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CMA101 Introduction to Accounting
Assessment 2: Assignment
This is an individual assignment in which you will analyse the financial
statements of a public company.
Preparation: Study topics 1-7 through following the study guide and readings.
Presentation: Your assignment solution should be presented in a suitable manner for reading by
a client and the written discussion should be clear, unambiguous and concise.
Please submit in MSWord format only and please apply the SafeAssign software
(available on Learnline) prior to submission.
Assessment: The task will be assessed against the following criteria:
• Suitability of the choice of ratios;
• Accuracy of the calculations;
• Ability to correctly apply analysis techniques;
• Understanding of the information provided by the techniques;
• Communication of the required assignment outputs such that they would
be useful to managers in exercising their duties;
• English expression – how well you express yourselves, concise style, no
colloquialisms, absence of grammatical errors etc.; and,
• Presentation – for example, ease of reading for the reader, structure of the
assignment, neatness, professionalism, correct MSWord format, lack of
spelling errors etc.
Note: you are expected to write concisely without repetition, colloquialisms or
verbosity. The marker will pay attention to the accuracy of the content (i.e., is it
correct), information content of the analysis, coverage of relevant issues, structure
of your argument, English expression, absence of plagiarism, concise writing
style and referencing style.
Ensure that you understand what “plagiarism” means and the penalties that you
will incur if you are found to have plagiarised any part of your assignment. This
means not just presenting the ideas of others as your own without correct
referencing, but also copying another student’s work, irrespective of the total
Do not share files with other students – submission of any amount of identical
work constitutes plagiarism and you are liable for charges of misconduct
regardless of whether you copied the work or provided the original work to
Ensure that you have applied SafeAssign to your assignment prior to submission
Select a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and obtain its published annual report
for the year ended 30 June 2013 (the financial reports are presented on a comparative basis).
Analyse the financial statements in these annual reports, using the principal ratios that are
discussed in your textbook. You do not need to calculate all of the ratios listed. Part of the task is
to select relevant ratios. Some ratios may be discussed in the context of explaining trends that are
identified by other ratios.
Note that there are very few marks for calculating ratios. The majority of marks are awarded for
the interpretation of the ratios—what are they telling you? Avoid wasting words on describing
the ratios. For example, ‘The decline of the current ratio from 2.2 to 1.5 (Appendix A item 5) can
be explained by reference to … This suggests that tighter management of … is required’ will
earn far more marks than ‘The current ratio is calculated by dividing current assets by current
liabilities. It has gone from 2.2 to 1.5. Another solvency ratio is …’
You should present this assignment as a report with at least one Appendix. A report format
means that it should have headings, and possibly also subheadings. Start the report with a 100150 word executive summary of the findings of the analysis. The ratios should be presented in a
user-friendly format (i.e. easy to read) in an appendix. In the report make it clear where the
reader can find the ratios. Close the report with conclusions and recommendations.
Recommendations to an internal client will highlight issues for attention and action;
recommendations to an external client should succinctly address the competitiveness of the
company, the strengths and weaknesses of its management and its attraction for investment.
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