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Distance Learning Class

Principles of Financial Accounting

Examine accounting theory, principles and practice. Learn about accrual account concepts, transaction analysis, recording and processing (journals and ledgers) methods. Gain an in-depth understanding of the preparation and analysis of financial statements (income statements, balance sheets and cash-flow statements); sales and cost of sales; inventory valuation; depreciation of operational assets; accounting for investments; and liability and present value concepts. 

This course fulfills one of the three prerequisites for the UC Davis School of Management’s Master of Professional Accountancy Program


Monique Smalling, MBA, CPA, has taught accounting and auditing courses at the university level for more than seven years.  She started her career with an international accounting firm. She has also worked as an SEC reporting manager for a publicly traded software company, a controller for a private golf club and a senior audit manager for a local CPA firm. Her area of expertise is preparing financial statements and presenting them to board of directors and audit committees.   


Enroll now through June 30 and complete by September 5. Passwords issued starting June 23.


You must begin and end the course on the dates noted above. You must provide your email address when enrolling to receive your password. Please set up your email account to receive email from ""; otherwise, the email containing your password may not reach your inbox. You will receive your password via email on the start date, or within two business days of enrolling if you enroll after the start date. From the day you receive your password, you will have until the completion date noted above to complete the course. If you do not receive your password in the time frame noted, please visit the Online Learning Campus Support Center at Open a new ticket, and select "Password Issues" from the Help Topics.

Technical requirements:

A stable Internet connection and a current email account; speakers or headphones to hear audio presentations; the ability to view PDF documents and Flash-based presentations. This course contains downloadable MP3 files that can be played on most portable devices and computers. If you plan to access an online course using an iPad, iPod or an iPhone there are a variety of Flash web browsers available in the App Store that can enable your iPad/iPod/iPhone to view Flash content.


$745.00 ($820.00 if postmarked after 06/09/2014).


4 quarter units academic credit, X407.4, 40 CPE Hours

Required textbooks:

Financial Accounting, 9th ed. by Weygandt, Kieso, and Kimmel ISBN 9781118334324. Buy this book from the UC Davis Bookstore.




Enrollment policies:

Requests to withdraw, transfer, or obtain an extension or a refund, are governed by the distance learning enrollment policies which are detailed in our Student Services section. No extensions will be granted for this course.



Earn a Certificate

This course is part of these certificate programs:



Professional Accounting