15.535 Business Analysis Using Financial Statements

Spring 2003

Analyzing financial documents and typing at a computer.
Analyzing financial documents while typing at a computer. (Photograph courtesy of Ben Ullman, budesigns.)

Course Highlights

The 15.535 lecture notes often use real, publicly available data to work through examples of valuing companies. Student teams perform a comprehensive analysis and valuation of a business, as outlined in the syllabus. In addition, they write due diligence reports on other teams' projects.

Course Description

The purpose of this class is to advance your understanding of how to use financial information to value and analyze firms. We will apply your economics/accounting/finance skills to problems from today's business news to help us understand what is contained in financial reports, why firms report certain information, and how to be a sophisticated user of this information.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .xls.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Peter Wysocki

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session