UCL School of Management

Module Fact Sheet

MSIN0101: Accounting and Financial Analysis

Taught by
Danusia Wysocki
Masters, level 7
MSc Management Route A, SOM PGT affiliates
Term One
Delivery method
3-hour lecture (x 10 weeks)
Closed book exam (3 hours) 50%
Team based project 40%
Moodle Quiz 10%
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Course overview

This module explores the theory and application of financial reporting principles and their reflection within published financial statements, together with the accompanying financial analysis through ratios and other analytical techniques.

Key areas the class will consider together are:

  • theoretical frameworks underpinning the application of financial accounting;
  • financial statement construction building upon such theoretical frameworks;
  • natures of valuation issues relating to financial figures and the stories they are meant to tell;
  • accounting for overheads through a financial accounting lense;
  • corporate financial reporting and annual reports;
  • financial statement analyses and interpretation using a core tool kit any manager would need to help them make sense of the overall financial health of an organisation.

The module is delivered through a series of ten (10) lectures, incorporating a mix of in-class exercises, case activities, class discussions, and workshops. Pre-lecture (flip) and post-lectue (flop) videos will be used in conjunction with Moodle materials and activities. There will be some team-based audio/visual and/or live presentations that will take please as part of some lecture sessions. Private reading and preparation as well as follow-up work outside of lecture sessions will be essential ingrediants of successful completion of the module.

The weekly contact time may also be supplemented with additional workshop sessions on a voluntary basis to provide extra support for students where required and appropriate.

Learning outcomes

Upon successul completion of the module, a student will be able to:

  • Understand why it is important for commercial businesses, and in particular limited companies, to account for the financial valaue of transactions, events and activities.
  • Distinguish between different uses of accounting information and relate these uses to the needs of different groups of stakeholders.
  • Understand the conceptual framework underpinning financial accounting systems and apply  it to the generation of corporate financial reports.
  • Identify and explore a range of selected issues and challenges within financial reporting.
  • Understand how financial accounting systems operate.
  • Interpret corporate financial statements through ratio analyses and other associated techniques.
  • Provide a basis for communication with corporate stakeholders through financial analyses-based written reports
  • Critique the relevance and suitability of applied accounting policies.
  • Critique and evaluate the quality of reported earnings figures.

Topics covered

  • Financial Frameworks for financial statements
  • International financial reporting issues

  • Issues in valuation relating to revenue recognition, expenses, assets and liabilities;

  • Financial statement construction and deconstruction

  • Cash flow statements for publication

  • Accounting for overheads

  • Financial statement analysis tools and techniques

  • Financial ratios 1

  • Financial ratios 2

  • Non-financial performance measurements

  • Quality of earnings

Assessment summary

There are three (3) summative assessment components:

  • Unseen written examination (3 hours) - 50% - this will normally be undertaken in Term 3 (summer term).
  • A team based project assignment - 40%.
  • A Moodle Quiz - 10% - this is an online test in Week 6 (Reading Week). It may be undertaken on or off campus. It lasts for one hour (60 minutes) and is automatically marked by Moodle.

There are a range of formative assessments usually delivered and assessed via Moodle, supplemented by in-class formative assessments.

Current students should refer to Moodle for specific details of the current year’s assessment.

Essential reading

Accounting and Finance an Introduction by Atrill and McLaney ISBN 978-1-292-20448-2

Past versions of this module

MSING061 17/18

Last updated Wednesday, 26 September 2018