Survey of Accounting, Study Guide

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9780471470885: Survey of Accounting, Study Guide

This book provides the basics of both financial and managerial accounting. Financial accounting provides primarily monetary information about business activities that result in the financial statements that are published for use by people outside the business. Managerial accounting provides monetary and nonmonetary information about business activities that result in supporting details for the financial statements or that provide information for internal organizational users to plan, control, or make decisions about operations. It is not intended to be a comprehensive volume in either financial or managerial accounting, but an introduction for non-business majors. The book takes a user orientation, steering clear of detailed, technical discussions. Many interesting examples from the travel industry are integrated throughout to catch the reader's interest and to apply concepts to companies they may know.

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How does an organization collect money owed by its customers?

How can a corporation use sales data to manage inventory?

Can a supplier's customer cover their debts?

All of these questions can be answered using accounting information. Because daily decisions use economic information and have economic consequences, every professional will benefit from an understanding of accounting. In Survey of Accounting, Raiborn and Watson provide the essentials of both financial and managerial accounting, offering a flexible text that can be used by students with a variety of backgrounds,and in courses with varying approaches.

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IN THE REAL WORLD. These openning vignettes relate the information in the chapters to real-world accounting issues faced by actual organizations and business people.

VISUAL RECAP. Each chapter offers periodic summaries of information, presented visually, providing readers with clear, quick points for review.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION. A variety of questions, exercised, problems, and short cases for in-class discussion or homework are included in every chapter. Some of these address communication, team-work, or decision-making skills; ethical or quality issues; or technical skills by including the use of the Internet or certain software programs.

USER PERSPECTIVE. Emphasizing the practical uses of accounting,  the "Accounting Information for Decision Making" section is included in most chapters.

ORGANIZATION. Fourteen chapters divided into five sections enhance the flexibility and clarity of presentation of the text.

 

About the Author:

Cecily A. Raiborn is a Professor of Accounting at Loyola University New Orleans (LUNO). She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Ph.D. in Accounting and has earned the CPA and CMA. She received the AICPA/Louisiana CPA Society Outstanding Educator Award in 1991, after being nominated by LUNO?s Beta Alpha Psi chapter. Raiborn has co-authored several textbooks and has been published in a wide variety of professional journals, including Journal of Business Ethics, Advances in Management Accounting, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Journal of Accounting Case Research, and Management Accounting (now Strategic Finance). Professional and honorary memberships include the American Accounting Association (Management Accounting section), Institute of Management Accountants, Texas Society of CPAs, Bet Alpha Psi, Phi Delta Gamma, and Phi Kappa Phi. In addition to the academic setting, her work experience includes the manufacturing and not-for-profit sector.

Stephanie F. Watson is a doctoral student in the Accounting Department at Louisiana State University (LSU). She has taught introductory accounting for three years and has been recognized as an excellent teacher, receiving three teaching awards during that time (two at the department level and one at the college level) and positive student evaluations of her teaching. Watson considers herself a student of teaching and learning as well as accounting; she devotes considerable time to developing and refining teaching techniques designed to help students enjoy learning and understand the material, rather than memorize. Watson conducts research in the areas of management fraud and accounting education and passed the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam in November 2001. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Accounting Association, Institute of Internal Auditors, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Watson received her B.S. and M.S. in Accounting from LSU in 1991 and 1997, respectively. After earning her undergraduate degree, she worked in private accounting in the retail industry for seven years in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas.

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