|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||5|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Unseen written examination||80%|
|Semester Assessment||Essay Assignment 1500 words||20%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours Unseen written examination Repeat Failed Element||80%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Essay Assignment 1500 words Repeat Failed Element||20%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Describe, explain and illustrate the context, uses and importance of financial statement analysis.
2. List, describe, explain, illustrate, compare and contrast alternative approaches to analyzing and interpreting accounting information, employing such information in equity valuation, and employing such information in financial distress prediction.
3. Explain and discuss the drivers, methods and detection of earnings management.
4. Explain and discuss the link between financial accounting and market-based information.
5. Cite, explain, select and apply appropriate theory and models to solve related questions and numerical problems, and perform pertinent analysis; and interpret the results.
6. Assess and criticize selected theoretical models.
7. Integrate different forms of analysis in order to generate a well-reasoned and holistic assessment of a firm'r performance, position and prospects.
The module covers topics in analysis of financial accounting information, accounting-based valuation, and financial distress prediction; and bridges between accounting information and market-based information. The availability of this subject matter is essential to any high-quality undergraduate degree in accounting and/or finance; as subject to:
- Honours Degree Subject Benchmark Statement: Accounting (2007), Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
- Honours Degree Subject Benchmark Statement: Finance (2007), Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
- Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
This module aims to provide students with a thorough treatment of: (i) the demand for and supply of public financial information by firms; (ii) the analysis and interpretation of financial accounting and other public financial information; (iii) the link between accounting-based information and market-based information; and (iv) accounting-based valuation and distress prediction models.
2. Analysis and interpretation of financial statements
- Cross-sectional analysis
- Time series analysis
- Forecasting earnings and cash flows
- Forecast accuracy
4. Financial accounting and market-based analysis
5. Accounting-based valuation models
6. The prediction of financial distress
Students taking this module will have the opportunity to develop and practice a wide range of transferable skills. In lectures students will develop listening and note taking skills. In preparation for tutorials students will develop their reading, note taking, analytical, independent research, writing and IT skills. Tutorial discussions will help students to develop their listening, explaining and debating skills, as well as team work and problem solving. The examination will test students' analytical and writing skills under time constaints.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||• Develop an easy familiarity with numerical data sources and numerical data • Apply numerical data to problem solving with care and accuracy • Assess the reasonableness of and interpret numerical solutions • Support assertions/arguments with appropriately developed and presented numerical data|
|Communication||• Develop confidence in and clarity of oral communication via tutorial participation • Develop clarity and focus of written communication via: o assignment production o development of answers to tutorial questions • Develop and use appropriate subject-specific vocabulary in oral and written communication|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||• Identify and distil the key issues covered by lectures, tutorials and self study • Identify and use a range of learning resources • Investigate benefits of small group working on self study • Structure study to accommodate intensive learning|
|Information Technology||• Use a variety of electronic web- and library-based resources to review available information and retrieve pertinent information • Use various software packages for the production of the assignment (text, numerical tables and analysis, graphics)|
|Personal Development and Career planning||• Develop knowledge and skills of interpretation of financial statement and other public financial information which is useful/essential in a number of different occupations • Identify potential career opportunities within the financial and professional services sector|
|Problem solving||• Identify the precise problem to be solved • Assess which data are pertinent to the problem • Recognize that alternative solution methods might be available • Select and apply appropriate methods for solving the problem • Assess the reasonableness of problem solutions and interpret those solutions|
|Research skills||• Identify which information sources are available to: o facilitate module study (understanding, wider reading) o provide information to facilitate financial statement analysis o provide raw input to the production of the assignment • Select the most pertinent information for retrieval • Retrieve information • Re-assess the pertinence and assess the credibility of retrieved information • Properly reference/attribute information sources|
|Subject Specific Skills||• Develop competence in understanding and analyzing financial accounting and other public financial information; and in understanding the limitations thereof|
|Team work||• Develop experience of team work and develop team working skills via small group working on self study|
Reading ListGeneral Text
In addition to the above texts students are required to read a number of articles. A full reading list and module outline is available via Blackboard (http://alto.aber.ac.uk) and will be distributed in the first lecture Barker, Richard Determining value : valuation models and financial statements Key texts Pearson Education Primo search Mulford, Charles The Financial numbers game : detecting creative accounting practices Key texts Wiley Primo search Rees, William Financial Analysis Key texts 2nd edition Prentice-Hall Primo search Scott, William R. Financial Accounting Theory Key texts 3rd edition Prentice-Hall Primo search Watts, Ross L. Positive Accounting Theory Key texts Prentice-Hall Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6