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2020/2021  BA-BBLCO1215U  Accounting and Financial Analysis

English Title
Accounting and Financial Analysis

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc and MSc in Business, Language and Culture, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Caroline Aggestam Pontoppidan - Department of Accounting (AA)
Main academic disciplines
  • Accounting
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 24-06-2020

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Learning objectives
  • Fully comprehend the accounting equation and double entry-accounting.
  • Understand and be able to explain the difference between cash and accrual accounting.
  • Prepare financial statements from the source data based on accounting transactions and explain the role of ethics in this process.
  • Read, understand and examine the data in an annual report, hereunder the key components in the financial statement.
  • Develop financial ratios for a company and analyze the information content of these measures to make sound business decisions
  • Identify and explain selected components of non-financial reporting provided by companies (GRI, SDGs, etc.)
Accounting and Financial Analysis:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Please see text below
There is no page allowance set for the exam. However, the student will have 4 hours to complete the exam and hand in via Digital Exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

Examination based on one or more questions in relation to the course literature.

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach


  • Accounting and ethics
  • Accounting as a form of communication
  • Financial statements and Annual Reports
  • Double-entry bookkeeping
  • Cash basis and accrual basis of accounting
  • Inventories and Cost of Goods Sold (limited)
  • Cash, receivables and short term investments
  • Fixed Assets (Tangible & Intangible)
  • Goodwill
  • Current Liabilities, Present Value
  • Shareholders’ Equity
  • Cash Flow Statements
  • Financial Statement Analysis

Course aim:
Students learn to develop their understanding of financial accounting via reference to the accounting practices and annual reports of various companies.

Description of the teaching methods
The teaching sessions comprise lectures and class discussions.

Problems and exercises are set for homework and to be included as a part of class discussions.

Various mini case problems are considered, whereby students are expected to analyze and interpret the accounts of a company under certain conditions.

Exercises and mini-cases help to prepare students even better for the final examination.

Though the course is face-to-face there will be integrated elements of blended learning.
Feedback during the teaching period
The course is supplemented by a blended learning approach through the use of CengageNOW. This online platform provides continuous feedback, on the exercises and tests carried out, covering all learning objectives in the book. In addition lectures and workshops will provide extensive opportunities for questions and answers. Students are also encouraged to take full advantage of staff office hours to engage in advancing comprehension of the course objectives.
Student workload
Lectures 27 hours
Exercises 11 hours
Exam 4 hours
Preparation 164 hours
Total 206 hours
Expected literature

To be announced on Canvas

Last updated on 24-06-2020