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2020/2021  BA-BINBO1131U  Financial Accounting

English Title
Financial Accounting

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Second Quarter, Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in International Business
Course coordinator
  • Bjørn N. Jørgensen - Department of Accounting (AA)
Main academic disciplines
  • Accounting
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 30-06-2020

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Learning objectives
After having completed the course students should be able to:
  • Read, understand and examine the data in an annual report.
  • Fully comprehend the difference between cash and accrual accounting.
  • Prepare financial statements from the source data based on accounting transactions.
  • Understand the critical role of ethics in providing decision useful accounting information.
  • Develop financial ratios for a company and analyze the information content of these measures to make sound business decisions.
Financial Accounting:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Autumn and Winter, 4 timer open book.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The re-take follows the same rules as regular examination
Description of the exam procedure





Course content, structure and pedagogical approach
  • 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
  • Cash, receivables and short term investments
  • Fixed Assets (Tangible & Intangible)
  • Goodwill
  • Current Liabilities, Present Value, and Long-term liabilities
  • Shareholders’ Equity
  • Cash Flow Statements
  • Financial Statement Analysis

Course aim:
Students learn to develop their understanding of financial accounting via reference to practical examples, exercises and mini-cases.
Relation to a Business or an Institutional Setting: Class discussions are focused around multinational companies in different industries – both European and US. The course textbook has many good examples from US business life, which will be contrasted against their European peers.

Relation to International Business or Economics: The core theme of the course is the financial accounting within multinational corporations.


Description of the teaching methods
The teaching sessions comprise lectures (online) and class discussions as well as practical exercises ( on campus). Problems and exercises are at times given 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. In addition to the sessions there are workshops to work through more extensive financial reporting and accounting problems and to when required review the most important points of the lectures through supplementary exercises, and thus prepare students even better for the final examination.
Feedback during the teaching period
The student will have to actively seek feedback from the teacher. This can be done at the office hours of the course coordinator/teacher.
Student workload
Teaching Sessions 42 hours
Workshops 13 hours
Preparation for exam and classes 158 hours
Expected literature

The Impact on Decision Makers, 10th edition (2017)

Author:  Norton & Porter

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Last updated on 30-06-2020