Fundamentals of Accounting for Financial Decisions

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fundamentals of Accounting for Financial Decisions

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Accounting, Business, Finance, Financial Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    All of: BSNS 102, BSNS 107, BSNS 108, ACCT 102 (each passed with a grade of at least C+)

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    The preparation and uses of accounting information for internal and external financial decision-making, including extensive use of Excel spreadsheet skills that lend support for this.

    Teaching Arrangements
    This paper will be taught using lectures, computer labs, and tutorials.

    Course Structure
    The role and objective of financial management:
    - Financial analysis: The ability to analyse and interpret financial reports
    - Financial planning and forecasting: Security valuation and the cost of capital (a review)
    - Long-term investment management
    - Working capital management
    - Dividend policy
    - Income tax environment
    - The optimal capital structure
    - Long-term financing including bonds, shares and convertible securities

    Learning Outcomes
    You should be able to use the financial tools and techniques, and other skills necessary to undertake important financial management decisions in order to help maximise a firm's value.

    Financial Management: Principles and Applications (FMPA). Authors: Petty, J. W., S. Titman, A.J. Keown, J. D. Martin, P. Martin, M. Burrow, and H. Nguyen, 6th edition. Publisher: Pearson

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