ACC701 Financial Accounting Assignment Question Trimester 3, 2017. Question (30 marks) In your response highlight ethics & governance, accountant’s role in changing depreciation methods, stakeholders and the impact of AASB116? Students must provide 8 academic references to support their response Sunshine Ltd is a large department store that has used the straight-line depreciation method since the company was first formed. For the year ended 30 June 2015, the company made a record profit and management expected these high profits to continue at least into 2016 and 2017, although economists were generally predicting an economic slowdown and a subsequent fall in profits in 2018 and 2019. The general manager, Kam Sunshine, approached the accountant, Maria Mars, and asked her if she could find a way to reduce the profit in the next couple of years and transfer it to 2018 and 2019 when things may not be going so well. ‘This would give us consistent profits over the next few years and keep our shareholders happy,’ said Kam. Although Maria did not feel that Kam’s reason for the change was justified, she was concerned that her contract with the company would not be renewed if she upset the general manager. After some consideration, Maria decided to change the depreciation method from the straight-line method to the sum-of-years’-digits method. Maria did not disclose this change in the notes to the financial statements as she felt that the reason given by Kam would not give a good impression Due Date: Week 9 , submit online through turnitin , Wednesday 17th Jan, 2018 by 8pm Submission: must be made to the Moodle Assignment Link on the KOI Moodle Subject Home Page by 8.00 pm Wednesday 17th Jan, 2018 , Week 9. Task Details: Based on the information provided, and using current theories and models in Accounting, students need to analyse how they apply to the given situation. Specific research supporting recommendations need to be provided. Research requirements: Students need to support their analysis with reference to relevant material from the text and a minimum of eight (8) suitable, reliable, current and academically acceptable sources – this should include at least 2 peer-reviewed academic journal articles. Presentation: 2000 +/- 10% word short report format. Title page, executive summary, table of contents, appropriate headings and Sub-headings, recommendations/findings/conclusions, in-text referencing and Reference list (Harvard – Anglia style), attachments if relevant. Single spaced, Font Times New Roman 12pt, Calibri 11pt or Arial 10pt. Marking Guide: Analysis 30% Research – extent and application 30% Recommendations/conclusions 20% Presentation 20% Total mark will be scaled to a mark out of 30 subject marks.