Using PowerPoint as a Presentation Aid in the Survey of Accounting Course

Betty Harper

Harper used PowerPoint to create a media presentation in the Survey of Accounting course using business scenarios, developed by the faculty member, to introduce students to various types of accrual and cash basis transactions.

Many thought-provoking hours have been spent in trying to best use the resources you provided. At this stage in the semester, I have developed some 300 Power Point slides to be used in the instructional process associated with the Survey of Accounting class. Some of the slides are to be used in introducing a topic. Several are prepared in a format to review students about the basic concepts-- as preliminary check on knowledge needed to progress to the next level of information. As accounting information is cumulative, this has been very helpful in allowing students to assess their own weakness at various points during this semester.

Rather than embedding email addresses directly into the Power Point presentation(as I had originally planned), I have decided to access these separately. This gives me more flexibility in using current audited financial statements from publicly held corporations.

My senses have been particularly attuned to faculty comments this semester. Two professors were overheard lamenting the lack of student results when they had spent an enormous amount of time putting their lecture notes on Power Point and providing students a copy of those notes. This was encouragement to me because I had suspected that this was not the best use of the technology.

I will continue to develop slides and regroup them according to classroom needs. Some of these are also going to be helpful in other courses.

Thank you for this opportunity to explore and tailor an academic program to better meet the needs of the students. 

Using Donated Software to Develop On-line Testing Web Application and Web Based Announcement Board

Jon Woodroof

Woodroof will by learning the new version of Cold Fusion, state-of-the-art web software donated to M.T.SU. by Allaire Corporation, and implementing real web applications that can be used by students and faculty with the Department of Accounting and the College of Business. 

Woodroof expanded the current course content of ACTG 451- Accounting Systems to include database technology and Internet technology in order to provide accounting students with the knowledge and experience they will need in order to get and keep a job in a increasingly technical work environment.

Jon Woodroof

Current technology makes it feasible for firms to deliver financial information to decision makers through the internet. No longer will users of information be content to wait for quarterly or annual reports to be published. This technology provides on-line access to events-driven databases so that decision makers can retrieve disaggregated, real-time data and compile it m whatever ways seem appropriate to the user. Because of this technology, visionaries in public accounting believe that the role of the accountant is going to drastically change in the next five years


The objective of this project was to introduce this new technology into the accounting systems courses at MTSU. Our students must be not only familiar with, but adequately trained in these emerging technologies so that they will be well prepared for working in the dynamic technical environment of business in the 21st century. The project expands the current course content of ACTG 401 and 451 to include database technology (knowledge and practical experience) and internet technology (as it relates to database technology). Specifically, I developed course content and projects to teach students how to design a front-end form web page and a back-end database, and how to make these two components communicate through web server software. A web page form allows web users anywhere in the world to enter data (using common database objects such as check boxes, radio buttons, pull-down lists, etc.) into a web page, and this data can be submitted to populate a specified database or spreadsheet (or any ODBC compliant software).

  1. I obtained four software applications: WebSite Professional - web server software (came bundled with Cold Fusion - software that allows communication to occur between a form on a web page and a local database); software to make my computer an FTP server; AOLPress - a WYSIWYG web editor; and Visual FoxPro - a database

  2. John Smit assigned me a domain name for my server (http://www.woodroof.mtsu ecu).

  3. Passwords were assigned to give students access to my server.

  4. I designed an application ( in order to link and fully test everything. I designed a form on a web page View Professor asked the user to select (from a drop-down box) a department in the school of business. Once the selected department was submitted, a database on my local computer having two fields (name and department) was scanned, and the records matching the selected department were sent back to the web and displayed in another drop-down box. I also designed another component (<i>Add Professor</i>) where a user could add a professor to the database on my computer from anywhere in the world.

  5. Summer I students enrolled in ACTG 401 were asked to experiment with this technology. Because of their help (and patience) I was able to work out the problems that were encountered, and I believe the Fall 97 course should go very smoothly.


This grant has enable me to learn many things. I've learned:

  1. how to set up a web server.
  2. how to secure the editing of a web page on the server through AOLPress and FTP server software.
  3. how to secure the access to the web page through the WebSite web server software.
  4. how to create a URL address.
  5. how to embed commands in HTML code (see attached code):
  6. how to issue a call to run another program.
  7. how to embed SQL commands so that communication can occur between the web and a database, using Cold Fusion software.
  8. how to embed OUTPUT commands so that formatted results of a database query can be displayed back to the web.

I believe my potential for instructional effectiveness in the accounting systems courses has been greatly enhanced because of this new knowledge. As a professor of Accounting Information Systems, it's important that I remain current with these emerging technologies. And I truly believe that our students will be better equipped when they graduate due to their hands-on exposure to database and web page design and implementation. I've never had a group of students who seemed to enjoy and be captivated by what they were learning more than did this little summer test group. I fully expect that this excitement will translate into the larger classes this Fall.


As I stated in my arrant application, similar course content could be developed in other university departments, which would make it possible to reach large numbers of students. Applications that would he useful in a university environment could take advantage of the database and internet technologies. For example A form could he designed in a web page that would capture and score student evaluations of teachers. Such an application could be used by the entire College of Business. All department, college, and university forms could be designed as web pages and archived, managed and updated from a single source (pay for performance travel parking, etc.). Surveys could be designed in a web page, the results of which could be downloaded and analyzed instantaneously. Tests could he designed in a web page -- with the appropriate controls. Students could take tests, electronically submit them to a database, the database could grade them, and the results could be immediately presented back to the students. Thank you for the support of the Office of Information Technology and for the summer grant.