Financial Accounting I

ACC401E Financial Accounting I

Spring 2024

Autumn 2024
  • Topics

    The purpose of this course is to enable students to interpret and analyze financial statements prepared under IFRS. Students will learn the conceptual framework and key principles under IFRS, and in particular, how to apply IFRS to recognize, measure, and disclose accounting transactions. Topics covered by this course include:

    • IFRS Overview and Introduction
    • The Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting
    • Presentation of Financial Statements (IAS 1)
    • Inventories (IAS 2)
    • Property, Plant and Equipment (IAS 16)
    • Investment Property (IAS 40)
    • Intangible Assets (IAS 38)
    • Impairment of Assets (IAS 36)
    • Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets (IAS 37)
    • Leases (IFRS 16)
    • Revenue from Contracts with Customers (IFRS 15)

  • Learning outcome

    Upon completion of the course, students will:


    • understand the economic substance underlying the transactions and the purpose of financial statements.
    • have knowledge of the framework, concepts, and key accounting policies in IFRS.
    • know the discretion underlying the accounting standards and how it may affect the reported numbers in financial statements.


    • be able to explain the key principles and accounting rules under IFRS.
    • know how to apply IFRS to recognize, measure, and disclose accounting transactions in real business situations.
    • be able to exercise reasonable judgment and realize the discretion in applying accounting standards.

    General competence

    • be able to raise critical questions, identify problems, and present solutions across a variety of accounting issues.

  • Teaching

    In class meetings, we mainly focus on discussions of the pre-assigned discussion questions for each topic and Q&As. There is a mini-lecture (about 30 minutes) at the beginning of each class meeting, which gives a brief recap of the lecture slides for the topic of the day. Students should read through the lecture slides before coming to class.

    In autumn 2023, all class meetings are planned to be held physically and will not be recorded (to ensure that everyone can speak freely).

  • Required prerequisites

    BED2/BED020 Finansregnskap or an equivalent course (e.g., introductory financial accounting) serves as a prerequisite for this course.

  • Credit reduction due to overlap

    This course is an continuation of BUS402E and MRR412E, and is equivalent to ACC401N, BUS402 and MRR412. These courses cannot be combined.

  • Compulsory Activity

    In-class quizzes (every other week) and one group project assignment. Valid compulsory activities (work requirements) from BUS402X / MRR412X is valid as compulsory activities (work requirements) for this course

  • Assessment

    Three-hour digital individual written school exam in English; answers must be written in English.

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature

    Picker, R., K. Clark, J. Dunn, D. Kolitz, G. Livne, J. Loftus, and L. van der Tas. 2019. Applying IFRS Standards, 4th Edition. Wiley.

    International Financial Reporting Standards (free access at

    Online IFRS resources from Deloitte, PwC, EY, and KPMG:


    Other supplementary materials are available on canvas.

  • Permitted Support Material


    One bilingual dictionary (Category I) 

    All in accordance with Supplementary provisions to the Regulations for Full-time Study Programmes at the Norwegian School of Economics Ch.4 Permitted support material and  


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Offered autumn 2023. 

Course responsible

Ulf Mohrmann, Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting, Auditing and Law