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College Accounting: A Career Approach 13th Edition

Cathy J. Scott

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2015
  • 736 Pages
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Now you can teach the fundamentals of accounting from a career development approach with COLLEGE ACCOUNTING: A CAREER APPROACH, 13E. This edition maintains its dedicated emphasis on the significance of the college accounting course as true groundwork and marketable skills for your students’ future classes and jobs. The book provides an opportunity for students to master the fundamentals of accounting and then apply these concepts using QuickBooks® Online and Excel®. QuickBooks Online 5-month subscription is packaged with every new edition. Engaging real-world context keeps all chapter content relevant and vital for readers. For your convenience, you can now assign, grade, and assess your students’ progress quickly and easily with CengageNOW™v2 for COLLEGE ACCOUNTING: A CAREER APPROACH, 13E. In addition, end-of-chapter materials are available online, allowing your students to test their mastery of new concepts using effective, personalized study plans.

Cathy J. Scott, Navarro College

Cathy J. Scott is Professor of Accounting and Accounting Department Chair at Navarro College. She has received the 2014 Texas Society of CPAs Outstanding Accounting Educator Award, the 2012-2013 American Accounting Association Educator of the Year, and the Two-Year College and the 2010 Navarro College's Teaching of Excellence Award. Dr. Scott earned her bachelor's degree from Nazareth College, MBA from Amberton University, a post-graduate accounting degree from Keller Graduate School of Management, and her PhD from Capella University. Prior to joining academics, Dr. Scott had a 25-year accounting career in the automotive industry. She remains a popular speaker in accounting and financial management for vehicle manufacturers and dealer associations. She has written numerous accounting-related articles for automotive publications. Dr. Scott is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges (TACTYC), the American Accounting Association (AAA), National Business Educators Association (NBEA) and Texas Community College Association (TCCTA). She has held regional and national positions with the American Accounting Association, including Secretary of the Two-Year College section and co-coordinator of the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Southwest Region. She is a board member for TACTYC and has held various roles with TCCTA, including past chair for the accounting section. Dr. Scott is a frequently requested speaker and is passionate about effective online learning and innovative teaching technology. She is co-founder of Teaching and Learning Toolbox (, a free website that helps educators connect technology and pedagogy. In her free time, Dr. Scott enjoys spending time with her family on her farm in North Texas, where she raises and shows Arabian horses.
  • UPDATED COVERAGE OF QUICKBOOKS® ONLINE PREPARES STUDENTS TO WORK WITH THE LATEST NEW FEATURES. Your students master the skills to most effectively use Accounting with QuickBooks, Try It with QuickBooks, and QuickBooks Tips. QuickBooks Demonstration Videos help clarify more complex concepts and applications. QuickBooks Online 5-month subscription is packaged with every new edition.
  • NEW SHOW ME HOW VIDEOS AND MORE END-OF-CHAPTER PRACTICE FURTHER ENSURE STUDENT COMPREHENSION. Helpful, new Show Me How Videos clarify more complex concepts while expanded end-of-chapter practice, updated test bank questions, and fresh, helpful insights within this edition’s appendices help ensure students have mastered needed concepts and skills.
  • SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS HIGHLIGHTS HOW ACCOUNTING IS USED TO OUTDISTANCE THE COMPETITION. Appearing in select chapters throughout the text, this motivating feature emphasizes how accounting knowledge and best practices are critical to the success of a small business in today’s competitive environment.
  • PRACTICE EXERCISES PROVIDE A VALUABLE OPPORUTNITY TO REVIEW AND APPLY CONCEPTS. These exercises with solutions correspond with specific learning objectives in the Chapter Review. Your students can use these as review and study tools as well as models for solving end-of-chapter exercises.
  • SHOW ME HOW VIDEOS ARE NOW AVAILABLE WITHIN CENGAGENOW™V2. These videos, narrated by the text’s author, provide students with an illustrated example of how to work each practice exercise for every learning objective.
  • ACCOUNTING LANGUAGE CLARIFIES IMPORTANT PROFESSIONAL TERMS STUDENTS NEED TO KNOW This list of key accounting terms and concepts appears at the beginning of each chapter to introduce students to the terms with corresponding discussion in the chapter. To ensure retention, the key terms appear in deep-purple font color throughout the chapter and are defined in the text and repeated in a glossary at the end of the chapter.
  • END-OF-CHAPTER ACTIVITIES HELP STUDENTS KEEP THE BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE IN MIND. All of the activities -- Why Does It Matter? What Would You Say? What Do You Think? What Would You Do? What's On The Internet? and What's Wrong With This Picture? -- foster problem-solving and communication skills that students will need in today's business world. With each activity, students have an opportunity to develop their problem-solving skills and employ their knowledge of accounting to complete a task. The activities are ideal for individuals or teams and can prompt meaningful class discussion.
  • BEFORE A TEST CHECK OFFERS COMPREHENSIVE CHAPTER REVIEW. This helpful feature provides questions (true/false, multiple choice, matching, and completion) and brief application problems after every two to four chapters. The pre-test activities allow students to check their understanding of what they have read and practiced in the preceding chapters prior to taking a test.
  • "ACCOUNTING CYCLE REVIEW" AND "COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW PROBLEM" GIVE STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES. These problems help students understand the key processes they have just studied in a series of chapters (1-5 and 6-12). Accounting Cycle Review Problems A and B involve the full accounting cycle for two sole proprietorship service businesses. The "Comprehensive Review Problem" following Chapter 12 involves the full accounting cycle for a sole proprietorship merchandising business.
  • ALL ABOUT YOU SPA PROVIDES EXPERIENCE USING COMPUTERS TO MANAGE ACCOUNTING TRANSACTIONS. This continuous general ledger problem features a sole proprietorship service business and leads students through opening accounting books using Excel or General Ledger software, using journals, posting and printing trial balances. Students make adjustment and print financial statements. They close the books for the month and add two lines of merchandise. They work with special journals for sales, purchases, cash receipts, and cash payments, and complete the end the accounting period.
  • EXCEL® TEMPLATES SAVE TIME IN WORKING WITH LONG OR COMPLICATED END-OF-CHAPTER EXERCISES. These templates for selected problems assist students as they set up and work the problem. Certain cells are coded to display a red asterisk when an incorrect answer is entered, which helps students stay on track. The selected problems that can be solved using these templates are designated by an icon in the book. Excel® templates are available for free on the companion website.
  • BLUEPRINT PROBLEMS RELATE TO THE ACCOUNTING CYCLE PRACTICE EXERCISES FOR A SERVICE AND MERCHANDISING BUSINESS. These Blueprint Problems, available in CengageNOW™v2, help students see the big picture regarding fundamental accounting concepts by breaking concepts into smaller parts that build on each other through a systematic problem-solving process.
  • THE "ACCOUNTING CYCLE REVIEW" AND "COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW PROBLEMS" ARE AVAILABLE IN MULTIPLE FORMATS, Your students learn to complete accounting problems manually or by using QuickBooks® Online, Excel®, or General Ledger software.
  • "IN THE REAL WORLD" FEATURE PROVIDES REAL-WORLD INTRIUGING FACTS. This feature introduces engaging accounting-related facts about companies familiar to students with an emphasis on facts related to what the student is learning in the chapter.
  • EXTENDED CHAPTER OPENERS IMMEDIATELY ENGAGE READERS. These chapter-opening features highlight e-mails from Janie, who is planning to start her own whitewater rafting business, to her friend Amy, who is a CPA. Janie is seeking guidance on accounting for her business. Each chapter contains a new e-mail with information related to what the student will learn in each chapter.
  • "QUIZ YOURSELF" PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO CHECK THEIR PERSONAL UNDERSTANDING. These self-quizzes provide a set of multiple choice questions for students to check their comprehension before they begin the chapter assignments.
  • SIMPLIFIED APPROACH WITH STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTION ENSURES STUDENTS COMPREHENSION. Where appropriate, concepts are broken into step-by-step instructions for the student, giving them a guide to follow when learning how to master certain accounting skills. In addition, useful infographics help students visualize specific concepts.
  • "ACCOUNTING IN YOUR FUTURE"FEATURE INTRODUCES STUDENTS TO VARIOUS CAREERS. Your students discover both traditional and unique careers that require knowledge of accounting skills and concepts.
  • "YOU MAKE THE CALL" FEATURE SHARPENS CRITICAL--THINKING AND PROBLEM--SOLVING SKILLS. These unique features place students in a small business career position facing a realistic accounting dilemma. The exercises provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of individual topics within the chapter. Each scenario is followed by a detailed, clearly explained solution.
1. Asset, Liability, Owner’s Equity, Revenue, and Expense Accounts.
2. T Accounts, Debits and Credits, Trial Balance, and Financial Statements.
3. The General Journal and the General Ledger.
4. Adjusting Entries and the Work Sheet.
5. Closing Entries and the Post-Closing Trial Balance.
Capstone Appendix. Financial Statement Analysis and Cash Flows using QuickBooks.
6. Bank Accounts, Cash Funds, and Internal Controls.
7. Employee Earnings and Deductions.
8. Employer Taxes, Payments, and Reports.
9. Sales and Purchases.
10. Cash Receipts and Cash Payments.
11. Work Sheet and Adjusting Entries.
12. Financial Statements, Closing Entries, and Reversing Entries.
Capstone. QuickBooks Analysis Activities: Comparative Financial Statements and the Statement of Cash Flows.
Appendix A: Methods of Depreciation.
Appendix B: Bad Debts.
Appendix C: Inventory Methods.
Appendix D: Notes Receivable/Notes Payable.
Appendix E: Departmental Accounting (online only).
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