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Accounting and Finance for Engineers Part Two Unit 8: Analysing Financial Accounts- Solvency and WCC

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Unit overview

This unit continues to build on the foundations of financial analysis we covered in unit six and applies them to the analysis of solvency and the working capital cycle.

Solvency is one of the important terms in accounting and finance. It is defined as the ability of a company to meet its financial obligations – this is more important in the longer term but can also apply to short term liabilities where they are significant in size and cannot be managed to the satisfaction of the creditor. 

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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.

Type Unit
What you will learn
• Describe the concept of solvency in business
• Understand Short- and long-term solvency ratios
• Understand the working capital cycle and its measurements.
Who should learn
A basic understanding of mathematics is useful.
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