Financial Information and Business Performance

Master's degree in Auditing and Financial Analysis, Publication in the Diário da República - Despacho nº 13851/2011 - 14/10/2011

4 ECTS; 2º Ano, 1º Semestre, 32,0 TP


Have a good command of Financial Analysis, Financial Accounting and Management Accounting techniques.

Students will be able to analyse and evaluate companies based on their financial statements and other relevant information, use performance evaluation tools and techniques and explain different approaches for assessing business performance.

1) Introduction
2) Financial statements as a source of information.
3) Instruments and techniques for the analysis of financial statements
4) Strategic approach to communication and dissemination of information about the company's performance.
5) Metrics for performance evaluation.
6) Information about business performance and capital cost.
7) Responsibility, sustainability and growth.

Evaluation Methodology
Presentation and discussion of their practical project work with peers + critical analysis of a scientific paper.

- Philips, D. e Keegan, E. e Herz, R. e Eccles, R. (2001). The ValueReporting Revolution. New York, USA: John Wiley and Sons
- Kaplan, R. e Norton, D. (1996). The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy Into Action. Boston, Massachusetts, EUA: Harvard Business School Press
- Cross, K. e Lynch, R. (1991). Measure Up! The Essential Guide to Measuring Business Performance. London, UK: Mandarin
- Penman, S. (2010). Financial Statement Analysis and Security Valuation. New York, USA: McGraw-Hill

Method of interaction
Lectures supported by case study analysis and resolution. Presentation and discussion of the assignments carried out by students.

Software used in class
Not applicable.