ACNT 2376

Financial Statement Analysis

Master Syllabi



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CREDITS:  3; Lecture Hours: 3, Lab: 1

COURSE LEVEL: Intermediate (Junior Level)



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PREREQUISITES: Before enrolling in ACNT 2376, you must have completed ACNT 2304, Intermediate Accounting II or its equivalent at an accredited college or university, with a C or better grade. There are no exceptions. A student may be withdrawn from the class if the prerequisite has not been successfully completed.

 Basic computer skills utilizing internet, word processing, spreadsheet (Excel), and presentation (Power Point) software are recommended for all accounting courses. Generally, all assignments are to be prepared on the computer and presented in a format that would be acceptable in a business environment. Access to computers is available at the college. 

Austin Community College has received the designation of Qualifying Educational Credit for CPA Examination by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (Board).  This course qualifies as one of the 30 required upper-level accounting courses; however for this course to be counted, the student MUST have completed a bachelor's degree PRIOR to taking this course. If this course is completed before a bachelor's degree is awarded, the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy will not accept it.  Please review the information on our web site It is the responsibility of the student to understand and comply with the requirements of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.


If you have any questions, consult with an accounting advisor.


¨       This course is a study of the process of evaluating financial statements.  In addition to analytical techniques, topics include prospective analysis of the enterprise, business valuation, current reporting trends and issues, SEC reporting, segment reporting and full disclosure.

¨       This course presumes a thorough understanding of intermediate accounting principles in order to successfully master the course content. While some accounting concepts may be reviewed, this course is about the analysis and evaluation of financial information based on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

¨       This course requires the ability to express the analysis of cases and other course work in writing that meets professional standards.


METHOD OF PRESENTATIONThree-hour lecture/discussion and one-hour lab each week. 

The primary methods of instruction include course lecture, periodic exams, case analysis, team assignments, and use of business software.

1.       Integration of technology -Students engage in problem solving and analysis using Internet resources and basic business software to manipulate data.

2.       Intensive writing - Students analyze financial statements and other financial data and prepare financial statement analyses.

3.       Accounting Research - Students prepare financial statement analysis project based on the results of database research.


REQUIRED TEXTBOOK/MATERIALSSee section specific syllabus.


COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to analyze and interpret public companies’ financial statements and other parts of the 10-K through

1.       The evaluation of the quality of the financial information

2.       Vertical and horizontal analysis

3.       Ratio analysis of liquidity, solvency, risk and profitability

4.       Strategic analysis

5.       Prospective Analysis


COURSE RATIONALE: The goals and objectives of this course prepare students for (1) completing degree requirements; (2) obtaining or improving job skills; (3) qualifying for a business or accounting job; (4) working as an entrepreneur; (5) fulfilling personal goals; and/or (6) understanding individual income tax returns and the federal income tax law.


SCANS (SECRETARY’S COMMISSION ON ACHIEVING NECESSARY SKILLS): SCANS is the Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills. Please go to for complete definitions and explanation of SCANS.  This list summarizes the SCANS competencies addressed in this particular course.

1.       Information Skills: Identifies the need for data, obtains them from existing sources or creates them, and evaluates their relevance and accuracy. Completely performing the tasks of acquiring data and evaluating information, including posing analytical questions to determine specific information needs; selecting possible information and evaluating its appropriateness, and determining when new information must be created.

2.       Problem Solving Skills: Recognizes that a problem exists (i.e. there is a discrepancy between what is and what should or could be); identifies possible reason for the discrepancy, devises and implements a plan of action to resolve it; evaluates and monitors progress; revises plan as indicated based on findings. 

3.       Writing Skills: Communicates thoughts, ideas, information, and messages in writing; records information completely and accurately; composes and creates documents such as letters, directions, manuals, reports, proposals, graphs, flow charts; uses language, style, organization, and format appropriate to the subject-matter, purpose, and audience. Includes supporting documentation and attends to level of detail; checks, edits, and revises for correct information, appropriate emphasis, form, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.


GRADING POLICIES: Your grade will be based on the following:




3 Exams



3  Accounting Topics Quizzes



3 Case Related Quizzes



Lab Research & Assignments










        Basis for Grading:











Below 479



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1.       Understanding the financial statement analytical framework.

2.       Understand and apply the tools for assessing industry characteristics and business strategies.

3.       Able to access and use sources of information available for publicly held companies.

4.       Understand the mixed attribute accounting model relied upon by GAAP and IFRS.

5.       Understand and analyze the pervasive importance of income tax effect on reported financial results.

6.       Able to explain and analyze the relationship among net income, comprehensive income and cash flows.

7.       Able to conduct profitability analysis, using various ratio techniques, including disaggregation of ROA and ROCE.

8.       Able to analyze effect of risk on financial results, by applying analytical tools.

9.       Identify the effects of accounting methods on the reporting of financing activities.

10.   Identify the effects of accounting methods on the reporting of investing activities

11.   Able to evaluation the application of revenue and expense recognition principles.

12.   Able to analyze and evaluate accounting quality.

13.   Demonstrate the methods of forecasting financial statements.

14.   Demonstrate the techniques to value a company.


Note: This is a demanding, upper level college course, requiring significant study time outside of class.

COURSE CALENDAR:  See section specific syllabus