Accounting and Financial Reporting
Full course descriptionThe aim of this course is to introduce financial accounting and reporting. Students will learn how to record business transactions and draw up financial statements (balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement). Understanding the basic principles underlying ‘the language of business’ is essential to anyone who will be involved in the preparation (e.g., controllers), monitoring (e.g., supervisory board members, auditors, stock market regulators), analysis (e.g., financial analysts, M&A consultants), or use (e.g., venture capitalists, governments, private shareholders, bondholders) of financial accounting information. The course also addresses other factors (such as accounting regulation, auditing, corporate governance and managerial incentives and judgement) that affect the preparation and use of financial statements as well as techniques for analyzing financial statements.
Course objectives* Learn how to prepare financial statements (income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement) at an introductory level using International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
* Understand how managerial judgement plays a role in selecting accounting methods and measurement.
* Learn how to analyze and interpret financial statements.
* Understand how managerial incentives, managerial judgement, auditing and corporate governance affect the quality of financial statements.
PrerequisitesAn advanced level of English
No specific required knowledge requested