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Accounting and Finance for Engineers Part Two Unit 7: Analysing Financial Accounts - Profitability

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Unit overview

Over the years several methods of analysing financial documents have evolved. This unit and the next explore analysis from two different perspectives.

In this unit we will look at analysis from the more external point of view, looking at the accounts from an investor’s point of view but also looking more deeply into profitability.

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Professor Tony Ward

Tony is Professor of Engineering Management in the Department of Electronics at the University of York where he has worked for 25 years. Prior to that he spent 18 years in Industry as an electronic design engineer, technical manager and programme manager for a number of different companies.  Within York he has held the position of Provost of Alcuin College and Director of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Enterprise.  Externally he has been President of the European Association for Education in Electrical and Information Engineering and managed or participated in over 20 research projects.  He has published 17 journal papers, over 100 conference papers, given over 20 invited lectures or keynotes and written or contributed to 8 books or formally published reports. His research is in area of Engineering Education and Entrepreneurship.  He is the founder and Chairman of Skillsforge Ltd. A competence management and course booking spinout business from the University of York.

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What you will learn
• Introduce the primary ratios that link the three financial statements ‘the profit and loss, balance sheet and cash flow
• Enable you to calculate the primary ratios, namely: the Return on Capital Employed, Asset Utilisation Ratio and Return on
• Introduce you to the concept of profitability
• Enable you to calculate a range of profitability ratios
Who should learn
A basic understanding of mathematics is useful.
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