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Financial Statement Analysis

The overall aim of the course is to develop the student’s theoretical and practical knowledge in financial statement analysis and valuation with a clear focus on accounting issues in listed companies (IFRS).

After completion of the course the students are expected to explain and understand how IFRS accounting issues interact with financial statement analysis and company valuation. The course is delivered through lectures, computer lab seminars, group assignments, quizzes and a written exam. The lectures provide an overview of the three different topics - accounting, financial analysis and company valuation. The computer lab seminars provide opportunity to practice the quantitative parts by applying a computer model for financial analysis and discounted cash flow valuations. The group assignments are focused on an analysis and valuation of listed companies with IFRS issues involved.


  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars and group work and requires a significant portion of self-study on the part of students. Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different activities of the course.
    The course workload is 200 hours equivalent to 7,5 ECTS.
    The language of instruction is English.


    Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different activities of the course. Each assessment task is weighted in relation to its importance in the overall assessment of the course. The student’s results from these different assessment tasks are added up to a total course score corresponding to the final grade for the course.

    Assessment tasks
    The course contains the following weighted assessment tasks.
    1. Individual exam.
    2. Case-based group assignment.
    3. Quiz on the literature and the cases.

    After completion of the course, students will receive grades on a scale related to the intended learning outcomes of the course. Passing grades are A, B, C, D and E. Failing grades are Fx and F. A grade Fx can be completed for a grade E.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    See reading list in the current syllabus.

  • Contact

    Course coordinator:

    Head of course: Peter Malmqvist