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Accounting for Non-Accounting Students [Paperback]

John R. Dyson
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3 May 2007 0273709224 978-0273709220 7
Accounting Theory and Practice is a comprehensive and wide-ranging textbook on the theory and practice of modern financial and management accounting. It provides a theoretical framework for the understanding of accounting, and an appreciation of the purpose of various accounting practices.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 7 edition (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273709224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273709220
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 19.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Accounting for Non-Accounting Students, 7th edition

With an unbeatable reputation for clarity and accessibility, Accounting for Non-Accounting Students illuminates the principles of financial and management accounting for the non-specialist student. Encapsulating the essentials of book-keeping as well as the rules of accounting, the book guides the student through the basics in a non-technical style, and illustrates where and why these concepts are applied in the real world.

Continuing the successes of past editions, the author presents students who may be new to accounting with a selection of unique and user-friendly features:

  • Special introductions explain 'Why this chapter is important for non-accountants'
  • Each chapter concludes with 'Questions non-accountants should ask'
  • A news story at the start of each chapter contextualises some of the issues raised
  • A review of the 'Key Points' from each chapter is combined with quick questions to help you 'Check your learning'

This seventh edition of Accounting for Non-Accounting Students combines all of the most successful features of previous editions with a brand new, full-colour presentation:

  • updated discussion of credit and debit methods
  • revised and expanded case studies, taken from the service sector and the public sector, as well as from diverse international companies
  • excerpts from recently published company accounts - now fully aligned with IAS
  • expanded discussion of technical procedures, including the balanced scorecard, activity based costing and variance analysis
  • coverage of topical issues, including corporate governance, capital investment and risk

Accounting for Non-Accounting Students also boasts a comprehensive range of student learning resources, including additional questions and case studies on the Web, multiple choice questions, and even a specially-designed quiz for non-accountants to help students break into the subject. Explore the book's excellent Website at

About the author

John R Dyson was formerly Director of Studies of the Heriot-Watt University Management Programme, Edinburgh.

About the Author

John R. Dyson was formerly Director of Studies of the Heriot-Watt University Management Programme, Edinburgh.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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This book is an excellent reference tool that anyone can understand. I found the layout and language a fantastic help when trying to grapple with nasty finanacial concepts. This book allowed me to finally gain a clear understanding of the basic foundations of the financial and business world after hours of previous failure.
I will keep this book beside me as I move through a career in industry as a secret weapon to ward off the financial whizz-kids! I would thoroughly recommend this book as invaluable to anyone with an interest in the business world and keeping one step ahead!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a new accounting student. 8 May 2007
By Abilene
I purchased this book on the recommendation of a co-worker (fully qualified accountant) who used the third edition while at uni. She was spot on when she told me that it is a great help to those students who come from a non-accounting background. (i.e. no A levels in accounting).

The layout is easy to follow, great self tests along the way, case studies, real world relevent news articles and even an online site with further tests.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars simple, but often insufficient 30 April 2003
The book has been chosen to be our coursebook and was a great help when I did the very basics of accounting. When it came to the second year however, the number of examples was insufficient to help students understand the topics. The explanations are good but sometimes too long. It's a good book to use as a core text but not enough to understand topics well.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For non-accounting students... 10 Nov 2000
By A Customer
John does a very good job of informing the reader and assumes little or no previous accounting experience. If you're new to the world of accounting or finance, this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for students? 17 Nov 2009
I was a bit sceptical when i was told I 'had' to have this book for my course, but I have to admit, it certainly makes things a lot easier to understand. Anyone with common sense can follow what the book says as it is straight forward and 'no nonsense'. It is exactly what it says it is on the book. It doesn't matter if you aren't a maths geek, you dont need to be. Every chapter is explained and is progressive in structure. Harder concepts are covered in more detail than easier ones for example, with easier ones at the beginning of each chapter. If you are doing a Business Studies degree I would certaintly recommend this if accounting is one of the modules you study, even if you only get it on long term loan from the college or uni library (although we all know how rare some books are to find once term starts ^^). It's a bit pricey but I guess thats par for the course as far as text books are concerned. Oh and good luck passing whatever you're studying :)

P.S. It covers accounting in fairly basic terms, it doesnt go into much depth so probably wouldn't be much use for a pure accounting qualification, but as a module guide for Business Studies etc, it works very well.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars P+L, Cash Flow..... 2 Jan 2001
By A Customer
What can I say? This book tells you virtually everything you need to know about accounting -- and not a technie in sight!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the basics 20 Jun 2011
Covers all the basics in understandable terms for those with no previous knowledge of the subject. Some topics are glossed over a little too quickly and some readers may find that this book used in conjunction with the Financial Times' Guide to Using and Interpreting Accounts will give a complete picture (albeit one that you have to assemble yourself!). Bargain at this price tho - well worth the 1p + P&P I paid.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Problems 14 Feb 2011
Very quick delivery, great value for money. Great book to help you with basic accounting if you're not an accountant or good with numbers!
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