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Unit Overview


This unit emphasises how parties external to the company employ publicly available information, company reports and financial market information to evaluate the current, and predict the future, financial condition of the company. The analytical techniques of financial statement analysis (e.g. fundamental analysis, cash flow analysis and pro forma analysis) and the issue of the reliability and quality of publicly available information are discussed and explored. Analytical tools are applied in different decision contexts such as equity valuation, mergers and acquisitions, lending decisions and the evaluation of managerial performance.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Business Analytics major sequence
  • Level 2 option in the Finance major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of how fundamental or intrinsic firm values are estimated; (2) demonstrate an awareness of business strategies and activities that create value; (3) discuss the relevance of cash flows, dividends, earnings and book values in firm valuation and integrate profitability into a firm's value; (4) explore and evaluate the determinants of a firm's market-to-book ratio (P/B) and also its price-earnings ratio (P/E); (5) produce a clear and concise written equity research report; and (6) deliver oral presentations that are clear and coherent.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual assessments; (2) project; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Duc Vo
Unit rules
Successful completion of
FINA1221 Introduction to Finance ,
or enrolment in
MJD-BUSAN Business Analytics.
or FINX1221 Introduction to Finance
ACCT3302 Financial Statement Analysis
Advisable prior study
ACCT2201 Corporate Accounting (formerly ACCT2201 Introduction to Corporate Accounting)
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.