Financial Statement Analysis

Subject 306-610 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 3-hour seminar per week (Semester 1).
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Master of Accounting or 306-683 Corporate Reporting or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview: An examination of the role of financial statement information and analysis in the evaluation of the current profitability, liquidity and riskiness of public companies, and the prediction of their future condition by parties external to the firm. Topic coverage includes traditional ratio analysis; the efficient market hypothesis and the use of accounting numbers in lending decisions and the prediction of financial distress.
Assessment: A 2-hour end-of-semester examination (50%), class activities (preparation/participation/cases) (10%) and assignments totalling not more than 5000 words (40%). Successful completion of this subject requires a pass (50%) in the final exam.
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills: On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  • Describe the impact of the institutional framework and regulatory forces that shape financial statements;
  • Describe the impact that choices among permissible accounting methods may have on the figures reported in financial statements;
  • Identify and discuss the incentives facing those who prepare financial statements within companies and explain how these incentives may influence financial disclosures;
  • Amend reported accounting data according to the purpose of the analysis;
  • Analyse financial statement information to assess the performance of management and profitability;
  • Analyse financial statement information to assess the financial position (solvency and liquidity) and to make predictions about corporate survival;
  • Use financial statements and other data to conduct in-depth analyses of public companies for valuation and risk assessments by creditors and investors;
  • Describe the impact of financial statements as shown by capital market research.

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Critical evaluation of financial reporting and disclosure problems
  • Evaluation, adjustment, analysis and interpretation of relevant accounting information
  • The ability to access data and research information form a variety of sources
  • Problem solving
  • Oral and written communication
  • Collaborative learning
Related Course(s): Master of Accounting
Master of Accounting
Master of Commerce - Finance
Master of Financial Management
Postgraduate Diploma in Finance

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