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Accounting in Context for Non-Specialists

Mark Fisher, Makailla McConnell, Mark Walsh

ISBN: 9781911635680 PBK; 9781911635697 eBook


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  • Focuses on concepts and techniques explaining them in a clearly with minimum jargon.
  • Enables readers to become informed engagers with accounting information.
  • Authored by teaching practitioners who use their own professional experience to ensure the content of the book is both engaging and relevant.

Many non-accounting students are intimidated by the complexity of accounting language and the focus on technique and mathematics. Accounting in Context for Non-Specialists focuses on concepts and uses plain English where possible, covering accounting techniques when they are necessary to better understand the language of accounting or where they illustrate a particular concept or problem. Accounting goes beyond just counting; this book gets to the big concepts quickly, which is ultimately what decision makers must recognise to be able to be informed engagers with accounting information.

Authored by practitioners with many years of teaching experience and who understand the issues of teaching accounting to large and varied student cohorts, the authors draw from their own professional experience to ensure the content of the book is both engaging and relevant. The book will encourage students not merely to study current problems in accounting, but also seeks to get them to actively engage in proposing solutions.

About the Authors


Mark Fisher, Senior Teaching Fellow in Accounting, University of Sussex, UK
Makailla McConnell, Teaching Fellow, University of Sussex, UK
Matthew Walsh, Teaching Fellow and Course Director of the International Accounting & Corporate Governance MSc, University of Sussex, UK

Publication: September 2020

Table of contents

Introduction to the approach that this book will take, and how to use it effectively in teaching and learning
Ch 1 Accounting history; Section 1 Accounting Concepts: Ch 2 Cash is King; Ch 3 What is profit?; Ch 4 What is a balance sheet?; Ch 5 Accounting judgement and professional ethics; Ch 6 Financial Accounting and Management Accounting: Why such a split of ideas?; Section 2 Financial Accounting: Ch 7 Evaluation of financial performance; Ch 8 IFRS; Ch 9 The not for profit world; Section 3 – Management Accounting: Ch 10 – A world with multiple answers to the same question; Ch 11 – Management Accounting in practice (things you are liable to meet in your career); Index

Table of contents

Introduction to the approach that this book will take, and how to use it effectively in teaching and learning
Ch 1 Accounting history; Section 1 Accounting Concepts: Ch 2 Cash is King; Ch 3 What is profit?; Ch 4 What is a balance sheet?; Ch 5 Accounting judgement and professional ethics; Ch 6 Financial Accounting and Management Accounting: Why such a split of ideas?; Section 2 Financial Accounting: Ch 7 Evaluation of financial performance; Ch 8 IFRS; Ch 9 The not for profit world; Section 3 – Management Accounting: Ch 10 – A world with multiple answers to the same question; Ch 11 – Management Accounting in practice (things you are liable to meet in your career); Index

About the authors

Mark Fisher, Senior Teaching Fellow in Accounting, University of Sussex, UK
Makailla McConnell, Teaching Fellow, University of Sussex, UK
Matthew Walsh, Teaching Fellow and Course Director of the International Accounting & Corporate Governance MSc, University of Sussex, UK

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