Purpose of assignment The purpose of this assignment is twofold. First, it is designed to promote your understanding of the following accounting issues: a sector-neutral approach by accounting regulators; the application of accounting concepts appropriate to private sector entities within the context of public sector entities (e. G. , the use of accrual accounting in public sector entities); and whether these approaches will yield meaningful financial information to users for comparing or evaluating the performance of private sector and public sector entities.
Second the assignment is designed to promote your writing skills, including the use of the Harvard tutor-date referencing system, and, at the same time, ensure that you are fully aware of the importance of referencing at university. Essay Topic Write an essay of between 1,200 and 1,500 words in which you critically evaluate the following statement in Barton (1 999, p. 22): “The public and private sectors of the nation are not identical twins. The fundamental differences between the two must be acknowledged and accounting standards designed, where necessary, to suit the unique characteristics of the public sector. Your essay should address and reflect current reporting regulations. Additional requirements 1 . Your essay must contain at least one of each of the following types of in-text references: a. A direct quotation (their idea, their words). B. A paraphrasing of a specific argument. Paraphrasing involves re-writing the argument of another author(s) in your own words (their idea, your words). C. A quotation or idea from one of your references that the author(s) attribute to another author(s). 2.
You must use the Harvard author-date referencing system. 3. You must reference correctly, both in the body of your essay (in-text) and at the end of the essay (end-text). 4. Please adhere to the conventions for treating short versus long quotations. . Please use the following format for the essay: 12 font, Times (Mac) or Times New Roman (PC), double spacing, margins of 2. 5 CM. The format will assist the marking of the assignment. 6. Your essay is to be supported by not less than 8 academic journal articles.
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