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Course Details

Course Code: ACCT608 Course ID: 4807 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

A study of the techniques used to interpret and analyze financial statements effectively. Managers, accountants, investors and analysts often perform analytical procedure to learn more about what is being reported by public corporations. The viewpoint is that of the user of financial statements. This course is designed primarily for students who expect to be intensive users of financial statements as part of their professional responsibilities. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • CO1. Evaluate the elements of accounting principles used in financial analysis and reporting.
  • CO2. Assess the components of balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows in financial analysis.
  • CO3. Interpret information generated from financial ratios, common size statements, horizontal, vertical, and profitability analysis techniques.
  • CO4. Appraise leverage and its effects on earnings.
  • CO5. Analyze financial ratios from the perspective of lenders, management and CPAs.
  • CO6. Compare perspectives in financial analysis among specialized industries.

Method of Assessment

A. Tests

There will be two (2) tests in the course, a midterm and a final given in modules four and eight respectively. The tests in this class will consist of multiple choice questions and/or short answer problems. Tests will be three hours long and focus on the material covered in the course. Tests may be administered using the Examity test proctoring service. Please verify in the course announcements and/or the Lessons tab if the course will use test proctoring. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor and the test proctoring service regarding any schedule changes or non- disability related accommodations.

B. Assignments:

Course assignments will be a series of exercises, problems, and simulations. Assignments will have a specific due date with specific instructions. Please refer to the APA Manual 6th edition for the format of the assignments, if applicable. Late assignments will be subject to the university’s Late Work/Make-up Policy detailed in the student handbook. Please be advised the instructor reserves the right to implement their own late assignment policy.

C. Quizzes:

Throughout the term, quizzes will be given in several modules to test student understanding of the material. Quizzes will consist of questions, problems, or simulations. Please be advised the instructor reserves the right to implement their own late assignment policy.

D. Discussion Forums:

Participation in the discussion forums is an essential component of the final grade. All students are expected to engage in lively discussions and answer instructor follow-up questions. The quality of participations along with student netiquette will be a part of the grade.

Assessment of the Course Objectives

Course Objectives

Assessment Methods

1 - 6

Test question, assignment, discussion, and quiz

The following distribution will be used in assigning grades (decimal points will be rounded to the nearest whole number at semester’s end).


Quality Points/Grading Percent


4.0/ 100 – 94


3.67/ 93 – 90


3.33/ 89 – 87


3.0/ 86 – 84


2.67/ 83 –80


2.33/ 79 – 75


0.0/ 74 – 0

NameGrade %
Forums 10.00 %
Week 1 Forum 1.67 %
Week 2 Forum 1.67 %
Week 3 Forum 1.67 %
Week 5 Forum 1.67 %
Week 6 Forum 1.67 %
Week 7 Forum 1.67 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Week 1 Assignment 3.75 %
Week 2 Assignment 3.75 %
Week 3 Assignment 3.75 %
Week 5 Assignment 3.75 %
Week 6 Assignment 3.75 %
Week 7 Assignment 3.75 %
Week 8 Assignment 3.75 %
Peregrine Assessment 3.75 %
Tests 40.00 %
Final 20.00 %
Midterm 20.00 %
Quizzes 20.00 %
Quiz 1 3.33 %
Quiz 2 3.33 %
Quiz 3 3.33 %
Quiz 5 3.33 %
Quiz 6 3.33 %
Quiz 7 3.33 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
Peregrine Score 0.00 %

Websites and Videos

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources. Note website addresses are subject to change.

  • Textbook Companion Website
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Style Website
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab
  • Turnitin Website
Book Title:Students are required to authenticate themselves with a proctor service for certain assessments in this course. Authentication requires access to a computer with a webcam, microphone, and speakers or headset. Instructions provided i
Publication Info:Examity
Book Title:Financial Reporting and Analysis, with Connect, 7th ed. (You can purchase Connect access through the classroom once your session begins. With that purchase, you will receive digital access to the textbook)
Publication Info:McGraw Hill
Author:Revsine, L., Collins, D.W., Johnson, W.B., Mittlestaedt, H.F., & Soffer, L.C.
Unit Cost:$313.84
Electronic ISBN:9781264341818
Electronic Unit Cost:$183.33

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.