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Business Studies: ACC384

Library help for ACC384

Welcome to the ACC384 Library Research Skills section!

Below you'll find out how to undertake a Topic Analysis for your assessment task and then you can search for the information you'll need.

After looking through this page

  • Read the Plan your search to understand how to create a search strategy.
  • Start using the Search the Library tab and the drop down menu below it, to learn how to find and use specific Library resources.
  • When you have found your resources, us the CRAP Test to evaluate them

Topic Analysis for ACC384 assessment 2

Let's have a look at your assessment and analyse the topic now. Your ACC384 assessment 2 is a 3,000 word report:

Part A (2,500 words)

You are an accountant working for the large professional services firm Tasmania Accountants Ltd. You have been asked by your supervisor to prepare a report which includes a discussion on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the effects of COVID-19. 

You need to select a company of your choice within the ‘Basic Materials’ industry, then discuss:

  • key accounting changes that have occurred in their financial accounts.
  • effects COVID-19 had on your selected company.

Your report will be read by your team, who will be providing advisory services to other companies who also operate in this industry.

To search for an appropriate company, go to this website:, click 'Industry', then select ‘Basic Materials'. The selected company's financial statements need to be prepared in accordance with IFRS.


Part B (500 words)

Part B of this assessment is a reflective activity that requires you to critically evaluate your attempt at Part A.

Your reflective and critical evaluation should:

  1. justify how you have met each section of the Marking Criteria and the mark you should receive:
  2. include a personal reflection of your experience completing this assessment, and the learning outcomes you realised through participation.
  3. explain the limitations or difficulties you faced whilst completing this assessment.
See your subject outline for more details.
Topic analysis example:

Instruction words discussion, differences, reflection
Qualifying words & phrases International Financial Reporting Standards, ‘Basic Materials’ industry

Key concepts

International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), accounting classes and policies, changes/updates in assets/liabilities/equity/income/expense, Covid 19


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'.

Topic analysis

Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias

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.

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