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Accounting and Finance for Non-specialists [Paperback]

Dr Peter Atrill , Eddie McLaney
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25 Sep 2000 027364632X 978-0273646327 3
Now in its third edition, this successful text introduces the basic principles and underlying concepts of accounting and finance. It adopts a practical, non-technical approach, making it the ideal text for non-accounting students.  


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 3 edition (25 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 027364632X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273646327
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 17 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now in its third edition, this successful text introduces the basic principles and underlying concepts of accounting and finance. It adopts a practical, non-technical approach, making it the ideal text for students from non-accounting disciplines.
The text is written from a 'user' perspective, demonstrating ways in which accounting statements and financial information can be used to improve the quality of decision making.
The third edition has been updated throughout and retains the following features-
§ Open-learning approach with numerous activities, worked examples and questions interspersed throughout the text to aid understanding
§ Range of graded end-of-chapter assessment material, including review questions and examination style questions.
§ Key terms explained at the end of each chapter and included in a comprehensive glossary.

Accounting and Finance for Non-specialists,3e is aimed primarily at students who are not majoring in accounting or finance but who are studying introductory level accounting as part of their course.
The authors
Both authors are at the University of Plymouth Business School- Peter Atrill is the Head of Department of Accounting and Law and Eddie McLaney is Academic Group Leader in Accounting.

About the Author

Peter Atrill is a freelance academic and author working with leading institutions in the UK, Europe and SE Asia. He was previously Head of Business and Management at the University of Plymouth Business School.

Eddie McLaney is Visiting Fellow in Accounting and Finance at the University of Plymouth.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 3 Feb 2008
Format:Paperback
I disagree with the other reviews. It's title says it all. The book covered a four week segment of an on-line course I am doing. To me it covers all of the areas in an informative and understandable way. It is not intended to be a bookeepers bible therefore does not go into detail of "T" accounts. Combined with good teaching, research and discussion it will certainly enable non-accountants to get a grasp of the subjects of accounting and finance.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Attempt 23 May 2005
By Mac
Format:Paperback
Would not recommend this book to non-specialists looking for an overview of Accounting & Finance. It is a tedious read and the examples are unclear, split across pages and jump from one stage to the next without proper explanation. Not a very helpful book at all.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only the very basics 3 Mar 2004
Format:Paperback
Having recently completed a six month accountancy course, with this book as the primary text I can only recommend it to those with no prior grounding in the subject and studying at a very basic level.
It provides the very basics required to compile cash flows, profit and loss accounts and vertical balance sheets but is not sufficiently in depth to be of major use in the analysis of real world company financial statements or indeed to create ones own.
It would benefit greatly by expanding into the use of T-accounts, double entries and more thorough consideration of the horizontal balance sheet method.
That said it is saved from being a two star book by merit of a good chapter on the basics of investment appraisal and some excellent worked examples.
Overall rather dry and recommended only to those with no prior experience.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for the purpose 16 Sep 2007
Format:Paperback
Ignore everything everyone else has said about this book. The title says that the target audience are non-specialists and as a non-specialist this book gave me a fantastic introduction to accounting and finance. The authors live up perfectly to their task and give enough detail for a beginner like me to get a good grounding in accounting and finance. Their writing style is uncomplicated (very easy to follow). At the end of each section I felt that I have gained in understanding the subject. Other books which I will acquire afterwards will give more detail and be more in-depth. This book can be judged by its cover and I recommend it highly to non-specialists, especially beginners.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal 10 May 2014
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This book suited me to the ground. I can safely say I'm a non specialist in finance and accounting and the very thought of it put the fear of god into me. Thankfully I found this book and it wasn't long before I not only began to understand how important it is to know your sums when it comes to business but actually applying the teachings in the real world. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars understandable 27 Mar 2014
By Souad
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I really learnt a lot from this book and help me to understand the accounting and how to prepare the financial sheets
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good choice for beginners 12 Nov 2013
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I bought this book as a required course literature. I would say it's pretty good if you have no background knowledge. The writers exhibit clear ideas and good reasoning. But it is indeed, as indicated in the name, for non-specialists because the content is quite shallow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, great price 13 July 2013
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Book is full of information, has been a huge help on every module so far. Everything is broken down in to simple chapters
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
This book is very good and easy to understand. The excerises at the end of each chapter do really help.
Published 17 months ago by LAURA CORR
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice entry book for people with no previous experience on accounting
My background is IT and I had to study accounting during my MBA course. I was a bit afraid of the overall process in general, it proved to be much simpler that I thought. Read more
Published 18 months ago by P. Apostolopoulos
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
well set out and written with the online accounting lab very useful for revision this book is essential for accounting and finance begginers.
Published 18 months ago by MitchelLowe
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull
I bought this book as a mandatory text book for my MBA and, although it doesn't deserve a bad review, it is difficult to give it a very good one either. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Matthew Finch
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent: Does What It Says in the Title
This book provides an excellent introduction to accounting and finance for non specialist, especially business or law students undertaking a finance module as a non major. Read more
Published 20 months ago by The Midlander
5.0 out of 5 stars good
the book is really a new one and the delivery speed was very quickly. very satisfied with this purchasing. It would be better if the price can be cheaper.
Published 21 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for undergraduates.
This was the essential text for my Managerial Finance module of my first year at university. I have to say that I'm not disappointed. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars good
this book is easy to follow, and as for non-specialists its content is relatively difficult to learn. overall, it can help understanding accounting and finance.
Published 22 months ago by mika
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
the book was with good quality, and arrived on time. But there are some unclear printed pages, but that was ok, still can be read.
Published on 1 April 2012 by Emma
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