In this course, students will move beyond the fundamental accounting processes of their introductory courses and learn about measurement, valuation and presentation of all the balance sheet elements. The importance of user objectives in financial reporting and a professional’s responsibility to society are discussed. Students will begin their studies by learning how to develop comprehensive financial statements for public companies as well as a broad discussion on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (ASPE). The remainder of the course will cover the variety of accounting policy choices that are available to measure and value assets and the criteria used to make those choices. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to properly measure and value balance sheet elements using appropriate standards, recognize situations where choices between accounting policies exist, evaluate the choices and prepare recommendations.