Topic: Identify and apply theories and models in accounting to a current topical issue related to a corporation of your choice from a list of corporations provided (note approval must be sought from your lecturers and tutors). You are required to demonstrate your understanding of your chosen accounting theories to matter current to the approved corporation by reference to published material from the corporation and other related sources.
Task Details: Choose a firm from a list of corporations provided by your lecturer / tutor, then find a news piece related to your chosen firm’s issues. Pick one of the following issues: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or Capital Market Reactions (CMR). Identify and rationalise with appropriate accounting theories, the motive, effectiveness and impact of the firm’s CSR/CMR disclosures in addressing these issues. Based on the case findings, groups must make recommendations on CSR/CMR reporting at the corporation level as well as at regulatory level. Emphasis must be given to effectiveness of CSR/CMR disclosures.
Presentation: Students are to present their analysis and findings/ conclusions in a professional 5 (five)-minute video presentation. Presentations should be a critical analysis covering the main theory elements of the course – not just presenting a factual story – reference to corporate reports and other material is encouraged. Information can be covered in any order in the presentation, but should contain elements of the course. It is strongly recommended that groups prepare their presentations well in advance of the presentation date, and make some effort to review their video presentation.
This will improve the presentation overall, and give groups a chance to improve and time manage their presentations. Videos may be prepared using any available platform such as iMovie, MovieMaker, Prezi and others. Students are reminded that extensive use of third-party video materials in their video presentations may increase the risk of plagiarism.
Research Requirements: Students need to support their analysis with references from the text and a minimum of ten (10) suitable, reliable, current and academically acceptable sources – check with your tutor if unsure of the validity of sources. Students seeking Credit or above grades should support their analysis with increased number of reference sources comparable to the grade they are seeking
. 2500 + 10% word report format – Word .doc or .docx. 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.
Video Presentation: 5-minute video presentation in class supported by appropriate visual aids. Presentations will be timed – groups going over 5 minutes will be asked to stop - this will affect marks, as will presentations that are too short (under 4 minutes) or too long (over 6 minutes). All group members must participate.
Research – extent and application 30% Analysis 30% Recommendations/conclusions 20% Report content 20%. Total mark will be scaled to a mark out of 10 subject marks
Research – extent and application 30% Analysis 30% Recommendations/conclusions 20% Video content 20%.