Studying online

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Unit Overview


This unit considers the different types of information that investors and analysts use to assess a firm's performance and value. It explores the usefulness, quality and reliability of company reports and other publicly available information sources. Analytical techniques covered include ratio analysis; fundamental analysis; cash flow analysis; pro forma analysis; inventory and non-current asset analysis; and off-balance sheet analysis.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) outline the financial reporting system and importance of financial reporting quality; (2) apply financial statement analysis to the various financial and investment decisions; (3) measure fundamental or intrinsic firm values; (4) recognise and identify value-added business strategies and activities; (5) explain the relevance of cash flows, dividends, earnings/profitability and book values in firm valuation; and (6) explore and evaluate what determines a firm's price-earnings ratio (P/E) and other multiples.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual assessment; (2) team project and presentation; 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 Ricky Chung (Semester 1), Dr Duc Vo (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Enrolment in
or Successful completion of
FINA5533 Finance Essentials or equivalent
Master of Applied Finance Students: FINA5533 Finance Essentials (or equivalent)
FINA2207 Business Analysis & Valuation
or ACCT3302 Financial Statement Analysis.
Contact hours
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • 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.