- Explain the purpose and significance of the statement of cash flows in financial reporting
- and how it complements the balance sheet and income statement.
- Identify and describe the key components of a statement of cash flows
- including cash flows from operating activities
- investing activities
- and financing activ
- Demonstrate the step-by-step process of creating a statement of cash flows using accrual accounting concepts
- ensuring accuracy and completeness.
- Apply accrual accounting principles to analyze and interpret cash flows
- enabling you to make informed financial decisions and assessments.
- Differentiate direct and indirect methods of constructing cash flows from operations section.
- Construct a worksheet as a tool to facilitate the creation of a statement of cash flows
- ensuring efficient and error-free preparation.
- Create a statement of cash flows using the indirect method
- meticulously documenting the cash flows from operating
- and financing activities.
- Develop a statement of cash flows using the direct method
- providing a detailed breakdown of cash flows from operating
- and financing activities.
- Report non-cash investing and financing activities accurately
- capturing their impact on the statement of cash flows.
- Analyze cash flow statements for insights on liquidity
- and cash management.
- Basic Understanding of Financial Statements: Familiarity with balance sheets
- income statements
- and basic financial ratios will provide a solid foundation for learning cash flow statements.
- Knowledge of Accrual Accounting: A basic understanding of accrual accounting principles and concepts will help in comprehending the relationship between accrual-based financial reports and cash flow statements.
- Familiarity with Financial Terminology: Prior exposure to financial terms such as revenue
- and equity will facilitate a smoother understanding of the course material.
- Motivation to Learn: A genuine interest in understanding cash flow statements and their significance in financial analysis is essential to fully engage with the course material and achieve the learning objectives.
This comprehensive course focuses on mastering the creation and analysis of the statement of cash flows, a crucial aspect of financial reporting. It delves into the very heart of cash flow statements, illuminating its purpose, uses, and the vital accrual accounting concepts needed for its creation.
Starting with an introduction to cash flow statements, the course equips learners with the skills to understand and construct these statements from accrual financial reports. It systematically breaks down the components of cash flows, including operating, investing, and financing activities, providing a clear thought process for determining where specific cash flows belong.
The course lays out detailed requirements for creating a cash flow statement and imparts practical strategies to minimize errors and optimize time spent on construction. Key differentiating factors between the direct and indirect methods of constructing the cash flows from operations section are thoroughly compared and contrasted, bolstering your understanding of both approaches.
Learners are guided through the step-by-step construction of a cash flow statement using the indirect method, and subsequently, the direct method, offering a hands-on learning experience. Furthermore, it covers the reporting of non-cash investing and financing activities, giving learners a comprehensive view of all aspects of cash flow statements.
The course includes several downloadable resources, including PDF files for offline reference, preformatted Excel practice files for honing skills on Excel basics and adjusting processes, and multiple-choice and short calculation practice questions to help improve test-taking skills. Discussion questions also provide an opportunity for learners to interact with peers, enhancing the learning process by viewing the topic from various perspectives.
The course instructor is a seasoned professional with deep technical experience in accounting concepts and software. As a certified public accountant, chartered global management accountant, and certified post-secondary instructor with a Master’s in Taxation and a wealth of curriculum development experience, the instructor brings a blend of practical expertise and teaching acumen to this course.
Whether you’re an accounting student, an aspiring accountant, a seasoned professional, or a business owner seeking to understand your company’s financial health better, this course offers an in-depth understanding of cash flow statements that will prove invaluable in your journey.
Who this course is for:
- Accounting and Finance Professionals: Accountants
- financial analysts
- and professionals working in finance roles can deepen their knowledge of cash flow statements
- enabling them to perform more accurate financial analysis and make informed business decisions.
- “Business Owners and Entrepreneurs: Individuals running their own businesses or involved in entrepreneurial endeavors can benefit from understanding cash flow statements
- as it provides insights into their companys liquidity
- cash management
- and financial health.”
- Accounting Students: Undergraduate or graduate students studying accounting or finance can gain a comprehensive understanding of cash flow statements
- strengthening their theoretical knowledge and practical application in financial reporting.
- Aspiring Accountants: Those aspiring to pursue a career in accounting or finance can acquire essential skills in cash flow statement analysis
- enhancing their marketability and readiness for professional roles.
- Investors and Stakeholders: Investors
- and other stakeholders interested in evaluating the financial performance and viability of companies will find this course valuable in analyzing cash flow statements for investment and decision-making purposes.
- Lifelong Learners: Curious learners interested in deepening their knowledge of financial statements and gaining insights into the cash flow aspect of business finance will find this course engaging and informative.