Subject Learning Outcome 1:
Research and argue a position in regard to a contemporary issue in the accounting profession
Write a report based on the assignment details noted below. Your final report (Part 2) should be approximately 3000 words not including references, abstract and appendices. You should include a word count on your report. Submissions that exceed the word count by more than 10% will cease to be marked from the point at which that limit is exceeded.
The Assignment is designed to test the following skills:
1. Your knowledge, your ability to research the issues and then critically analyse the information appropriately using judgement to answer the research questions raised.
Case Study Details:
You work for a large accounting and consultancy firm. Part of the role of your department is to advise governments and regulators around the world on issues concerning the convergence and adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”).
Indonesia’s current policy is of the gradual convergence of Indonesian Financial Accounting Standards to
The Indonesian government, through the Ministry of Finance (“MoF”) has been lobbied by organisations both in support of and against the adoption of IFRS. Some of those against adoption have referenced the outcome of the recent US presidential election and the UK’s ‘Brexit’ as evidence of a ‘retreat from globalisation’ which undermines arguments in favour of IFRS.
The MoF is considering several options put to them by the different lobby groups including:
- suspending the convergence program and retaining their own separate standards
- continuing the same current approach of ‘gradual convergence’
- adopting IFRS fully as soon as possible
The Indonesian MoF have contacted your firm and requested help with their deliberations over this important matter, which is proving problematic as different individuals within the ministry have different opinions. To help them make a decision the MoF would now like an impartial report, including recommendations.
Two of the partners of your firm, Mrs A.D. Option and Mr Con Vergence, have identified you as ideal to lead a team writing the report. The team you lead will include non-accounting graduates from the consulting arm of your business. The partners request that you first provide a report plan (Part 1) before completing the report (Part 2). They inform you that not all relevant staff at the MoF are accountants and as such your report should be understandable to both accountants and non-accountants.
The MoF have requested that the report contains (but is not necessarily restricted to) responses to the following aspects:
1. Briefly outline the origins, history and expansion of IFRS.
2. Briefly provide the current and likely future position of IFRS globally in terms of coverage and any major alternative accounting rules in use.
3. Arguments for and against fully adopting IFRS; what are the costs and benefits to the Indonesian economy, the Indonesian government and other parties? A recommendation is required.
4. If Indonesia did decide to fully adopt IFRS, provide arguments for and against a one-off adoption
(as opposed to a more gradual convergence). A recommendation is required.
You are aware of some excellent literature on the expansion of IFRS in developing and other countries that you will also incorporate in this report. You can include any information in the report
which you think will assist the MoF to make these important decisions. You must support your arguments and hence use at least ten resources to inform your discussion.
After you have submitted the report plan (Part 1) to the partners, they will provide some feedback on your work to assist you with the final report (Part 2).
In Part-2, the partners are keen that you include a response to their feedback at the end of your report, after the references. You must outline how you were able to reflect on this feedback, and on any areas for improvement you identified yourself, in order to enhance your final report.
You need to provide this information requested above in a report format in two stages as outlined below.
Part 2: word limit is 3000 words.
Final Business Report comprising -
Business report technical content 30% 30%
Business report format, language and presentation 10% 10%
Note: The Assessment Rubric or marking rubric is a separate document and you are advised to read through it to obtain guidance on how the lecturers will mark your assignment. A summary of the mark allocation is given below:
Summary of Marks:
Technical Skills - content 30 Marks
Professional Competency Skills
Report Writing Skills:
Feedback response, Format, Language and Presentation 10 Marks
Evaluating information resources and research plan 10 Marks
Assignment Mark 50 Marks
Part 1: Evaluating information resources and research plan – detailed
1) Based on the above scenario, answer the following questions:
a) What is the purpose of your report?
b) What is the audience for your report?
c) What are the (key) decisions to be made?
d) What information would help you to make these decisions?
e) When you search for relevant information (in a database for example) what keywords will/are you using?
2) Identify 10 sources relevant to the project (e.g. journal articles, textbooks, websites etc.). At least 4 of these must be academic journal articles but there should be a variety of different sources used.
3) Complete a source analysis on 3 of the 10 sources with full bibliographic references. At least 2 of these sources must be academic journal articles. Refer to the source analysis template.
4) Provide a full plan of main and sub headings of the report (include appropriate numbering). Resources to help you understand these requirements and in particular the source analysis template
are provided on Moodle, including explanatory documents, marking rubrics and slides (which
accompany a presentation by your lecturer in week 2).
Evaluating Information Sources
Full citation of resource
Author’s intended audience
Author’s main argument(s)/main idea(s)
What evidence is provided to support the argument/idea? Give specific examples
Does the source raise any questions you need to answer or have connections to other sources you have seen? (For example, it supports or contradicts them) If so, name the sources.
Conclusion (overall value of the resource and use in the report)
The Part 1 word limit is 1500 words.