Financial acumen is an important skill for managers in the complex local and global business environment. The unit takes a multidiscipline approach to develop advanced analytical, planning and decision making skills. This unit proposes a theoretical framework for effective and efficient use of financial statement information for business analysis. It identifies and evaluates the key analytical framework components: financial statement, business strategy, accounting, financial, and prospective. This framework is then applied to a variety of complex decision making contexts including security analysis, credit analysis, corporate financing policies analysis, merger and acquisition analysis, and management communications analysis.

Unit details

Location:
Victoria University Online
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
BAO5734

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply a structured analytical framework to facilitate the preparation, interpretation and communication of analysts' reports which evaluate past performance and future prospects for sustainable value creation;  
  2. Generate, commission, interpret and/or communicate relevant, reliable and comprehensible performance information on external and internal factors critical to sustainable value creation (such as financial and non-financial key performance indicators (KPIs));  
  3. Review and evaluate the elements that shape value creation and triple bottom-line performance (including competitive environment, strategy, structure and value-creating activities) and translate them to disciplinary and professional practice; and  
  4. Critically reflect as part of an inter-disciplinary team on the broad range of elements that frame corporate values.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Theory questions and case studies 15%
Assignment Assignment 10%
Report Analyst's report on a publicly listed company (group assignment) 25%
Examination Final exam 50%

Required reading

Business analysis and valuation: Using financial statements -Text and cases (2nd Asia-Pacific ed.).
Palepu, K.G., Healy, P.M., Wright, S., Bradbury, M., & Lee, P. (2015).
South Melbourne, Victoria: Cengage Learning Australia.

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