Financial Statement Analysis

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Financial Statement Analysis

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Accounting, Finance, Financial Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ACCT 211 and (ACCT 233 or ACFI 201) and 54 further 200-level points

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    18
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The analysis and interpretation of corporate financial statements using appropriate technology, and problems associated with the use of financial information for decision making.

    Teaching Arrangements
    This paper is taught through lectures,seminars, and workshops.

    Course Structure
    This course explores the function and regulation of financial reporting in society, from the perspectives of both users and preparers of external reports. The course focuses on the analysis and interpretation of corporate financial statements using appropriate technology, and an examination of the problems associated with the provision of financial information.

    Learning Outcomes
    - Financial statements: use the information in cross-sectional and time series analysis and decisions involving valuation, lending and solvency
    - Technical skills: ratio analysis, forecasting and valuation; explain underlying statistical assumptions, strengths and weaknesses and perform cross-sectional and time series approaches
    - Information technology: use spreadsheets, statistical packages, the internet and databases in financial analysis; and valuation and share market impact: understand how accounting information affects a firm's market value

    Textbooks
    Financial Reporting, Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation. Authors: Wahlen J.M, Baginski S.P and Bradshaw M.T. Publisher: South-Western Cengage Learning

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