This course examines the fundamental techniques of financial statement analysis and their application to strategic planning and decision making. The course covers the analysis and interpretation of financial information including the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
Understanding the keys to effective financial statement analysis will provide finance majors and other business and accounting students with a competitive advantage in the marketplace. A working knowledge of the tools used to evaluate and adjust the financial statements to enhance their economic content for meaningful financial analysis will enhance students’ strategic decision making capabilities. The processes and methods used to reconstruct the economic reality embedded in the financial statements including ratio analysis, prospective analysis, earnings prediction and equity valuation are emphasized in the course.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Interpret financial statements using knowledge of the underlying accounting principles and financial analysis techniques.
- Prepare prospective financial information for selected organizations.
- Prepare a comprehensive financial statement analysis for an organization
- Apply biblical worldview principles to the area of financial statement analysis.
Textbook readings and presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.
Group Discussion Board Forum
For this collaborative discussion board, the instructor will place the student into a group at the beginning of the course. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt. The thread must be at least 1,000 words, and must demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to two other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 350 words. Threads and replies must include at least 2 peer-reviewed sources in addition to the course textbook and the Bible.
Connect Homework (8)
The student will complete eight homework assignments using Connect. Included in the homework are various problems which are designed to prepare the student for the course exams.
Connect Exam (4)
There will be four exams in this course completed in Connect. Each exam will be based on the textbook readings and contain problems and/or multiple-choice questions.
The student will complete a project in Microsoft Excel that focuses on financial statement analysis of a selected company. The selected company must be traded on a recognized stock exchange, such as the New York Stock Exchange, or NASDAQ. In addition, instructor approval must be obtained via email. The project will be submitted in the following parts throughout the course.
Part 1: Company Information and Historial Balance Sheets, Income Statements, and Statements of Cash Flow for Company and 2-3 Competitors
Part 2: Ratio Analysis for Company and Competitors
Part 3: Horizontal and Vertical Analysis
Part 4: Projected Financial Statements
Financial Analysis Report
The student will write a financial analysis report in current APA format that focuses on the company selected for the Excel Project. The financial analysis report will consist of the student’s findings as a result of market research and the student’s own quantitative analysis. The report must be a minimum of 10-12 pages, and must contain at least 10 reputable sources including the textbook and Bible.