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2013/2014  KAN-CBL_VFI  Financial Intelligence - CANCELLED

English Title
Financial Intelligence - CANCELLED

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Merrill Jones Barradale - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (ICM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Finance
  • Financial and management accounting
Last updated on 29-04-2013
Learning objectives
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • explain the basics of financial accounting, including such concepts and tools as income statements, balance sheets, annual reports, ratios, cash flows, return on investment, P&L, the time value of money, and working capital
  • display the ability to employ the financial accounting principles and practices covered in the course to analyze and to explain a variety of financial data, company documents, balance sheets, annual reports, and case studies
  • explain the important ways in which these and other key financial accounting principles and practices can be used to the benefit (and sometimes detriment) of organizations and the individuals who work in them
  • display the ability to work with the financial accounting principles and practices covered in the course to develop and present business cases for organizational projects and initiatives, and to develop and evaluate alternative scenarios based on competing assumptions and financial data
  • evaluate, contrast, and synthesise the various concepts and theories introduced in the course, and apply them to the analysis of a variety of case studies and situations that exemplify their relative usefulness for understanding the practice of leadership and management in a variety of contexts
Course prerequisites
Bachelor degree
Financial Intelligence:
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
80% of the final grade: individual 48-hour take-home written examination based on all materials covered in the course

20% of the final grade: active class participation and discussion on a pass/fail basis
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 48 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
This course prepares students to participate in the leadership and management of organisations, networks and projects in a variety of contexts and international settings by cultivating their financial intelligence.  Financial intelligence consists of the ability to understand what happens in companies and organizations from a financial perspective, and the ability to act on that information to contribute to organizational success. Students will gain a deeper understanding of financial accounting principles and techniques, and a deeper appreciation of how and why those principles and techniques are crucial for even non-financial managers to understand.  Towards these ends the course will introduce students to the principles of financial intelligence, and further develop their understanding of such important tools and concepts as income statements, balance sheets, annual reports, ratios, cash flows, return on investment, P&Ls, and working capital.  At every stage the course will put such concepts and tools into practice through the discussion and analysis of a variety of case studies and exercises that exemplify how important the numbers are to the way things work throughout organizations in various countries and regions around the world.
Teaching methods
Class time will include lecture, case analysis, discussion, and exercises in which participants will explore the principles of financial intelligence and apply them to case studies and other organizational situations and dynamics.
Expected literature
A collection of case materials available for purchase online via Harvard Business Publishing.
Last updated on 29-04-2013