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4 Mar 2024


12 weeks



This subject focuses on the fundamentals of financial analysis including techniques to analyse company financial statements. It reviews the accounting and reporting regulatory framework, examines the components of company financial reports and the information they provide to investors, and discusses how corporations are financed and returns provided to shareholders. It introduces fundamental valuation concepts and demonstrates financial statement analysis and the application of financial ratios in valuing a company for an investment recommendation. The use of both fictitious and real company financial statements provide opportunity for practical application of this learning.

This subject is a core subject.

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Subject information

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, individuals should be able to:

  • Understand and apply the financial reporting framework and key accounting concepts that underpin the preparation of financial statements.
  • Analyse a company’s high-level strategies and competitive position in the industry using the company’s annual report and other publicly available information.
  • Calculate and analyse liquidity, working capital, gearing, profitability and market performance ratios using a company’s annual report and other relevant information.
  • Explain the different financing options available for a publicly listed company, identify the risks associated with each, and analyse the impact on the company’s liquidity, working capital, gearing, profitability and market performance ratios.
  • Calculate the financial ratios used in dividend analysis and explain how different shareholder tax positions impact on dividend yield.
  • Calculate and analyse price/earnings ratio for a publicly listed company.
  • Prepare an overall investment recommendation regarding a company’s shares based on the quantitative and qualitative analysis of the company performance, including its financial ratios, high-level strategies, competitive position and business risks.


Topics covered

  1. Introducing financial analysis and valuation
  2. Understanding the annual report I
  3. Understanding the annual report II
  4. Financing of corporations
  5. Dividend imputation
  6. Corporate accounts – working capital ratios
  7. Corporate accounts – profitability ratios
  8. Corporate accounts – market performance ratios
  9. An introduction to valuation

Reading list

There is no prescribed text for this subject. Individuals are provided with key readings and access to Kaplan’s online databases. Individuals are encouraged to research and read widely on the topic.

Reading list


Assessment TypeAssessedWeighting
Assignment 1Week 425%
Assignment 2Week 735%
Assignment 3Week 1240%

Previous study requirements


The duration of this subject is one study period (12 weeks).


There are no prerequisites for this subject. However, individuals should review the ‘Assumed Knowledge’ tab to understand the prior knowledge Kaplan advises they should hold before enrolling in this subject.

Assumed knowledge

Whilst there are no prerequisites for this subject, students are expected to be able to use basic financial math’s in a variety of financial contexts.

Course transition subject equivalence

Individuals may not be required to complete this subject if they have transitioned from a SIA/Finsia/Kaplan course and have completed the following subjects:

  • FIN113 Techniques in Financial Analysis
  • C2 Financial Analysis and Valuation

Key dates

Study Period 1

11 Dec 2023 - 29 Mar 2024

❌ Enrolments now closed

Early access opens 11 December 2023

Early access to assessments 21 December 2023

Study period commences 8 January 2024

Enrolments close/census 24 January 2024

Study period ends 29 March 2024

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Study Period 2

5 Feb 2024 - 24 May 2024

✓ Enrolments open now

Early access opens 5 February 2024

Early access to assessments 19 February 2024

Study period commences 4 March 2024

Enrolments close/census 20 March 2024

Study period ends 24 May 2024

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Study Period 3

1 Apr 2024 - 19 Jul 2024

✓ Enrolments open now

Early access opens 1 April 2024

Early access to assessments 15 April 2024

Study period commences 29 April 2024

Enrolments close/census 15 May 2024

Study period ends 19 July 2024

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Study Period 4

3 Jun 2024 - 20 Sep 2024

✓ Enrolments open now

Early access opens 3 June 2024

Early access to assessments 17 June 2024

Study period commences 1 July 2024

Enrolments close/census 17 July 2024

Study period ends 20 September 2024

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Study Period 5

29 Jul 2024 - 15 Nov 2024

✓ Enrolments open now

Early access opens 29 July 2024

Early access to assessments 12 August 2024

Study period commences 26 August 2024

Enrolments close/census 11 September 2024

Study period ends 15 November 2024

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Study Period 6

30 Sep 2024 - 17 Jan 2025

✓ Enrolments open now

Early access opens 30 September 2024

Early access to assessments 14 October 2024

Study period commences 28 October 2024

Enrolments close/census 13 November 2024

Study period ends 17 January 2025

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