Iscuss current issues in accounting and financial reporting

Required

Write an essay on the above question.

This is an individual assignment with a maximum word count of 1,500 words. You must acknowledge sources of all ideas, facts, quotations and other material using the Harvard system of referencing. Your essay must be word processed and presented as follows:

” 1 inch margins (left, right, top and bottom)
” 1.5 line spacing
” Name and ID in the header
” Page number in the footer
” Word count (do not exceed 1,500) before the list of references (word count should excludes the list of references)

Guidance

1. Respond fully to all parts of the essay title and follow the instructions (eg word count).

2. Before you can write anything, you need to study. Read the relevant chapters in the textbook and any publications given in the lectures. You do not need to look any further. If you choose to read more widely, select authoritative sources (eg Oxford Dictionary of Accounting, journal articles and books). Beware of trawling the internet  most free information (eg Wikipedia) is free because it carries no authority. Do not copy or cite the lecturer s slides as they are not a publication! Read the original sources cited in the slides (see bibliography given as a handout and on Blackboard).

3. Bear in mind that authors may discuss historical developments as well as current issues. Take account of the date of the publication, as facts may be out of date and the relative importance of issues may have changed as solutions are found or new issues emerge.

4. Take notes as you read. Group your notes into themes and you will have a structure for your essay. When you are ready to start writing, remember an essay starts with some kind of introduction (often incorporating explanation of the key terms or themes in the title) and ends with a conclusion. Imagine the assignment is worth 25 marks and keep reminding yourself that everything you say must be capable of earning a mark (ie 1 mark per valid point). You may find it helpful to move from the general to the particular.

5. Do not plagiarise. Acknowledge the source of all ideas, facts, quotations and other material using the Harvard system of referencing by citing the author s name and the year of the publication in the text  and the page number if quoting  and listing the references at the end of your essay. For further advice see p. 4 in this handbook and any edition of Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. Research Methods for Business Students or Collis, J. and Hussey, R. Business Research.

6. Write in proper sentences and paragraphs and avoid lists. Summarise information in your own words and use quotations sparingly. Keep reminding yourself of the subject of the essay so that you don t stray from the point. Remember to draw conclusions by looking at what you have written and asking yourself whether you have found more advantages than disadvantages, major or minor differences, etc. Use the spelling/grammar checker!
Acknowledge the source of all ideas, facts, quotations and other material using the Harvard system of referencing by citing the author s name and the year of the publication in the text  and the page number if quoting  and listing the references at the end of your essay. For further advice see p. 4 in this handbook and any edition of Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. Research Methods for Business Students or Collis, J. and Hussey, R. Business Research.