ACCTING 7019NA - Accounting Concepts and Methods (M)
Ngee Ann Academy - Trimester 1 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code ACCTING 7019NA Course Accounting Concepts and Methods (M) Coordinating Unit Business School Term Trimester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Ngee Ann Academy Units 3 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Incompatible COMMERCE 7002NA Course Description This course introduces students to the fundamentals of financial accounting practice. It develops students' understanding of key accounting concepts, recording methods and measuring and disclosing requirements. Topics include an introduction to accounting information in decision contexts; regulatory framework; Conceptual Framework; financial statements; recording financial transactions, adjusting entries and the accounting cycle; inventory; cost of acquisition, depreciation, and revaluation of non-current assets; introduction to financial statement analysis; organisational structures (sole proprietors, partnerships, companies); and other selected issues relating to financial reporting standards.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Robyn Davidson
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Please refer to Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre Schedule.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Identify, measure, record and communicate financial information for the purpose of providing information in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards for economic decisions by users of financial statements.
2 Analyse and interpret financial statement information for decision making purposes. 3 Explain the purpose of, and factors which influence the content of, financial statements. 4 Compare and contrast different business structures and relevant accounting practices. 5 Communicate accounting information in a professional manner. 6 Critically reflect on own learning.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1 - 5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1 - 4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1 - 5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1 - 6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
n/a Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesText Books
Edwards, L., Medlin, J., Chalmers. K., Hellmann, A., Beattie, C. and Maxfield, J. Financial Accounting, 2012, 9th Edition, John Wiley
& Sons. ISBN9781118608203
An ebook is available at:
Recommended ResourcesFinancial press
In this course articles from the financial press may be used to illustrate the concepts discussed. All major newspapers have a business section and many are currently on the internet. The Australian Financial Review is the most comprehensive financial newspaper in Australia and the Asian Wall Street Journal also has interesting articles.
Use of the internet
Accounting Concepts and Methods (M) will make use of various internet sites which are accounting related. These can be accessed in MyUni.
Online LearningSome course resources are available on the course website: www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au:
• Text book resources include chapter overviews and short self assessment tests.
• Sample examinations with suggested answers, and sample tests with suggested answers.
• Assignment and test material.
• Suggested answers to selected revision problems.
Students will be able to purchase access to WileyPLUS, an online resource accompanying the text book. Please note that this is an optional tool, students are not required to purchase the WileyPLUS version of the textbook.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is taught in intensive mode. Each session provides students with accounting concepts that underpin all accounting procedures and give examples of analysing, recording and summarising accounting information in formats suitable for users to make economic decisions. During each session, the material presented is reinforced with class discussions and problem solving exercises.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The University expects students to commit a total of 156 hours to this course. This includes formal contact hours, research, reading, writing, study and preparation for examinations and tests.
Learning Activities SummaryINTENSIVE 1
DATE TOPIC READING - TEXT Friday 29th Jan
Decision making and the role of accountants
Financial statements for decision making
Forms of organisations- partnerships -
Regulation and Conceptual Framework
Presentation of financial statements
Statement of financial position
Chapter 1, pp. 2–15
Chapter 2, pp. 34–35, 37–48
Chapter 8, pp. 343–347
Chapter 9, pp. 378–382
Chapter 10, pp. 430–453
Chapter 17, pp. 717–722
Chapter 17, pp. 725–727
Saturday 30th Jan
Income, expenses and the measurement of profit
Statement of comprehensive income
Statement of cash flows
Chapter 10, pp.451–459
Chapter 17, pp. 725–727
Chapter 18, pp. 752–774
Chapter 18, pp. 792-794
Saturday 30th Jan
Recording financial transactions Chapter 2, pp. 48–52
Sunday Sun 31st Jan
Adjusting entries and the accounting cycle Chapter 4
Sunday 31st Jan
Accounting for retailing, receivables and inventory. Chapter 6
DATE TOPIC READING - TEXT Friday 19th Feb
Manual and computerised accounting systems
Saturday 20th Feb
Cash management and control
Chapter 11 Saturday 20th Feb
Accounting for non-current assets Chapter 14, pp. 599-616
Chapter 15, pp. 638-648
Sunday 21st Feb
Accounting for partnerships
Accounting for companies
Chapter 8, pp. 344–359
Chapter 9, pp. 378-382
Sunday 21st Feb
Financial statement analysis Chapter 19, pp. 826-854
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Due Date and time Weighting Related Learning
Sunday 14th February at 11:59pm 5 % All Class Test
Saturday 20th February 15 % All Assignment 2
Formative and Summative
Wednesday 2nd March 20 % All Final Exam
Saturday 19th March - To be confirmed 60% All Total 100%
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance
Statutory obligations in Singapore are such that attendance in person is a compulsory condition of passing a course. Our specific requirements are that students must attend at least 80% of class sessions to be graded for that course. For these purposes each intensive weekend is defined as comprising 5 sessions with 1 on Friday evening and 2 on each of Saturday and Sunday.
Each course in total comprises 10 sessions; Students must attend a minimum of 8 sessions to be eligible to be given a grade for the course. Students failing to meet these requirements will be automatically graded 0% Fail (F) on their transcripts.
Minimum Exam Mark
To gain a pass for this course, a mark of at least 45% must be obtained on the final examination as well as a total of at least 50% overall. Students not achieving the minimum examination mark will be awarded no more than 49 for the course.
Assessment DetailThe assessment components are as follows:
Assignment 1 - 5%
Assignment 1 is a short assignment on Topics 1 and 2. Students must demonstrate they can explain underlying accounting concepts and apply these concepts to practical problems and prepare financial statements.
Class Test - 15%
A one hour class test will be held on the Saturday of the second intensive. It will cover Topics 1 to 4. Sample tests with suggested answers are available on MyUni.
Assignment 2 - 20%
Assignment 2 covers material from across the entire course. Students must demonstrate they understand the accounting cycle
which involves identifying, recording and communicating financial information in addition to analysing financial statements.
Final Exam - 60%
There will be a three (3) hour examination. The examination covers all of the topics studied in the course. Sample examinations and the suggested answers are available on MyUni.
Notes on Assessment
In this course, students’ continuing assessment will be assessed using specific guidelines and marking criteria determined by the lecturers-in-charge.
Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. Marks may be deducted in the final examination because of poor hand-writing.
Students in this course are not permitted to take a DICTIONARY (English or English-Foreign) into the examination. In this course, the use of a calculator that is incapable of storing text is permitted in the examination. The examination is a closed-book examination.
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This publication also provides guidelines on a range of other important communication skills including writing essays and management reports, making oral presentations etc.
In preparing any written piece of assessment for your postgraduate studies it is important to draw on the relevant ‘literature’ to support critical analysis. Also essential is to reference the literature used. Correct referencing is important because it identifies the source of the ideas and arguments that you present, and sometimes the source of the actual words you use, and helps to avoid the problem of plagiarism. (Further information on plagiarism is provided later in this course outline.)
The Harvard system is widely used in the Business School. Guidelines for the use of this style of referencing can be found in the Communication Skills Guide.
SubmissionPresentation of Assignments
Assignments must be submitted individually, clearly marked with the student’s name and number. Assignments must be posted to MyUni no later the due date and time shown in the assessment summary table above. Details on how to submit the assignment will be available with the assignment on MyUni. The assignment should be in Word format (not Excel spreadsheets). Please
complete, sign and date an ‘Assignment Cover Sheet’ (a copy will be on MyUni) and include it with your assignment submission. Lecturers can refuse to accept assignments which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism.
Students must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
Students must not submit work for an assignment that has previously been submitted for this course or any other course without prior approval from the lecturer-in-charge.
Late Assignment Submission
Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system. Extensions will generally only be given for medical or other serious reasons. All requests for extensions must be emailed to the lecturer in charge of the course before the due date. Each request will be assessed on its merits. A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by 20% of the total assignment mark for each day that it is late.
Return of Assignments
Assignment 1 will be returned to students by the second intensive. Marked files will be available on MyUni. The test will be returned to students the day following the test.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
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