ABSTRACT

In response to external pressures for a business curriculum that recognizes how business decisions are made, the Villanova School of Business has a six-credit-hour, team-taught course that integrates the introductory financial accounting course with principles of finance. The class provides students with a better understanding of how the two disciplines relate, and students leave the course with a richer, more robust awareness of both topic areas and how they come together. One theme throughout the course is the use of financial statements and other financial information in valuation of financial instruments such as stocks and bonds. This course better prepares for most business environments, which increasingly requires professionals to complete tasks assuming skills from both disciplines. This manuscript describes the course, its benefits and drawbacks, the content, as well as examples of materials created for the course to facilitate student learning.

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