Accounting Technology associate of applied science degree

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Overview

The AAS degree in accounting technology prepares students for entry-level employment in accounting-related occupations. Students learn the functions of the complete accounting cycle for service, merchandising, and manufacturing businesses. Graduates use computers to maintain and reconcile various financial records, verify business records, and perform other clerical and administrative duties. This program is only available to students seeking admission to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

The Associate+Bachelor’s degree program provides students with the foundation needed for transfer into a bachelor’s degree program. Students begin their studies in the associate of applied science program in accounting technology. Upon successful completion of five semesters of the AAS program, and with a minimum GPA of 2.5, students may enroll in RIT's School of Individualized Studies to pursue a bachelor’s degree in applied arts and science. More information is available at www.ntid.rit.edu/businessstudies/accaplusb.

Places of employment

Graduates find employment in a variety of settings, including business, industry, and government, as well as self-employment. Positions for which graduates qualify include junior accounting technician, cost accounting clerk, accounts receivable/payable clerk, payroll clerk, general accounting clerk, and microcomputer accounting clerk.

Prerequisites

English: Placement into a First Year Writing course, such as FYW: Writing Seminar (UWRT-150). Students typically enter First Year Writing with reading scores equivalent to 130 or higher on the NTID Reading Test and writing scores of 67 or higher on the NTID Writing Test. However, students who complete AAS degrees typically enter NTID with reading scores above 98 on the NTID Reading Test and writing scores above 50 on the NTID Writing Test.

Mathematics: Any math course numbered NMTH-120 or higher is required. Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least two years of high school mathematics.

Science: Typically, students entering this major will have completed at least two years of high school science.

Industries


  • Accounting

  • Consumer Packaged Goods

  • Insurance

  • Higher Education

  • Government (Local, State, Federal)

  • Non-Profit

Curriculum

Accounting technology, AAS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
NCAR-010
Freshman Seminar
The course provides entering NTID students with opportunities to develop/enhance academic skills, personal awareness, and community involvement in order to maximize their college experience. Students have opportunities to explore and navigate the college environment, develop/reinforce academic skills and participate in service learning opportunities. Students are encouraged to establish meaningful connections with faculty, staff and peers. The course promotes the development of plans for ongoing growth and involvement in class and in the RIT/NTID and/or broader community. Students must pass this course to earn an associates degree.
0
NAST-160
Fundamentals of Spreadsheet Applications
Emphasis will be on creating, formatting, and enhancing worksheets; creating and applying formulas and functions; building and formatting charts; using What-If analysis and creating templates. Upon completion, students will be able to design and enhance basic spreadsheets.
3
NACC-130
Personal Finance
This course provides students with information and resources needed to understand the creation and implementation of a budget, use of credit and borrowing money responsibly, financial rights and ways to safeguard their money, and factors used to determine their readiness to buy a home or make other major purchases. Information on financial institutions such as banks, credit unions, and savings and loan organizations will also be covered. This course will provide students with basic financial literacy so they can develop sound financial management of their personal income as well as an understanding of the economic events that can influence their financial well being and society as a whole.
3
NAST-140
Essential Document Production
This course is for students with little or no knowledge of word processing software, limited keyboarding experience, and those that have a minimum of 20 net words per minute. Emphasis is on keyboarding skill development as well as an introduction to basic word processing skills. Students key and format business correspondence, reports, and tables. The expectation is to exit this course with a 30 net words per minute typing proficiency for five minutes.
3
NMTH-140
Mathematics‡
This project-based course is intended for students interested in the exploration of mathematical thinking and procedures. It includes applications to real world situations and uses problem solving skills. Topics include number sense, consumer mathematics, introduction to statistics, basic geometry, number representation, and units of measurement including conversion in English and metric systems.
3
NACC-201
Accounting 1
Introduction to accounting principles for both accounting and nonaccounting students. Both service and merchandising (retail/wholesale) businesses are introduced. Areas covered include: analyzing and recording of business transactions using the double-entry accounting system; end-of-period adjustments; worksheet; financial statements; closing entries; and post-closing trial balance. Students complete a comprehensive "accounting cycle" project. Computerized spreadsheet applications are required.
3
NBUS-200
Orientation to Business
This course introduces students to a broad overview of the form and structure of multinational organizations. It provides students with a basic knowledge of the history, organization and operation of business and its particular vocabulary.
3
NAST-150
Advanced Document Production
This course focuses on effective management of document production activities by selecting an appropriate format or template, applying graphic enhancements as needed, and saving the document in an appropriate business format. Business correspondence, newsletters, tables, forms and reports will be produced using word processing software. Emphasis is on the mastery of basic skills and their application to a variety of realistic office document production projects. Typing skill development continues with an expected exit speed to 40+ net words per minute for five minutes.
3
 
ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies†
0
 
First Year LAS Elective
3
 
LAS Perspective 1
3
 
First Year Writing
3
 
Wellness Education*
0
Second Year
NAST-210
Essentials of Business Communication
This is a course in the essentials of business communication for today's fast-paced global environment. Emphasis will be on the message and the modes of communication used in the business environment. Participants will engage in effective communication skills through writings (traditional and electronic), face-to-face interactions, and team presentations. Course content will also include emphasis on non-grammar language applications in business communication.
3
NACC-202
Accounting 2
This course is a continuation from Accounting 1. Topics covered include: accounting principles and procedures related to notes payable and receivable, the valuation of receivables, inventories, fixed assets, partnerships, capital stock, retained earnings, taxes, dividends, bonds, the statement of cash flow, and the analysis of financial statements. A comprehensive capstone project is completed. Computerized spreadsheet applications are required.
3
NAST-215
Integrated Document Production
The course further develops student skills in integrated document formatting and applications using various types of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, slide presentations, and electronic office procedures. Through business simulations, students will have an opportunity to incorporate their speed/accuracy and production skills with communication, information, and file management skills. The expectation is to exit this course with a 50 net words per minute proficiency for a five-minute timing.
3
NAST-220
Fundamentals of Database Applications
This course introduces the fundamental concepts of a database management system for creating, maintaining, manipulating, retrieving, and printing business data. Students will learn to create various forms and design reports for storing and displaying data. In addition, the student will create switchboard systems and allow users to view data in multiple dimensions. Students will also learn to save database objects in HTML format so they can be viewed by a browser and imported or exported in XML format.
3
NACC-203
Accounting 3
Cost accounting is the focus of this course. Coverage includes manufacturing statements, cost theory, integration of materials, labor and overhead, average and FIFO process costing methods, equivalent units, multiple products, changes in units, budgeting, cost classification and computerized applications. Students complete a comprehensive project. Computerized spreadsheet applications are required.
3
NBUS-217
Fundamentals of Management
This course focuses on the management aspect of organizations. Students will learn a variety of methods management uses to stay organized, lead and motivate employees as well as how controls are established to ensure company goals are met. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the multi-faceted roles of leaders and managers in the workplace.
3
NBUS-213
Applied Ethics 
This course introduces ethical issues facing the workplace. Students will learn about common work-related ethical issues, and evaluate problems concerning professional conduct and moral conflict. Students will also learn what ethical behavior is, how to recognize ethical behavior, and how to model ethical behavior in the workplace. Individual, organizational and societal needs will be taken into consideration during the students’ decision-making process
3
NACC-299
Cooperative Education
Designed to give the student an opportunity to gain work experience, to apply what has been learned and to self-evaluate personal and communication skills. Placement assistance is provided to help the student find a job related to his/her field of study. One co-op experience is required for graduation.
Co-op
 
LAS Perspective 2
3
 
LAS Perspective 3
3
 
LAS Perspective 4
3
Third Year
NACC-204
Accounting Capstone
This capstone experience gives students an opportunity to reinforce and apply accounting skills previously studied. Students will apply skills using a variety of approaches including case studies, simulations, projects, teamwork, and presentations. Students will research, review and interpret financial data and its impact on managerial decisions. The course will also discuss the workplace as it relates to communication, interpersonal skills, decision-making, ethics and lifelong learning skills in a professional accounting environment.
3
NBUS-223
Fundamentals of Marketing
This course introduces the field of marketing and its focus on how consumer behavior effects in the marketplace (domestically and internationally). Emphasis will be placed on understanding the marketing mix and its impact on the external market environment.
3
NBUS-220
Introduction to Economics
This course gives an overview of economic concepts. Students examine economic problems in a rational manner by learning the fundamental processes of economic analysis and the skills of economic reasoning. This course includes selected knowledge and skills from the economic discipline presented in the form of concepts and applications that are most important to economic literacy for students.
3
 
Free Elective
3
 
LAS Perspective 6
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
75

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing associate degrees are required to complete one Wellness course.

† An ASL-Deaf Cultural Studies (AASASLDCS) course is required for graduation. It can be taken in any semester and can be taken at NTID or another college of RIT. In order to fulfill this requirement as part of the credit hours in the program, it can be a course approved for both AASASLDCS and a LAS Perspective or LAS Elective or it can be used to fulfill a Free Elective.

‡ Any mathematics course numbered NMTH-140 or higher.

Additional Info

Microsoft certification

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