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I've recently completed 2 Accounting courses and I completely agree with the negative reviews. I can only speak to the courses that I have taken some positive reviews on here which is surprising to see, but good for them. I'll start with the premise that of course it is the student's responsibility to put forth the necessary effort to be successful, to me this is understood.
I will also disclose that I have graduated twice already with previous programs from different schools and I also completed a specialized MBA. This being said the courses I took here were needlessly confusing, the text was very unclear and the overall support was poor.
If information is unclear or confusing, one can read something many times over and still not understand it, unsure why this simple concept is not grasped by the support team.
To this note, although they will not admit it, seeing the many questions and concerns by the former students, which are posted for any to see, it was quite evident that the material was unclear by many, yet they continue to use the text.
One course required that two assignments be completed prior to the mid-term exam. In my opinion, the actual mid-term did not contain very much of the assignment material at all!
I felt it was a complete bait and switch and frankly a waste of time. As well, interestingly enough, 2 assignments were required prior to the mid-term but NO assignments were required before the final exam! So one was literally going into the final exam blind yes, I know a good student should know all of the material going into the final exam, all approx.
When I inquired about the course breakdown, I was told that it would be too much marking from the course co-ordinators to handle more assignments.
I can accept the logistics of this but then why not require 1 assignment prior to each exam to give some minimal assistance to the student? The second course really opened my eyes to the underlying perverted attitude that Athabasca has toward learning.
I will mention here that I have taken this accounting course in my prior learning but I was required by CPA to refresh because my original degree with 10 years old. I did fairly well the first time around and thought that this was be a nice refresher.
Again, the text was so poorly written and confusing. Even the instructors admit several times one the online discussions that often the question or material is confusing or poorly worded.
I even shared the text with CPA friends and they were shocked how terrible the explanations were on various topics. We can easily make it difficult and confusing to a child when teaching them how to tie their shoes but why?
Sadly, this course was needlessly confusing but considering this, the marking was extremely harsh! As well, if you are frustrated, good, you should be. In one case, a student complained that the question required 40 data inputs and was this really necessary to demonstrate knowledge of the question.
The response was that Accountants are often required to do boring and repetitive work. This is what I was referring to the perverted attitude from the school! I did get the course but the mark is certainly not any reflection of my time and effort. After each exam, I felt completely comfortable with the material, nothing surprised me but my mark.
I was completely stunned to see how low they were only to find out after the fact that every question had a twist or a subtle trick. Remember, this material is difficult to learn without the unnecessary added difficulty. It was truly just mean spirited. Let me learn the material first!
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