Financial Accounting #6: Subsidiary Ledgers and Special Journals

Learn how to use special journals and subsidiary ledgers, and be able to explain why they are important.

Financial Accounting #6: Subsidiary Ledgers and Special Journals

Learn how to use special journals and subsidiary ledgers, and be able to explain why they are important.
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About the Class

We record transactions using special journals and track accounts receivable by customers and accounts payable by a vendor using the subsidiary ledger.

We should have a good understanding of debits and credits before this course and we have courses covering debits and credits. We can construct an accounting system where we record every financial transaction using debits and credits in a general journal, posting each journal entry to the general ledger, making the trial balance form the general ledger, and the financial statements from the trial balance. The process of recording every transaction using debits and credits is the process we have used in the past.

To reduce the amount of data input when using a manual system, we can group transactions by transaction type and create special journals to record them. An accounting system using special journals can reduce data input by limiting the amount of data needed to be input for each transaction due to the format of the special journal. Special journals can also eliminate the need to post each transaction to the general ledger. Rather than posting each transaction to the general ledger special journals are added up at the end of the period and one transaction is then posted for the entire period.

Special journals are typically used in a manual system but understanding them helps any system because it helps to see what components of an accounting system are necessary to all accounting systems, which components can be changed, and when changing the format of the system would be beneficial. Automated systems also often generally useful reports in a similar format as the special journals.

Subsidiary ledgers for accounts receivable and accounts payable are necessary for any system where we make sales on account and purchases on account. In other words, if we make sales and collect money at a later date, we will need to track who owes us money, and if we make purchases and pay at a later date, we will need to track who we owe money to. 

In addition to instructional video, this course will include downloadable:

  • Downloadable PDF files
  • Excel practice files
  • Multiple choice practice questions

The PDF files allow us to download reference information we can use offline and as a guide to help us work through the material.

Excel practice files will be preformatted so that we can focus on the adjusting process and learning some of the basics of Excel, like addition, subtraction, and cell relationships.

Multiple choice example question helps us improve our test-taking skills by reducing the information into the size and format of multiple-choice questions and discussing how to approach these questions.

Who will we be learning from?

You will be learning from somebody who has technical experience in accounting concepts and in accounting software like QuickBooks, as well as experience teaching and putting together a curriculum.

You will be learning from somebody who is a:

  • CPA: Certified Public Accountant
  • CGMA: Chartered Global Management Accountant
  • Master of Science in Taxation
  • CPS: Certifies Post-Secondary Instructor
  • Curriculum Development Export

As a practicing CPA, the instructor has worked with many technical accounting issues and helped work through them and discuss them with clients of all levels.

As a CPS and professor, the instructor has taught many accounting classes and worked with many students in the fields of accounting, business, and business applications.

The instructor also has a lot of experience designing courses and learning how students learn best and how to help students achieve their objectives. Experience designing technical courses has also benefit in being able to design a course in a logical fashion and deal with problems related to technical topics and the use of software like QuickBooks Pro.

What will you learn in this course?

  • Subsidiary ledgers
  • Special journals
  • Sales journal
  • Purchases journal
  • Cash receipts journal
  • Cash payments journal
  • Excel
  • Accounting cycle

Who should take this course?

  • Accounting students
  • Business owner
  • Anyone who wants to learn to account


Robert Bob Steele Cpa Cgma M S Tax Cpi Has A Account

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) CGMA CPI
Through working with students from many different schools, Mr. Steele has learned best practices for helping people understand accounting fast. Learning new skills and finding the best way to share knowledge with people who can benefit from it is a passion of his. Mr. Steele has experience working as a practicing Certified Public Accountant...


Robert Bob Steele Cpa Cgma M S Tax Cpi Has A Account's School


You should have a basic understanding of financial accounting and debits and credits.

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What's Included

Language: English
Level: All levels
Skills: Financial Accounting, Accounting, Subsidiary Ledgers, Accounting Journal, Accounting Cycle
Age groups: All ages
Duration: 9 hours 59 minutes
43 Videos
18 Documents
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