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This course is concerned with external financial reporting and, in particular, the accounting and reporting practices of listed companies. It is an issues based course, where more complicated business transactions and events are considered, as well as accounting problems in certain specific areas. The regulatory requirements for preparation of a set of company financial statements, together with the continuous disclosure requirements and voluntary disclosures made by companies, are examined. Alternative accounting practices and issues, and the choice of technique by different preparers of accounts are also examined. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of the theory of accounting and its development.