This unit develops students' ability to understand, interpret and use financial reports. It is structured to provide an understanding of accounting concepts, issues and problems rather than educating someone to take the role of a professional accountant. The focus of the unit is on accounting for external users and, after developing an understanding of the basic concepts underlying external general purpose financial reports, techniques to analyse such reports are examined. The unit also provides an introduction to accounting for internal users. Basic cost concepts for making operating and strategic decisions within an organisation are discussed.