Financial Accounting and Reporting

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Financial Accounting and Reporting

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Accounting, Finance

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ACCT 102 and BSNS 107 (each passed with a grade of at least C+)

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The accounting theory and practice relevant to some of the more complicated accounting issues unique to companies.

    Teaching Arrangements
    This paper is taught through lectures and workshops.

    Paper Structure
    - Explain the purpose and describe the main components of financial statements
    - Understand the overall principles and other considerations relating to the presentation of a statement of financial position (balance sheet), statement of comprehensive income (income statement), statement of changes in equity and notes to financial statements
    - Prepare a statement of cash flows
    - Explain and apply the revenue recognition criteria
    - Understand how to measure property, plant and equipment including the cost model and the revaluation model
    - Account for matters relating to shareholders' equity
    - Understand the nature of and account for a business combination
    Prepare consolidated financial statements

    Learning Outcomes
    - Understand the background and purpose of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)
    - Be able to think logically and critically and to make well-reasoned decisions using advanced problem-solving skills
    - Understand the nature of business through advanced knowledge in at least one major subject area plus an integrated awareness of all major business functions
    - Understand the cultural, legal, social and environmental factors that affect, and are affected by, business operations
    - Be able to demonstrate leadership while working constructively, cooperatively and respectfully with others
    - Understand the ethical consequences of business decisions
    - Communicate effectively within a range of contexts

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