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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Financial Accounting: Advanced Topics

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In this course, you will explore advanced topics in financial accounting. You will start your journey with accounting for assets with more than one-year life. You will learn in detail how firms account for fixed assets. You will then move to financing of assets and discuss accounting for liabilities. The course will continue with an in-depth exploration of shareholders’ equity. Finally, you will critically evaluate preparation, components, and analysis of cash flows statement. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: • Account for fixed assets • Understand accounting for liabilities • Evaluate shareholders’ equity section of a balance sheet • Understand preparation and information provided by cash flows statement This course is part of the iMBA offered by the University of Illinois, a flexible, fully-accredited online MBA at an incredibly competitive price. For more information, please see the Resource page in this course and


  • Course Orientation
    • You will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and our learning environment. The orientation will also help you obtain the technical skills required for the course.
  • Module 1: Long-Term Assets
    • Long-term assets, assets that can be converted into cash in a time period of more than one year, constitute a large portion of a balance sheet for a lot of public companies. Understanding accounting for long-term assets will help you uncover how these accounts change over time, their valuation, and their usefulness in managerial decision making.
  • Module 2: Liabilities
    • One of the major sources of financing for many firms is liabilities. Firms routinely finance their operations through various liabilities including accounts payables, bank loans, and bonds. Accounting for liabilities will help you understand how liabilities are created, how they are valued, how they inform about a firm’s liquidity position.
  • Module 3: Shareholders’ Equity
    • One of the major sources of financing for many firms is contributions from shareholders. The shareholders’ equity section of a balance sheet shows details of investments of shareholders. Accounting for shareholders’ equity will help you understand the amount of shareholder investment, the number of shares issued in return by the firm for shareholders, the amount of earnings earned by the firm but not distributed to shareholders, and information about the amount of shares repurchased by the firm from the stock market.
  • Module 4: Cash Flows Statement
    • One of the major financial statements is cash flows statement. This statement describes in detail how cash changes for a firm over a certain period. Cash flows statement provides valuable information about liquidity position of a firm, cash consequences of managerial operating and investing decisions, as well as earnings quality of a firm.

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Oktay Urcan


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    Benjamin Nowak
    The time value of money was a topic considered too advanced for this "advanced" accounting course. Like the first class in this series - most of the content is only in the optional readings. I get the feeling that many of the iMBA classes withhold content for the much more expensive high engagement option.
  • Kyomugisha Leticia
    To be honest,i find this online studying very exciting and advanced as well. Nevertheless, I have greatly enjoyed the classes and the skillfulness of the instructors concerning various concepts in relation to accountingprinciples ,guidelines,financial reports basically the accounting and finance course in general and I believe that my skills as far as business is concerned have really bwidened as I prepare to apply them in my future business career and as well help countries fast growing and developing economies for this will bring the business world to a greater heights and also hope that those who will enrol into these course will enjoy the benefits I personally have.thank you.

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