Financial Accounting Fundamentals

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About this course: This course will teach you the tools you'll need to understand the fundamentals of financial accounting. Concise videos, the financial records of a small business, and "your turn" activities guide you through the three most commonly used financial statements: the Balance Sheet, the Income Statement, and the Statement of Cash Flows. Beyond recording transactions, you'll learn how to prepare these financial statements, and read and analyze them to draw basic conclusions about a company's financial health. By the end of this course, you will be able to: - Use journal entries to record transactions; - Prepare and use t-accounts to summarize transactions recorded during an…

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

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About this course: This course will teach you the tools you'll need to understand the fundamentals of financial accounting. Concise videos, the financial records of a small business, and "your turn" activities guide you through the three most commonly used financial statements: the Balance Sheet, the Income Statement, and the Statement of Cash Flows. Beyond recording transactions, you'll learn how to prepare these financial statements, and read and analyze them to draw basic conclusions about a company's financial health. By the end of this course, you will be able to: - Use journal entries to record transactions; - Prepare and use t-accounts to summarize transactions recorded during an accounting period; - Describe the three most commonly used financial statements and how they fit together; - Prepare these financial statements based on transactions recorded during an accounting period; and - Draw basic conclusions about a company's financial health.

Who is this class for: This course is beginner level; it does not require any prior experience with accounting. It is designed for anyone with an interest in the fundamentals of financial accounting.

Created by:  University of Virginia
  • Taught by:  Luann J. Lynch, Almand R. Coleman Professor of Business Administration

    Darden School of Business
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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Introduction to Financial Accounting, the Financial Statements, and the Balance Sheet



During this first week, we’ll learn about the context for financial accounting, including the informational role it plays for both internal and external audiences. We’ll explain accounting standards, which ensure financial information is conveyed clearly and effectively. Finally, we’ll describe the three primary financial statements as part of a recurring accounting process, called the accounting cycle, and then dive into one of those statements: the Balance Sheet (BS).


14 videos, 1 reading, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Video: Introduction to the Course
  2. 讨论提示: Introduce Yourself
  3. 阅读: Course Overview
  4. Video: What Is Accounting?
  5. Video: 3 Sets of Books
  6. Video: An Informational Role for Financial Accounting
  7. Video: Accounting Standards Inside the U.S.
  8. Video: Accounting Standards Outside the U.S.
  9. Video: The Financial Statements
  10. Video: The Financial Statements: A Framework
  11. Video: The Accounting Cycle
  12. Video: The Balance Sheet
  13. Video: Assets
  14. Video: Liabilities
  15. Video: Owners' Equity
  16. Video: The Balance Sheet: A Summary
  17. 练习测验: Week 1 Practice Quiz

Graded: Week 1 Graded Quiz

WEEK 2


Introduction to Recording Transactions



After learning about the Balance Sheet, we’re ready to move on to using journal entries to record transactions, then t-accounts to summarize transactions recorded during an accounting period. We’ll apply those tools to record transactions for a fictional startup company, The Garden Spot, during its first year of operations (TGS Year 1). As we go along, we’ll also evaluate the effect of transactions on the balance sheet equation to ensure it remains balanced.


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  1. Video: Introduction to Recording Transactions
  2. Video: T-Accounts: A Tutorial
  3. Video: Journal Entries: A Tutorial
  4. Video: Recording Transactions: Example 1
  5. Video: Recording Transactions: Example 2
  6. Video: Recording Transactions: Example 3
  7. Video: Recording Transactions: Your Turn
  8. Video: Introduction to TGS Year 1
  9. Video: TGS Year 1: Transaction 1
  10. Video: TGS Year 1: Transaction 2
  11. Video: TGS Year 1: Transaction 3
  12. Video: TGS Year 1: Transaction 4
  13. Video: TGS Year 1: Transaction 5 and a Summary
  14. 练习测验: Week 2 Practice Quiz
  15. 讨论提示: Discuss Interesting and/or Challenging Items

Graded: Week 2 Graded Quiz

WEEK 3


The Income Statement, Revenue and Expense Transactions, and Adjusting Entries



Now that we’ve learned the fundamentals of recording transactions, we’re ready to dive into another financial statement: the Income Statement (IS). After learning about the Income Statement, we’ll record revenue and expense transactions, and summarize these transactions in a special account. Finally, we'll record adjusting entries in accordance with accrual accounting, prior to the preparation of the financial statements.


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  1. Video: Introduction to the Income Statement
  2. Video: Revenues
  3. Video: Expenses
  4. Video: The Income Statement: A Summary
  5. Video: Revenue and Expense Transactions: A Tutorial
  6. Video: Recording Revenue and Expense Transactions: Your Turn
  7. Video: TGS Year 1: Transaction 6
  8. Video: TGS Year 1: Transaction 7
  9. Video: TGS Year 1: Transaction 8
  10. Video: Adjusting Entries: A Tutorial
  11. Video: Recording Adjusting Entries: Your Turn
  12. Video: TGS Year 1: Transaction 9
  13. Video: TGS Year 1: Transaction 10
  14. Video: TGS Year 1: Transaction 11 and a Summary
  15. 练习测验: Week 3 Practice Quiz
  16. 讨论提示: Discuss Interesting and/or Challenging Items

Graded: Week 3 Graded Quiz

WEEK 4


The Statement of Cash Flows, Financial Statement Preparation



After learning about the Income Statement, revenue and expense transactions, and adjusting entries, we’re ready to move on to preparing our end-of-period financial statements. We’ll prepare the Income Statement and Balance Sheet based on the transactions that have been recorded. Then, we’ll dive into the Statement of Cash Flows (SCF) and learn how to prepare that financial statement. Finally, we’ll briefly discuss closing entries, since we've been preparing them as we've been going along!


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  1. Video: Introduction to Financial Statement Preparation
  2. Video: TGS Year 1: Preparing the Income Statement
  3. Video: TGS Year 1: Preparing the Balance Sheet
  4. Video: TGS Year 1: Revisiting the Financial Statement Framework
  5. Video: A Managerial Approach to Recording Transactions
  6. Video: Transactions from the Viewpoint of a Manager
  7. Video: Introduction to the Statement of Cash Flows
  8. Video: Explaining the Change in Cash: A Tutorial
  9. Video: TGS Year 1: Preparing the Operating Activities Section of the Statement of Cash Flows
  10. Video: TGS Year 1: Preparing the Investing Activities Section of the Statement of Cash Flows
  11. Video: TGS Year 1: Preparing the Financing Activities Section of the Statement of Cash Flows
  12. Video: Closing Entries
  13. Video: The Statement of Cash Flows: A Conceptual Understanding
  14. Video: TGS Year 1: Using the Direct Method to Prepare the Statement of Cash Flows
  15. Video: TGS Year 1: Using the Indirect Method to Prepare the Statement of Cash Flows
  16. Video: The Direct and Indirect Methods: A Summary
  17. 练习测验: Week 4 Practice Quiz
  18. 讨论提示: Discuss Interesting and/or Challenging Items

Graded: Week 4 Graded Quiz

WEEK 5


Transactions, Analysis of Financial Statements, and an Annual Report



During this last week, we’ll walk through the second year of operations for our fictional startup company, The Garden Spot (TGS Year 2), for additional practice recording transactions and preparing our end-of-period financial statements. Then, we’ll do some analysis of The Garden Spot’s financial statements. Finally, we’ll take a look at PepsiCo’s Annual Report as an example of reporting for a publicly traded U.S. company.


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  1. Video: Introduction to TGS Year 2
  2. Video: TGS Year 2: Transactions 1-7
  3. Video: TGS Year 2: Transactions 8-11
  4. Video: TGS Year 2: Transactions 12-16
  5. Video: TGS Year 2: Transactions 17-22
  6. Video: TGS Year 2: The Financial Statements
  7. Video: TGS Year 2: Preparing the Operating Activities Section of the Statement of Cash Flows
  8. Video: TGS Year 2: Preparing the Investing Activities Section of the Statement of Cash Flows
  9. Video: TGS Year 2: Preparing the Financing Activities Section of the Statement of Cash Flows
  10. Video: TGS Year 2: Revisiting the Financial Statement Framework
  11. Video: Analysis of the Income Statement
  12. Video: Analysis of the Statement of Cash Flows
  13. Video: Analysis of the Balance Sheet and a Summary
  14. Video: PepsiCo's Annual Report
  15. Video: PepsiCo's 10-K
  16. 练习测验: Week 5 Practice Quiz
  17. Video: Conclusion of the Course
  18. 讨论提示: Mission Accomplished?

Graded: Week 5 Graded Quiz
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