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AIM 6344 Financial Statement Analysis

Sections 002 and 501
Professor Daniel A. Cohen
Term Fall 2010
Time Section 002: AIM 6344.002 W 4:00pm-6:45pm / SOM 2.717
&Location Section 501: AIM 6344.501 W 7:00pm-9:45pm / SOM 2.901

Professor’s Contact Information

Office Location SOM 4.422 Please use to reach me. I will not use
Email Address
eLearning email.
Office Hours
Wednesday 2:30-3:45PM or by appointment.

General Course Information

Co-requisites, & AIM-2301, AIM-2302, MATH-1325, MATH-1326, MATH-2333
other restrictions
The primary objective of the course is to advance your understanding of how
financial statements are analyzed and used in various decision making and
investment settings. In particular, the course provides a framework and the tools
necessary to analyze financial statements.

Conceptually, the course emphasizes that producers and users of financial

statements have different objectives and informational needs. At the same time, the
Course Description
course is applied in that it teaches students how to analyze actual financial
statements data to make informed business decisions and assessments.

The course is challenging, yet manageable. It assumes a good command of basic

financial accounting and finance topics (present value calculations and
discounting). To reap significant benefits, you will have to make a significant
investment of time and energy.

In this course, you will learn how to

1. Integrate industry and business strategy analyses into financial statement

2. Critically assess the quality of the financial statements and make
“adjustments”, when needed, to various financial statement items,
Learning Objectives
3. Use financial ratios to draw inferences about risk and profitability,
4. Develop expectations about a firm’s future operating, financing, and
investing activities, and capture these expectations in forecasts of future
financial statements,
5. Assess firm value based on common valuation models and techniques.

"Financial Statement Analysis & Valuation" by Peter Easton, Mary Lea McAnally,
Patricia Fairfield, Xiao-Jun Zhang, and Robert Halsey. 1st or 2nd edition ; ISBN of
Required Textbook the second version: 978-1-934319-39-0

Suggested Texts, Lecture notes, class readings and homework assignments (eLearning). Please
Readings & check eLearning daily for class announcements and assignments.
This syllabus describes a tentative plan to achieve the course’s objectives. Keep in
Other mind, however, that we may have to modify this plan during the term to better meet
the course’s objectives.

Course & University Policies
Your course grade will reflect how you perform relative to your peers on
two in-class, non-cumulative tests, homework/case assignments, and
class participation. The weights of the tests, assignments and class
participation are as follows:

Tests: 70%.
Homework assignments: 20%
Course grade determination
Class participation: 10%

In case of a disagreement with how a test/homework is graded, you have

one week, from the day grades are posted to appeal. Appealing means
submitting the original paper with a written description of your
contention. However, I reserve the right to review your entire test. Thus,
your grade may go up or down.

The tests are in-class and non-cumulative. They may include multiple
choice questions, short problems, and open-ended questions. If you
cannot attend class on the day on which we have a test, notify me in
advance. At my discretion, either a make-up test will be scheduled, or
the weight of the test will be re-allocated to the other components of
your course grade.

Homework assignments and due dates will be announced on eLearning.

Late work will not be accepted. A homework assignment may be a
textbook problem, a set of questions related to an article discussed in
class, a case study, etc. You may discuss an assignment with your
classmates, but each student will compose his or her answer. Identical
assignments will receive identical score of zero.

I do not offer extra credit assignments.

Each student is expected to come to class prepared. Prepared means

reading the assigned chapter before class and completing any assigned

High quality participation includes not only answering my questions,

but also making comments and observations pertinent to issues raised in
class, as well as asking questions that help clarify your classmates’
understanding of course topics. If you do not participate at all, 10% of
your course grade will be zero. I will not be taking attendance, but
please be aware that without attendance there is no participation. If you
miss a class, you are responsible for getting class notes and finding out
what was covered.

I will be posting the relevant lecture notes on eLearning prior to each

class. You are responsible to download and print the relevant lecture
notes for every lecture and bring them to class.

You can expect that I will (1) arrive on time for class, (2) be prepared
and organized for every class, (3) listen attentively, actively, and
respectfully to whomever is speaking in class, (4) maintain equity in all
course policies, (5) meet with you outside of class on an individual or
group basis at a mutually agreeable time, and (6) respond to your
suggestions to make this class more challenging, stimulating, and
Classroom Citizenship
I expect that you will (1) arrive on time for class, (2) complete the
course assignments and be prepared for every class, (3) listen
attentively, actively, and respectfully to whomever is speaking in class,
(4) thoughtfully participate in class discussion, (5) refrain from activities
that can distract other students such as chatting, checking email or
browsing the internet during the lecture, and (6) suggest ways in which I
can make this class more challenging, stimulating, and enjoyable.

Off-campus, out-of-state, and foreign instruction and activities are

subject to state law and University policies and procedures regarding
travel and risk-related activities. Information regarding these rules and
Field Trip Policies
regulations may be found at the website address
Off-Campus Instruction and
Course Activities
Additional information is available from the office of the school dean.
Below is a description of any travel and/or risk-related activity
associated with this course.

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Scholastic Dishonesty, any student who commits an act of scholastic

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Withdrawal from Class
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must do the proper paperwork to ensure that you will not receive a final
grade of "F" in a course if you choose not to attend the class once you
are enrolled.

Course Outline:
Below is tentative course outline . Any change to the course outline will be announced in class and/or
the class website. An updated version of the course outline will be posted if any change occurs.
These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the Professor.

Related Module From Book Homework Due

Week 1 08/25/10 Introduction Module 1
Week 2 09/01/10 Lecture 1 Module 1 and 2
Week 3 09/08/10 Lecture 2 Module 2 and 3 HW #1
Week 4 09/15/10 Lecture 3 Module 3 and 4 HW #2
Week 5 09/22/10 Lecture 4 Module 3 and 4
Week 6 09/29/10 Lecture 5 Module 5 HW #3
Week 7 10/06/10 Lecture 6 Module 5 and 6 HW #4
Week 8 10/13/10 Exam I
Week 9 10/20/10 Lecture 7 Module 7
Week 10 10/27/10 Lecture 8 Module 7 and 10 HW#5
Week 11 11/03/10 Lecture 9 Module 8 and 9 HW #6
Week 12 11/10/10 Lecture 10 Module 11
Week 13 11/17/10 Lecture 11 Module 11, 12 and 13 HW #7
Week 14 11/24/10 Lecture 12 Module 12, 13, 14
Week 15 12/01/10 Exam II