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Spotlight on Classes: ACCT 371

Accounting 371, Introduction to Accounting Systems, is a required course for all accounting majors, and it is rightfully so. This class is taught by Professor Porter, a jolly professor who likes to joke around during class but is still very knowledgeable about the subject matter. Initially, I was quite intimidated to take this class because I had heard that it was quite different than your “average” accounting class and requires you to use a variety of computer programs and applications. As someone with a less technical background, I was prepared to learn everything on my own and work hard to get up to speed on the new materials. However, Professor Porter was very helpful in carefully and clearly explaining how to use the various computer programs that we learned about throughout the semester, and I am thankful that I now have a solid understanding of how each of these programs work. I am definitely sure that they will be invaluable for not only my future Marshall classes but also when I start my job. Here are three cool applications/tools that we learned to use this semester in ACCT 371:


ACL is a useful tool that companies such as Deloitte actually use to keep track of transactions and to general reports such as trial balances, aged accounts receivable, etc. It was really cool how Professor Porter brought in a guest speaker from Deloitte’s Technology department to take about how ACL works and how Deloitte uses ACL when performing their audits.

Microsoft Visio

Pictured above is a business process mapping (BPM). Microsoft Visio allows you to construct a BPM by providing you with the various icons or shapes that you can connect to carefully detail out how a business functions and runs through various processes. Doing BPMs on Visio is so much easier and neater than having to draw them out by hand. Another near yet simple feature of Visio is the ability to copy and paste icons, which makes using Visio a much faster method of drawing out BPMs.

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access is a cool application that allows users to map out relational databases. For ACCT 371, we learned how to connect different tables of information and “relate” them to other other tables. We also learned the reasoning behind how the tables connected with one another and why we connected one table with another. These tables make the process of identifying information easier and streamlines the presentation of information, which is definitely useful when there are many entries of information.


Posted on December 3, 2014 by Russell


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