Accounting Theory Cga

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Slide 1 ACCOUNTING THEORY & CONTEMORARY ISSUES (AT1) MODULE ONE Slide 2 ACCOUNTING UNDER IDEAL CONDITIONS Part 1 - Foundation items re the course Part 2 - Present value accounting under certainty Part 3 - Present value accounting under uncertainty Part 4 - Reserve recognition accounting Part 5 - Examination question examples Part 6 - Historical cost accounting Lecture by: Dr. A. L. Dartnell, FCGA Year 2009 - 2010 2 Slide 3 PART 1 Foundation Items re the Course Different Course Financial reporting is extremely important in our everyday life. You have heard of the many irregularities that have occurred in recent years which primarily involved financial reporting. Financial reporting is controlled by standards set so…show more content…
While the current edition of the textbook has few references to Canadian standards, coverage of current Canadian standards is included in the modules, as well as, the review and assignment material. Coverage of certain United States standards is also included where these differ significantly from, or are in advance of, IASB standards. All of this material is examinable unless specifically marked to the contrary. 4 In this course, material relating to specific accounting standards is largely (but not completely) at a conceptual level. Fortunately, at this level, most standards in Canada, the United States, and internationally are broadly similar, thereby reducing the amount of detail you will have to learn. However, there are some important differences, particularly with respect to current value accounting, and these will be emphasized where appropriate. It would seem that from 2011, current Canadian standards will no longer be relevant or examinable. Future versions of this course will include only IASB and relevant United States standards. Slide 8 History and Research There is an interesting rundown on the history of accounting and research in the first 15 pages of the text. Go over them to get some background for the course. Topic 1.2 of the module notes relates to recent developments in financial accounting. It gives an excellent account leading up to the current recession and also the effect on fair value accounting which we will be
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