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Peachtree is now called Sage 50.

It's the same small business accounting software that you have always used, but now has a new name.

Catalog of Sage 50 (and Peachtree) titles

Our Sage 50 practice sets immerse students in realistic merchandising scenarios in which they assume responsibility for completing a one-month accounting cycle for their business in an actual copy of the Sage 50 Complete Accounting software. Students follow the US GAAP accounting standard, use the perpetual inventory system, and manage sales tax as part of their transactions.

Instructors are encouraged to order a free review copy of their selected title.

Two titles and the differences in their design

We publish two Sage 50 accounting practice set titles. Our back catalog also includes titles for earlier versions of the software. (These older titles may be relevant for your school if, say, your computing lab facilities are still running an older version of the software.) The pedagogical approach between our two titles differs, with each title having been written for a distinct purpose:


Electronics Specialist title cover

The Electronics Specialist practice set challenges students with a large project that is designed to be completed as a homework activity over a multi-week period. The student is appointed as the new accountant to an "Electronics Specialist" retail store and their first task is to convert the current accounting system of that store into the Sage 50 software. They then begin analyzing the transactions for the month before completing end of month processes and financial reporting.

As the more difficult title, this practice set expects students to submit answers and review their feedback, and then independently identify any individual transactions that may be causing discrepancies. Our multimedia resource, the Sage 50 Learning Center, provides students with significant support but they are still required to problem-solve on their own, and to identify and correct any mistakes they may have made in their Sage 50 files.

The VirtualTutor format of this title is graded out of 419 points. You can review more detailed information about the academic content and pricing of this title using our content & pricing page.


Corporate Gift Baskets title cover

The Corporate Gift Baskets practice set is significantly easier. The student is the owner of their own sole proprietorship and their Sage 50 data files, suppliers, inventory, customers and opening balances have already been set up for them. The business is smaller with significantly fewer transactions, simpler transactions (for example, no discounts, no sales/purchase orders, and no sales/purchase returns) and no staff payroll to manage.

This title provides more guidance to students to assist them in reaching the correct answers and is explicitly written to be relatively more of a learning task. To build confidence and assist students to check their understanding, additional feedback is provided early in the practice set on key purchase and sale transactions to help students ensure they are making the major entries correctly before working through the remainder of their transaction list.

Detailed feedback includes a line-by-line break down of each transaction that is recorded in each general ledger account to assist students to quickly and easily identify any mistakes they may have made in their Sage 50 files.

The VirtualTutor format of this title is graded out of 136 points. You can review more detailed information about the academic content and pricing of this title using our content & pricing page.

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Please download our Title Overview as a PDF brochure for a detailed comparision of the two titles in an easy-to-print format.

Selecting which title is the best fit for your course

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The two practice set titles have been designed so that they can be used together or independently.

Use the content & pricing page to gain a deeper understanding of the academic design of each of the two titles. You may find that the design or content of your own teaching, or the skill and knowledge that you require your students to demonstrate, better suits one title over the other.

Alternatively, the two titles complement each other and can be used together for the same cohort of students with the Corporate Gift Baskets practice set being used as an introductory learning activity and the Electronics Specialist practice set as a more rigorous assessment activity.

Because the Corporate Gift Baskets practice set is designed to assist introductory accounting students gain familiarity with Sage 50, it is likely that the grade distribution for this title will be skewed towards high outcomes, and that a grade of 100% will not be uncommon.

On the other hand, the Electronics Specialist practice set is significantly longer and more demanding, resulting in a lower average score and a more normal distribution of grades for most typical accounting courses. As a result, if assessing your students’ deeper knowledge of Sage 50 is your primary goal, you may find that the Electronics Specialist title is more appropriate.

Adopting is easy

Adopting a Perdisco practice set is like adopting one from any other publisher. We'll help you select the best resource and send you and your teaching team free online and review copies. You can review our sets yourself, or we can guide you through a review and demonstration.

With over fifteen years experience in publishing tertiary level e-learning, we can also offer you insight into how other academics use our resources worldwide - including recognized best practice approaches for using Perdisco resources in teaching, revision and assessment programs. Our learning resources have featured in academic studies published in the
International Journal of Learning that demonstrate (quote) "students’ learning was significantly enhanced through the use of the Perdisco e-learning resources".

Once you adopt, we'll provide you with lecture slide packs and course syllabus inclusions to help students access their Perdisco resource. And once semester starts, our customer support team will stay in touch - providing ongoing assistance to both you and your students.

Don't teach Sage 50?

If your accounting course teaches students how to use a different accounting software package, or focuses on how to complete the accounting cycle manually, please check our manual practice set catalog for more information on the other practice set editions we have available.

Getting started

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