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This page is for managers and instructors who plan on using the software for their training programs or classes.
This software covers all topics in a typical first course in financial accounting. The software is designed for student use outside the classroom. The classes themselves can be lectures, discussions, cases, practice problems, or review depending on the instructor’s preference. The software is not intended for projection on a screen in the classroom.
The "Contents" page provides a brief description of all chapters. Students like the interactivity, the simplicity, and the conceptual foundation of the software. The drag-and-drop format of the journal entry significantly enhances learning bookkeeping. Students also use the search engine and index, bookmarks, annotations, web links, and financial calculator. To facilitate off-screen browsing, all screens in the software can be printed in a format chosen by the student. The software can be used at several levels from introductory to comprehensive.
The software has rich interactivity (such as drag-and-drop journal entries) that is not yet supported by HTML and Java. The software therefore cannot be run off the Web. Click here for more information about the choice between web-only applications and applications that use the full potential of an operating system.
This software covers all topics in a typical first course in financial accounting. The extensive problem sets provide enough practice problems to make the software as rigorous as a textbook in terms of hand-on practice. This software has been very successfully used as the primary text in a wide range of course at the undergraduate level, the graduate level, and corporate training programs. By enabling students to learn at a faster pace, the software frees up class time for discussions and projects centered on actual financial reports and current accounting issues.
You can check out Dan Gode’s web site for an example of how this software is used as the primary text. If this software is used as a primary text, we strongly recommend that the students have printouts of most of the screens.
This software has been very successfully used as a supplement with other texts because it provides simple and interactive examples.
The first eight chapters of the software help to bridge the gap between students who have some exposure to accounting and those who have no exposure to accounting and are apprehensive about the subject. Click here for more information about the levels at which the software can be used.
Many schools are looking to enhance their first course in financial accounting by requiring students without an accounting background to go through an accounting module before the beginning of classes. The first eight chapters of the software are ideal for such a task. These chapters assume that students have no prior background in accounting and introduce students to the basic elements of the accrual method and double entry bookkeeping. Since the software is distributed on a CD-ROM, it can be easily mailed to students worldwide.
Even if there is no pre-term, the software is highly useful for students as a supplement to a text. Click here for more information about the levels at which the software can be used.
As review material for courses in corporate reporting, intermediate accounting, and financial statement analysis
This software is being used as review material for students in Corporate Reporting, Intermediate Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis. There is often a gap between when students take the first course in financial accounting and these courses. The software provides a thorough self-paced review of financial accounting, which is often needed by many of these students. Click here for more information about the levels at which the software can be used.
This software is ideal for training employees who have no background in financial accounting. The CD-ROM could be given to each employee for home use, or the software can be installed on computers used for training.
The corporate version can be networked. Please contact us for details. The software cannot be run on the Web because the Web cannot support its rich interactivity. We do license and support network installations. The installation file is less than 15 Mb and needs to be downloaded only once. This is the best combination of ease of updating and distribution on one hand and reducing download times on the other. In our experience, this also eliminates technical and security problems that frequently arise when the software is directly run on the Web. Click here for more information about the levels at which the software can be used.
All screens in the software can be printed in a format chosen by the user. If you are printing a few pages, we recommend that you print them two per page in the portrait format. If you are printing many pages, we recommend printing them four per page in the landscape format. Please note that the software has more than 1,600 screens and printing all screens manually may take a while.
We do not guarantee that the "print" feature will work on all printers, especially those that are networked. Although we have tested printing on many printer configurations, it is beyond our means to ensure printing on all printer configurations. Click here if you have problems printing.
If you are using the corporate version, we provide one complete set of printouts with permission to copy for the number of licenses purchased. The printouts are compact and have a table of contents.
If this software is used as a primary text, we strongly recommend that the students have printouts of most of the screens.
This software is not designed for projection from a computer in the classroom but you can print transparencies (about 260) that summarize the software and have templates that are filled in during class. We recommend printing these transparencies one per page in landscape (horizontal) format. A copy of these transparencies can also be printed as a handout for distribution to students. We recommend printing the handouts two per page in portrait (vertical) format. This leaves ample room for students to make notes. Since these transparencies are Toolbook files, they cannot be modified by you.
If you are using the corporate version, a printout of these transparencies and handouts is included in the set of printouts provided.