FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

WAEC SYLLABUS ON FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The examination in this subject sets out to assess candidates:
(a) understanding of accounting principles and the role of accounting in recording businesstransactions;
(b) appreciation and application of the rules and functions of Accounting as they apply toorganization;
(c) foundation for further studies in Accounting.

SCHEME OF THE EXAMINATION


There will be two papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2, both of which will constitute a composite paper to betaken at one sitting.

PAPER 1:

Will comprise fifty multiple choice questions, all of which should be answered in 1hour for 25 marks.

PAPER 2:

Will be made up of two sections, Sections A and B and will last 2½ hours.

Section A:

Will contain four essay questions on Theory of Financial Accounting. Candidates willbe required to answer two out of the four questions for 15 marks each.

Section B:

Will contain five essay questions on Financial Accounting Practice. Candidates will berequired to answer three out of the questions for 15 marks each.


DETAILED SYLLABUS

S/NoTOPICSNOTES
1.

Introduction to FinancialAccounting

1.1 History, nature and functions of Accounting.
1.2 Users of Accounting information.
1.3 Stages in the Accounting process.
1.4 Characteristics of Accounting information.
2.

The Accounting Equationand Double EntryPrinciples

2.1 Accounting Equation.
2.2 Purpose and functions of source documents.
2.3 Subsidiary books.
2.4 The ledger: classification of Accounts.
2.5 Cash Book: analytical cash book, including petty cash book.
2.6 Preparation of Trial Balance.
2.7 Bank Reconciliation Statements.
2.8 Correction of errors and Suspense Account.
3.

Accounting Concepts

3.1 Meaning.
3.2 Types.
3.3 Significance.
3.4 Limitations.
4.

The Final Accounts of aSole Trader/proprietorship

4.1 Trading, profit and loss accounts/Income statement.4.2 Balance sheet/statement of financial position.4.3 Adjustments to final accounts.
5.

Provisions and Reserves

5.1 Provision for doubtful debts/Allowance for doubtful debts.
5.2 Provision for discounts.
5.3 Depreciation – concepts, reasons for recording and methods:
(i) straight line;
(ii) reducing balance;
(iii) sum of the years digits;
(iv) revaluation.
5.4 Accounting for depreciation.
5.5 Reserves – revenue and capital reserves.
6.

Manufacturing Accounts

6.1 Purpose of Manufacturing Accounts.
6.2 Cost classification in Manufacturing Accounts.
6.3 Preparation of final Accounts of Manufacturing concern.
7.

Control Accounts and SelfbalancingLedgers

7.1 Meaning and uses of control accounts
7.2 Types:
(i) sales ledger control
(ii) purchases ledger control
7.3 Preparation of Control Accounts
7.4 Reconciliation of Control Accounts
8.

Single Entry and IncompleteRecords

8.1 Meaning and limitations
8.2 Computation of profit or loss from opening and closing balancesheets.
8.3 Conversion of singe entry to double entry.
8.4 Preparation of final accounts from a set of incomplete records.
8.5 Mark up and Margin
9.

Accounts of Not-for-ProfitMaking Organizations

9.1 Meaning and terminologies.
9.2 Receipts and payments accounts.
9.3 Subscriptions Account
9.4. Income and expenditure accounts.
9.5 Accumulated fund.
9.6 Balance sheet.
9.7 Profit or loss from income generating activities.
10.

Partnership Accounts

10.1 Nature and formation of partnership.
10.2 Partnership agreements/Deed.
10.3 Profit and loss appropriation accounts.
10.4 Partners capital account and balance sheet
10.5 Admission of a new partner.
10.6 Treatment of goodwill and revaluation of assets
10.7 Dissolution of partnership (Questions will not be set onGarner V. Murray and piecemeal realization)
11.

Company Accounts

11.1 Nature and formation of a company.
11.2 Types of companies and shares.
11.3 Issue of shares.
11.4 Loan capital, debentures/loan notes and mortgages.
11.5 Final accounts of company for internal use only.
11.6 Interpretation of accounts using simple ratios.
11.7 Purchase of business account.
*11.8 Statement of Cash Flow (using direct and indirect methods).
NOTE: Separate questions may be set to meet statutoryrequirements of individual countries. Candidates’ answers mustmeet statutory requirements of individual countries.
12.*

Accounting for ValueAdded Tax

12.1 Purpose of VAT.
12.2 Characteristics of VAT.
12.3 Bases of computing input/output VAT.
12.4 Preparation of VAT returns.
12.5 Exempt goods and services.
13.

Departmental and BranchAccounts

13.1 Meaning and importance
13.2 Differences between a department and branch.
13.3 Preparation of departmental account.
13.4 Preparation of Branch Account excluding foreign branches.
13.5 Inter branch transactions.
14.

Public Sector Accounting

14.1 Meaning and difference between Public Sector and PrivateSector Accounts.
14.2 Sources of public revenue.
14.3 Capital and recurrent expenditures.
14.4 Preparation of simple government accounts.
15.*

Information Technology inAccounting

15.1 Manual and computerized Accounting Processing Systems.
15.2 Processes involved in data processing.
15.3 Computer Hardware and Software.
15.4 Merits and demerits of manual and computerized accountingprocessing systems.
16.**

Miscellaneous Accounts

16.1 Meaning, introduction, terminologies and preparation ofsimple:
(i) Joint Venture Accounts
(ii) Consignment Accounts
(iii) Contract Accounts
(iv) Hire Purchase Accounts
17.**

Financial system

17.1 Meaning and components.
17.2 Meaning, functions and features of:
(i) money market;
(ii) capital market;
(iii) insurance market.
17.3 Methods of raising funds from the capital market:
(i) offer for sale;
(ii) offer for subscription;
(iii) rights issue;
(iv) private placement;
17.4 Requirements for accessing the capital market.
17.5 Benefits of capital market to:
(i) investors;
(ii) government;
(iii) economy;
(iv) individual company;
17.6 Types, features and reasons for regulation.

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NOTE:
* Available to candidates in Ghana only
** Available to candidates in Nigeria, The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Liberia only


RECOMMENDED TEXT BOOKS

1. Business Accounting volume 1 - West African Edition by Frank Wood andOmunya.
2. Business Accounting Volume 2 - Frank Wood.
3. Accounting and Finance - Frank Wood.
4. Foundation Accounting - A. H. Millchamp.
5. Basic Accounting - J. D. Magee.
6. Accounting for Senior Secondary School - S. C. Malhorta, P. K. Botchweyand, P. A.Amankwah.
7. Accounting in Business - R. J. Bull.
8. Company Accounts - J. N. Amorin.
9. Principles of Accounting - K. B. Appiah Mensah
10. Incorporated private Partnership Act 1962, Act 152.

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