Survey of Accounting and Finance – ACCT 209

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides the basics of financial analysis and management for non-business majors. Topics in this course will include financial reporting, underlying accounting assumptions, performance measures, ratio analysis, cash flow, time value of money, and budgeting.





The basics of financial analysis and management are important considerations for those in non-business related fields. While these other fields may not need the in-depth basics of financial accounting, managerial accounting, or finance, the ability to analyze financial statements and make useful business decisions are important considerations for all non-business majors.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Correctly apply terminology used in accounting, which is the language of business. 
  2. Calculate accounting and financial formulas.
  3. Prepare basic and pro-forma financial statements.
  4. Integrate biblical principles within the field of accounting and finance.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words, contain at least 2 peer-reviewed references, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must include at least 2 peer-reviewed references and be at least 200 words.

Connect Plus Homework (8)

The student will be assigned homework to complete in Connect Plus. In order to gain access to Connect Plus, the student may either purchase the textbook listed in the Course Syllabus with the access code or purchase the access code separately via the bookstore or the Connect website. The instructor will provide the student with the URL needed for registering during the week before the course begins, along with specific instructions for registering.

Excel Project

Given a fact situation, the student will prepare financial and pro-forma financial statements using Excel.

Faith Essay

The student will write an 800-word Faith Essay in current APA format that focuses on how biblical concepts are related to the fields of accounting and finance. The Faith Essay must include at least 3 peer-reviewed references.

Reading Quizzes (8)

There will be 8 open-book/open-notes Reading Quizzes, which will contain 10 true/false and/or numeric questions. Each quiz will cover the materials for the module/week in which it is assigned. The student will have 45 minutes to complete each quiz.


For timed quizzes/tests/exams, the student is required to complete the quiz/test/exam within the assigned time. For the student who exceeds this time limit, a penalty of 1 point will be deducted for each minute, or part thereof, he/she exceeds the assigned time limit.