Strategic Financial Analysis - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assessments - continuous assessment (20%) , Case Study - 1500 words (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 1,575.00

This unit is designed to improve students’ conceptual grasp of the role and practical application of financial statements in business analysis, particularly as it applies to valuation, credit assessment, strategic decision-making, and assessment of corporate governance and regulatory compliance.

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

  1. examine the role of financial statements in the analysis of business strategy, performance appraisal and monitoring, valuation, credit assessment, and stakeholder reporting
  2. utilise financial statement information to undertake assessments of a firm's business, competitive and corporate strategy decisions, and its position and sustainability within its industry sector
  3. discuss how accounting rules, regulations and conventions impact the interpretation and use of financial statements in business analysis
  4. provide critical financial assessments of the firm's operating, financing and investment decisions relative to its own historical performance and to the contemporary performance of its competitors and peers
  5. identify the role for and requirements of financial statement information in appraisals of governance and regulatory compliance
  6. undertake forecasts for valuation, strategy and policy analyses using financial statements and other sources of business and economic information.
  • Assessments — continuous assessment (20%)
  • Case Study — 1500 words (40%)
  • Case Study 2 — 1500 words (40%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Prior to enrolling, students must have either completed or received credit for 16 units (subjects) of study from the University of South Australia's Bachelor of Accounting.

  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction: A Framework for Business Analysis and Valuation
2Strategy Analysis
3Accounting Analysis and Implementation
4Financial Analysis
5Communication and Governance
6Prospective Analysis 1: Forecasting
7Prospective Analysis 2: Valuation Theory and Implementation
9Credit analysis
10Mergers and acquisitions

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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:Palepu et al

    ISBN: 9780170261951


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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