Computerized Accounting

Commerce & Business Administration
Course Code
ACCT 1220
Semester Length
15 Weeks X 5 Hours Per Week = 75 Hours
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
This course will introduce the student to the concepts and practices of computerized accounting. This course will build on and apply previously acquired accounting and computer skills. In addition to spreadsheet techniques and applications using Excel, the student will learn SAGE 300: General Ledger and Financial Reporter, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable.
Course Content

1.1  Review basic spreadsheet concepts

1.2  Review and apply basic accounting concepts

1.3  Prepare spreadsheets and charts for financial statements, financial analyses, and supporting schedules, including a complete accounting worksheet and financial statement project. Learn appropriate use of spreadsheet formulas and functions as required, such as specialized functions, databases, pivot tables/charts and what if analysis.

2.1  Introduce SAGE 300

2.2  Set up databases and activate the General Ledger

2.3  Set up the General Ledger and Chart of Accounts; process day-to-day and adjusting entries

2.4  Print transaction batches and the Trial Balance

2.5  Generate and modify financial statements using the Financial Reporter feature

2.6  Export and import the Chart of Accounts to and from Excel; export the Trial Balance to Excel

2.7  Perform year-end procedures and print the post-closing Trial Balance

2.8  Activate and set up tax and bank services

3.1  Activate and set up the Accounts Receivable module

3.2  Process day-to-day transactions, including invoices, cash receipts and adjustments

3.3  Perform period-end processing, including interest and write-off batches

3.4  Generate reports, including the Aged Trial Balance

4.1  Activate and set up the Accounts Payable module

4.2  Process day-to-day transactions, including invoices and adjustments

4.3  Process payments, both manual and computer generated cheques

4.4  Generate reports, including the Aged Payables Report.

Learning Activities

Lecture and practical applications, conducted exclusively in a computer lab.

Means of Assessment
Assignment(s) or Test(s) - At least two in total. 10 to 15%  
Excel examination 20 to 25%  
 Total Excel     30 to 40%



At least three tests in total

General Ledger and Financial Reporter test 10 to 15%  
Accounts Payable test 10 to 15%  
Accounts Receivable test 10 to 15%  
SAGE examination 30 to 40%  
Total SAGE     60 to 70%

Students must write all examinations in order to obtain credit for the course.

To pass this course, students must obtain a minimum of 50% on invigilated assessments, with the 50% calculated on a weighted average basis.


Invigilated assessments include, in-class quizzes, in-class tests, midterm exam(s) and the final exam.


Students may conduct research as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans, which can require obtaining Informed Consent from participants and getting the approval of the Douglas College Research Ethics Board prior to conducting the research.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. Create finance- and accounting-related spreadsheets and charts by enhancing previously acquired finance, accounting and computer skills
  2. Set up and use the SAGE 300 General Ledger module and Financial Reporter
  3. Set up and use the SAGE 300 Accounts Receivable module
  4. Set up and use the SAGE 300 Accounts Payable module
Textbook Materials

Grauer, Mulbery & Poarsy, Exploring Microsoft Excel Comprehensive, latest edition, Pearson Educational.

Christine A. Heaney, SAGE 300 ERP, latest edition, Pearson Educational.

Other resources as  approved by department.



(ACCT 1110 with a grade of C+ or better OR ACCT 1210 with a grade of C or better OR ACCT 1235 with a grade of C or better) AND (CSIS 1190 with a grade of C or better or CSIS 2200 with a grade of C or better.)


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for ACCT 1220
Langara College (LANG) LANG FMGT 2308 (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ACCT 2280 (3)
University Canada West (UCW) UCW ACCT 1XX (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV BUS 1XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit

Course Offerings

Summer 2024