BUS 516

Accounting and Financial Management



In this course, students learn accounting and financial management concepts from a decision maker’s perspective. Following an overview of the accounting cycle, financial statements, and reporting, topics include investment principles and the role of financial markets, planning, analysis, and forecasting with a perspective that includes financial, environmental, and social impacts. Through practical exercises and examples in global settings, students learn to speak the language of business analysts and strategists.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an ability to apply key managerial and financial accounting concepts, including how to use the four basic financial statements to evaluate companies while incorporating a broader definition of the term “costs” that includes considerations of externalities and triple bottom line perspective.

  • Apply and assess internal control practices and philosophies including planning and budgeting systems and processes, both traditional and in the context of organizations with goals related to sustainable practices and operations.

  • Construct and evaluate systems and processes to measure performance including a sustainability report, corporate social responsibility metrics, and working knowledge of how to produce and use cost-volume-profit analyses, balanced scorecards, and dashboards in support of decision making reflective of organizational values.

  • Assess the financial health of an organization using key ratio analyses and techniques used by investors, including those with goals and performance objectives related to social and environmental indicators.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the capital budgeting process, cost of capital and working capital management to evaluate financial opportunities using qualitative and quantitative analysis of long-term projects through calculations such as net present value, internal rate of return, payback period, both in comparison to and in conjunction with sustainability metrics and organizational values screens.

  • Using metrics and values screens consistent with organizational sustainability objectives, produce and present a final project that proposes methods of financial management decision making consistent with organizational values and in which international economies are involved.


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  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR) 

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Admissions Requirements:

Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution along with one professional letter of recommendation. All applicants must be recommended for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

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