date_range Starts on October 14, 2019
event_note End date November 17, 2019
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assignment Level : Introductive
label Finance
chat_bubble_outline Language : English
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timer 20 hours in total

About the content

Develop your pre-existing accounting skills and knowledge. On this course, you will discover how the decisions and operations of an organisation are translated into numbers. You will cover fundamental financial accounting concepts to help you develop in your accounting career or prepare yourself for more advanced study.

This course features a range of conceptual and practical activities. You will understand the different purposes of accounting information, the role of accruals, and learn how to read financial statements. You will also address myths of accounting and separate fact from fiction.

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Prerequisite

The course is designed for those who have already completed an introductory course in financial accounting and need to refresh their understanding. It will suit those looking to take an intermediate or advanced financial accounting course in the future, dealing with business groups, M&A, and consolidation.

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Syllabus

  • The accounting cycle: translating companies’ operations and decisions into numbers;
  • Understanding accounting as the language of business: users of accounting information and its different purposes;
  • The role of accounting equation in ensuring recording integrity and keeping track of the transactions;
  • The role of accruals in making sense of financial accounting information;
  • The package of Financial Statements: balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement;
  • Debunking myths about accounting as a fact: the role of valuation, assumptions and forecasts;
  • Reading and interpreting financial statements with a ‘sceptical’ eye.
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Instructors

Amedeo Pugliese
I teach introduction to financial accounting courses since 2007 and I enjoy it thoroughly. Beyond teaching, my research interests span across company disclosure and corporate governance.

Anna Alexander
I teach financial accounting both at the introductory and more advanced level. Currently, my research interests revolve around different topics: from corporate tax avoidance to criminal firms.

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University of Padova

The University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning; it is a multi-disciplinary university that aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background. A qualification from the University of Padova is a symbol of having achieved an ambitious objective, one that is recognised and coveted by both students and employers alike.

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Futurelearn

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It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of March 2015 included 54 UK and international University partners and unlike similar platforms includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School.

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