Accounting for Non-Specialists (7e) : 9781488612589

Accounting for Non-Specialists (7e)

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**Proud winner of the 2018 Education Publishing Awards Australia (EPAA)**
Tertiary (Adaptations) Teaching and Learning Resource – print or blended learning (print and digital)

With a focus on engagement and relevance Accounting for Non-Specialists demonstrates the practical application of accounting concepts in decision-making without the technical detail.

The emphasis is on the application and interpretation of information for decision-making, and the underlying concepts of accounting. Features throughout the text focus on developing an understanding of key accounting principles through the use of relevant and engaging examples.

For educators, when the content is combined with the Enhanced Testbank and Facilitation Guide, the package offers activities and assessment to promote active learning and get students ready for the workplace.

Accounting for Non-Specialists is also available in Revel, our new digital environment designed for the way today's students read, think, and learn. Discover more about Revel.


Table of contents
  • Chapter 1 Introduction to accounting
  • Chapter 2 Measuring and reporting financial position
  • Chapter 3 Measuring and reporting financial performance
  • Chapter 4 Introduction to limited companies
  • Chapter 5 Regulatory framework for companies
  • Chapter 6 Measuring and reporting cash flows
  • Chapter 7 Corporate social responsibility and sustainability accounting
  • Chapter 8 Analysis and interpretation of financial statements
  • Chapter 9 Cost–volume–profit analysis and relevant costing
  • Chapter 10 Full costing
  • Chapter 11 Budgeting
  • Chapter 12 Capital investment decisions
  • Chapter 13 The management of working capital
  • Chapter 14 Financing the business

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New to this edition

The NEW Enhanced Testbank for educators contains a variety of assignable questions to help students master chapter concepts and reinforce what they’ve learned.

A NEW Active Learning Facilitation Guide for educators assists the development of accounting skills and communication, teamwork, critical thinking, problem-based learning, ethics, self-management, planning and organisation.

Plus, to ensure engagement and relevance the following text features have been added and updated:

  • NEW! Concept Check questions provide a quick understanding check of the learning objective
  • Updated Real World Examples make accounting relevant to the student
  • Updated Accounting and You sections aim to bring accounting back to issues that affect everyday life
  • Updated Application Exercises to consolidate understanding of topics
Features & benefits

There are a variety of features to support student centred active learning, these include:

  • Accounting and You sections illustrate how the content has real relevance to everyday life
  • Real World Examples link theory and current practice
  • End of Chapter Case Study questions are based on contemporary news media articles
  • In-Chapter Activities give the opportunity to check understanding and encourage linkages to topics
  • Self- Assessment Questions are demanding and comprehensive to help reinforce understanding
  • Application Exercises enable application and consolidate the understanding of topics
  • Discussion Questions assess recollection and critical evaluation of the main principles in each chapter
Author biography

Peter Atrill is a freelance academic and author who has worked with leading institutions in the UK, Europe and SE Asia. He was previously Head of Accounting and Law and Head of Business and Management at the Plymouth University Business School.

Eddie McLaney is Visiting Fellow in Accounting and Finance at Plymouth University.

Emeritus Professor David Harvey After qualifying as an accountant in the United Kingdom, David began lecturing in 1971 at Portsmouth Polytechnic (now Portsmouth University) with a subsequent move to Plymouth Polytechnic (now the University of Plymouth) in 1977. During his time in the United Kingdom he developed a keen interest in curriculum development and teaching methods and was involved with the writing of several books with an open learning style, many of these in collaboration with Peter Atrill and Eddie McLaney. During this time he also completed a Masters degree in Managerial Financial Controls and a PhD in the areas of investment and financing decisions. This research work covered both traditional investment appraisal and corporate strategy.

In 1991 he moved to Australia to take up the position of Professor of Accounting and Head of the Centre for Accounting and Finance at the University of New England (Northern Rivers), which subsequently became Southern Cross University. In 1992 he became the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Computing, a position he held until 1996, before reverting to his Professorship. In 2000 he took up the position of the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Southern Queensland. In 2001 the Faculty of Commerce was merged with the Faculty of Business and David became Dean of the enlarged Faculty of Business. David has had extensive experience in developing and teaching programs internationally. His most recent position was as Pro Vice-Chancellor (International Quality), a position he held from 2004 until his retirement in 2005.

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