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Companies and financial accounting
This free course, Companies and financial
accounting, introduces you to the legal characteristics of limited companies and how limited companies raise finance through ordinary shares and loan capital. It also introduces the interests of company stakeholders, and looks at three different perspectives
on companies and their role in society. Finally, it introduces the formats of company financial statements in comparison with those of sole traders.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course B293 Financial accounting in context.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the legal characteristics of limited companies and how these characteristics are different from those of sole traders and partnerships
- understand company financing through share capital and loan capital
- understand the interests and information needs of different company stakeholders
- explain three different perspectives on the role of companies in society
- understand and reproduce company financial statement formats and explain how and why they are different from sole trader financial statements.
First Published: 30/10/2020
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Legal forms of business entity
- 1 Legal forms of business entity
- 1.1 Sole traders
- 1.2 Partnerships
- 1.3 Companies limited by shares
- 1.4 The legal characteristics of the modern corporation
- 2 The market environment and sources of company finance
- 3 The interests and information requirements of company stakeholders
- 4 Three perspectives on the role of companies and financial reporting in society
- 5 Comparing sole trader and company financial statement formats
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