Financial Accounting and Analysis

By Padmini Srinivasan   |   Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)
Learners enrolled: 5588

Are you one of those professionals who is curious and wants to learn about financial statements, but is intimidated by financial numbers and jargon? Then this course is for you!

In this course, we will demystify accounting jargon, help you understand financial statements and analyse them for better decisions. Whatever be your background – marketing, operations, supply chain, strategy, engineering or others, in today’s competitive world, you need to use and interpret crucial financial data for making informed decisions.

This course will enable you to:

  • Understand the various elements of financial statements
  • Apply accounting principles related to its preparation
  • Use tools and techniques to analyse and interpret the key parameters of financial performance

The course has direct application and high relevance in every professional’s life. Concepts learnt in the course can be applied in day to day management for improving operations and creating value for the organization. You will also be able to assess financial implications of your decisions.

The course will be covered in an easy, simple and interactive manner through various hands-on activities, short cases and easy-to-understand examples.

No previous finance knowledge is needed. Come armed with enthusiasm and curiosity to learn.

What you'll learn:

  • Basic financial concepts
  • Financial statements and their elements
  • Various accounting standards with respect to the elements in the financial statements
  • Techniques to analyse the financial statements
  • Interpretation of financial statements for better decision-making

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 6 weeks
Category :
  • Management Studies
Credit Points : 2
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 30 Jul 2021
End Date : 30 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2021
Exam Date : 14 Nov 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Financial Accounting 
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Using Financial Information for Decision Making
  • Introduction to the Accounting System
  • Understanding Business Transactions: A Visit to Raj Cafe
  • Recording through Accounting Equation
  • Preparing Financial Statements for Raj Cafe
  • Recap
  • Preview of Upcoming Weeks
Week 2 : A Closer Look at the Balance Sheet
  • Introduction to the Elements of Balance Sheet: Assets, Liabilities and Equity
  • Non-current Assets
  • Current Assets
  • Non-current Liabilities
  • Current Liabilities
  • Equity
  • Recap
Week 3 : A Closer Look at the Income Statement, Cash Flow Statement and Statement of Changes in Equity
  • Introduction to Income Statement and Related Accounting Concepts
  • Important Elements of the Income Statement  
  • Introduction to Cash Flow Statement    
  • Statement of Comprehensive Income and Statement of Changes in Equity
  • Recap
Week 4 : Traditional Accounting - Learning Accounting in Accountant;s Way
  • Overview - Traditional Accounting
  • Introduction to the Accounting Process
  • Journal
  • Ledger
  • Trial Balance
  • Understanding Adjustment Entries and Preparing Financial Statements
  • Recap

Week 5 : Financial Statement Analysis – I
  • What is Financial Statement Analysis
  • Students Analyzing the Financial Statements
  • Horizontal Analysis of Financial Statements
  • Common Size Analysis of Financial Statements
  • Ratio Analysis Part I
  • Recap
Week 6 : Financial Statement Analysis - II
  • Recap - Week 4
  • Ratio Analysis Part 2
  • Final Recap

Books and references

Financial Statements and Analysis - Professor M S Narasimhan

Instructor bio

Padmini Srinivasan

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)
Dr. Padmini Srinivasan is an Associate Professor, Finance & Accounting Area at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). She is a Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary by practice. She received her Ph.D. from the National Law School of India University. Her areas of expertise and interests include Financial Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis, Management Accounting and Corporate Governance and Accountability. Prior to joining IIMB, she worked in industry for more than 14 years in various positions in Treasury, Planning, MIS and Accounting. She is a corporate trainer and a consultant to several organizations. Her research interests are in the areas of Corporate Governance and Accountability, Corporate Reporting and Disclosures, Value Relevance of Accounting Numbers and Management Education.

Course certificate


Type of exam: Computer based exam 

You will have to appear at the allotted exam centre and produce your Hall ticket and Government Photo Identification Card for verification and take the exam in person. You can find the final allotted exam centre details in the hall ticket. The questions will be on the computer and the answers will have to be entered on the computer; type of questions may include multiple choice questions, fill in the blanks, essay type (subjective) type, etc. 


Weightage: 25% weightage for weekly assignment + 75% weightage for final exam. 

Passing Marks: You will be eligible for Certificate only if you score minimum 40% in Weekly Assessment and minimum 40% in Final ExamIf you score less than 40% in either weekly assessments (average) or in final exam, you will not receive the certificate. 

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