Financial Analysis

Financial analysis

Unit code: BAO5734

Credit points: 12

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.

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 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.
  4. Critically reflect as part of an interdisciplinary team on the broad range of elements that frame corporate values.




The assessment for this unit has been designed specifically for our online students and will occur at various times across the seven-week study period.

Assessment activities may include essays, reports, case study analysis, tests and quizzes, reflective writing and/or business plans.


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