University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Summer 2013

Course Description
The course focuses on the analysis and use of financial accounting information in the evaluation of corporate performance. The course initially demonstrates the accounting process and resulting generation of financial statements. Building on these core accounting concepts, the course emphasizes the understanding of financial statements prepared under U.S. and International Accounting Standards and the analysis of these financial statements including common size analysis, ratio analysis, the impact of taxes, and credit analysis. Completion of the course will enhance the student's ability to read, interpret and analyze financial statements for making investment, credit, acquisition and other evaluation decisions.

Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

Comprehend financial accounting's role in business and understand the differences between financial and management accounting. Read and understand company financial statements including the income statement, the balance sheet, the statement of changes in shareholders
equity and the statement of cash flows

Use common size analysis and ratio analysis to evaluate a company on the following dimensions: Efficiency, Liquidity, Solvency, Profitability, Cash flow

Understand how creditors and investors evaluate a company, including an assessment of credit and investment worthiness.

The course will meet on 5 Saturdays in May and June. The dates are 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, and 6/22.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 05-25-2013 - 06-22-2013  

Dates Day Time Room
05-25-2013 - 06-22-2013   S  9:00 AM-12:15 PM F108
05-25-2013 - 06-22-2013   S  1:30 PM-5:30 PM F108

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: TBD
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Compressed Course
Special Restrictions: Students who have taken more than one term (or quarter) of an accounting, finance, or financial statements course previously are not allowed to take this course.
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None

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