Pretest Accounting Knowledge from ACC111 to ACC230

Submitted by Frederick Maihofer on

The accounting faculty has adopted a new text book for the accounting sequence ACC111-ACC230-ACC240.  All content is contained in one text, thus reducing the overall cost to the student.  A good deal of the basic content in ACC111 will be repeated in a condensed version in ACC230.  In order to determine the retention from ACC111 to ACC230 I am developing a pretest on Canvas to see what basic accounting knowledge will need to be highlighted during the first few lesson modules. The testing will include debits, credits, t-accounts, journalizing and posting financial transactions, adjusting and closing entries, as well as Income Statements, Owner's Equity Statements, Balance Sheets.  I will use the first module to administer the test and then through the Canvas Quiz Statistics share the statistics with the class.  From that point I will either add or subtract content as dictated by the class results.  I will share the Canvas pretest with other accounting faculty.

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Teri Graham Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:29pm

First - thank you for saving our students money :-)  I like the concept of testing prior knowledge and am going to use that technique for my MAT092 courses.  I am new to canvas so will need to figure out how you test through canvas and use the quiz statistics though.


Becky Baranowski Mon, 04/20/2015 - 8:13am

 Good luck with the pretest.  I hope it does help plan the rest of the semester.  It's tough when student scores are all over the place, though.  Also, the use of one textbook for the course is great.  For those that still use a textbook in calculus, it is all one book for calc I, II and III.  Students definitely prefer this. 

Peter Turner Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:16pm

This is great, Fred! Your use of an item-analysis approach based on a pre-test will help you pinpoint areas for review. You can also make your colleagues aware of the test results for their students. If I knew my students  were scoring low in a particular area, then I could put more focus on that. 

Bronwen Steele Tue, 04/21/2015 - 2:10pm

I do something similar Fred with a Survey of Knowledge. I believe it helps to show the students the info they should be familiar with from the pre-req course. Because our students swirl so much I cannot determine if they are retaining from a pre-req they took at EMCC or not. It will be helpful if you can do this. 

Amy Heck Tue, 04/28/2015 - 4:52pm

I like the pretest idea and am thinking about trying that in on of my courses for fall.

Steven Griffiths Tue, 04/28/2015 - 4:53pm

Good idea.  I might take your idea and adapt it to Culinary to measure knowledge retention from a prerequisite class into a 200 level course.  It would give a new adjunct a better grasp of their student strengths as they transisition into an instructor for our program.

Sylvia Ong Tue, 04/28/2015 - 5:14pm

Great idea, Fred!  In addition to your project, I was thinking about asking all ACC111 faculty to develop and administer a post-test to see if the ACC111 students are prepared for the next accounting class, ACC 230.  This primary research data could also be used to help pinpoint what areas faculty need to focus more time and energy on, for future semesters.  Perhaps we can discuss this idea further and then, I can develop my own CATS.  Wonderful job!

Clarissa Davis Ragland Tue, 04/28/2015 - 5:45pm

Fred- The survey will provide critical data for students enrolled in ACC230.  Instructors will know the specific accounting content to review from ACC111 - Intro to Accounting/Principles of Accounting, based on student feedback on the survey.  Perhaps the length of the review timeline can be reduced. Consider sharing the ACC111 Survey with ACC111 Instructors.  Looking forward to your results.  

James Cerven Thu, 04/30/2015 - 9:13pm

Good idea Fred. This is a great way to determine the students weaknesses and focus more time on those concepts as they transition into ACC 230. The results will also let the instructors know which areas need more emphasis in the ACC 111 course.