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Summary: Duchac, Reeve, Warren provides an effective new approach to help accounting majors and business students learn and understand financial accounting. The text introduces an integrated financial statements framework that clearly illustrates the inter-relationships between the cash flow statement, income statement and the balance sheet. This integrated framework focuses on providing students with a sound understanding of how the financial statements work together to prov ...show moreide a picture of a company's financial performance, while at the same time teaching students the impact of transactions on the financial statements. This methodology offers a blend of concepts and procedures, which helps students get to the "ah-ha" moment in accounting education sooner by focusing on how the financial statements come together BEFORE introducing debits and credits. New to the Edition Edition/Copyright: 2ND 07
- New Co-author, Dr. Jonathan Duchac of Wake Forest University: Dr. Duchac brings a fresh perspective to the accounting profession with his teaching awards and professional involvements. His contributions to every chapter in the second edition have given the text effective pedagogy and real word relevance.
- Unique Approach: Utilizes an Integrated Financial Statement Framework to clearly show the impact of transactions on the balance sheet, income statement, and the statement of cash flows, while showing the interrelationship among these financial statements. This approach provides students with a sound understanding of how the financial statements work together to provide a picture of a company's financial performance, while at the same time teaching students the impact of transactions on the financial statements. This helps students get to the "ah-ha" moment in accounting sooner by focusing on how the financial statements come together BEFORE introducing debits and credits.
- Basic accounting concepts are introduced in Chapter 2 using only cash transactions and the integrated financial statements framework. Accrual accounting concepts and transactions are introduced in Chapter 3 using the integrated financial statements framework. Debits and Credits are not introduced until Chapter 4 when students have a firm understanding of basic and accrual accounting concepts. The authors are gradually moving first to cash, and then to accrual, making it easier for students to first pick up the basic framework of accounting, and then move on to the more complicated material of accrual accounting.
- Added coverage of Sarbanes-Oxley & Responsible Reporting to enhance students understanding about how the information in this course can be applied in the real world, with real regulations, and real consequences. Chapter 1 has a new section on "Responsible Reporting" analyzing how individual character, firm culture, and laws and enforcement contribute to accounting fraud. There is a new chart summarizing "Accounting Fraud in the 2000's" illustrates how 11 companies violated accounting concepts and highlights the result of their fraudulent action. Chapter 7, "Sarbanes-Oxley, Internal Control, and Cash," has been revised and begins with a discussion of Sarbanes-Oxley.
- Emphasis on Ethics: Featured in the "Integrity, Objectivity, and Ethics in Business" boxed feature throughout the chapters. The ethics boxed feature emphasizes the importance of not only knowing how to apply accounting concepts learned in their courses, but how to apply them ethically, with integrity and objectivity.
- New Chapter Openers: Each chapter opens with a unique company scenario revised to speak directly to student interests and experiences. The chapter openers tie directly to the chapter topic providing students with the invaluable experience of seeing how theory translates into real practice. The revised opening scenarios are written to relate to students, using real-life examples, such as playing football, receiving birthday money, subscribing to magazines, and organizing music on an MP3 player.
- "How Businesses Make Money" boxed feature--formerly called "Strategy in Business: Emphasizes practical ways in which businesses generate make profits and money. The boxes help generate student interest in business and accounting.
- New Chapter Organization: Chapter 2 is now "Basic Accounting Concepts. Chapter 3 has been renamed "Accrual Accounting Concepts. Chapter 6 is now "Inventories" (formerly Chapter 8). Chapter 7 (formerly Chapter 6) has been renamed "Sarbanes-Oxley, Internal Control and Cash" to reflect the new emphasis on Sarbanes-Oxley. Chapter 8 is "Receivables" (formerly Chapter 7). The chapters have been reorganized and renamed to facilitate a improved learning progression.
- New charts, tables, and illustrations. Numerous summary charts and tables have been added, along with new illustrative diagrams and infographics. Margin notations reflective of the "Integrated Financial Statement Framework" are included for each journal entry. The new charts, tables, and illustrations effectively summarize important material for students to assist with visualizing accounting processes and concepts. The Integrated Financial Statement Framework" margin notations facilitate student understanding of the impact of each transaction on the financial statements. This reinforces the integrated financial statement emphasis in the early chapters of the text.
- In Chapter 8, "Receivables," the discussion of the Direct Write-Off Method now comes before the discussion of the Allowance Method. Both methods have been significantly revised and expanded to include more examples, summary charts and 2 new end of chapter Exercises comparing the Direct Write-Off and Allowance Methods have been added. This is a more student friendly presentation, going from simply to complex. Method comparisons also help students to understand the advantages and disadvantages of the direct write-off and allowance methods.
- International Coverage! An "International" margin item is included where appropriate to describe global issues related to business and accounting, exposing students to the considerations and complexities of international concepts as they relate to accounting today. Accounting does not function in a vacuum--everything that happens in a company's accounting department is connected with every other department. As businesses become increasingly global, students need to understand how accounting practices affect the global economy. The international icons encourage students to think about how accounting actions play out globally.
- Analytical Focus! An "Analysis" section is included in each chapter, generally at the end of each section of discrete topical material. This feature helps develop students' analytical thinking skills. By including an "Analysis" section, at the end of each chapter, the student is challenged to utilize concepts learned within the chapter to answer difficult business questions.
- "Illustrative Accounting Application Problem" feature has been retained for the second edition. Each "Illustrative Application Problem" is patterned after an end-of-chapter problem and assists students in reviewing chapter content and preparing them for end-of-chapter homework assignments.
- Check for Understanding! A "Question and Answer" is included in the margins at appropriate points within each chapter to ensure that students understand the concepts as they proceed through the chapter. The questions are designed as a check point and serve to reinforce accounting concepts within the chapter.
- Cash Flow Connection! A "Focus on Cash Flow" box is included in Chapters 6-12 as a vehicle for students to make the connection between cash flows and the specific chapter topic. The Cash Flow Connection reinforces the concept of cash flow and how it affects accounting activities and components.
- Chapter Review for Students! A Chapter Review section includes a Summary of Learning Goals, a Glossary, an Illustrative Accounting Application Problem, Self-Study Questions (five per chapter), and Discussion Questions. The review summarizes the learning goals and key achievement benchmarks presented throughout the chapter, and provide the student with an opportunity to reinforce key concepts through self study questions and questions for discussion.
- Skills-Based End-of-Chapter Material! The End-of-Chapter materials include Questions & Exercises, Accounting Application Problems and Financial Analysis and Reporting Cases, consisting of Financial Analysis and Reporting, and Business Activities and Responsibility Issues. The EOC materials provides the student with the opportunity to review key material in a variety of ways, including exercises, problems, cases, group activities, general ledger, and Excel spreadsheet activities.
Publisher: Thomson Learning