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Assessment 2
Assessment Type: Case study report — theory and calculations — individual assessment
Purpose: To allow students to apply the technical knowledge of relevant accounting standards to financial reporting settings. This assessment relates to learning outcomes c, d.
Value: 30% Due Date: Week 9 - 8:00 pm Wednesday of Week 9
Submission: Submission must be made to the Moodie Assignment Link on the KOI Moodie Subject Home Page by 8.00 pm Wednesday of Week 9. A printed copy must be submitted to the Lecturer at the Week 9 Lecture to assist with marking. All assignments must have a signed KOI Assignment Coversheet included with the submission.
Topic: Research Individual Assignment
Task Details: West Ltd is a leading company in the sale of frozen and canned fish produce. These products are sold under two brand names. Fish caught in southern Australian waters are sold under the brand 'Artic Fresh', which is the brand the company developed when it commenced operations and which is still used today. Fish caught in the northern oceans are sold under the brand name 'Tropical Taste', the brand developed by Fishy Tales Ltd. West Ltd acquired all the assets and liabilities of Fishy Tales Ltd a number of years ago when it took over that company's operations.
West Ltd has always marketed itself as operating in an environmentally responsible manner, and is an advocate of sustainable fishing. The public regards it as a dolphin-friendly company as a result of its previous campaigns to ensure dolphins are not affected by tuna fishing. The marketing manager of West Ltd has noted the efforts of the ship, the Steve Irwin, to disrupt and hopefully stop the efforts of whalers in the southern oceans and the publicity that this has received. He has recommended to the board of directors that West Ltd strengthen its environmentally responsible image by guaranteeing to repair any damage caused to the Steve Irwin as a result of attempts to disrupt the whalers. He believes that this action will increase West Ltd.'s environmental reputation, adding to the company's goodwill. He has told the board that such a guarantee will have no effect on West Ltd.'s reported profitability. He has explained that, if any damage to the Steve Irwin occurs, West Ltd can capitalise the resulting repair costs to the carrying amounts of its brands, as such costs will have been incurred basically for marketing purposes. Accordingly, as the company's net asset position will increase, and there will be no
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effect on the statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income, this will be a win—win situation for everyone.
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The chairman of the board knows that the marketing manager is very effective at selling ideas but knows very little about accounting. The chairman has, therefore, asked you to provide him with a report advising the board on how the proposal should be accounted for under accounting standards and how such a proposal would affect West Ltd.'s financial statements.
Research requirements: Students need to support their analysis with reference to relevant material from the text and a minimum of eight (8) suitable, reliable, current and academically acceptable sources —this should include at least 2 peer-reviewed academic journal articles.
Presentation: 2000 + 10% word short report format. Title page, executive summary, table of contents, appropriate headings and sub-headings, recommendations/findings/conclusions, in-text referencing and reference list (Harvard — Anglia style), attachments if relevant. Single spaced, font Times New Roman 12pt, Calibri 11 pt or Arial 10 pt.
Marking Guide: Interpretation and representation 20%
Calculations 20%
Analysis 20%
Assumptions 20%
Communication 20%
Total mark will be scaled to a mark out of 30 subject marks.

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