Course Description

This is the first accounting course at the professional level for students concentrating in accounting. It offers an intense examination of generally accepted principles related to the preparation of financial statements, with particular emphasis on balance sheet valuations and their relationship to income determination. It also covers the conceptual framework underlying financial accounting and introduces the concept of the time value of money and the application of present value techniques to accounting valuations. Participants will study the valuation and disclosure issues associated with cash, receivables, inventory, property, plant, and equipment in depth.

Learner Outcomes

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

  • Explain the regulatory environment and how institutions impact the accounting profession
  • Apply financial standards and methodologies of accounting systems
  • Exercise analytical skills in group exercises
  • Perform effective managerial skills


Suggested: Principles of Financial Accounting I/II, equivalent courses, or consent of instructor.


Completion of the UCSB PaCE Professional Accounting Certification Program does not result in CPA licensure.  While courses in this program may count toward the educational requirements for individual states' boards of accountancy, completion of this program will not, in itself, fulfill the education, professional experience, or examination requirements to qualify for CPA licensure. For more information about the requirements for the CPA Licensure, students should consult the State Board of Accountancy for the State or jurisdiction in which they are interested in practicing. 

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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6:00PM to 9:00PM
Jun 29, 2022 to Sep 07, 2022
Web-based Instruction
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Web-based Instruction
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (4 units) $620.00
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Credit
4 units
Section Notes

Late Registrations Notice: 

Self enrollment will be available until 11:59PM PT of the second business day after the 1st class session (i.e. If the first class starts on Thursday, self-enrollment is open until the following Monday at 11:59PM).  If you wish to enroll after that time, please contact PaCE Support at help@professional.ucsb.edu




No refunds after 7/12/22