Financial Reporting

This course provides an introduction to financial reporting, equipping students with a solid understanding of how financial statements are constructed and interpreted in accordance with IFRS standards. It delves into the core principles of accounting and the regulatory frameworks that dictate corporate reporting obligations.

As part of the curriculum, students explore the primary components of financial reports—balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements—learning about their construction and the criteria for recognition and measurement of various financial elements.

The course also navigates through valuation methods such as historical cost and fair value, and discusses equity interests and the financial reporting aspects of business combinations, including goodwill recognition as well as the treatment of mergers and acquisitions.

Additional specialized topics include the impact of foreign currency on financial reports and the derivation and importance of accounting earnings.

By the end of the course, students will not only be adept at preparing financial statements in line with IFRS but will also possess the analytical skills necessary to critically evaluate and convey the financial health and performance of enterprises.


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Overview of contents

Introduction to Financial Reporting and IFRS

This introductory segment sets the foundation by presenting an overview of the International Financial Reporting Standards. Students will explore the fundamental accounting principles that underpin these standards and the regulatory frameworks that enforce them.

Detailed Analysis of Financial Statements

Diving deeper, the course navigates through the core financial statements. We start with the balance sheet, understanding how assets and liabilities are recognized and measured. Then we transition to the income statement, dissecting how companies recognize revenue and expenses to portray their financial performance accurately. The cash flow statement is demystified, clarifying how cash movements reflect a company's operational, investing, and financing activities. Additionally, we scrutinize the statement of changes in equity to appreciate how various transactions affect owners' equity.

Valuation and Reporting Frameworks

This section examines how historical costs and fair values impact financial reporting. The valuation of inventories and cost of goods sold is considered, as well as the capitalization and depreciation of property, plant, and equipment. We introduce asset impairments, discussing how to ensure that reported asset values do not exceed their recoverable amounts.

Special Topics in Financial Reporting

In this section a number of special topics are covered including: the intricacies of business combinations, such as goodwill recognition, the complexities surrounding consolidation and equity accounting and the effects of foreign currency translation on financial statements. Finally, the course also covers areas like leases, income taxes, employee benefits, share-based compensation, the calculation of earnings per share, and segment and interim reporting.
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