The course expands students' knowledge and understanding of financial reporting and analysis by examining key questions of economic significance within the context of real companies and their reported financial information. The course will include analysis of U.S. companies that follow U.S. GAAP and global companies that use International Financial Reporting Standards. The underlying objective of financial analysis is to measure and compare risk and return characteristics of alternative investments when making investment and credit decisions. The course culminates with a substantial research project of a publicly traded company and a presentation.
Prerequisites: BUS 205, 305/320, 310/335, 315, 340, and senior standing or permission of instructor.