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EXEC71-016: Financial Accounting and Analysis September 2017 [Intensive - Week 11]

General information

This subject provides an introduction to financial accounting principles and practices and the analysis of financial information for executives. The subject adopts a ‘user’ perspective and focuses on using information produced by the accounting system in business decision-making. As financial analysis is critical to senior management decision-making the subject represents an essential component in the curriculum of MBA students. The subject is not intended to develop accounting practitioners but rather develop financial literacy to be able to direct such practitioners and make informed strategic decisions.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:EXEC71-016
Subject title:Financial Accounting and Analysis
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2017
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x1 (Total hours: 4) - Seminar 1 (Monday)
  • Seminar: x1 (Total hours: 4) - Seminar 2 (Tuesday)
  • Seminar: x1 (Total hours: 4) - Seminar 3 (Wednesday)
  • Seminar: x1 (Total hours: 4) - Seminar 4 (Thursday)
  • Seminar: x1 (Total hours: 4) - Seminar 5 (Friday)
  • Seminar: x1 (Total hours: 4) - Seminar 6 (Saturday)
  • Seminar: x1 (Total hours: 4) - Seminar 7 (Sunday)
  • Seminar: x1 (Total hours: 4) - Seminar Presentation (Sunday 14th January)
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Study time and reviewing materials
Attendance and learning activities: Subject delivered in intensive mode (Week 11). Students need to attend all seminars to be able to complete assessment activities.


Prescribed resources:
  • Duncan, Keith and McNamara, Ray (2016). Accounting for Decision-Making. Aug 1, 2001 12:00:00 AM, Scottsdale, AZ: BookPatch LLC, The , 337. 11
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Our students will be able to interpret financial statements understand their limitations and uses, and critically analyze financial performance using contemporary analysis techniques and be able to show the impact of financial information on markets - Knowledge and Critical Thinking.
  2. Our students will be able to co-operate as a member and/or a leader in a functional team that completes a company financial analysis project - Leadership, Initiative and Teamwork and Communication Attributes.
  3. Our students will be able to coordinate the written project analysis with other group members to prepare and submit a professional report - Communications Skills (Written), Leadership, Teamwork and Initiative, and Responsibility Attributes.
  4. Our students will be able to undertake a verbal presentation of their work that is coordinated with other group members to explain the results of their project and the methods and analysis used - Communications Skills (Oral and Non Verbal) and Leadership, Teamwork and Initiative Attributes.
  5. Our students will be able to contribute to the decisions on financial accounts at the board level - Knowledge and Critical Thinking, Responsibility Attribute.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Project Report § Financial Analysis Project (Group) - January Assessment Review Session 40% Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Project Report § Board Submission (Group) and Individual Essay - Sunday (of intensive week) 30% Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Project Plan § Homework Problem and Presentation (Group and Individual) - Friday (of intensive week) 20% Week 11 1.
Essay Announcement Analysis (Individual) - Wednesday (of intensive week) 10% Week 11 5.
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Presentation of announcement project findings by each student

Hands on analysis of financial statements - building your analysis template

Workshop with each group to guide and discuss their Board presentation case topic.

Each group to present their Board submission and class to discuss and integrate the implications of each issue.

Each group to present their analysis and insights in the January session.

Approved on: Jul 17, 2017. Edition: 1.1
Last updated: Sep 28, 2017.