ACCTFIN 7017 - Financial Statement Analysis (M)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code ACCTFIN 7017 Course Financial Statement Analysis (M) Coordinating Unit Business School Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites ACCTING 7019, CORPFIN 7005, CORPFIN 7033, ECON 7200 Course Description Financial Statement Analysis is essential for all individuals working in the business world. Understanding financial accounting information is critical for a wide range of business decision making. Being able to ask for and understand the appropriate financial information is particularly important for financial analysts and individuals seeking, or already in, management positions at all levels of organizations.
Financial statement analysis is exciting and dynamic. It can be orientated in different ways to suit the needs of many individuals including investors, analysts, consultants, creditors, managers, directors, regulators and employees. This offering of Financial Statement Analysis has been specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals who have sufficient background in accounting and finance. The course forges a unique path in financial statement analysis that responds to the needs of modern day business analysts. In particular, it provides a framework for using financial statement data in a variety of business analysis and valuation context.
The most important knowledge and skill for managers attempting to understand financial statement information, is a good knowledge of how important business transactions are accounted for, and how these transactions appear in the financial statements. It will be much harder for informed managers to be confused and mislead by 'creative' financial reporting put before them by others. Accordingly, this course focuses on teaching managers and business analysts the skills to be able to understand the complexities of financial statements, and untangle important information that is not visible to the untrained eye.
The pedagogy adopted for this course is deliberately designed to closely follow the set text, and the range of applied questions provided in the text. The reason for this approach is very simple: to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to understand financial reporting techniques and pitfalls requires a practice more than anything else. The set tutorials and assignments will engage you in tasks that are designed to provide you with this practice. It is very important that you do each and every one of the set work tasks to the best of your ability to obtain the most from the course.
Course Coordinator: Dr Yunyan ZhangKent Wilson
Floor/Room 13.41, Nexus 10 Tower, North Terrace
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1. Ask and seek relevant information
2. Analyse financial statement for business decision making
3. Differentiate between factual and creative financial reporting
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
All Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
All Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
All Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
All Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
All Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesSubramanyam, K. R. 2014. Financial Statements Analysis, 11th Edition, McGraw-Hill New York.
Recommended ResourcesRecommended text:
Students may also use the immediate past text books:
Subramanyam, K. R., and Wild, John, J., (2009), Financial Statement Analysis, (10th ed), McGraw-Hill International Edition. However, some of the text and exercises have changed;
Stickney, C. P., P. R. Brown & J.M. Whalen (2007), Financial Reporting, Financial Statement Analysis, and Valuation: A Strategic Perspective (6th edition), Mason, Ohio, South-Western.
NOTE: Students will need to refer to the index pages of the Stickney book for an alternative reading of lecture material but will need to access the questions from each of the chapters of the Subramanyam textbook. Also, other textbooks on financial statement analysis may be referred to for similar content. Use the index for relevant topics.
Other Recommended Reading
A list of recommended reading for further study will be available on the course webpages as appropriate to the topics.
Other resources will be found by searching the internet. One that may be useful is: http://au.finance.yahoo.com/ for various news items and business data. Also, the company website of the assigned company will provide mush useful information.
Online LearningPlease check your student email and MyUni as course-related announcements are communicated via email and also posted onto MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesTUTORIALS
Tutorial classes will be held weekly commencing the second week of the semester and will run until week 13. Membership of tutorial classes is to be finalised by the end of the second week of semester. Students wishing to swap between tutorial classes after this time are required to present their case to the Lecturer-in-Charge, but should be aware that such a request may not be approved.
Tutorials are an important component of your learning in this course. The communication skills developed in tutorials by regularly and actively participating in discussions are considered to be most important by the School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours for a three-unit course or 13 hours for a four-unit course, of private study outside of your regular classes.
Students in this course are expected to attend all lectures throughout the semester plus one tutorial class each week.
Learning Activities SummaryLecture and Tutorial schedule
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Assessment Type Weight Mid-semester exam Individual 20% Group assignment Group 20% Group presentation Group 10% Participation Individual 10% End-of semester exam Individual 40%
Assessment Related RequirementsThe following additional conditions apply:
1. To gain a pass in this course, a mark of at least 50% must be obtained overall.
2. Legible handwriting and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. You may lose some marks in the examination due to poor handwriting.
3. Students in this course are not permitted to take a dictionary (English or English-Foreign) into the examination.
4. The use of non-programmable calculator is permitted in this course.
Assessment DetailIn week 6 Mid-semester exam will be conducted with multiple choice questions covering relevant weeks. Details will be announced later.
The assignment task will involve group or team work of about five (5) students. But, the number may vary depending on the final numbers in the class.
You, as an analyst, are required to give an investment recommendation of BUY, SELL, or HOLD of the target firm to your institutional and/or private equity clients. You are required to submit a written report supporting your recommendation.
Full details of the assignment tasks will be provided on the course page. Groups will be formed in weeks 2 – 3 within each tutorial sessions. Details will be posted later.
The group/team is to present their report of group assignment by means of a slideshow presentation in week 12 in tutorial sessions accompanied by an Executive Summary of about 500 words only.
Each group (and each group member) will also be required to make a brief presentation to the rest of the class to inform other students of their analysis. Each group may prepare 8-10 slides to illustrate their presentation and speak for about 10 minutes. Each group may earn up to 10% for the presentation. Specific details for the content of the presentation will be advised during the semester.
Tutors will take attendance for each tutorial session which contributes to the participation marks.
The end-of semester final exam covering all lectures in the semester will be condcuted during the examination weeks.
Assignment Guidelines including Referencing Details
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The Harvard system is widely used in the Business School. Guidelines for the use of this style of referencing can be found in the Communication Skills Guide.
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Late Assignment Submission
Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system. Extensions will generally only be given for medical or other serious reasons. All requests for extensions must be emailed to the lecturer in charge of the course before the due date. Each request will be assessed on its merits.
Replacement/Additional Assessment (R/AA)
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To qualify for Academic supplementary Assessment students must achieve a total mark of at least 45%.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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