Financial Statement Analysis - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam - Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4 (50%) , Mid-study period test - Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4 (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 4,200.00
International 4,450.00
Financial analysis is an integral part of the business analysis of the firm; it requires examination of the prevalent economic situation, industry analysis, and the firm’s strategic position. The financial information contained in a firm’s financial statements should be interpreted within those contexts and constraints. This unit covers the basics of both qualitative and quantitative analysis of the firm’s reports and then looks further into risk analysis, forecasting and valuation techniques. The aim is to provide a working knowledge of the role of financial reports in the overall firm valuation, with emphasis on strategic analysis. This unit adopts a practical approach where possible using data from real life cases. You will gain an appreciation of the usefulness and importance of financial statement information and the tools used to evaluate such information.
On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:
  • CLO 1: Apply established techniques for analysing financial statement information for forecasting, valuation and risk analysis purposes
  • CLO 2: Apply the major concepts and theories of fundamental analysis and key steps involved in conducting a fundamental analysis and valuation of a company
  • CLO 3: Use financial statement information in a modelling environment to identify and recommend solutions to variety of financial challenges
  • CLO 4: Analyse and synthesise a firm’s financial statement information in the context of the firm’s economic and business condition to make informed recommendations on investment decisions about the firm.
  • Invigilated Exam — Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4 (50%)
  • Mid-study period test — Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4 (30%)
  • Quizzes — Linked CLOs: 1, 2 (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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.

1An Introduction to Financial Statements and Mechanics
2Analysis of Short-term Assets and Inventories
3Understanding Cash Flow Statement
4Understanding Long-Lived Assets
5Non-Current (Long-Term) Liabilities
6Income Taxes
7Employee Compensation: Post employment and Share-Based
8Intercorporate Investment and Business Combinations Part 1
9Intercorporate Investment and Business Combinations Part 2
10Multinational Operations

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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