A topic analysis will help you to clarify and understand what your assessment question is asking you to do.
You will generally be given three key pieces of information:
CSU has a list of explanations for common instruction words.
Let's have a look at your assessment and analyse the topic now. Your ACC384 assessment 1 is a 2,500 word report:
You are a senior analyst working for the large accounting firm Newcastle Accountants Ltd. You have been asked by your supervisor to prepare a report which includes a discussion on International Financial Reporting Standards. The report will be read by a client who is establishing a company in the Business Services industry. They would like you to review a comparable company and discuss key accounting classes and policies used in the preparation of their financial accounts.
To search for an appropriate company, go to this website: http://www.annualreports.com/, click 'Industry', then select 'Business Services'. The selected company's financial statements need to be prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.
|Instruction words||discussion, differences|
|Qualifying words & phrases||Business Services Industry|
international financial reporting standards, accounting classes and policies, financial account preparation, classes of assets/liabilities/equity/income/expense, U.S. GAAP
Write down the key concepts from your topic and think of as many alternative keywords and phrases as possible.
Thinking about your topic in this way forces you to describe your topic in "other words", which will provide you with some useful keyword alternatives as well as help you to cement your understanding of the topic.
For example, in this assessment, you could use 'international accounting' instead of international financial reporting'.
To start searching, it can be useful to begin with an encyclopaedia, dictionary or handbook to get an overview of your topic, or an explanation of words or concepts that are unfamiliar.
Dictionaries and encyclopaedias can help you to find additional keywords and get an overview of the concept.
In the box below, enter some of the keywords you've identified and note down any alternate keywords that you find.