Honors Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Victoria Dickinson

Relational Format



The honors accounting students at the University of Mississippi are given the option to participate in an alternative thesis track; we partake in a year-long class junior year in which we are given a case study every other week to complete by the following week. We are also required to participate in accounting case competitions sponsored by Big Four accounting firms, in which we give oral presentations of our business solutions to partners at the firms. In this thesis, I have investigated twelve case studies of accounting. The topics in these cases include generally accepted accounting principles, bad debt expense, inventory methods, depreciation methods, lease capitalization, deferred income tax, income statement formats, allowance for doubtful accounts, time value of money, fixed asset transactions, research and development costs, data analytics, long-term debt, shareholder’s equity, investments and securities, and revenue recognition. The companies analyzed include Molson Coors, Pearson, Palfinger, Volvo, Rite Aid, Merck, State Street, ZAGG, and Apple. The following cases are analyzed mostly in a question-and-answer format, for which the numbering of the questions aligns with the original cases we were given. The appendices at the end of each case consist mainly of financial statements and notes to the financial statements. The introductions at the beginning of each case emphasize what I learned specifically from each individual case study.

Included in

Accounting Commons



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