Financial Analysis

    Unit code: BAO5734 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus
    Victoria University Online
    VU Brisbane
    VU Sydney


    Financial acumen is an important skill for managers in the complex local and global business environment. The unit takes a multidisciplinary 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: financial statements, business strategies, financial data, and growth of the business. This framework is then applied to a variety of complex decision making contexts including security analysis, credit analysis, merger and acquisition analysis, and management communications analysis.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Adapt an analytical framework to interpret, prepare, and communicate of financial reports which evaluate past performance and future prospects for sustainable value creation;
    2. Interpret and 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. Critically review 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 a team on the broad range of elements that frame corporate values.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 15%
    Financial ratio analysis and summary report
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 35%
    Company analysis report
    Assessment type: Project
    Grade: 50%
    Financial analysis project: report (35%) and presentation (15%) (Group)

    Other locations

    For students studying at Victoria University Online
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 10%
    Preparation of brief to recommend the most appropriate source of financing
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 40%
    Financial ratio analysis
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 50%
    Recommendation based on analysis to either undertake/not undertake a project

    Required reading

    Business analysis and valuation: Using financial statements
    Palepu, K.G., Healy, P.M., Wright, S., Bradbury, M., & Coulton, J. (2021).| (Asia-Pacific) Cengage Learning.

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