Georgetown University

Financial Accounting

This course focuses on the accumulation, analysis and presentation of relevant accounting data of an enterprise and how it is used to serve the needs of managers, shareholders, creditors and external analysts.

Learning Outcomes of Financial Accounting

  • Assess a firm's financial performance and condition.
  • Discuss and understand the role of accounting in providing information for financial managers, investors, equity analysts, and creditors.
  • Apply the fundamental accounting concepts and principles to concrete business problems.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate accounting information in the context of concrete business problems.
  • Become proficient in using financial statements and footnote disclosures to understand and evaluate corporate activities.
  • Discuss the elements of financial statements and the implications of management judgement and choice in accounting measurement.
  • Describe how managers might employ opportunistic behavior (earnings management) to further their own gain, avoid unwanted attention, and report the firm in the best possible way.

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DR. WEI TANG: Welcome to the MSF program Financial Accounting course. This is Professor Tang. I started my career at Georgetown University in 2005.

During the past 15 years, I've taught multiple core and elective courses for the MBA program and undergraduate program. And my research interests closely relate to the content of this course. They are mainly about how to use information from both corporate financial reporting and alternative data in decision making.

I've also done some work related to digital economy. At the same time, I serve as a senior advisor to a local investment company. And I am delighted to apply my expertise in financial accounting in my advisory role as well.

So this course is an introduction to corporate financial reporting and has two integral parts. So in the first part, we will get some basic idea about what the four financial statements tells us about the company and also how the accounting process works. So the first part is more process oriented.

In the second part, we will learn about how key accounts and financial statements are determined and how to interpret the financial statements. So the second part is more account-oriented and interpretation-oriented. I'm really looking forward to spending the next six weeks with the cohort.