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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.)

Highlights of this Course

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

Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files.

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Prof. Peter Wysocki

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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