Financial Reporting and Analysis - BUSN7730

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Chen Huang checkmark-circle


The module aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the financial accounting techniques at an advanced level and gain an appreciation of the regulatory and social environment within which financial reporting takes place. They will also be able to analyse corporate financial statement information and to make performance evaluations and investment decisions.

Topics covered include:
• Conceptual framework of financial reporting
• Financial Reporting environment
• Off Balance sheet financing
• Group Accounting
• Ratio analysis
• Economics of valuation and valuation models
• Financial reporting model


Contact hours

The module will be taught by lectures, seminars and private study.
Total Contact Hours: 33
Private Study Hours: 117

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Exam – 2 hour, unseen, closed book (70%)
Individual Essay – 1,500 words (30%)

Reassessment methods
100% examination

Indicative reading

Essential reading:
Elliot, B, Elliott, J. (2015) Financial Accounting and Reporting. 17th edn. London: Prentice Hall
Palepu, K.G. Healey, P.M. and Peek, E. (2013) Business Analysis and Valuation: Text and Cases. IFRS Edition, Mason: Thompson South Western
Other reading:
Alexander, D Britton, A Jorissen, A, Alexander, D. (2011) International Financial Reporting 5th edn. Andover: Cengage Learning
Holmes, G. Sugden, A. and Gee, P. (2008) Interpreting Company Reports and Accounts, 10th edn. London: Prentice Hall

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the regulatory, commercial, professional and social environment within which financial statements are prepared, published and used.
8.2. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the technical language and practices employed in recognition, measurement and disclosure in financial statements in the UK and internationally.
8.3 Perform company financial analysis and valuations using corporate financial statements and other relevant financial data.
8.4 Critically evaluate arguments and evidence in company financial statements and valuations.

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Understand and evaluate arguments and evidence.
9.2 Analyse the financial performance and position of a business.
9.3 Use communication and information technology in acquiring, analysing and communicating information.
9.4 Demonstrate ability to undertake independent and self-managed learning.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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