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Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 4-6 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

An Introduction to Accounting Principles: The Language of Capital Markets

8 videos (Total 40 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
The Language and Tools of Financial Analysis - Overview1m
1.0 Welcome and Introduction (It all begins with accounting)5m
1.1 The Balance Sheet 1: Assets (What the company owns)6m
1.2 The Balance Sheet 2: Liabilities (What the company owes)4m
1.3 The Balance Sheet 3: Equity (What the owners own)7m
1.4 The Profit and Loss Statement: Revenues (What the company earns)6m
1.5 The Profit and Loss Statement: Expenses (What the company spends)5m
7 readings
Course Syllabus10m
Your Teaching Team10m
Week 1 Outline10m
Start of Course Survey10m
Resources10m
Social Media10m
Study Tools and Tips10m
2 practice exercises
Week 1 practice quiz - This quiz does not contribute to your final grade20m
Week 1 graded quiz - This quiz contributes 10% towards your final grade20m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

An Intuition-based Introduction to Financial Analysis

8 videos (Total 49 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
8 videos
2.1 Profitability Measures 1 (When is good really good?)10m
2.2 Profitability Measures 2 (When is really good, good enough?)4m
2.3 Leverage Measures (Creating value with other people‘s money)9m
2.4 Efficiency Measures (Are we doing more with less?)6m
2.5 Liquidity Measures (Staying ahead of the curve?)4m
Mid Course Check-in1m
A View from Industry with BNY Mellon2m
1 reading
Week 2 Outline10m
2 practice exercises
Week 2 practice quiz - This quiz does not contribute to your final grade20m
Week 2 graded quiz - This quiz contributes 10% towards your final grade20m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

The Links Between Accounting Principles and Financial Decision-making

6 videos (Total 37 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
6 videos
3.1 Limitations 1: Historical Cost And Market Value (The market is always right...)7m
3.2 Limitations 2: Accrual versus Cash Accounting (Money in the bank)5m
3.3 Limitations 3: Profit versus Wealth Creation (Raising the bar)3m
3.4 Accounting Scandals 1: The Fall-out From Enron (What to look out for…)5m
3.5 Accounting Scandals 2: Earnings Management (Smoke and mirrors)9m
1 reading
Week 3 Outline10m
2 practice exercises
Week 3 practice quiz - This quiz does not contribute to your final grade20m
Week 3 graded quiz - This quiz contributes 10% towards your final grade20m
Week
4
6 hours to complete

Value Measurement via Discounted Cash Flow Analysis

6 videos (Total 51 min), 4 readings, 5 quizzes
6 videos
4.1 Discounting Cash Flows (Not every dollar is equal)15m
4.2 Forecasting Cash Flows (Back to the future)8m
4.3 Fair Value Using Net Present Value (Finance meets accounting)9m
4.4 Caution When Using DCF Analysis (Rubbish in… rubbish out)7m
4.5 The Accountant Signs Off (A summary of the course)3m
4 readings
Week 4 Outline10m
Academic Integrity10m
Where to From Here? The Next Step.10m
End of Course Survey10m
4 practice exercises
Week 4 practice quiz - This quiz does not contribute to your final grade20m
Week 4 graded quiz - This quiz contributes 10% towards your final grade20m
Course Final Exam - This quiz contributes 40% towards your final grade1h 20m
Peer Assessment Calculations - Worth 10% of your final grade12m
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Top reviews from The Language and Tools of Financial Analysis

By JCJul 18th 2016

WOW!!! By far the BEST Course in Coursera catalog! Incredible the tools that are taught. Thanks so much. Absolutely recommended for every person regardless of professional background.

By JKJun 27th 2019

This course helps me a lot to learn more useful financial analysis language . It also helps me to understand the financial statement of some corporates I am interested in.

Instructors

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Paul Kofman

Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics
Sidney Myer Chair of Commerce
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Sean Pinder

Associate Professor
Faculty of Business and Economics

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