LO3:Critically analyse financial statements and report there on

Faculty of Business and Law

School of Economics, Finance & Accounting

Assignment Brief

Module Title:

Advanced International Finance and Accounting


Assignment Number:


Module Code:


Assignment Title:

Interpretation of Financial Reporting

Year 2022/2023

Semester 2

Assignment Weighting:

50% of overall weight of the module


Release Date:





Submission Date/Time:


At 18:00:00


Submission Time and Place:

Online submission through Turnitin ONLY

Assessment Information

Evaluate the performance of a company using various financial analysis tools covering the following learning objective:

LO3:Critically analyse financial statements and report there on.

This assignment is an individual assignment.

Assume that you are an expert of financial reporting working in a research and consultancy firm.Your firm analyse financial statements of various industries, evaluate reporting quality, assess the level of compliance with the regulatory requirements and publish those analysis in different business reports. Recently London Business Bulletin requisitioned a comparative analysis of the two renowned banking companies Lloyds Bank and Barclays Bank based on the latest available annual reports.

Among others,London Business Bulletin asked to analyse these Banking companies from the perspective of different stakeholders including existing shareholders,prospective investors or lending institutions,employees, and regulators.

Specific requirements of the assignment:

a) Conduct a comparative financial analysis (based on appropriate ratios) for the two companies;

b) Analyse the performance of two banking giants from the perspectives of different stakeholders;

c) Evaluate the reporting quality (specifically from regulatory perspective);

d) Advise two companies how they may improve financial performance and reporting quality.

The full annual reports for the two companies will be uploaded on module Aula page for the previous two financial years.

Word Count

The word count is 2500.

There will be a penalty of a deduction of 10% of the mark (after internal moderation) for work exceeding the word limit by 10% or more.

The word limit includes quotations, but excludes the bibliography.

How to submit your assessment

The assessment must be submitted by 18.00.00 on 09/03/2023. No paper copies are required. You can access the submission link through the Aula module page.

·must be submitted by each individual student.

·Your coursework will be given a zero mark if you do not submit a copy through Turnitin. Please take care to ensure that you have fully submitted your work.

·All work submitted after the submission deadline without a valid and approved reason (see below) will be given a mark of zero.

·Students MUST keep a copy and/or an electronic file of their assignment.

Extension and Deferral process

·The University wants you to do your best. However we know that sometimes events happen which mean that you can’t submit your coursework by the deadline – these events should be beyond your control and not easy to predict.

·If this happens, you can apply for an extension to your deadline for up to two weeks, or if you need longer, you can apply for a deferral, which takes you to the next assessment period (for example, to the resit period following the main Assessment Boards). You must apply before the deadline.

·You will find information about the process and what is or is not considered to be an event beyond your control at https://share.coventry.ac.uk/students/Registry/Pages/Deferrals-and-Extension.aspx



Checks will be made on your work using anti-plagiarism software and approved plagiarism checking websites.

As part of your study you will be involved in carrying out research and using this when writing up your coursework. It is important that you correctly acknowledge someone else’s writing, thoughts or ideas and that you do not attempt to pass this off as your own work. Doing so is known as plagiarism. It is not acceptable to copy from another source without acknowledging that it is someone else’s writing or thinking. This includes using paraphrasing as well as direct quotations. You are expected to correctly cite and reference the works of others. The Centre for Academic Writing provides documents to help you get this right. If you are unsure, please visit www.coventry.ac.uk/caw. You can also check your understanding of academic conduct by completing the Good Academic Practice quiz available on Aula.

Aula includes a plagiarism detection system and assessors are experienced enough to recognise plagiarism when it occurs. Copying another student’s work, using previous work of your own or copying large sections from a book or the internet are examples of plagiarism and carry serious consequences. Please familiarise yourself with the CU Harvard Reference Style (on Aula) and use it correctly to avoid a case of plagiarism or cheating being brought. Again, if you are unsure, please contact the Centre for Academic Writing, your Academic Personal Tutor or a member of the course team.

Return of Marked Work

You can expect to have marked work returned to you within 15 working days for level 1 and 2, 10 working days for level 3 and M level). If for any reason there is a delay you will be kept informed. Marks and feedback will be provided online/in the class/face to face. Marks will have been internally moderated only, and will, therefore, be provisional; your mark will be formally agreed later in the year once the external examiner has completed his / her review.

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