AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT

MASTER SYLLABUS

ACNT 2371

SMALL BUSINESS ACCOUNTING

 

CIP CODE AREA: 52.0302 (Accounting Technician)

COURSE LEVEL: Advanced

COURSE NUMBER: ACNT 2386 (Common Course)

COURSE TITLE: Internship – Accounting Technician

CREDIT HOURS: 3, LECTURE HOURS: 12 hours weekly work-based experience.

PREREQUISITE: None: Skills: R

METHOD OF PRESENTATION: One hour discussion each week and 12 hours work-based experience.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: ACNT 2386 An experience external to the college for an advanced student in a specialized field involving a written agreement between the educational institution and a business or industry. Monitored and supervised by a workplace employee, the student achieves objectives that are developed and documented by the college and that are directly related to specific occupational outcomes. This may be a paid or unpaid experience. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. A student will work a minimum of 12 hours per week at an accounting job approved by the Accounting Internship Advisor. Additionally students will meet with an Accounting Instructor for one hour per week to review the students’ progress and discuss related issues. Prerequisites: Student must be in last semester of coursework required for that associate’s degree or certificate. Instructor approval required.

TEXTBOOKS: No textbooks required. Student must maintain journal of work experience.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: See specific Instructor's First Day Class Handout.

OTHER: The accounting internship program at ACC is designed to provide an external capstone experience for accounting students, regardless of the degree of the plan they are completing. You should be in your last semester of coursework for your degree unless you have received special permission to register for this course.

Interns are expected to work a minimum of 192 hours during the semester (e.g. 12 hours per week for 16 weeks). The scheduling of work hours and compensation arrangements are best done by the interns and sponsoring company. The sponsoring company should designate a supervisor who will be asked to complete an evaluation of the student intern’s performance as well as meet with the faculty coordinator on-site, at the convenience of the supervisor.

Each intern should keep an on-going journal summarizing significant problems and/or accomplishments experienced during their internship. This journal will form the foundation for a report, approximately 2-3 pages in length, which will be turned in at the last class meeting. You will also be asked to orally present a summary of your report to the rest of the class.

Course Objectives and Core Competencies:

·         Provide students exposure to the practice of accounting in the business are in which they have expressed an interest

·         Provide students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired

·         Provide students with an opportunity to enhance their academic education through real-world experience

Course Rationale: The goals and objectives of this course prepare students for (1) obtaining or improving job skills, (2) qualifying for a business or accounting job, (3) achieving job advancement, completing the courses required for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam (a minimum of an undergraduate (4 year) degree is required for the CPA exam), (4) preparing for accounting or business certification exams (CMA, CFA,CGFM, CIA, etc), (5) preparing for a master’s program, (6) working as an entrepreneur, (7) completing degree requirements and/or (8) fulfilling personal goals.

Scans Competencies:

·         Exhibit Responsibility – Workplace punctuality and attendance. Seek assistance from supervisor and/or instructor as needed to properly complete assigned task.

·         Acquire Information – Prepare and maintain workplace journal. Identify and record strengths and weaknesses in the journal. Record important job related information in journal. Examples include policies and procedures, names of key personnel, records location and organization, and important activity deadline dates.

·         Communicate Information – Communicate the essential financial information through written and oral reports. Develop an awareness of the personal communication dynamics of the workplace.

Grading Policy:

Course Grade

 

Monthly reports and communication with instructor

20%

Supervisor evaluation

50%

End of semester report

30%

Total

100%