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College Accounting: A Career Approach 13th Edition

Cathy J. Scott

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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.
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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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Instructor's Resource with Solutions Manual

ISBN: 9781337280600
This helpful guide provides suggested homework check questions, teaching and learning objectives, key points, lecture outlines, demonstration problems, responses to discussion questions, and solutions to all text exercises, problems, and activities. It also includes transition guides from the 12th to 13th edition, reviews of T Account Placement and Representative Transactions, a chart to gauge the difficulty levels of assignments and estimated student completion time, and suggested abbreviations for account titles. The manual is available in print or online at

Instructor’s Companion Website

ISBN: 9781337280624
Find everything you need for your course in one place. This collection of book-specific lecture and class tools is available online via Access and download numerous learning resources available on this edition’s robust companion website.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access

ISBN: 9781337280648
Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero®, is a flexible, online system that allows you to import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions, create multiple test versions in an instant and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.