Financial Reporting I

Course 1 of 3: MicroMasters® Program in Accounting 12 Weeks 8 – 12 hours per week recommended

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About this course

This course builds on introductory accounting courses by providing you with a deep understanding of the conceptual foundations and mechanics of financial reporting and accounting standards. The course focuses on the measurement and reporting of the asset side of the balance sheets as well as the measurement of revenues and expenses on income statements. The content of the course is particularly important for students seeking careers in accounting and finance, as well as professionals who want to increase their knowledge of financial accounting.

Before taking this course, you should be familiar with basic accounting terminology, T-accounts, and journal entries. Financial Reporting I will help you become more fluent in accounting and business discussions.

The course places emphasis on firms’ economic transactions and business activities, and the accounting measurements and journal entries we use to measure and report those transactions and activities. You will develop professional judgment and critical thinking skills. You will consider the economics of business activities and events and consider the degree to which financial reports capture the underlying economics. This will enable you to obtain the tools necessary to understand and execute accounting procedures with an increased appreciation of the broader business context in which accounting information is prepared and used in business decisions.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the broad objectives of financial reporting and with respect to specific transactions
  • How to measure, record, and report important business transactions
  • How to prepare and analyze financial statements, including balance sheets and income statements
  • How to effectively research more complex topic areas in US GAAP using the FASB’s Codification and other resources


This course is intended for those who have junior or senior standing at a college or university, or have already attained at least a bachelor’s degree.

Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

Meet Your Instructors

Ken Merkley

Ken Merkley

Associate Professor of Accounting at Indiana University
Ken Merkley is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Accounting Department at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. His research focuses on the role of information in capital markets. He specializes in examining corporate financial communication decisions and the influence of external capital market participants, such as investors, financial analysts, auditors, and lawyers. He serves on the editorial board of The Accounting Review and referees for top journals in accounting and finance. Prior to joining Kelley, he served on the faculty of Cornell University, where he was a distinguished teacher and researcher at the Johnson Graduate School of Business. He received the Barry and Ann Riding Fellowship and the Half Century Faculty Research award. In 2014, he was named by Poets & Quants as one of the Top 40 Business School Professors Under 40. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan and received his Master of Accountancy (MAcc) from Brigham Young University.


12 Weeks

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Indiana University

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