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Basics of Accounting and Financial Statements

Free online course on the structure of balance sheets, profit and loss account elements, as well as inventory valuation.

Accounting
Free Course
This free online course on the basics of accounting and financial statements introduces you to financial management, as well as cost accounting. You will learn about the similarities and differences between the streams of accounting, as well as the concept of financial statements and balance sheets. You will also learn about the basic structure of profit and loss accounts. Start this course today to understand the basics of financial accounting.
  • Duration

    4-5 Hours
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Mobile Friendly

    Yes
  • Publisher

    NPTEL
  • Accreditation

    CPD

Description

Modules

Outcome

Certification

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Description

This free online course on the basics of accounting and financial statements will begin by introducing the three main streams of accounting which are financial management, and cost accounting. You will learn about financial statements which include a balance sheet, income statement, cash flow and shareholder’s equity. You will then learn about the two formats of a balance sheet; short and detailed, as well as the elements of a balance sheet.

This course will then discuss the different types of assets which are current assets, non-current assets and investments. You will learn about the types of fixed assets; tangible and intangible, as well as how the asset is calculated using the sum of liabilities and the owners’ fund. You will be introduced to the profit and loss accounts, as well as its components which are income and expenses.

Lastly, this course will teach you about the concept of conservatism and depreciation. You will learn about the different methods of providing depreciation which is the straight-line method, reducing balance method, machine hour method, and production units method. You will also learn about inventory valuation as the tangible property which is held for sale in the normal course of business. Start this course today and improve your knowledge of the basics of financial accounting.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:


  • Differentiate between the three streams of accounting.
  • Explain the purpose of financial statements.
  • Analyze the basic business model.
  • Explain the purpose of a balance sheet.
  • Explain the difference between tangible and intangible assets.
  • Outline the equation for assets and owners fund.
  • Outline the equation for calculating profit and loss.
  • List the six categories of expenses in a profit and loss account.
  • List the three qualitative characteristics of conservatism.
  • List the causes of the depreciation of fixed assets.
  • List the four methods of providing depreciation.
  • Describe what is meant by inventory valuation.

Certification

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