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About the Course

Financial Accounting is often called the language of business; it is the language that managers use to communicate the firm's financial and economic information to external parties such as shareholders and creditors. Nobody working in business can afford financial illiteracy. Whether you run your own business, work as a manager or are just starting your career, you want to understand financial information and be able to interact with accountants, controllers, and financial managers. You want to talk business! This course will provide you with the accounting language's essentials. Upon completion, you should be able to read and interpret financial statements for business diagnosis and decision-making. More importantly, you will possess the conceptual base to keep learning more sophisticated accounting and finance on your own. Do not forget that, as with any other language, becoming proficient with accounting requires constant practice....

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Aug 17, 2020

All topics covered in this course were explained well and shown how to implement, highly recommended for beginners and individuals who would like to brush up on their accounting knowledge foundations.


Oct 13, 2020

Es un curso muy valioso para poder fomentar las bases del análisis contable sobre el funcionamiento en las empresas, tomo el curso desde Colombia y quedo muy satisfecho con el aprendizaje optenido.

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By Jean L

Jun 18, 2021

This course is fantastic!! Prof. Badia gave us a clear and vivid lecture to introduce basic concept of accounting, using an interesting example to show why and how the transections were made and what kind of information we could get in financial statement. IESE also provides high quality reading material. The quizzes are not easy because it is not a "memory" kind of test. To complete the test, learner must really understand how the accounting principle works. It's interesting and worth spending time on it.

By Esmeralda P R

Dec 25, 2020

I like the way the teacher deliver his lecture by way of giving a recap about the topic discussed during the previous week before resuming for the next lesson.

As a student, we are encourage to engage on a lecture by having some questions popping up and clicking on our respective answer to a question being asked by the teacher during the lecture, and the lecture video only resumes after providing our answer on the question asked. I learned to be more attentive this way.

The quizzes are relevant to the topic

By Cuomo V

Apr 2, 2021

Excellent course. Prof. Badia explains all the key concepts in a very simple way, by means of practical case studies. There are a lot of tests and exercises where you are able to evaluate your understanding step by step. Just as a suggestion, it could be useful to add also some sort of template to be downloaded for filling in the financial statements under analysis. In any case, I really recommend it to anyone who wants to become more familiar with the basic principles of accounting.

By Thanuki N G

Jul 8, 2022

Successfully completed a 4 week course on 'Principles of Financial Accounting' on Coursera offered by IESE Business School in 3 days. I was impressed with the program as it required - scoring over 80% on 5 main tests to move forward and access the rest of the material, making a written submission on a case study in which I was expected to analyse financial statements, and also peer reviewing other submissions as well. A thorough course that gave my brain some much needed exercise. 

By Yunjie W

Mar 13, 2021

Very well crafted lessons. The videos provide a clear overview image of the ideas, and the reading materials then explain the nitty gritty details of the accounting concepts. I would suggest taking this class as a second accounting course after finishing Upenn's Intro to Accounting class. Upenn's class helped me feel comfortable with the mechanics (math) of the double-entry accounting. This class then helped me to see financial statements from a business executive perspective.

By Sami E

May 31, 2022

I'm already an accounting student, but I used this to brush up on anything I may have been missing and this was much, much, much easier to understand the way he explained it every topic. I honestly think I learned better than when my actual professors in my school taught me. The only thing I wished for was if there was more practice questions, but other than that I really enjoyed the course and am glad that I took it.

By Shenelle S

Jan 3, 2021

Professor Badia explained the Accounting Principles in a manner easy to grasp even for a rookie. I passed the course with a great grade having no prior experience in the subject. Having completed this course I can broaden my scope during my job searches. Hoping to apply what I've learned here in real-life situations in the workplace. Thanks, Professor Badia and all members of the Coursera Team!

By Mukhtar M M

Jan 29, 2021

All topics covered in this course were explained well and shown how to implement, highly recommended for beginners and individuals who would like to brush up on their accounting knowledge foundations. The course was very interesting with a lot of real-life scenarios that made it very relatable. I will highly recommend it to anyone trying to find thier way through financial accounting principles.

By Alexey B

Nov 25, 2022

I enjoyed this course getting much more than I expected. I’ve got not only general info about accounting, accounts, assets etc, but also understood what can be analysed just looking at the financial statements.

During one of the final exams I was amazed about how many decisions, suggestions and advices I can make having this knowledge.

Brilliant course.

Thanks and respect to Prof. Marc Badia.

By Eduardo R

Sep 10, 2022

The course is really good. Very well explained. If you do not have accounting background, it can be a bit challenge at week 4, but I can tell you the course can be achieved by anyone without that background (like me). Something to improve: links in Further Readings are not updated. To profesor Badia: I would include some practice exercise in week 2, 3 and 4 before the weekly graded quiz.

By Mark W

Dec 19, 2020

Main features:

Excellent use of real life example to explain concepts

Contents start simple for real beginners and get progressively more demanding

Great quizzes

Nice transaction exercises

English is not the first language of the speaker which may be an advantage for non-natives.

IESE is one of the best business schools in Spain, if not Europe.

A big thanks to IESE and Coursera for this course


Mar 21, 2022

Excellent course that has been designed brilliantly with an interesting case study and informative reading material. I started without knowing anything about financial accounting but with clear explanations and some practice, I learn how to read and interpret financial statements of a company! #financialaccounting #balancesheet #incomestatement #cashflowstatement #iese

By Tom K

Sep 15, 2022

Coming from the outside and having very limited experience with accounting, this course was incredibly helpful. As long as you recognize that this is a beginners course, you'll be fine. This is not meant to cover ever single aspect of accounting, but it is extremely well designed to introduce you to simple accounting concepts.

By Jonathan H

Nov 2, 2022

Un curso muy completo, donde aprenderás desde los fundamientos de la contabilidad financiera, hasta temas un poco más complejos. El profesor Badia hace una excelente labor compartiendo su experiencia y guiando al estudiante a querer aprender más del tema. Sin lugar a dudas haré otro curso impartido por IESE Business School.

By Dagna K

Apr 20, 2021

I really liked the course - the content was explained in an easy way and satisfactory pace, so the beginners can easily understand the material. Great job done by the teacher! Tests and exams are also a good learning opportunity and practice. Additional excercises would be even more helpful. Thank you!

By Carmen B

Dec 25, 2020

Excellent! Very good explanations, lots of practical examples. I came to this course because, as founder of a small business, I needed support to understand the financial documents provided by the accountant and submitted for tax purposes. This course addresses and fulfills all my expectations.


Dec 23, 2020

The course is excellent! It is well-built and the professor explains all the concepts in a way that they become easily understood. The real life case study is very helpful and it makes the accounting principles coprehensible by someone who has not any knowledge of accounting at all, like me.

By Andrei M

Feb 21, 2022

Great course, Professor Marc is an excellent teacher. The speed of teaching the information is adequate, it addresses every subject in a clear manner, the tests are challenging enough, I recommend it to anyone who wants to invest in companies and has access to their financial statements.

By Bernice L

Dec 13, 2020

A quick introduction to Financial Accounting. Prof. Badia explains the concepts very well with relevant examples. Occasionally there will be a (ungraded) short quiz in between the lecture videos to check our understanding, which is also useful for us learners check our progress.

By Abdiasis A

Feb 11, 2021

I appreciate ma teacher who taught me and guide how to flow the new life of Accounting principles and how to deal my work easily.

Coursera is one of the pest online palaces which person can change his/her life, I wish all my journey will be well and admired as well as possible.

By Mufutau J A

Oct 17, 2022

Principles of Financial Accounting is a fundamental or solid foundation for someone that want to engage in Accounting Proffession. Our tutor has simplified those concept for us in the sense that novice in Accounting will understand those bascis concept with relevant tests.

By jaem l

Jul 10, 2022

I fell in love with accounting a few months ago and this course provided an enjoyable ride to deeper accounting skills and financial analytics. I will probably join the other accounting courses provided. This course was fun to learn. Thank you so much for the opportunity.


Jan 10, 2021

Professor Marc Badia you are amazing. Thank you so much for making this course pleasant! You explain everything excellent, leaving no questions in my head. Your english is excellent!!! It was great to hear you in the videos. Hope to do another course with you again!!!

By Stacey G

Feb 25, 2021

This course really broke down balance sheets, cash flow and income statements using teaching methods that made each topic easy to grasp. I especially liked the idea of teaching by following transaction of a business. You learned by constantly applying and practising.

By Maria D

Oct 4, 2021

I signed up for this course with no knowledge of Accounting and now I am comfortable reading balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements. The professor was very efficent. I had to slow the video down sometimes because he is so efficient.