is to make content applicable, understandable, and accessible.
Adult learners are looking for application when they learn new skills. In other words, learners want to be able to apply skills in the real world to help their lives. Mr. Steele’s formal accounting education, practical work experience, and substantial teaching experience allow him to create a curriculum that combines traditional accounting education with practical knowledge and application. He accomplishes the goals of making accounting useful and applicable by combining theory with real-world software like Excel and QuickBooks.
Many courses teach QuickBooks data entry or Excel functions but are not providing the real value learners want. Real value is a result of learning technical skills like applications, in conjunction with specific goals, like accounting goals, including being able to interpret the performance of a business.
Mr. Steele makes knowledge understandable by breaking down complex concepts into smaller units with specific objectives and using step by step learning processes to understand each unit. Many accounting textbooks cram way too much information into a course, making it impossible to understand any unit fully. By breaking the content down into digestible chunks, we can move forward much faster.
Mr. Steele also makes use of color association in both presentations and Excel worksheets, a learning tool often overlooked in the accounting field, but one that can vastly improve the speed and comprehension of learning accounting concepts.
The material is also made understandable through the application of concepts learned. Courses will typically demonstrate the accounting concepts and then provide an Excel worksheet or practice problems to work through the concepts covered. The practice problems will be accompanied by an instructional video to work through the problem in step by step format. Excel worksheets will be preformatted, usually including an answer tab that shows the completed problem, and a practice tab where learners can complete the problem along with a step by step presentation video.
Mr. Steele makes learning accounting accessible by making use of technology and partnering with teaching platforms that have a vision of spreading knowledge like Udemy.