Introduction to Financial Accounting is made available by Instituto de Empresa. The module consists of a series of audio clips, video clips, animations and charts. Sections covered: 1) Accounting – An Introduction, 2) The Financial Statements, 3) The Accounting Process, 4) Inventory, and 5) Practical Example.
Type of Material:
In class, homework, lecture.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To introduce basic financial accounting concepts and terminology.
To work through practice example to produce company financial statements.
Target Student Population:
Suitable for high school, first year college intro level accounting, general public
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No prerequisite knowledge required.
Evaluation and Observation
Excellent use of a variety of media to present the content clearly and concisely. Coverage of content is adequate and self-contained to provide the learner with the basics of financial accounting. Concepts are integrated very well with the inclusion of a practice set that goes through different preparation stages to produce a company’s financial statements.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Excellent demonstration of relationships among financial statements. This is achieved with a visual presentation using roll over shaded areas to see links among financial statements (I/S, B/S, R/E and Statement of Cash Flows). Practical examples provide a way for the learner to complete exercises and check answers to ensure understanding of content.
The introduction video provides a brief overview of what will be covered, but no explicit learning objectives are identified.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This module is easy to use, engaging, and interactive. It includes a variety of media (audio clips, video clips, animations and charts, and text) to facilitate learning. The practical exercises give learners an opportunity to assess their own understanding and receive feedback. The printable pdf document is an added bonus for those who want a print version.
Using this module is fairly intuitive, though initially it takes a moment to figure out the structure of the tutorial. The main sections run along the top of the page. The pages within each section are in tabs underneath the main sections. Explicit instructions would take the guess work out of navigating through the pages. The front page contains the introductory video presentation, but it is not clearly identified so learners may miss it.