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ACCT13017 Financial Statement Analysis
Financial Statement Analysis
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General Information


Financial Statement Analysis is a capstone unit within the Bachelor of Accounting course. It supports you to integrate your learning in the course and to critically examine accounting and finance concepts relevant to the analysis of financial statements. You will apply these concepts to the analysis of real firms. The focus of the unit is on analysing financial statements to better understand and interpret the economic and business realities of firms. In particular, you will learn how to use financial statements to identify what adds value. While recognising that adding value can be viewed from the perspective of a range of different stakeholders, you will focus on the interests of equity investors.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: ACCT19061

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2022


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 45%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%
3. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 5%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Feedback


The spreadsheet provided is easy to use and supports our analysis of our firms. It would be great if the cells not to be altered by students in the Key Value Drivers worksheet could be blacked out and their contents not visible to students, as seeing the numbers in these cells can be confusing.


These cells in the spreadsheet will be blacked out so that their contents are not visible to students.

Feedback from Student Feedback


It would be great if there could be podcasts of the Study Guide as well as having them in written form.


Podcasts of the Study Guide will be provided.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply established techniques for analysing financial statement information for forecasting, valuation and risk analysis purposes
  2. Apply the major concepts and theories of fundamental analysis and the key steps involved in conducting a fundamental analysis and valuation of a company
  3. Use financial statement information to identify and recommend solutions to various financial challenges
  4. Analyse and synthesise a firm’s financial statement information in the context of the firm’s economic and business condition to make informed recommendations on investment decisions about the firm.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 45%
2 - Written Assessment - 50%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 5%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment - 45%
2 - Written Assessment - 50%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 5%
Textbooks and Resources


There are no required textbooks.

Additional Textbook Information

The key readings for the unit are the Study Guide materials which are provided on Moodle. You can read this material and/or listen to it on podcasts.

There are a number of videos in Moodle that are also an important part of the materials in the unit.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
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