Introduction to Accounting

This course provides a first step for participants to understand and interpret the financial accounts of an organisation.

It introduces the concept of double entry bookkeeping and the accounting equation. It then examines the three key financial statements – the income statement, the balance sheet and the cash flow statement – and how they are related.


For individuals new to accounting and the financial markets.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course participants should understand:

  • The accounting equation and double-entry bookkeeping
  • The key components of the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement
  • The basic mechanics of constructing financial statements and their interconnectivity

Course Content

  • Basic concepts
  • Key accounting concepts and principles
  • Company reporting
  • Financial statements
  • The accounting equation
  • Double entry bookkeeping
  • Recording transactions
  • Exercises: Double-entry and basic construction of financial statements
  • The income statement
  • Measuring profitability
  • EBIT calculations
  • EBITDA calculations
  • The balance sheet
  • Assets, liabilities and equity
  • Current vs. non-current
  • The cash flow statement
  • Cash flows from operating activities
  • Cash flows from investing activities
  • Cash flows from financing activities
  • Exercises: Building an income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement (direct and indirect method) from a list of transactions


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