ISBN#   978–0–912503–65-3

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 ISBN#   978–0–912503–66-0

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The Computerized Accounting Using Sage 50 Accounting 2017 can only be bundled with the 9th edition Systems Understanding Aid.

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Computerized Accounting Using Sage 50 Accounting 2017

5th Edition (2017)
Arens, Ward and Henry

Computerized accounting practice set, including and using a fully operational version of Sage 50 Accounting 2017 (commercially available accounting software for smaller companies). Early chapters provide installation, familiarization and practice, and are followed by a case project of recording transactions and adjustments, performing month–end procedures and recording year–end adjusting entries. Final chapters include new company setup, internal controls, and access controls.

Included in the Package:

  • Access to a fully operational version of Sage 50 Accounting 2017 (not compatible with Mac.)
  • Three company data sets are included in the materials. Two are included by Sage; the third data set was developed by the authors.
  • The Instructions book.
  • The Reference book developed by the authors to help students learn the software and assist students in completing the assignments.
  • The Student Problems & Cases book including tear out pages to make it easier for students to prepare solutions and for instructors to grade them.
  • Access to digital Instructor′s Guide & Solutions, including considerable detail about how solutions were determined (available to instructors upon request only).

All books are in four colors throughout to help students more easily compare their computer screens to the books and to make the materials more appealing.

The Reference book provides an overview of each type of transaction or other activity to help students understand what is occurring when the transaction or other activity is processed and the accounts affected by each transaction.

Internal controls are covered in two chapters. Processing controls are included in Chapter 3, which permits problem materials about processing controls throughout the remaining chapters. A separate optional chapter dealing with access controls is included later in the book.

The materials require students to use Navigation Centers to access windows instead of the Menu Bar. This helps students understand the overall accounting system as they deal with each type of transaction.

Estimated completion time:

20 to 25 hours with options for the Instructor to reduce time required.

Assignments include instructions, practice and reference material and problems.


  • Chapter 1—Introduction and Software Installation This chapter deals with installing the software using stand alone computers, lab settings or network installations.
  • Chapter 2—Familiarization Teaches students how to do such things as opening and closing Sage 50 Accounting, opening company data sets, opening a variety of windows using Navigation Centers and entering information into windows.
  • Chapter 3—Overview of Maintenance, Processing Information and Internal Controls Provides an overview of maintenance and processing information in Sage 50 Accounting. This chapter also deals with processing internal controls.
  • Chapter 4—Obtaining Information Including Reports Provides an overview of how to obtain information in Sage 50 Accounting, including information about recorded transactions and analysis of reports.
  • Chapters 5 through 7—Practice Three chapters teach students to process transactions and other activities, organized by accounting cycle. Students then use the information learned in Chapters 5 through 7 and the Reference book to process additional information in Chapters 8 through 10 without additional guidance.
  • Chapter 8—Recording Transactions, Performing Month–end Procedures, Recording Year–end Adjusting Entries, and Printing Reports Students process transactions, perform month–end procedures, record year–end adjusting entries, and print reports for a different company using knowledge gained in Chapters 2 through 7 with only the Reference book as guidance.
  • Chapter 9—New Company Setup Students learn to set up a company starting with no information in any data set. After performing all setup activities, students process a few transactions and prepare reports to hand in.
  • Chapter 10—Access Controls This chapter teaches students how to limit access to Sage 50 Accounting activities. The problem materials require students to decide and implement activities to limit information processing to reduce the likelihood of fraud and errors.


Start them off right with Systems Understanding Aid.

A comprehensive manual accounting practice set that teaches students accounting processes, flow of transactions, documents and records, and recording transactions. Students are able to visualize the entire accounting process, including what happens at each step. They also learn through reading flowcharts and preparing documents and tasks such as reconciling a subsidiary record and control account. After completing Systems Understanding Aid, move ahead with Sage 50 which includes a chapter that requires students to process the same transactions and other requirements included in Systems Understanding Aid and compare the results. Upon completion of both projects, students will have a better understanding of what happens in computerized systems. This understanding facilitates exploring such topics as the documents used in computerized systems and computerized internal controls.

Learning by Doing

Student Benefits:

  • Students begin using Sage 50 Accounting in Chapter 1 and continue their learning by utilizing the software to complete a wide variety of activities throughout the course.
  • Students experience processing transactions, performing maintenance, obtaining information from Sage 50 Accounting data, printing documents and reports, exporting to Excel and understanding internal controls in Sage 50 Accounting.
  • Every activity in the materials includes having the students practice the activity using the computer.
  • Sufficient information is provided in the materials to permit students to learn Sage 50 Accounting and complete the problem material without the instructor′s involvement, if that is the instructor′s choice.
  • All materials needed to complete the project are included, including the Sage 50 Accounting software.
  • Repetition of key activities is included to reinforce learning, but it is minimized to keep the time required for the project reasonable and still help students learn the extensive features of Sage 50 Accounting.
  • There are extensive problem materials that require students to integrate what they learned in earlier chapters, including questions and problems about the wide variety of Sage 50 Accounting features included above.
  • The projects can be completed by students on individual computers, in a computer lab or in a network environment.
  • An extensive and detailed solutions manual is provided to professors to help assign chapters and grade student hand–ins.
  • The entire project takes from 20 to 25 hours depending on the use of optional chapters and the number of assignments selected.

Faculty Benefits:

  • Students are able to learn the software and complete the project with minimal involvement from the professor.
  • Technical support is available from the publisher and Sage.
  • Students can use laboratory or personal computers to complete the project. The project provides every student with access to the program and data, plus all other materials and information needed.
  • Students find the project an excellent learning experience and satisfying.
  • Faculty has flexibility to include assignments or eliminate the more complex ones.
  • Detailed instructions for assigning and grading are provided.