Subject details

  • Topics
    • A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Web links
      • Online assignment submission

Upon successful completion of this subject you will be able to:

  1. Describe, explain, analyse and critically evaluate the past and recent major developments in accounting theories, accounting practices and ethical issues
  2. Research, explain and justify the applications of relevant theories into complex 'real world' cases to solve accounting and business ethics related issues, to both accountant and non-accountant audiences
  3. Communicate ideas and arguments clearly, logically and concisely, both verbally and in writing
  4. Assess the role of accounting in society, and demonstrate a high level of accountability frameworks embraced in the subject
  5. Appreciate the principles employed by standard-setting bodies in the development of accounting standards, and appraise selected controversial accounting standards.
  • Assignment 1 - Final Exam (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Individual Written Report (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Individual Case Study (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Special requirements

No special requirements

Please note: This subject was previously titled Contemporary Accounting Thought.

The purpose of this subject is to introduce you to the context of theoretical and empirical underpinning of financial accounting and professional ethics in accounting. The subject links theory to research and practice.

The behaviour of those responsible for preparing financial accounting information and those who use this information are interpreted through application of different accounting theories. As such, it addresses the 'why' question in financial accounting rather than the 'how'. Further, moral dimensions and ethical aspects of professionals in financial services are reasoned through the lenses of various theories and principles. This reinforces the role of financial service professionals in the competitive and complex business environment and their significance to the society. A number of contemporary accounting and ethical issues are examined to illustrate these ideas.

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