ACCT 515

Financial Statement Analysis

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course provides an in-depth study of the concepts and applications of financial statement analysis including the supply of and demand for accounting information in financial markets and the uses of accounting information in performance evaluation, investment and credit decisions.

Learning outcomes

General

  • Differentiate the financial information needs of investors, creditors and other users of financial information prepared in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Using industry benchmarks compare organizations' financial results and present results utilizing written, oral and visual presentations methods.
  • Evaluate and compare the "quality of earnings" for organizations in the same industry using a variety of financial and non-financial information.
  • Create a financial statement analysis report for a publicly held organization.
  • Evaluate how the various accounting principles, practices and disclosures can affect an organization's financial results from an ethical perspective during the course.
  • Evaluate analyses and formulate an opinion on the strength of a company's ability to generate cash flows based on financial and non-financial information in publically available financial reports.