Enhancing the Teaching of Financial Accounting through the Use of Customized Individual Assignments

Themin Suwardy, Singapore Management University
Poh Sun Seow, Singapore Management University
Shan Chi Pan, Singapore Management University


This paper described how customised individual assignment, as a pedagogical innovation, was designed and implemented in an introductory Financial Accounting course at a Singapore university. An independent survey conducted by the university’s Centre for Teaching Excellence unit supported the use of customised individual assignments in helping students understand financial accounting concepts, contextualise accounting’s role in management decision-making and handle ambiguity and uncertainty. Besides documenting the development and implementation of a pedagogical innovation in accounting education, this study contributed to the literature by providing evidence on the positive association of customised individual assignment with enhanced student learning. The paper concluded with implications of the study and suggestions for future research related to customised individual assignment.