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This course is concerned with the theory and practice of financial or external accounting. This involves a sound understanding of the concepts and choices that underlie how financial information is measured and disclosed in the financial statements.
The aims and objectives of the course are to:
- stimulate theoretical enquiry into financial accounting issues
- develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of financial accounting
- prepare for further academic study in accounting and related areas
- enable students in the pursuit of a professional accountancy qualification
- equip students for employment in areas where an understanding of accounting issues and tools is helpful.
This course is assessed by a three-hour fifteen-minute unseen written examination including reading time.
The rationale for financial reporting. Arguments for and against regulation of financial reporting. Methods or regulation, including standardisation of accounting practices. The nature and purposes of a conceptual framework for financial reporting: the objectives of financial reporting; the qualitative characteristics of accounting information; the definitions of an asset and a liability; recognition and measurement in financial statements; international framework. Narrative reporting and issues of corporate social responsibility. Economic and accounting concepts of income, capital and value with particular reference to Hicks’ income concepts.
Strengths and weaknesses of historical cost accounting. Bases of asset valuation. Capital maintenance concepts and various associated techniques: Current value accounting systems, Current purchasing power accounting, Replacement cost accounting; in addition to Entry (Historical cost) and Exit value accounting.
Accounting for investments and groups of companies. The merger and acquisition methods. Associated companies and joint ventures. Accounting for foreign currency transactions, foreign subsidiaries and branches: the temporal and closing rate/net investment methods of foreign currency translation.
Accounting for tangible and intangible assets: fixed assets and depreciation; stocks and long term contracts; research and development; goodwill. Accounting for leases. Accounting for liabilities. Accounting for taxation, including deferred taxation.
Analysis and interpretation of corporate financial reports; introduction to international differences in financial reporting.
At the end of this course and having completed the essential reading and activities students should be able to:
- explain and apply a number of theoretical approaches to financial accounting
- record and analyse data
- prepare financial statements under alternative accounting conventions
- describe a number of regulatory issues relating to financial accounting
- critically evaluate theories and practices of, and other matters relating to, financial accounting.
Требования к поступающим:
If taken as part of a BSc degree, courses which must be passed before this course may be attempted:
- AC1025 Principles of accounting.