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Financial Statement Analysis

Maastricht Summer School
Netherlands, Maastricht
Maastricht Summer School Netherlands, Bonnefantenstraat 2, 6211 KL Maastricht, The Netherlands
Tuition fee €299 per programme


Please note that this course will take place online.

The aim of this course is to make you a financial analyst. After finishing this course, you will be able to analyse financial statements of two or more corporations (such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, McDonald’s etc.) to compare and contrast the performance, liquidity, and solvency from the points of view of a manager, banker or shareholder.

After completing this course students will understand:
1. What financial statements are and which analytical techniques are available. What vertical analysis, horizontal analysis, common-sized statements, and ratio analysis are;
2. How to compare financial statements of two unequal corporations (we will use real world information of large corporations such as Google, Microsoft, etc. from www.finance.yahoo.com);
3. What Liquidity, Profitability, and Solvency Analysis are and how to perform them on two comparable corporations (Coca-Cola and Pepsi) using data from www.finance.yahoo.com;
4. What DuPont identity is and how to perform a DuPont Analysis. How DuPont Analysis helps us calculate the performance of different functional divisions of a corporation, such as the management, marketing, and finance divisions;
5. How to perform a complete financial statement analysis of a corporation. Students will work on the financial statements of two companies of their choice using data from www.finance.yahoo.com. This class will be guided by the lecturer and instant feedback will be provided.

Who should attend this course?
This course is suitable for:
• Current students of business studies at any level: bachelors and Masters;
• Start-ups and new entrepreneurs who are already managing, or planning to open, a business
• Current and potential investors in stock markets;
• Students who have already studied accounting but who would like to refresh their knowledge.

Apart from short lectures, we will follow problem based learning (PBL) to make learning sessions interesting, enjoyable, and effective. We will emphasize on “learning by doing“ and working in groups and practicing with real financial statements downloaded from www.finance.yahoo.com.

Course Duration and Dates
This is a one-week online course running from the 25th of July until the 29th of July, 2022.

The number of credits earned after successfully concluding this course is the equivalent of 2 ECTS according to Maastricht University’s guidelines. For further information see the MSS terms and conditions.

Not mandatory but basic accounting knowledge will be helpful. Alternatively, students can take “ACC2010 Financial Accounting: How to Prepare Financial Statements” offered in the previous week of this summer school by Dr. Golam Robbani.

Recommend literature
No textbook is required for you to buy. As a reference, the course will use this book: Weygandt, Kimmel and Kieso: Financial Accounting IFRS Ed. By Wiley.

Teaching methods
PBL (problem-based-learning)

Assessment methods
Class Participation; Quiz; in-class tests; homework; group work, and presentation

Financial Accounting, Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Financial Analysis

Apply now! Summer Term 2021/22
Application deadline
15 Jun 2022 23:59:59
Central European Time
Studies commence
Jul 25, 2022

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Summer Term 2021/22
Application deadline
15 Jun 2022 23:59:59
Central European Time
Studies commence
Jul 25, 2022

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States