Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Victoria Dickinson

Second Advisor

Mark Wilder

Relational Format



The purpose of this paper was to investigate financial reporting and professional development topics through the analysis of twelve original cases. The following case studies were completed over the course of a nine months in an independent study class in fulfillment of the requirements of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, under the direction of Dr. Victoria Dickinson. Topics looked at included, but were not limited to, data analytic software, the creation of basic financial statements, treatment of various types of debt securities sales, and capitalization v. expensing of costs. Each case study introduced a new topic centered around a real company that dealt with the issue at hand in the course of regular business. Then, students were guided in their analysis by a series of questions presented by Dr. Dickinson. The case studies and analysis led to further understanding of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. This paper also provided experience with real financial statements and company performance and allowed students to progress beyond undergraduate education.

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