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Cornerstones of Financial Accounting, 2nd Edition

  • Jay Rich Illinois State University
  • Jeff Jones Auburn University
  • Maryanne Mowen Oklahoma State University
  • Don Hansen Oklahoma State University
  • ISBN-10: 0538473452  |  ISBN-13: 9780538473453
  • 816 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010
  • © 2012 | Published
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Get your students where they need to be with CORNERSTONES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING. Cornerstones is the only text that delivers a truly unique learning system that is integrated through the entire introductory managerial accounting journey--ensuring they will leave the course with the needed elements to be future business leaders. Students are guided through: Building A Strong Foundation: Students learn the basic accounting concepts through clear and consistently-formatted Cornerstones Examples and Exercises. Understanding Relationships: Students see the relationships between the numbers & concepts and how variables impact each other. Seeing Real-World Connections: Student understanding is brought full circle as they see how these concepts are applied in real world situations. Making Decisions: Students practice actually making decisions based on the information they have now gathered and analyzed. Students love this approach because it presents materials the way they learn and professors love it because it gets students to master the foundations more quickly and allows more time to learn and apply the analysis and decision making of accounting. Get There with Cornerstones!

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  • Carefully crafted in response to studies on student reading behavior and market research, the innovative Cornerstones approach has been proven to increase student engagement and preparedness while improving grades. Each major concept is illustrated in a Cornerstone, which supports and amplifies accounting concepts with a compelling example, step-by-step calculations to solve a business problem, and a link to a brief video segment that reinforces and summarizes key concepts and procedures. In addition, end-of-chapter Cornerstones Exercises refer to Cornerstones in the chapter, allowing students to consider relevant examples when completing assignments, which can help them become more independent learners.
  • Each chapter opens with an Experience Financial Accounting vignette that shows how real companies like Apple, Verizon, and Google are using accounting information to make better decisions. Real financial statements from leading, recognizable companies are used to illustrate key concepts, and each chapter includes an assignment that requires students to analyze and interpret actual financial data for companies such as Abercrombie and Fitch and Aéropostale.
  • To succeed in today's business climate, students need to be able to analyze business situations thoughtfully and make informed, ethical decisions. The text weaves Ethical Decisions features throughout the chapters to encourage students to develop these essential skills and consider the ethical implications of their actions in every situation.
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Table of Contents

1. Accounting and Financial Statements.
2. The Accounting Information System.
3. Accrual Accounting.
4. Internal Control and Cash.
5. Sales and Receivables.
6. Cost of Goods Sold and Inventory.
7. Operating Assets.
8. Current and Contingent Liabilities.
9. Long-Term Liabilities.
10. Stockholders' Equity.
11. The Statement of Cash Flows.
12. Financial Statement Analysis.
Appendix 1: International Financial Reporting Standards.
Appendix 2: Investments.
Appendix 3: Time Value of Money.
Appendix 4: Financial Statement Information: Abercrombie and Fitch.
Appendix 5: Financial Statement Information: Aeropostale.

What's New

  • Each chapter of the new Second Edition includes a variety of You Decide features, which put students into an active, decision-making role as the accountant or manager for a particular company, enabling them to move beyond learning basic concepts in order to analyze business situations and discover how accounting information informs key decisions. To assess students' critical thinking skills, each chapter also includes concluding assignments that relate to issues illustrated in the You Decide features.
  • The growing acceptance of International Federal Reporting Standards (IFRS) requires that future accountants understand what IFRS are, when they are expected to be adopted in the United States, and their potential impact on accounting. To ensure that your students are up to date with the latest changes, the Second Edition includes new marginal IFRS notes to highlight process differences between U.S. GAAP and IFRS. In addition, an appendix offers a general definition and overview of IFRS, including an outline of how IFRS changes could impact core accounting concepts, as well as multiple-choice questions to evaluate student comprehension.
  • Chapter 2 has been updated to reflect the revised objective of financial reporting and qualitative characteristics of financial information required by changes to the conceptual framework, including the use of faithful representation instead of relevance, reflecting materiality as a component of relevance.
  • End-of-chapter Discussion Questions, Multiple-Choice Exercises, Cornerstones Exercises, Exercises, A & B Problems, and Cases have been updated throughout the text to include new data, reflect the latest developments in accounting, and incorporate current company information. In addition, new Conceptual Connection analytical assignments involve going beyond basic computation to evaluate accounting information in a meaningful way, while Illustrating Relationships questions ask students to work backwards to provide missing data or identify how variables impact each other.
  • To be successful accountants or businesspeople, students need to understand accounting as an interrelated system rather than focusing on isolated chapter topics. In order to promote information retention and comprehension, this edition includes a new continuing problem featuring a fictional company: Front Row Entertainment. Students can connect concepts from each chapter by following Front Row Entertainment as it engages in various business transactions, and three new chapter-spanning Making the Connection assignments present opportunities to analyze financial statement information in a broader context.
  • For instructors who wish to cover investments, the current edition expands on material previously included as an appendix to chapter 4 and presents this information in a special appendix, complete with homework assignments, at the end of the text.
  • In addition to the new Illustrating Relationships end-of-chapter questions, an in text feature called Illustrating Relationships shows students how different variables affect each other. Many have an interactive component found on the companion website that allows students to analyze the relationships of different variables further, arming them with this important skill to aid in decision making.
  • A Standardized Chart of Accounts is used in the examples and end-of-chapter in the financial chapters to increase consistency and alleviate student confusion. Real-world statements are also included so that students will become familiar with alternative account names. Standardizing the chart of accounts also fosters consistency and ease-of-use in the CengageNOW and Aplia online homework systems.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jay Rich

Jay Rich is a Professor of Accounting at Illinois State University. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, he worked as an auditor at Price Waterhouse & Co. in Chicago and earned his C.P.A. in 1985. He has published articles in The Accounting Review, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Accounting Horizons, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Accounting Organizations and Society, and others. He has also served on the editorial board of Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory and Current Issues in Auditing. Dr. Rich has received both the Outstanding Dissertation Award and Notable Contribution to the Literature Award from the Audit Section of the American Accounting Association. His primary teaching interest is financial accounting and he has taught numerous courses at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. His outside interests include his family, travel, reading, and watching sports, but he spends most of his free time driving his children to various activities. He also repeatedly develops plans to exercise and diet at some point in the future. By all accounts, he is a master at grilling meat, a mediocre skier, and a shameful golfer.

Jeff Jones

Jefferson P. Jones is the PricewaterhouseCoopers Associate Professor of Accounting in the School of Accountancy at Auburn University. He received his Bachelor's in Accounting and Master of Accountancy degrees from Auburn University and his Ph.D. from Florida State University. His research interests focus on financial accounting, specifically investigating the quality of reported accounting information. He has published articles in numerous journals, including ADVANCES IN ACCOUNTING, REVIEW OF QUANTITATIVE FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING, ISSUES IN ACCOUNTING EDUCATION, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF FORECASTING, and THE CPA JOURNAL. Professor Jones has received numerous teaching awards, including the Outstanding Master of Accountancy Professor Award; the Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Teaching Award (six times); the Auburn University College of Business McCartney Teaching Award; and the Auburn University School of Accountancy Teaching Award. In addition, he has made numerous presentations around the country on research and pedagogical issues. He holds a CPA certificate in the state of Alabama (inactive) and is a member of the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and the Alabama Society of CPAs (ASCPA). He has had public accounting experience as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche. Professor Jones is also a coauthor of Cornerstones of Financial Accounting. He is married, has two children, and enjoys playing golf and watching college football.

Maryanne Mowen

Maryanne M. Mowen is Associate Professor Emerita of Accounting at Oklahoma State University. She currently teaches online classes in cost and management accounting for Oklahoma State University. She received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. She brings an interdisciplinary perspective to teaching and writing in cost and management accounting, with degrees in history and economics. She has taught classes in ethics and the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act on accountants. Her scholarly research is in the areas of management accounting, behavioral decision theory, and compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. She has published articles in journals such as Decision Science, The Journal of Economics and Psychology, and The Journal of Management Accounting Research. Dr. Mowen has served as a consultant to mid-sized and Fortune 100 companies and works with corporate controllers on management accounting issues. She is a member of the Northern New Mexico chapter of SCORE and serves as a counselor, assisting small and start-up businesses. Outside the classroom, she enjoys hiking, traveling, reading mysteries, and working crossword puzzles.

Don Hansen

Don R. Hansen is Arthur Andersen Professor of Accounting and a Regents Service Professor at Oklahoma State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1977. He has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Brigham Young University. His research interests include activity-based costing and mathematical modeling. He has published articles in both accounting and engineering journals including The Accounting Review, The Journal of Management Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons, and IIE Transactions. He has served on the editorial board of The Accounting Review. His outside interests include family, church activities, reading, movies, and watching sports.

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