Course Description


The objective of this course is to introduce students to financial statement analysis from the point of view of the primary and everyday users of financial statements: company management, lenders, and investors.  This course focuses on the aspects of effective analysis of financial statements and it introduces the analytical tools to assess a company’s performance, the concept of quality of earnings, approaches to valuation, and other issues.  Particular emphasis is placed on revenue recognition, earnings quality, cash flow, and ratio analysis.  Students gain an understanding of the biases and limitations of financial statements.  Also students will review the concepts of common-size statements, benchmarking, and trend analysis.


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the successful student should able to:

  • Evaluate a company’s performance in comparison to peers based on a thorough review of the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows.
  • Interpret the financial results of a company to gain a solid understanding of financial performance and make informed decisions in two key areas: investment and financing.
  • Analyze earnings quality and differentiate between core and non-core earnings and activities
  • Review the footnotes section of an annual report for contingencies and material disclosures 
  • Understand the relationship between risk and return and how financial statements impact risk-return analyses.


This course is an open enrollment course. No application is required and registration is available by clicking "Add to Cart." Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students will be prompted to create an account prior to registration.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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6:30PM to 9:30PM
Dec 03, 2021 to Dec 10, 2021
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Dec 04, 2021 to Dec 11, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Course Tuition
Tuition non-credit $1,055.00
Section Notes

Welcome to the Flex Learning Experience - Real-time learning using live Zoom video conferencing— mirroring a more traditional classroom with regular interaction, - engaging activities, and the dynamic exploration of topics and concepts.

  • Dynamic exploration of topics, ideas and concepts with the instructor and students in the class
  • Interact regularly and frequently with your instructors and other students
  • Comparable level of accountability and engagement as classroom attendance
  • Lectures, discussions, and presentations occur at a specific hour
  • Face-to-face discussion, individual guidance, speed and immediacy to synchronous online learning
  • Immediate feedback - encouraging quick feedback on ideas, and support consensus and decision making
  • Pacing - encouraging students to keep up-to-date and provide a discipline to learning
  • Spontaneity - making it easy to add new ideas to the conversation, brainstorming or decision making
  • Familiarity - simulating a more traditional face-to-face environment


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