Financial Statement Analysis - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment - Group assignment (30%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,840.00
International 4,090.00

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 analysis. The financial variables 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 an understanding of the role of financial reports in overall firm valuation, with emphasis on strategic analysis. This unit adopts a practical approach where possible using real life case data.

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

  1. understand the qualitative analysis of firm and its relationship to financial analysis
  2. understand the nature of financial reporting and concepts behind financial reports
  3. analyse financial statement reports for a variety of decision contexts
  4. understand and apply the techniques forecasting financial statement variables
  5. appreciate and apply different equity valuation techniques
  6. understand risk analysis, including financial reporting manipulation risk
  7. understand both the usefulness and limitations of financial statement reports.
  • Assignment — Group assignment (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Mid-study period test — Online (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

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:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1An Introduction to Financial Statements
2Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Cash Flow Statement
3Ratio Analysis
4Credit and Bankruptcy Analysis
5Financial Forecasting
6Valuation and Discount Rate
7Dividend Discount Models
8Free Cash Flow Models
9Residual Income Models
10Market Based Approaches
11Mergers and Acquisitions and Course Revision

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

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.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Business Analysis and Valuation: Using Financial

    By:Bradbury et al

    ISBN: 9780170261951


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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