Financial Statement Analysis

4 credit hours

Financial Statement Analysis is an applied perspective on analyzing financial statements. There are three main skills students will learn upon completion of this course:

  1. Earnings management – how and why managers can move earnings up and down using accounting tricks, and how to detect and adjust for this.
  2. Profitability analysis – how to decompose a firm’s overall profitability into its key elements in order to tell whether the firm is really making money or losing money, where this is happening, and why it is happening.
  3. Statement analysis – how to pull apart a firm’s financial statements and footnotes so that its major business activities and results are clearly visible.

Financial Statement Analysis is designed to be particularly useful for finance-oriented students looking at consulting, corporate finance, entrepreneurship, general management, and investment and marketing careers.

Watch the below video for a brief introduction to the Financial Statement Analysis course: