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BUS 201 - Principles of Accounting 1 - Daniel Friedman

Course:Principles of Accounting 1
Professor:Daniel Friedman
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Professor Daniel Friedman

Hello, my name is Daniel Friedman, the instructor for this class. I have Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Accounting, both from CSUN. I work as a fiscal administrator, and I teach accounting at COC and LA Valley College. I love teaching, I have a passion for accounting, and I enjoy sharing my years of business experience with students and helping them understand their career paths to success. In BUS 201, you will learn about how companies record business transactions in their accounting records, and this is a valuable skill. Paul Kimmel (your textbook author) says, "To understand a business, you have to understand the financial insides of the business organization, and an accounting course will help you understand the essential financial components of a business." He's right!

You can consider my your guide to this course and emails from students are always welcome.

Course Description

BUS 201 examines why it is important to study accounting and how accounting is used by managers, investors, credits and others to make business decisions. This course covers the fundamental principles, theory and applications used to record business transactions through the "accounting cycle." (What's an "accounting cycle?" Take BUS 201 and find out!) You will learn about how to read, prepare and analyze financial statements, how to understand a company's value, how to evaluate a company's revenue, expenses and cash flow. Accounting is the language of business, and by the time your are done with this course, you will speak that language better.

What to Expect in this Course

"Fully online Accounting course? I don't know if I can do it!" Yes, you can do it, and I can guide you through it, as long as you have the commitment and discipline. The course will be organized in such a way that you will know exactly what to expect, what your workload is and when your work will be due.

This course is organized by chapter, with a module in Canvas corresponding to the related chapter in the textbook.  We will cover the equivalent of one chapter per week plus exams. You will be guided through each chapter and how to study the material in Canvas "modules."  Each module has been further broken down into "chunks" based upon the individual learning objectives in the chapter.  Each "chunk" is for one of the learning objectives and contains the links to the related eText, additional resource materials, and homework related to the content in that learning objective.  Each module will have between three and six learning objectives, or "chunks."

The modules are designed for you to start at the beginning and click "next" as you progress through the chapter.  Following this sequence will allow you to:

  • cover the early learning objectives first and build your knowledge for later learning objectives;
  • read the course content in smaller segments that are easier to digest than the entire chapter;
  • work on homework assignments directly related to the content you just read to reinforce your learning process;
  • plan your study time around smaller time blocks that can be spread out over the week;
  • reinforce your knowledge by easily finding problem walk-through videos when you need them.

Following the sequence in the modules will allow you build your knowledge sequentially and assess how you are doing before moving on to the next learning objective "chunk."  You are still free to create your own study plan and are not required to follow this sequence, but I think for many of you this approach will help you use your study time more effectively. 

 Accounting is a skill that gets better as you practice, so you can expect to spend several hours per week working on homework assignments.

Types of Assessments

All assignments – participation, homework and exams – will be completed and submitted online.  Students will be assessed through:

  • weekly online activities that will include instructor video lectures and participation assignments,
  • weekly online homework assignments that include multiple choice questions and problems, and
  • online exams that will each cover several textbook chapters and include multiple choice questions and problems.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Financial & Managerial Accounting with WileyPLUS 4th edition by Weygandt, Kimmel, and Kieso (same textbook used for both BUS 201 and BUS 202)

Publisher:  Wiley

Loose-leaf edition with eBook and WileyPLUS with access code available through COC Bookstore ISBN 9781119752585.

What you Need to Know about Required Course Materials

We will be using WileyPLUS from the publisher for many of the online resources and homework, so a WileyPLUS access code is required.  If you purchase the textbook from the COC bookstore, the WileyPLUS access code will be included in your textbook packet.  If you purchase the textbook elsewhere without the WileyPLUS access code, you will need to also purchase the access code online directly from the textbook publisher.

The code you use for this course, BUS 201 is good for one year to cover both BUS 201 and BUS 202. 

Other Relevant Course Information

How Do I Get Started in the Course?

  • The class will be available on COC’s Canvas course management system by the first day of the semester;
  • Complete the Course Orientation Module in Canvas by the due date provided at the first class session.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Last updated: 05/25/2022 Sub#: 686