Introduction to Bookkeeping

Online Short Course

R10 753.00

Course Fees
10 weeks


Have you ever wondered how the number in a set of annual financial statements gets determined? Or how a business is valued, from a simple supermarket to a listed multinational company? Well, the beginning of this process starts with something as small as a source document from a simple transaction that needs to be recorded. How we document all these transactions is through a process called bookkeeping. With the basic principles of accounting understood, an employee or entrepreneur should be able to prepare basic bookkeeping functions in an organisation.


This course introduces the role of a bookkeeping professional and the activities that it entails. The course equips you with the knowledge and skills to develop a journal and ledger process, compile statutory documentation for VAT purposes as well as payroll functions, and to construct pre-adjusted and post-adjusted trial balances. You will also learn how to apply and perform a reconciliation, which is part of the process to balance books.

Subject Expert

Samiah Fakier studied a B.Com Accounting Degree at UCT and completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting at UCT in 2011. She is currently a manager in an International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) technical position where she assists audit teams and clients, and trains them on the latest amendments and upcoming IFRS standards. After completing her articles and qualifying as a Charted Accountant, Samiah knew she wanted to teach and assist through lecturing. Her goal is to ultimately lecture at a higher education institution and assist students making their way through their accounting journey.

Tutor Support

Each course is assigned its own Online Academic Tutor, who is ready and waiting to guide and assist their learners throughout their learning experience.

The Online Academic Tutor, who is assigned to your course, is trained to build each student up to reach their fullest potential. Students can expect their Online Academic Tutor to answer questions, offer advice and provide further clarification on any academic aspects.

Course and Technical Requirements

To successfully access and complete this course, you will be required to have a registered email account, access to a computer/laptop/tablet and stable internet connection. You will be required to be familiar with using a computer as you may need to be able to read and download documents in Adobe PDF Reader, view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, and read and create documents in Microsoft Word.

Our online short learning programmes may require additional software applications. These additional software application requirements will be communicated to you in this information pack and/or on the website course page. Damelin Online does not provide any additional software applications required for online short learning programmes.

Please note: Google, YouTube and Vimeo may be used in our online course delivery. If any of these services are blocked in your jurisdiction, you may have difficulty in accessing our course content.

How You Will Learn

Our online short learning programmes are broken into self-paced manageable modules, designed to assist you throughout your learning process through diverse learning activities:

  • Learn through all your interactive course notes
  • Review case studies and supplementary resources
  • Apply and evaluate what you have learned in each module with the self-grading quizzes and assignment submissions
  • View a range of course video lectures presented by our Subject Matter Experts
  • Network, collaborate and interact with your fellow participants and Online Course Facilitator via the discussion forum and Zoom webinars


Upon successful completion of this online short learning programme, you will receive the recognition of your knowledge and skills with a Damelin Certificate of Competence. Your certificate of competence will be issued in your registered name and will be couriered at no additional cost.

You will be required to complete a series of assessments that will be facilitated through our virtual learning environment. Your course handbook will be made available to you once you have commenced with your short learning programme.


  • MODULE 0
    Orientation Module
  • MODULE 1
    The Fundamentals of Bookkeeping
  • MODULE 2
  • MODULE 3
    Value Added Tax
  • MODULE 4
    Inventory Control
  • MODULE 5
    Debtors and Creditors
  • MODULE 6
    The General Ledger
  • MODULE 7
  • MODULE 8
    Balancing the Books
  • MODULE 9

Payment options available to you

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EFT/Direct Deposit


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