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Title: Accounting and finance : an introduction, 8th ed.
Authors: Eddie McLaney and Peter Atrill. 
Keywords: Accounting
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Prentice Hill
Abstract: This text provides a comprehensive introduction to financial accounting, management accounting and core elements of financial management. It is aimed both at students who are not majoring in accounting or finance and those who are. Those studying introductory-level accounting and/or financial management as part of their course in business, economics, hospitality management, tourism, engineering or some other area should find that the book provides complete coverage of the material at the level required. Students, who are majoring in either accounting or finance, should find the book useful as an introduction to the main principles, which can serve as a foundation for further study. The text does not focus on technical issues, but rather examines basic principles and underlying concepts. The primary concern throughout is the ways in which financial statements and information can be used to improve the quality of the decisions made by those who use them. To reinforce this practical emphasis, throughout the text, there are numerous illustrative extracts with commentary from real life including company reports, survey data and other sources. The text is written in an ‘open-learning’ style. This means that there are numerous integrated activities, worked examples and questions through all of the chapters to help you to understand the subject fully. You are encouraged to interact with the material and to check your progress continually. Irrespective of whether you are using the book as part of a taught course or for personal study, we have found that this approach is more ‘user-friendly’ and makes it easier for you to learn. We recognise that most readers will not have studied accounting or finance before, and we have therefore tried to write in a concise and accessible style, minimising the use of technical jargon. We have also tried to introduce topics gradually, explaining everything as we go. Where technical terminology is unavoidable we try to provide clear explanations. In addition, you will find all of the key terms highlighted in the text. These are then listed at the end of each chapter with a page reference. They are also listed alphabetically, with a concise definition, in the glossary given in Appendix B towards the end of the book. This should provide a convenient point of reference from which to revise. A further consideration in helping you to understand and absorb the topics covered is the design of the text itself. The page layout and colour scheme have been carefully considered to enable easy navigation and digestion of material. The layout features a large page format, an open design, and clear signposting of the various features and assessment material. In this eighth edition, we have taken the opportunity to make improvements suggested by students and lecturers who used the previous edition. We have expanded the discussion on the need for managers to have some understanding of accounting and introduced a section on ethics in accounting (Chapter 1). The topic of risk has now been introduced much earlier in the book (Chapter 8) and has been linked more clearly to management decision making. In addition, the material in Chapters 12 and 13 has been reordered to make their development more logical. We have updated and expanded the number of examples from real life and have continued to reflect the latest international rules relating to the main financial statements. To aid understanding, we have also increased the number of student progress questions (Activities) and explanatory diagrams.
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