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Specialization
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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 25 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Financial Accounting – Basic Principles. Transaction Analysis. Income Recognition. Accounting for Current Assets

In Week 1 we discuss the scope of accounting and its two major areas – financial and managerial accounting. In the first part of the Course – Weeks 1 through 3 – we talk about financial accounting (FA). First, the key financial statements – the Balance Sheet (BS), the Income Statement (IS), and the Statement of Cash Flows (SCF) – are introduced, and the accounting equation is analyzed. Then we move on to the basic accounting principles, standards, and approaches – from double-entry bookkeeping to GAAP. Equipped with the general understanding of the financial accounting approach, we apply accounting procedures to transaction analysis. Then we study revenue and expense recognition, and focus on accounts receivable and bad debts. Finally, you will learn how financial accounting deals with inventories. ...
Reading
12 videos (Total 145 min), 11 readings, 2 quizzes
Video12 videos
1.1. Why study accounting?11m
1.2. What is accounting? Financial vs. managerial accounting11m
1.3. Key financial statements – BS, IS, SCF17m
1.4. Accounting principles. GAAP14m
1.5. Double-entry bookkeeping6m
1.6. Transaction analysis – an example15m
1.7. Revenue and expense recognition16m
1.8. Cash and accounts receivable14m
1.9. Accounting for inventories (1) – cost travel13m
1.10. Accounting for inventories (2) – cost of goods sold9m
1.11. Accounting for inventories (3) – FIFO, LIFO, LCM9m
Reading11 readings
Konstantin Kontor2m
AIBEc. The American Institute of Business and Economics2m
Grading2m
Handouts – an important comment2m
1.1. Financial accounting basics5m
1.2. Accounting record-keeping5m
1.3. Transaction analysis – an example5m
1.4. Revenue and expense recognition – an overview10m
1.5. Accounting for uncollectibles10m
1.6. Accounting for inventories (1) – cost travel10m
1.7. Accounting for inventories (2) – basic concepts. FIFO, LIFO, LCM10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
1 (Practice)20m
1 - Basic accounting procedures for current assetss
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Operational Assets. Depreciation. Short-Term Investments. Long-Term Liabilities. Shareholders’ Equity. Some Tax Issues

Week 2 is devoted to long-term assets and liabilities. We start with operational assets and see the role of depreciation and amortization in financial accounting and compare it to the way depreciation is used in valuation of investment projects. Then we discuss how financial investments in securities – stocks and bonds – are treated in accounting dependent upon goals and time horizon of holding and/or issuing of these securities. You will see how financial concepts (present values) are used in accounting for bond premium/discount amortization. Finally, an overview of the accounting approach to taxes is provided. On an example, you will study the core idea of deferred taxes. ...
Reading
12 videos (Total 129 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video12 videos
2.2. Depreciation11m
2.3. Depreciation tax shield8m
2.4. Intangible assets – accounting and amortization7m
2.5. Short-term investments in bonds10m
2.6. Short-term investments in stocks12m
2.7. Bonds (1) – parameters and accounting approach10m
2.8. Bonds (2) – amortization of premium/discount13m
2.9. Equity (1) – accounting for common and preferred stock11m
2.10. Equity (2) – treasury stock and stock dividends12m
2.11. Accounting for taxes – an overview9m
2.12. Deferred taxes – an example8m
Reading5 readings
2.1. Operational assets1m
2.2. Depreciation tax shield1m
2.3. Accounting for long-term liabilities10m
2.4. Accounting for shareholders’ equity10m
2.5. Accounting for income taxes – an overview1m
Quiz2 practice exercises
2 (Practice)8m
2 - Depreciation, amortization, and deferred itemss
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

The Statement of Cash Flows. Analysis and Use of Financial Statements. Financial Accounting and Project Valuation

In Week 3 of the Course we discuss the idea and format of the Statement of Cash Flows and use examples to delve deeper in its role and importance. Special attention is paid to the use of financial accounting inputs – cash flows, net income, and investments – in valuation. Then we briefly discuss the analysis and use of financial statements as a powerful tool in the overall assessment of performance, financial stability, and future development of a company or investment project. Finally, wrapping up the first part of the Course, we draw conclusions about the role of financial accounting in financial valuation in the world of uncertainty. ...
Reading
12 videos (Total 118 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video12 videos
3.2. SCF – Example 114m
3.3. SCF – a more advanced Example 2 (1)12m
3.4. SCF – a more advanced Example 2 (2)8m
3.5. Valuation revisited – cash flows, net income, and FCF7m
3.6. Comparison of interest treatment in SCF and FCF9m
3.7. The big question – why use earnings?10m
3.8. Analysis and use of financial statements – an overview12m
3.9. Ratio analysis (1) – current position and performance6m
3.10. Ratio analysis (2) – capital structure5m
3.11. Ratio analysis (3) – operating performance11m
3.12. Financial accounting and valuation – conclusions8m
Reading3 readings
3.1. The statement of cash flows (1) – the idea and format10m
3.2. The statement of cash flows (2) – an example10m
3.3. Analysis and use of financial statements – an overview10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
3 (Practice)8m
3 - SCF inputs and ROI ratioss
Week
4
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Managerial Accounting – Core Ideas. Cost Behavior. Direct and Indirect Costs. Indirect Cost Allocation

Weeks 4 through 6 of the Course are devoted to the issues of managerial accounting. First, we introduce the key ideas of managerial accounting, and compare it to the financial accounting. We focus on the much closer link of managerial accounting to people. Then the core idea of managerial accounting – cost – is introduced and discussed. You will learn why it is so important to identify the total cost of any product, project, or division. We will study cost behavior, fixed and variable costs, and break-even point. The last part of Week 3 discusses cost tracing and allocation as a major task of any in-depth cost analysis. We study an example and come up with the tracing and allocation roadmap. ...
Reading
12 videos (Total 145 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
Video12 videos
4.2. Managerial vs. financial accounting – a comparison11m
4.3. Systems of managerial accounting13m
4.4. Introduction to costs – major terms12m
4.5. Cost behavior12m
4.6. Total cost – concept and information12m
4.7. Direct and indirect costs14m
4.8. Indirect cost allocation11m
4.9. Cost allocation example (1) – initial cost allocation13m
4.10. Cost allocation example (2) – cost re-allocation11m
4.11. Cost allocation example (3) – cost allocation rates10m
4.12. The tracing and allocation roadmap9m
Reading4 readings
4.1. The nature of managerial accounting10m
4.2. Cost behavior10m
4.3. Total cost (1) – the concept. Direct and indirect costs10m
4.4. Total cost (2) – direct costs measurement and overhead allocation10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
4 (Practice)20m
4 - Cost behavior and cost allocations

Instructor

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Konstantin Kontor

Director and Professor of Finance and Strategy
American Institute of Business and Economics (AIBEc)

About Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

Московский физико-технический институт (неофициально известный как МФТИ или Физтех) является одним из самых престижных в мире учебных и научно-исследовательских институтов. Он готовит высококвалифицированных специалистов в области теоретической и прикладной физики, прикладной математики, информатики, биотехнологии и смежных дисциплин. Физтех был основан в 1951 году Нобелевской премии лауреатами Петром Капицей, Николаем Семеновым, Львом Ландау и Сергеем Христиановичем. Основой образования в МФТИ является уникальная «система Физтеха»: кропотливое воспитание и отбор самых талантливых абитуриентов, фундаментальное образование высшего класса и раннее вовлечение студентов в реальную научно-исследовательскую работу. Среди выпускников МФТИ есть Нобелевские лауреаты, основатели всемирно известных компаний, известные космонавты, изобретатели, инженеры....

About American Institute of Business and Economics

The American Institute of Business and Economics (AIBEc) offers a wide variety of business courses in finance, accounting, marketing, strategy, HR, business law, economics, general management, business psychology, as well as course projects and the Field study. AIBEc provides for flexibility and customization of programs and schedules....

About the Understanding Modern Finance Specialization

This Specialization is designed for a wide audience of those interested in finance either professionally or just of curiosity, including managers of different levels specializing in finance, accounting, business planning, strategy, consulting, and project management, IT specialists engaged in the area of finance, fin-tech, big data, and valuation, etc. Through four courses and the final Project, you will cover the theory and practice of capital markets and financial institutions, corporate finance and project valuation, financial and managerial accounting as applied to finance, as well as the M&A market as the ultimate judge of financial efficiency and value creation. The Specialization will prepare you to understand and use the applications of financial ideas, concepts, models, strategies, and tools to build a successful career in finance and in business, as well as to take advantage of opportunities offered by financial markets....
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