Accounting Short Courses Unisa : Financial Statements Analysis

This accounting course in financial statements analysis aims to equip the student with a well-founded knowledge of the following:

  • The nature and contents of financial reports and the principles and practices which determine the quality thereof.
  • Basic analysis and interpretation of financial statements (of private undertakings or municipalities) and reporting thereon.
  • Basic principles of cost accounting – relevant techniques and applications.
  • Basic aspects of financing, financing costs and budgets.
  • Reporting and analyses.

After completion of the financial statements accounting short course, a student should be able to analyse and interpret financial statements and budgets of either a private entity or a municipality, depending on the selection made by the student and to report on such analyses.

Duration of the course

One year.

Registration requirements

Senior certificate or an equivalent qualification.

Curriculum

Section 1 – The nature and contents of financial reports and the principles and practices which determine the quality thereof.

Accounting records: The basis of financial reporting

The nature, characteristics and composition of assets, liabilities and obligations

Owner’s equity and the form of the enterprise

Section 2 – Basic analysis and interpretation of financial statements

Underlying aspects of analysis and interpretation

Profitability analysis

Risk analysis

Growth analysis

Cash flow

Section 3 – Basic principles of cost accounting — relevant techniques and applications

Cost concepts and the nature of costs

Manufacturing costs

Standard cost accounting

Section 4 – Basic aspects of financing, financing costs and budgets

The cost of capital and the factors that determine the requirements for capital

Budgets of trading organisations

Budgets of manufacturing organisations

Language

The teaching medium will be English and Afrikaans.

Registration

The course commences in February. Closing date for registration is 28 January.

Fees

The course fee s R4 000 of which R2 000 is payable as soon as a student number has been allocated and the balance of R2 000 is payable by 15 May.

Credits/Standard of the course

Submitted to SAQA on level 5. 24 credits

Enquiries (registrations, study material, administrative queries)

Eunice Ramanyimi

Tel no: (012) 429 4465 / 3918 (08:00 – 13:00)

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