Accounting: Principles of Financial Accounting

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About this course: Financial Accounting is often called the language of business; it is the language that managers use to communicate the firm's financial and economic information to external parties such as shareholders and creditors. Nobody working in business can afford financial illiteracy. Whether you run your own business, work as a manager or are just starting your career, you want to understand financial information and be able to interact with accountants, controllers, and financial managers. You want to talk business! This course will provide you with the accounting language's essentials. Upon completion, you should be able to read and interpret financial statements for busine…

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: Financial Accounting is often called the language of business; it is the language that managers use to communicate the firm's financial and economic information to external parties such as shareholders and creditors. Nobody working in business can afford financial illiteracy. Whether you run your own business, work as a manager or are just starting your career, you want to understand financial information and be able to interact with accountants, controllers, and financial managers. You want to talk business! This course will provide you with the accounting language's essentials. Upon completion, you should be able to read and interpret financial statements for business diagnosis and decision-making. More importantly, you will possess the conceptual base to keep learning more sophisticated accounting and finance on your own. Do not forget that, as with any other language, becoming proficient with accounting requires constant practice.

Who is this class for: This course if primarily aimed at recent college graduates just beginning their career and anyone (managers, entrepreneurs, etc.) who needs to understand basic accounting concepts on the job.

Created by:  IESE Business School
  • Taught by:  Marc Badia, Assistant Professor

    Accounting and Control
Basic Info Course 1 of 5 in the Foundations of Management Specialization Level Beginner Commitment 4 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week Language English Hardware Req None How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.8 stars Average User Rating 4.8See what learners said Coursework

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Course Overview & Week 1: Introduction to Accounting - The Balance Sheet



Welcome! Before you start today's videos, please have a look at the syllabus. In this first session, I'll give you an overview of what accounting is all about and why it's important to have a basic proficiency in this "language." In addition, I'll introduce one of the most important financial reports - the balance sheet - and a practical real-world case so you can put theory into practice. Objectives: To gain insight into the essence of accounting and become familiar with the balance sheet and its purpose.


10 videos, 7 readings expand


  1. Reading: Course Overview & Syllabus
  2. Reading: Reminder of Coursera's Honor Code
  3. Reading: About Week 1
  4. Reading: Transactions Week 1
  5. Video: Introduction - Welcome to the Course
  6. Video: 1. Accounting: The Language of Business
  7. Video: 2. Practice Case: The Campus Bookstore I
  8. Video: 3. Practice Case: The Campus Bookstore II
  9. Video: 4. Accounting for our First Transactions
  10. Video: 5. Accounting for Transactions
  11. Video: 6. Explaining the Balance Sheet
  12. Video: 7. Defining an Asset
  13. Video: 8. Defining a Liability
  14. Video: 9. Recap
  15. Reading: Required Reading Week 1: "The Balance Sheet"
  16. Reading: Required Reading Week 1: "Introduction to Financial Accounting"
  17. Reading: Quiz 1 with Solutions

Graded: Quiz Week 1

WEEK 2


Week 2: The Income Statement



Now that you are familiar with the balance sheet, in week two we'll learn how to account for a variety of transactions. In addition, I'll introduce you to another key financial report: the income statement. Course objectives: To be able to recognize a broader range of transactions on the balance sheet and to become familiar with the income statement.


11 videos, 5 readings expand


  1. Reading: About Week 2
  2. Reading: Transactions Week 2
  3. Video: 1. Introduction to Week 2
  4. Video: 2. Recap of Week 1
  5. Video: 3. Purchasing Inventory
  6. Video: 4. Sales and Cost of Goods Sold
  7. Video: 5. Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
  8. Video: 6. Some Collections and Payments of Cash
  9. Video: 7. Depreciation and Amortization
  10. Video: 8. Interest from Bank Loan and Taxes
  11. Video: 9. Preparing the Balance Sheet
  12. Video: 10. Introducing the Income Statement
  13. Video: 11. Recap of Week 2 and Conclusions
  14. Reading: Required Reading Week 2: "The Income Statement"
  15. Reading: Required Reading Week 2: "Introduction to Financial Accounting"
  16. Reading: Quiz 2 with Solutions

Graded: Quiz Week 2

WEEK 3


Week 3: The Cash Flow Statement



Now that you have a good grasp of the balance sheet and income statement, I'll help you master how to recognize the transactions we went over in week two. I'll also introduce a third financial report - the cash flow statement - and discuss liquidity. Course objectives: To understand the difference between liquidity and profitability, become familiar with T-accounts and gain insight into the purpose of the cash flow report.


14 videos, 4 readings expand


  1. Reading: About Week 3
  2. Reading: Transactions Week 3
  3. Video: 1. Introduction to Week 3
  4. Video: 2. Recap of Week 2
  5. Video: 3. T-Accounts and Journal Entries
  6. Video: 4. Setting up T-Accounts for the Campus Bookstore
  7. Video: 5. Sales, Cost of Goods Sold, Collections from Customers and Payment to Suppliers
  8. Video: 6. Other Operating Costs
  9. Video: 7. Transactions with Non-Current Assets
  10. Video: 8. Bank Loans and Interest
  11. Video: 9. Taxes, Closing Entries and Payments of Dividends
  12. Video: 10. Preparing the Balance Sheet
  13. Video: 11. Preparing the Income Statement
  14. Video: 12. Introducing the Cash Flow Statement I
  15. Video: 13. Introducing the Cash Flow Statement II
  16. Video: 14. Recap of Week 3 and Conclusions
  17. Reading: Required Reading Week 3: "The Statement of Cash Flows"
  18. Reading: Quiz 3 with Solutions

Graded: Quiz Week 3

WEEK 4


Week 4: Accrual Accounting



By using accrual accounting we can measure performance when a financial transaction takes place, even if no cash has actually changed hands. In this final session, we'll discuss the difference between accrual and cash accounting and also read and interpret a real enterprise's financial statements. Course objectives: By the end of the session, you will be able to handle numerous transactions for the purposes of financial reporting, and understand the advantages of accrual accounting.


11 videos, 5 readings expand


  1. Reading: About Week 4
  2. Reading: Transactions Week 4
  3. Video: 1. Introduction to Week 4
  4. Video: 2. Recap of Week 3
  5. Video: 3. Accrual accounting vs. cash accounting
  6. Video: 4. Measuring performance with accrual accounting
  7. Video: 5. A few examples: prepaid insurance, accrued interest and advances from customers
  8. Video: 6. Performance evolution of the Campus Bookstore I
  9. Video: 7. Performance evolution of the Campus Bookstore II
  10. Video: 8. Reading and interpreting real financial statements I
  11. Video: 9. Reading and interpreting real financial statements II
  12. Video: 10. Advanced topics you can explore on your own
  13. Video: 11. Conclusions
  14. Reading: Quiz 4 Part I with Solutions
  15. Reading: Quiz Week 4 Background Information for Reference
  16. Reading: Recommended Reading

Graded: Quiz Week 4 - Part 1
Graded: Quiz Week 4 - Part 2
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