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Postgraduate Course: Financial Analysis (CMSE11108)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryThe course is concerned with introducing students to the practice and theory of financial statement analysis.  The course itself brings together elements of financial accounting and financial ratio analysis; corporate strategy analysis, market and industry analysis and techniques of equity valuation to enable students to understand how individual businesses function within the constrained market environment.
Course description A practice oriented course, to enable students to critically analyse the performance, prospects and valuation of a corporate business entity.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Accounting and Financial Management (CMSE11104)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For Business School PG students only, or by special permission of the School. Please contact the course secretary.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 127 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%
Feedback Students are encouraged to ask questions - this enables students to test their own understanding of concepts and techniques.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have a critical understanding of accounting ratio analysis
  2. Understand the relationship between corporate strategy and corporate performance
  3. Be able to undertake a financial analysis of a corporate body
Reading List
Technical Background Reading
Krishna Palepu, Paul Healey and Erik Peek, Business Analysis and Valuation IFRS Edition, CENGAGE Learning, 4th Edition, 2016.

General Background Reading
John Kay, The Long and the Short of it: A guide to finance and investment for normally intelligent people who aren't in the industry, Profile Books, 2016.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills For those that choose to fully engage with the conceptual underpinning of this course they will find the course offers both significant challenge at both the intellectual and practical levels.

The course requires students to extract and construct information from several different analysis tasks and then to synthesise a coherent and sound narrative all of which helps to develop improved cognitive, communication and group-work skills. However, the work load on individuals is significant and all students must be able to work autonomously on the group-assigned tasks.

The various analysis tasks requires students to undertake significant critical and logical (inductive logic) analysis. Students will construct computerised valuation and accounting models and will develop their IT and their numeracy skills. Working in groups fosters communication and management skills.
Course organiserDr Tom Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 8333
Course secretaryMiss Fionna Ogilvie
Tel: (0131 6)51 3028
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