Diagnosing the Financial Health of a Business

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Diagnosing the Financial Health of a Business

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Feb,2014

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This is my 1st course completed on the Open2Study platform. The work load is much lighter than most courses on Coursera or XuetangX. There indeed some good courses there, but it’s not easy to access the video lectures from mainland China as all their videos hosted on Youtube…

 

About the course:

This course shows how financial reports provide a wealth of information into the performance of a business, and how they can be used specifically to identify early warning signs of potential future problems.
We will see that a profitable business may not necessarily be performing well or taking the right steps to build for its future. Just as a doctor conducts a diagnosis of a patient and recommends a course of treatment, we will use simple and yet powerful tools to analyse a business and identify where and how things can be improved.

Course Schedule:

MODULE 1 THE BALANCE SHEET
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment 17 Feb – 23 Feb
MODULE 2 INCOME STATEMENT
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment 24 Feb – 2 Mar
MODULE 3 STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment 3 Mar – 9 Mar
MODULE 4 ASSESSING FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment 10 Mar – 16 Mar
  • How to evaluate the performance of a business with reference to its financial reports.
  • How to conduct financial analysis by integrating information across its balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement (as opposed to viewing data in isolation).
  • How to identify early warning signs of potential financial difficulties in a business and thus be forward-looking in your approach.
  • How to assess risks in a business by reference to its financial reports.
  • How to identify the assumptions and estimates that are made by managers in constructing their financial reports and assess the implications for interpreting the performance of a business.
  • How to measure and interpret the sustainable growth rate of a business and identify implications for its future heath.
  • How to distinguish between the income statement and the statement of comprehensive income of a business.
  • How to measure the operating cash cycle of a business and assess the implications for the funding needs of the business.
  • How to determine if a firm is generating appropriate returns on its assets and for its owners.
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