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Communication Skills Handbook for Accounting

توضیحات

The Communication Skills Handbook for Accounting, 2nd edition has been designed to develop the written and oral communication skills of university accounting students. The authors introduce successful approaches to researching, writing and referencing, and review the main problems accounting students are likely to encounter when preparing and presenting reports, essays and other work for assessment.

The handbook, which reflects the recommendations of the sixth edition of the Style Manual, covers specialist requirements for accounting assignments, including:

  • Referencing accounting standards and pronouncements
  • Writing and presenting guidelines for accounting topics
  • Tailoring writing to an accounting audience

The objectives of this handbook are:

  • To provide students with guidelines that are consistent across their university studies and to outline the minimum requirements for formal presentation of written and verbal assignments
  • To assist university staff to apply a consistent approach to the assessment of formally presented written and verbal material by students, irrespective of university, department, course or level of study
  • To reinforce among students the view that communication skills are an integral component of their studies and essential to their careers, rather than optional skills isolated from their chosen disciplines


Chapter 1 General Guidelines for Assessment
Introduction
Writing Styles
Writing for textbooks
Writing for newspaper
Writing for academic purposes
Writing guidelines
Non-offensive language
Use of numbers
Tables, figures and graphs
Titles
Foreign terms and acronyms
Parentheses
Points of ellipsis
Bullet points
Assignment preparation guidelines
Topic analysis
Presentation guidelines
Finding the information
Preliminary plan
Making the most of the library
Resources for accounting and finance students
Summary

Chapter 2. Referencing
Introduction
Referencing - a helpful hint
Unethical behaviour
Plagiarism
Collusion
Referencing -- general information
When to provide a reference
How to avoid plagiarism
Methods of referencing
The Harvard System
In-text references
Format
How to include a reference in your writing
When to include page numbers
Footnotes
Single author
Two or more authors
Two or more works in one citation
Newspapers
Personal communications
Anonymous works
Publication date unavailable
Sponsoring organisation
Citations for sources other than the original
Tables and figures either extracted or taken whole
List of references (LOR) entries for paper-based sources -- specific rules and examples
LOR -- book citation
LOR -- article or chapter in an edited book
LOR -- study notes
LOR -- books of readings
LOR -- indirect quotation
LOR -- article in journal
LOR -- sponsoring organisation
LOR -- multiple publications by the same author
LOR -- conference paper, working paper series and thesis
LOR -- article in newspaper or magazine
Electronic referencing method
Electronic referencing -- general information
In-text references -- electronic sources
LOR -- electronic sources, general
LOR entries for electronic sources -- specific rules and examples
CD-ROM -- book
CD-ROM -- journal
Internet sites (author and date available)
Internet sites (author and date not available
FTP sites
Discussion group message
Personal email message
Films, videos and television
Referencing accounting standards and regulations
AAS accounting standards
AASB accounting standards
Statement of Accounting Concepts
Auditing standards
Urgent Issues Group
Other professional pronouncements
International accounting standards
Summary
Bibliography

Chapter 3 Writing Skills
Starting to write
Topic analysis
The preliminary plan
Research
The working plan
Thinking like an accountant
First draft
Layout
Length
Structure
Topic sentence
Supporting sentences
Second draft
The introduction
Introductory comments
Statement of purpose
The conclusion
Final submission
Checklist
Grammar and spelling check

Chapter 4 Report Writing
Introduction
Report structure
Assignment cover sheet
Letter of transmittal
Title page
Executive summary
Table of contents
Introduction
Body
Using graphs, tables and illustrations
Conclusions
Recommendations
Bibliography/List of references
Glossary
Appendices
Summary

Chapter 5 The Case Study
Introduction
Preparing a case analysis
The structure of the problem-specific case analysis report
Introduction
Problem specification
External requirements
Internal preference
Recommendation
The structure of the Harvard MBA case analysis report
Introduction or case background
Body of the analysis
Formulation of alternatives or a possible solution
Recommendations or choice of solutions
Implementation plan
Strategic analysis tools for the Harvard MBA case study
The SWOT analysis
Situation analysis
Summary
List of references

Chapter 6 Essay Writing
Introduction
Writing the essay
Style
Sample Essay
Summary
Some variations on the formal essay structure

Chapter 7 Oral Presentations
Overview
Oral presentations at university
Preparing the presentation
Presentation value
Structure of the presentation
Introduction and conclusion
The body of the presentation
Visual aids
Audience handouts
Practising the presentation
Planning for contingencies
Just before the presentation
Equipment
Anxiety
Delivering the presentation
Delivery speed
Gestures
Audience rapport
Reading the speech
Stance during the speech
Humour
Nervousness
Annoying habits
Presenting in teams
Handling questions from the audience
Summary
Alternatives to oral presentations for distance education students

Chapter 8 Examination Techniques
Introduction
General hints
When to start studying
Revision
Pre-examination planning
Perusal time
After the examination begins
Content and style of questions
Subject matter limited
Scope limited
Combined subject and scope limited
Multiple-choice questions
Short-answer questions
Point-by-point questions
Essay-style questions
Hybrid questions
Case studies
Other types of questions
Do\'s and don\'ts when answering examination questions
Summary

Glossary
List of reference
Index