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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Live Online
6:30PM to 9:30PM
Dec 01, 2023 to Dec 08, 2023
Live Online
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Dec 02, 2023 to Dec 09, 2023
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Course Tuition
Tuition non-credit $1,055.00
Section Notes


Welcome to Live Online!

Using the Live Online platform, Georgetown faculty deliver real-time online exceptional educational experiences based on a human-centered approach that integrates the needs of professional learners and the possibilities of technology.

Live online classes are small to support highly interactive engaged learning and collaboration, deliver the same learning objectives as classroom courses, and count towards the completion of a Georgetown certificate.

You will experience:

  • live lectures, discussions, activities, and the dynamic exploration of topics and concepts
  • the immediacy of live connections with the instructor and your peers to challenge and encourage innovative thinking and the meaningful exploration of ideas
  • scheduled lectures, discussions, and presentations with a comparable level of interaction as classroom attendance
  • networking and the creation of social connections with other professional learners in a global classroom



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