Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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..
    • Introduction: A Framework for Business Analysis and Valuation
    • Strategy Analysis
    • Accounting Analysis and Implementation
    • Financial Analysis
    • Communication and Governance
    • Prospective Analysis 1: Forecasting
    • Prospective Analysis 2: Valuation Theory and Implementation
    • Equity
    • Credit analysis
    • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

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

USA-ACG23-Business Finance , or USA-ACG32
USA-ACG12-Financial Accounting 1


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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.

  • 1500 words (40%)
  • 1500 words (40%)
  • continuous assessment (20%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

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