Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
ET0078 (AF:395085 AR:211136)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Surnames L-Z
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Term
Course year
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The course contributes to the educational objectives of the Bachelor's Degree Programme, which aims to provide complete training in the management disciplines, as it gives students the basic knowledge to identify the economic and financial effects of an entity’s transactions and events, to record them through the double-entry bookkeeping system and to prepare the financial report according to the International regulation (IAS-IFRS).
The course offers an introduction to the theory and practice of financial accounting adopting an international perspective. The course provides the essential conceptual and contextual background underlying the preparation of financial reports useful for decision making. It considers the detailed issues and problems of international financial reporting both in general and through the specific regulatory requirements of the European Union and the International Accounting Standards Boards. Upon completion of the course students should be able to: record firm transactions using the double-entry system; prepare financial statements; apply specific accounting principles and rules; understand reasons and consequences arising from different national accounting systems; discuss the arguments for and against global accounting convergence.

The students of the Bachelor's Degree Program Business Administration - curriculum Business Administration and Management will gain knowledge and understanding about the operating setting of companies, financial statements, and other financial tools for decision processes taking an international perspective. At the end of this course, students will know and understand:
- the economic and financial nature of an entity's transactions and events;
- the method of double-entry bookkeeping in accounting;
- the accounting records of daily transactions and their effects on the financial report;
- the adjustment process at the end of the period aimed at rectifying and integrating values to determine the net profit and the equity;
- the national accounting alternatives and causes and consequences arising from diversities in the various domestic accounting systems;
- arguments for and against global accounting convergence;
- the International accounting regulation (IAS-IFRS) in the financial report measurement and disclosure.

Students of the Bachelor's Degree Programme Economia Aziendale - Business Administration and Management must be able to contextualize their knowledge by applying it to the production of accounting information for decision processes. At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- record the main transactions using double-entry bookkeeping, adjust values, and prepare financial statements;
- draw up the income statement and the final balance sheet considering the accounting data available from the opening balance sheet, the description of transactions taking place during the accounting period, and information about final adjustments;
- apply the principal international accounting standards (IAS-IFRS) in preparing financial reports;
- critically evaluate the different accounting options in measuring and disclosing financial items and understand the choices made by the International regulation (IAS-IFRS).
There are no formal prerequisites for this course. It represents the second part of the“Principles of Management and International Accounting” course (12 credits).
The course focuses on the production of financial information for external communication and its regulation in a global context.
Topics covered are:
- Fundamentals of Financial Accounting;
- Double-entry bookkeeping system;
- Transaction recording, adjustments, financial report preparation;
- International accounting differences and global convergence;
- International accounting regulation (IAS-IFRS): European vs. International rules;
- International Financial Reporting Standards: conceptual framework; IAS 1 - the content of financial statements; IAS 2 - inventories; IAS 16 - tangible assets; IAS 38 - intangible assets; IAS 37 - provisions, contingent assets, and liabilities.
"Financial Accounting. An International Introduction", by Alexander D. and Nobes C., 7th Edition, FT Prentice Hall, Pearson Education Limited, United Kingdom, 2020.
Chapters and paragraphs to be studied (to be confirmed at the beginning of the course):
Part 1
Ch. 1: all paragraphs
Ch. 2: all paragraphs
Ch. 3: all paragraphs
Ch. 4: par. 4.1, 4.2, 4.4
Ch. 5: par. 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5
Ch. 6: par. 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7
Ch. 7: par. 7.1, 7.2, 7.4.3, 7.4.4, 7.4.5, 7.5
Part 2
Ch. 8: par. 8.1, 8.2, 8.3
Ch. 9: par. 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.5 (subpar. 9.5.2 excluded), 9.6, 9.7, 9.8, 9.9
Ch. 10: par. 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.6, 10.7
Ch. 11: par. 11.1, 11.2, 11.3, 11.4, 11.5
Appendix A “Double-entry bookkeeping”
The grade of the two modules "Principles of Management" and "International Accounting" at every official exam date is based on an overall written examination concerning the two modules simultaneously. The written exam lasts 90 minutes. The final evaluation, relating to 12 credits, consists of the average of the marks obtained in the two modules rounded up (a minimum grade of 18/30 per each part is required). The examination is closed book and notes.
Classes are a mixture of theoretical input and problem-based discussions. They are interactive classes; thus, the active participation of students is strongly recommended. Regular classes will be supplemented by weekly tutorials dealing with the more technical dimensions of financial accounting and consisting mainly of assisted solutions to problems and exercises.
The textbook and lectures are the primary sources of preparation for the final examination.

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Circular economy, innovation, work" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Last update of the programme: 06/05/2022