Prof. dr hab. Zenon Marciniak

International Financial Reporting and Analysis [120031-0345]

Course Overview

This course is intended to provide students with a working knowledge of the principles and practices of financial analysis.
The course will survey the major topics concerning financial analysis of an enterprise, including:
- analysis of financial statements,
- analysis of liquidity,
- analysis of creditworthiness of a company,
- analysis of break even points and leverage,
- summary analysis with two case studies.

Course Objectives

-There are five main objectives for this course:
- to provide students with a good understanding of the scope and function of financial analysis at the firm level;
- to provide students with the knowledge of free cash flow calculations methods;
- to provide students with the knowledge of liquidity and credit quality analysis;
- to provide students with the knowledge of costing techniques;
- case studies will develop skills to analyse companies.

These objectives are to be achieved through a participative approach to learning.

Course Methodology
This course is intended to provide you with a basic framework for dealing with the financial reporting and analysis. Handling the financial aspects of a business requires both an understanding of concepts and the skills to do analysis. Skills are best developed by doing; therefore the pedagogical approach used is application-oriented. Therefore, the emphasis is on understanding the financial issues and alternatives available, and learning the essential analytical tools for dealing with them.
The discussion will generally contain the following:
- A brief description of the management problem(s) being faced, and the decision(s) to be made.
- An analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of each alternative. Decision(s) or recommendation(s) with supporting reasons.
This is a very busy course, consisting of lectures, problems/exercises, and one examination.

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