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Accounting Systems

  • Spring 2021
  • Section 50032
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/11/2021 to 05/10/2021
  • Modified 01/05/2021


Accounting Systems prepares students to work with and design information systems. Students analyze systems, work with computerized accounting systems, database design, and problem solving with spreadsheets. (F,Sp)


Prerequisite Courses: Minimum 2.0 in ACCG 211
Placement Scores: Reading Level 5 
Recommended: Electronic spreadsheet experience

Contact Hours







Total Hrs


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the use of information as a business resource, actual and potential sources of information, and the accountant's changing role in relation to this resource
  2. Model the processes by which businesses create value for the customer
  3. Vertically integrate the value chain with an information system
  4. Use current software selected from those that accountants encounter in practice with an emphasis on problem solving and group work


Computerized Accounting Using Quickbooks Pro 2020 - Package

  • Author: Arens, Alvin A./Ward, D. Dewey/Borsum, Carol J.
  • Publisher: Armond Dalton Publishers, Inc
  • Edition: 6th 20
  • ISBN: 978-0-912503-79-0
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore
  • Price: $90.75

This is one of two books required for the course.

Systems Understanding Aid - Package

  • Author: Arens, Alvin A./Ward, D. Dewey
  • Publisher: Armond Dalton Publishers, Inc
  • Edition: 10th 20
  • ISBN: 978-0-912503-75-2
  • Availability: Campus Bookstore
  • Price: $66.50

This is one of two required text books.


Student Electronic Access to Grades

D2L is the College’s Course Management System which includes a gradebook function allowing students access to their grades in order to receive timely and meaningful feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus. D2L is accessed through the MyLCC page.

Whenever practicable, results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Assignments 6%

There are two crossword assignments each worth 30 points.  They will cover payroll and systems terminology respectively

Projects 94%

There are a series of eight project assignments that make-up the bulk of the assignments in the course:


Project Points
Excel Problem 1 60
Excel Problem 2 60
Excel Problem 3 60
Excel Problem 4 60
Payroll Problem Project 50
Accounting Review Project 200
Systems Understanding Aid Project 250
QuickBooks Project 200


College Standard




College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%

Course Policies

Class Attendance/Participation

Though attendance is not part of the grade, participation in class is crucial for success.  The college has a policy of administratively dropping students that miss the first two weeks of classes.  (See the College Initiated Withdrawal Policy at  To be counted as present for the week you have to complete at least 50% the points for the week.  A student must take the steps to initiate a withdrawal if they choose to withdraw after the first two weeks of class.


Extra Credit Policy

The only extra credit in the course will be five points to complete the course evaluation.

Electronic Gradebook

All grades will be kept up to date in D2L.  Due to the size of the projects that will require substantial time to grade, the grades for major assignments will be posted within 1 1/2 weeks.  The homework assignments will be graded within two days.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated in this class. If you are caught cheating or plagiarizing, you will receive a “0” for the assignment or the class, depending on the level of cheating, and reported to The Office of Student Compliance for further disciplinary action, which may include expulsion.  It is the student's responsibility to be aware of behaviors that constitute academic dishonesty.  For the most part, any item that is submitted for a grade should be the work of the student and not of others.  Though it is fine to work with others and utilize the tutors to complete the homework assignments, it is still considered cheating if you just blindly copy someone else’s answers or let someone else do the work for you.

Makeup Policy

Except for extraordinary circumstances that will warrant it there is no make-up work.  All assignments are expected to be submitted by the due date.  Extraordinary circumstances will be determined by the sole discretion of the professor.  A severe documented illness might be one such extraordinary circumstance.

Electronic Devices

Cell phones, IPads, tablets, and computers are items that can enhance the learning process, and use of these electronic devices are allowed in class for academic purposes.  These devices also can be abused and used for personal purposes and can distract from the learning process.  Use of these devises in any way that disrupts class or distracts the student from the learning process is prohibited and considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.  Students that continue to misuse these electronic devices after being warned may be administratively dropped from the class.

For exams administered in the testing center only calculators are allowed.  Cell phone are not allowed to be used.

Classroom Behavior

Classroom behavior that interferes with the instructional process will not be tolerated. Students are required to be familiar with, and abide by the College’s Student Code of Conduct and the General Rules and Guidelines.  Students that continue to show disruptive behavior, after being warned, may be administratively dropped from the class.

Right to Change the Syllabus

The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus during the course.  Any changes will be communicated to students through course announcements.

Institutional Policies

Academic Success Coaches

At Lansing Community College, student success is our top priority.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  LCC faculty or staff may refer you to an Academic Success Coach if they recognize that mentoring or assistance may be helpful to you. Please monitor your LCC email for referral notifications.  Your participation in academic success coaching is voluntary.

In addition, we encourage you to contact an Academic Success Coach on your own if you need help, guidance or assistance to reach your goals.  To contact an Academic Success Coach, call (517) 483-1422, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Center for Student Access, Gannon Building, Star Zone - Center for Student Support, via the Center for Student Access website, or by calling (517) 483-5323 as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Enrollment Verification

Class attendance and participation are essential to student success. Instructors will update class rosters by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer to accurately reflect student enrollment in each course. Students who have not attended by these dates may be administratively dropped and responsible for any required tuition and fee charges.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses services or activities offered by the college.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Sarah Velez, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1874; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

LCC supports a positive learning environment that provides opportunities for student success. The College recognizes the value and importance of a safe and orderly learning environment that encourages honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct. The Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community, as well as aid in the efficient operation of College programs. In addition, the College has established procedures for addressing reports of alleged violations.                 

It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with, and abide by, the Student Code of Conduct, as well as the General Rules and Guidelines. Furthermore, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom environment. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Transfer Potential

For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students the ability to search courses and discover how those courses transfer to colleges and universities statewide.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC General Education webpage.

For additional transfer information contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

Compliance with COVID-19 Safety Precautions

All students, employees and visitors have a part to play in keeping the LCC community safe.  Everyone entering campus is required to adhere to the safety measures as outlined on the Spring Refresh 2021 webpage. Reports of noncompliance will be submitted to the Student Compliance Office for appropriate action.  Students with questions or concerns should email [email protected].

Media Release Statement

Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be taken for College-related business, in connection with their enrollment or participation in LCC activities without compensation from LCC, its Trustees, officers, directors, employees, students and agents of each of them, and photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be used for any legal purposes.

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