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Survey of Accounting 8th Edition

Carl S. Warren

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Warren’s SURVEY OF ACCOUNTING, 8E provides future managers, leaders and professionals with an overview of the basic topics of financial and managerial accounting. The book’s unique Integrated Financial Statement Framework illustrates the impact of transactions on financial statements without the use of detailed rules and procedures involving debits and credits. Additionally, this edition also introduces and incorporates Warren’s Metric Analysis to link transactions and management decisions to metrics that assess the financial condition and performance of businesses – demonstrating the impact of transactions and management decisions on business. SURVEY OF ACCOUNTING, 8E integrates seamlessly with CengageNOWv2™, a powerful course management and online homework tool that provides robust control and customization for you to optimize the student learning experience and meet desired outcomes.

Carl S. Warren, University of Georgia, Athems

Dr. Carl S. Warren is Professor Emeritus of Accounting at the University of Georgia, Athens. Dr. Warren has taught classes at the University of Georgia, University of Iowa, Michigan State University, and University of Chicago. He focused his teaching efforts on principles of accounting and auditing. Dr. Warren received his PhD from Michigan State University and his BBA and MA from the University of Iowa. During his career, Dr. Warren published numerous articles in professional journals, including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accountancy, The CPA Journal, and Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory. Dr. Warren has served on numerous committees of the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Institute of Internal Auditors. He also has consulted with numerous companies and public accounting firms. His outside interests include handball, golf, skiing, backpacking, and fly-fishing.

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  • INTEGRATED FINANCIAL STATEMENT FRAMEWORK ILLUSTRATES TRANSACTIONS ON FINANCIAL STATEMENTS WITHOUT DETAILED RULES AND PROCEDURES INVOLVING DEBITS AND CREDITS. This book’s unique Integrated Financial Statement Framework shows how transactions impact the three primary financial statements. This approach also emphasizes the integrated nature of accounting.
  • THE APPROACH OFFERS YOU FLEXIBILITY TO EMPHASIZE DEBITS AND CREDITS. Appendix A on Double Entry Accounting provides the necessary materials to cover debits and credits, if you prefer. You have the flexibility to take the approach best for your students as this edition’s Instructor’s Manual includes versions of exercises and problems using debits and credits.
  • KEY TERMS ARE HIGHLIGHTED TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR HANDS-ON USE. Key terms appear in each chapter as well as in new sections on Analysis and Assessment and Financial Analysis.
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  • IFRS NOTES EMPHASIZE GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS. IFRS notes highlight important differences between U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards.
  • EMPHASIS ON ETHICS FOCUSES ON ITS IMPORTANCE IN ACCOUNTING TODAY. The "Integrity, Objectivity, and Ethics in Business" features describe real-world ethical situations and show students how to ethically apply those concepts.
  • SIMPLE-TO-COMPLEX STUDENT-FRIENDLY FORMAT ENCOURAGES SUCCESS IN LEARNING. Throughout this edition, the author presents accounting concepts in a simple-to-complex format that instills confidence as students progress. Basic accounting concepts are introduced in Chapter 2 using cash transactions. Accrual accounting concepts and transactions are introduced in Chapter 3.
  • NON-PROCEDURAL APPROACH HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE AND USE OF FINANCIAL REPORTS. This book emphasizes how financial reports are used by business stakeholders to make strong business decisions, rather than focusing on debit and credit terminology.
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Survey of Accounting


1. The Role of Accounting in Business.
2. Basic Accounting Systems: Cash Basis
3. Basic Accounting Systems: Accrual Basis
4. Accounting for Merchandising Businesses.
5. Internal Control and Cash.
6. Receivables and Inventories.
7. Fixed Assets, Natural Resources, and Intangible Assets.
8. Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity.
9. Metric Analysis of Financial Statements.
10. Accounting for Manufacturing Operations
11. Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis.
12. Differential Analysis and Product Pricing.
13. Budgeting and Standard Costs
14. Performance Evaluation for Decentralized Operations.
15. Capital Investment Analysis.
Appendix A: Double-Entry Accounting Systems.
Appendix B: Process Cost Systems.

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