the FASB codification system to research a company’s financial statements and to research a proposed accounting standard for the current or prior year (liability and equity-type transactions only)

ACG 4111– WRITING PROJECT AND PRESENTATION

PROJECT INFORMATION:

You will be using EDGAR (http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml) and  the FASB codification system to research a company’s financial statements and to research a proposed accounting standard for the current or prior year (liability and equity-type transactions only).  You will be creating financial accounting information and  commenting on the proposal you selected as it applies to the company you selected.

COURSE OBJECTIVES COVERED:  1-4

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS:

·         This project is split into four (4) parts with one (1) part due each week of the course. Based on your readings, use of technology, research of literature, and other sources do the following:

  • Part 1-Find a proposed standard from the current or prior year that is related to this course (liability and equity-type transactions only) in the FASB Codification system.  Prepare a 2-3 page summary of the FASB proposal highlighting what changed, why, and the potential  impact on the financial statements and disclosures
  • Part 2-Find a company’s financial statements, using the EDGAR database.  Use Excel to create an applicable supporting schedule and financial statement(s) that would provide an example of the application of the proposed standard you selected for the company you selected.  Ex. if the standard you found included a different method to recognize revenue you would create a worksheet using that  proposed change to revenue recognition and then show how that change would affected the financialstatements of the company you selected from EDGAR.
  • Part 3-Prepare a 2-3 page analysis discussing if you think this FASB proposal is a good idea now that you have seen the impact on the financial statements or if you think there is a potential for misleading financial statements as a result of this proposal.
  • Part 4-Present your project to the class for discussion

WRITING REQUIREMENTS:

·         The report should be should be 4-5 pages in total (not including cover page, abstract, or references) for the entire project, which is split intoseveral weeks.

·         Include the Excel spreadsheet(s) as exhibits in your paper

·         Include a minimum of 2 scholarly sources from the KU Library, EDGAR resource and FASB proposed standard.

o   All sources used are to be cited in APA format

o   Please use the writing center if needed

TECHNOLOGY/COLLABORATIVE ACTIVITY:

·         You will be using Excel to create the exhibit to your paper

·         You will be presenting your findings from the project to the class using the voice-over feature in PowerPoint or YouTube. Please be sure the audio is clear and the file or link is accessible in the Week 4 Presentation discussion board.

·         You will be collaborating with other classmates on their presentations and answering any questions about your own presentation

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