While undergraduate financial reporting courses focus primarily on the application of generally accepted accounting principles and the mechanics of accounting treatments, graduate-level courses should motivate students to explore standard-setting's theoretical perspective and to develop a more rigorous understanding of accounting issues not necessarily discussed in textbooks, but included, implicitly or explicitly, in the authoritative guidance. Anecdotal evidence suggests that accounting students face difficulties transitioning from the undergraduate setting to the higher expectations common in graduate accounting programs and the workplace. This hypothetical case provides an interesting scenario on goodwill impairment to facilitate the development of students' understanding of accounting theory and its connection to professional research skills. While students are accustomed to computing goodwill impairment losses from knowledge acquired in undergraduate financial accounting courses, this topic contains interesting theoretical and practical issues and serves as a salient example of the analysis of interesting accounting issues possible at the graduate level.

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