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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


Jill Swan, CPA, has more than 25 years of accounting experience in both the private and public sectors. Her background includes working for a management company providing accounting and business planning services for professional athletes. She has also served as contract controller/CFO for various clients. Swan currently works at Staszak & Company, specializing in accounting and tax matters for a variety of industries, including construction, manufacturing, professional services and healthcare. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Sept. 11-Dec. 4: Thurs., 5:30-9 p.m. (no meeting Nov. 27)


Please provide your email address when enrolling to receive your password. You will receive your password the day after the first class meeting. Be sure to set up your email account to receive email from ""; otherwise, the email with your password may not reach your inbox. 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:

Certain elements of this class will be conducted online. You must have a computer with access to the Internet and an email account in order to complete this course. 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.


Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St, Sacramento, CA




$745.00 ($820.00 if postmarked after 08/28/2014).

Special Discounts:

10% discount for organizations enrolling three or more people at the same time in the same course. All registrations must be submitted at the same time and fees paid with one check, credit card or purchase order.


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

Required textbooks:

Financial Accounting, 8th ed. by Weygandt, Kieso, and Kimmel ISBN 9780470929384. Buy this book from the UC Davis Bookstore.






Earn a Certificate

This course is part of these certificate programs:



Professional Accounting