Fundamentals of Accounting Syllabus

This syllabus is constructed according to a sample set of topics similar to Jamie Pratt's Financial Accounting in an Economic Context. All classroom tools include a teaching note and slide deck. Relevant analytics tools have also been also included in the syllabus. These are designed for research and have corresponding documentation.

Topic Classroom Tools

I. Financial Accounting and its Economic Context

Accounting and Accountability

Investigate corporate 10-K filings and the role of third-party auditing.

II. The Financial Statements

Introduction to Financial Statements

Download and analyze pre-formatted balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows data for domestic and global companies.

III. The Classified Balance Sheet

Balance Sheet

View and analyze corporate balance sheets. In a few easy steps, balance sheets for publicly traded companies are requested and delivered directly to screen.

IV. The Income Statement

Income Statement

Review corporate income statements to learn how a company's profit and loss accounting is structured.

V. The Statement of Cash Flows

Statement of Cash Flows

Learn the components of a statement of cash flows and analyze the cash flows in and out of a specific company.

VI. Relationships Among the Financial Statements

Linking Financial Statements

Learn how the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows are interrelated.

VII. Using Financial Statement Information

Three Levers of Performance

Learn the methods that financial managers use to increase return on equity (ROE). This teaching tool looks at profit margin, asset turnover, and financial leverage to show how companies generate value for shareholders.

Financial Ratios Visualization

Using the Financial Ratios Visualization teaching tool, generate and compare financial ratios to one another and to baseline industry measures.

Firm Liquidity Ratios

The Firm Liquidity Ratios teaching tool explores four financial ratios used to determine liquidity: (1) the cash conversion cycle; (2) cash ratio; (3) current ratio; and (4) quick ratio (acid-test).

Financial Ratios: Firm Level

With this analytics tool you can access over 70 pre-calculated financial ratios for the U.S. company of your choosing.

Financial Ratios: Industry Level

Access over 70 pre-calculated financial ratios at industry or sector-level aggregation with this analytics tool.