Financial Accounting covers topics related to asset valuation, income determination, and disclosure of the various items in the Financial Statements. The course places special emphasis on issues of earnings management and off-balance sheet financing since both have implications for the risk and the return of a publicly traded company. The material of this course is particularly useful in decision making that affects the allocation of resources to business entities, e.g. loan decisions, investment decisions, etc. The course relies extensively on case studies that present international and domestic accounting issues and requires the application of the course material on the analysis of a firm listed on the Athens Stock Exchange.