Course Fees for LISD Students
Course fee if taken outside the school day:
Semester A Credit - $150.00
Semester B Credit - $150.00
* Total fee for the one-credit course = $300.00
Course fee if taken within the school day:
Semester A Credit - $0.00
Semester B Credit - $0.00
Teacher: Carolyn Mitchell
Students should have an understanding of basic math and know how to use the basic functions of Excel.
Course Description - Semester A
One day you may own a business, work in a business, or invest in a business. Accounting I A is a five module course that will give you the opportunity to learn the basics of accounting and to understand how and why certain financial decisions are made. This semester of Accounting I will concentrate on accounting for sole proprietorships (single owner businesses). While you will have the opportunity to prepare documents that bookkeepers or accountants often prepare in the real world, you will also learn about and explore accounting ethics. People will sometimes try to separate you from your money so learn about some of these “frauds” and how you can avoid being a victim by acquiring “street knowledge” in this course.
In the introductory module for this course, you will be issued the "Street Knowledge Challenge" where you will use learning throughout the course for an end of course project.
Course Description - Semester B
Accounting I B builds on the “street knowledge” that you acquired in Accounting I A. as you continue to learn more about the importance of ethics in accounting. Accounting I B looks at accounting and financial documents through the corporate lens. You will learn about and prepare documents and financial statements specific to corporations. In this seven module course, you will continue to gather “street knowledge” which will culminate in the Street Knowledge Challenge presentation and the ethics case study presentation.
This course provides opportunities for you to gain 21st century skills as you look to become successful in life after the classroom.
Required Assignments, Exams, and Projects
All written assignments and student/teacher collaboration sessions are required. Most course assignments are real-world problems; they are completed in Excel and uploaded into the Moodle learning management system. There are some online checks for understanding, blogs, a glossary, quizzes, and forums. The Street Knowledge Challenge project is a video presentation that will be uploaded to the course or linked to your district YouTube account. You will also prepare a video presentation on an ethics case study. End of course exams are required and must be proctored.
There are also ungraded self-assessments in the course that allow you to see how well they understand the content.
You will have the opportunity to collaborate with your teacher and fellow students using interactive tools such as Zoom and embedded tools such as forums. These tools allow you to build community in the online classroom and share learning and experiences that allow you to be productive 21st century learners.
This course consists of daily and test grades/projects with this grading scale:
Daily work = 40%
Tests/End of module assessments/Projects = 60%
Daily work and tests will make up 85% of the course grade with the course final exam counting 15% of your grade, By Lewisville ISD guidelines, you must pass the final exam and have a course grade of at least 70 to pass the course. All end of course exams are proctored.
Late Work Guidelines
All work within a module is due by the module end date (see pacing guide for specific dates).
VLA follows the district’s Late Work guidelines. A ZERO will be entered as a PLACEHOLDER for work not completed by the due date. The zero will be changed once the work has been submitted.
- Work submitted the first day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 70;
- Work submitted the second day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 60; and
- Work submitted the third day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 50.
Module Close: Modules will lock down 72 hours after the end date. You may not submit work for credit after the module has closed. Any zeros remaining when the module closes will remain as zeros in the grade book.
Accounting builds upon the concepts learned in each module. It is important to stay on top of the reading and assignments.
If you earn a grade below 70 on a major grade, the teacher will reteach then reassess. In order to receive reassessment options, you must turn in major grade assignments within a module by the module end date. After the reteach/reassess, the higher of the two grades will be assigned, with the maximum possible score of 70.
You should have access to Excel, Word, and a YouTube account (included in your LISD Google Apps for Education). the appropriate Google documents may be substituted for Excel and Word. You will also be required to post to Padlet and use SoftChalk to check for understanding, but these tools are embedded in the course.
- Technical System Requirements: PC or MAC preferred
- Minimum Bandwidth Required: 128K
- Video Player: Quicktime; VLC Player
- Plug-ins: Java 10 or higher; Adobe Reader 6 or higher
- Student must be able to download files: Yes
- Software needed to complete this course: Zoom Launcher (free download)
- Pop-Up blocker: Off
- Caching: Off
- Browser compatibility: Mozilla Firefox 7 or higher preferred; Google Chrome 11 or higher; Internet Explorer 8 or higher. Firefox is the preferred browser for the Moodle learning management system.
Services for Students with Special Needs
For students with an IEP/504 Plan, we provide accommodations listed to meet the student’s needs. Many accommodations are built into our courses (extended time on assignments, flexible exam setting). Accommodations that are not already built into the course may still be met through individualizing the presentation, providing guided notes, live teaching/tutorial sessions, phone contact, and one-on-one conversations.