1. The nature and operations of the IASB
- The origins of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB®, 'the Board')
- The structure of the IFRS Foundation
- International Accounting Standards (IAS® Standards), and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS® Standards) that are currently in issue
- The purpose of financial statements – The Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting.
2. The status and use of IFRS standards around the world
- A brief summary of the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS® Standards) in different jurisdictions
- The growth of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB®, 'the Board') and IFRS Standards
- IFRS Standards and small and medium-sized entities.
3. Presentation and profit
- IAS 1, Presentation of financial statements
- IFRS 15, Revenue from contracts with customers
- IAS 8, Accounting policies, changes in accounting estimates and errors.
4. Accounting for assets and liabilities - part 1
- IAS 16, Property, plant and equipment
- IAS 38, Intangible assets
- IAS 40, Investment property
- IAS 36, Impairment of assets
- IAS 23, Borrowing costs
- IAS 20, Accounting for government grants and disclosure of government assistance
- IAS 2, Inventories
- IFRS 16, Leases
- IFRS 5, Non-current assets held for sale and discontinued operations.
5. Accounting for assets and liabilities - part 2
- IFRS 13, Fair value measurement
- IAS 32, Financial instruments: presentation
- IFRS 9, Financial instruments: recognition and measurement
- IFRS 7, Financial instruments: disclosures
- IAS 37, Provisions, contingent liabilities and contingent assets
- IAS 10, Events after the reporting period
- IAS 19, Employee benefits
- IAS 12, Income taxes
- IFRS 2, Share-based payment
- IAS 41, Agriculture
- IFRS 6, Exploration for and evaluation of mineral resources.
6. Group accounting
- IFRS 10, Consolidated financial statements
- IAS 27 (revised 2011), Separate financial statements
- IFRS 3, Business combinations
- IAS 28 (revised 2011), Investments in associates and joint ventures
- IFRS 11, Joint arrangements
- IFRS 12, Disclosure of interests in other entities
- IAS 21, The effects of changes in foreign exchange rates
- IAS 29, Financial reporting in hyperinflationary economies.
7. Disclosure standards
- IAS 7, Statement of cash flows
- IAS 24, Related party disclosures
- IAS 33, Earnings per share
- IAS 34, Interim financial reporting
- IFRS 4, Insurance contracts
- IFRS 1, First time adoption of IFRS
- IFRS 8, Operating segments.
8. Principal differences between UK/US GAAP and IFRS
9. Current issues in IFRS® Standards
- Convergence of IFRS Standards with US GAAP
- Convergence of IFRS Standards with UK GAAP
- The work plan of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB®, 'the Board').
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