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Frank Coker
IMT 583
Seattle Campus

Finance and Accounting Foundations for Information Professionals

Introduction to financial accounting, including the principles of double-entry accounting, balance sheets, income, and cash flow statements. Covers key financial ratios and their use for various analytical purposes, along with the elements of a financial plan or budget.

Class description

This course provides an introduction to financial accounting, standard financial reports, and basic financial analysis to support business decisions. The course includes coverage of ongoing operations accounting, financial modeling and forecasting, investment cost/benefits analysis, budgeting, and general business management accounting.

Student learning goals

Understand the basics of financial accounting.

Be able to formulate and describe the financial impact of business decisions.

Be able to present the rational and thought processes behind financial analysis

Understand the concepts that drive financial value of a business

Determine the impact of changes in operating processes on financial performance

Understand the basics of financial forecasting and financial data analysis

General method of instruction

Weekly classes will include a combination of instructor led presentations and discussion, student team presentations, and problem solving discussions. Each week will include readings from the online text book and research on topic assignments.

Recommended preparation

Some familiarity with business operations would be helpful, but not required. Students with experience in accounting and financial management will have opportunities to sharpen leadership skills in the class.

Class assignments and grading

Most assignments will involve teams. Most will be specific problems based on reading assignments. Teams will also be assigned an analysis of a company and its financial performance as a team project and for a final presentation.

Described on web site.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Frank Coker
Date: 09/24/2013