Accounting Analysis

Phased Company Analysis Project:

The final project assignment requires application of a three-part framework of organizational evaluation that includes strategic, accounting, credit and financial analyses.  The assignment involves the application of this analytical framework to an existing, publicly-owned company.  This final project is designed to facilitate the synthesis of the topics examined in this course into a comprehensive and applied analysis and evaluation of a company. 

 A detailed outline of the four assignments that comprise this class-long project follows:

Assuming the role of an entering corporate officer, complete an accounting analysis based on the Week 1 and Week 2 assigned readings and other materials that can be located.  

 This analysis should reflect a review of at least a three-year period of fiscal years ending with the most recently published Form 10K report.

Writing Instructions:

The discussion portion of the analysis should be three to five pages in length, double spaced, and should employ APA style and format for reference citations. Supporting data (e.g., figures, tables, etc.) and references should be limited to four separate items preferably presented in the written analysis.

Required Organization of Paper:

The following subheadings are to be used and the following topics must be addressed in the paper:

Introduction – The introduction needs to review the assignment or purpose of the paper.  It also needs to include an overview of the contents that follow.

Presentation of the Accounting Analysis – The student should develop and present the basic accounting analysis for the company. 

It is necessary to prepare and incorporate a table (tables are always numbered, titled, and show the source of the information) of the relevant criteria being examined in the accounting analysis and their present status.  Additional information can be included in the table.  These data are to be presented in a table (numbered and titled and that shows the sources).  The data are then to be discussed and explained in an accompanying written analysis. 

Strengths and Weaknesses Analysis – This section needs to present a careful analysis of the strengths and weaknesses demonstrated by the accounting analysis.  This section needs to conclude with a paragraph or two that explain and interpret what the analysis means on an overall basis and as the observations and conclusions are considered collectively.

Summary – Prepare a brief summary of the analysis and key findings.

References – Must clearly demonstrate use of a variety of the assigned readings and supplemental material.

 Completeness of analysis: 

The analysis must demonstrate understanding of accounting analysis. Use of academic and professional databases, business periodicals, analyst reports, and news articles, such as those in the UMUC library, must be included in this company accounting analysis.

 Organization: 

The paper should be well-organized and follow a logical pattern of analysis and discussion.

 Presentation: 

Papers should meet professional business standards and meet APA formatting requirements. No more than 20% of the text of the project should be made up of quotes.

Spelling, punctuation, and grammar: 

There should not be errors in grammar and punctuation. All sentences must be complete and well-structured.

Written projects must be:

  1. typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font, with margins no wider than one inch
  2. have footnotes or endnotes, with correct citations
  3. have a bibliography of sources used
  4. include, for each entry, the author, title, city and state of publisher, publisher’s name, year, and page numbers
 
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