Accounting Basics is the perfect book for non-accountants to learn about accounting principles.
Accounting Basics: An Introduction for Non-Accounting Majors provides an easy to understand, simplified solution to introductory accounting courses. Solution highlights:
Simplicity and ease of understanding.This textbook moves more slowly and covers fewer topics than a textbook designed for accounting majors. The book is written in a straightforward, easy to understand manner.
Logical progression. Our solution walks students through the accounting cycle in the same manner as a typical business.
Early upfront overview of the accounting cycle. Students see the entire process before proceeding through accounting cycle. An introductory accounting cycle image is used throughout the textbook to orient students to where they are at any given time.
Step-by-step guidance. Step-by-step examples immediately follow the introduction of each new topic and include commentary to insure that students understand not just how to complete the work but why they are doing so.
Features that encourage critical thinking:
End of chapter practice sets: Each chapter contains two practice sets that provide repetition for the student and the flexibility for the instructor to use one practice set as classwork and the other as homework.
End of chapter continuing problem: The same company is used throughout the book in a problem at each end of the chapter, and provides students with practical experience through the various accounting steps.
Comprehensive Learning Projects: The textbook concludes with a comprehensive capstone project that provides the opportunity for students to pull together the concepts and skills learned in the course and apply them to a real-world scenario.
Common courses for this material:
Supplement a QuickBooks course to provide more extensive coverage of basic accounting concepts.
Basic accounting course for students in a certificate program, or a bookkeeping program.
Training class for small-business owners.
About the Author:
Eric A. Weinstein (MBA, CPA) is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at Suffolk County Community College on Long Island, NY. Eric graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgetown University in 1999, where he earned a BS in Business Administration and majored in Accounting. In 2004, he earned an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Eric has received many awards in his career, including the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Eric has also been a practicing Certified Public Accountant in New York for more than ten years, where he provides accounting services for small businesses and individuals. Eric and his beautiful wife, Cara, are the proud parents of twin sons, Tyler and Lucas. The family lives in Huntington, NY, where they enjoy being bossed around by their two mini-dachshunds, Nathan and Molly.
This book provides little practice and give little information or practice on journalizing, posting, and creating worksheets and reports. The closing process is also not well covered.
3/14/2016 7:53 am
Robert Bolmer, Educator
We are using this book currently and I needed more books for other instructors. We like the book. We adapt the Excel templates so that the students can focus on learning accounting and not Excel. I could show you if you want. -- Diana Clarke, Pasadena Citgy College
2/21/2016 10:24 pm
Diana Clarke, Educator
Chapter 1 - spreadsheet is too confusing.
Chapter 2 - talks about closing accounts, prior to learning debit and credits, in Chapter 3
The books goes into closing accounts prior to learning the adjusting entries in chapter 4,etc.
I prefer not to use this textbook.
2/14/2016 11:58 am
Lolita Lockett, Educator
Great book but the eLab and PowerPoints are a joke!! The PowerPoints provided with the textbook do not adequately cover the chapter concepts. Additionally, I am looking for an eLab that has contains exercises that are automatically graded for students. The lack of instructor resources is disappointing.
1/7/2016 12:50 pm
Disappointed Educator, Educator
This is not a book that we will use at this time. I will review it in more depth during the semester.
1/4/2016 8:19 am
Sandy Chapman, Educator
It covers the most important topics which should be included in the fundamentals of accounting book. Good job!
12/13/2015 2:30 pm
Samuel Guevara, Educator
Very condensed book with a great overview.
12/7/2015 11:40 am
Ben Linford, Educator
10/12/2015 6:46 am
Quanisha Eaglin, Educator
Good - will check it out in more detail when I need new accounting books.
9/21/2015 4:59 pm
A great overview for my beginning business/accounting students.
9/9/2015 11:56 am
Dr. J, Educator
8/24/2015 9:16 am
Kristy Brown, Educator
This book is easy to follow for students with low educational background and no accounting background. Perfect for all beginners!
8/23/2015 11:11 pm
Nancy Richards, Educator, Educator
6/1/2015 11:44 am
Tiffany DeGraff, Educator
5/7/2015 5:34 am
Jennifer Callis, Educator
This book is well written and easy to follow and to understand.I'm particularly impressed with the Knowledge Check problems-great for beginners. The student exercise files fit perfectly.
4/20/2015 2:47 pm
Valerie Romanczyk, Educator
The size and scope of this book are good but I still miss the Develop Your Knowledge questions in each chapter that allowed the students to work some examples on their own as you lecture on the topics. This book doesn't give that option each question in the chapter provides the answers and the student doesn't get any hands-on skills training as a result.
3/14/2015 1:19 pm
James Borden, Educator
I like the size and scope of the book, however, I have been using a book that offers online accounting workpapers for my students to practice accounting entries with and it is great. Accounting must be practiced. If this book could have an elab attached to it, that has online workpapers, it would be perfect.
From Labyrinth Learning: Thanks Judy! Excel templates that can be used as working papers are located in the student exercise file download on both the student resource center and in the eLab course.