Financial Analytics for Managerial Decisions - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assessment (30%) , Case Study (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,960.00
International 4,210.00

Please note: this unit was previously titled Accounting.

The information contained in the financial reports of a company is important to all stakeholders. It enables the assessment of financial performance (current and future), and assists in corporate decision-making. This unit will provide an understanding of accounting principles and techniques. You will learn to prepare, read and analyse financial statements, and assess the performance and financial strength of an organisation using accounting information. You will learn the fundamentals of the budgeting process and cost accounting.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand organisational budget reports
  2. understand and apply the principles of cost analysis
  3. analyse quantitative and qualitative information to assess risk implications in business decisions
  4. analyse, interpret and implement changes in technology, organisational performance and financial strength
  5. present quantitative information in a clear, simple and informative format
  6. understand budgets and the budgeting process
  7. understand costing and the use of costing information
  8. analyse and use accounting information for business decision making, to assess in risk management.
  • Assessment (30%)
  • Case Study (20%)
  • Group Project (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to financial accounting and to financial statements
2The accounting process
3The balance sheet accounting for and presentation of assets
4The balance sheet accounting for and presentation of liabilities and owners' equity
5The income statement
6The cash flow statement and the statement of changes in owners' equity
7Financial statement analysis
8Introduction to management accounting, cost-volume-profit analysis
9Cost accounting
11Performance reporting

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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