Online course: Finance for Non-Financial Professionals

Dates: any time

Duration: 7 hours

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 out of 3205 ratings (see top rating courses here)

Participating countries: any country

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Organizer: University of California at Coursera


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Finance for Non-Financial Professionals

Impact your financial decisions and learn how to affect the performance of your unit’s profitability and of your organization. In this course gain a basic understanding of finance and accounting concepts to drive your organization’s growth. Upon completion of this course, you will have gained general financial knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the impact of your decisions outside your functional area. Content of the course includes selected aspects of finance from a non-financial specialist perspective. Specific topics include: financial analysis; planning, forecasting, and budgeting; cash flow, and strategic financing. This class will be interactive and will require the active involvement of the participants in finance related activities.

Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Explain the importance of finance and interpretation of financial information 2. Apply the concepts of accounting and finance to analyze financials 3. Learn about key accounting and finance terms 4. Examine financial statements by using key ratios 5. Explain the importance of budgeting process 6. Learn about key components needed to improve profitability





WEEK 1: 2 hours to complete

Foundations of Finance and Accounting

1.1 The Building Blocks of Accounting 5m
1.2 Overview of the Finance Principles 4m
1.3 The Four Financial Statements 9m
1.4 The Practice of Accounting 15m

WEEK 2: 1 hour to complete


2.1 Costing Methods 5m
2.2 Cost Allocation 3m
2.3 Break-Even Analysis 6m
2.4 Pricing 3m

WEEK 3: 3 hours to complete

Financial Ratios

3.1 Liquidity Ratios 5m
3.2 Asset, Profitability, and Debt Ratios 9m
3.3 DuPont Pyramid 2m
3.4 Earnings and Dividends 2m



4.1 Market Methods 7m
4.2 Valuation Methods 8m
4.3 NPV and IRR 15m
4.4 Course Summary 1m

Improving your chances to Get a job series

This online course is one of the parts of the series “Improving your chances to get a job”, provided by University of California:

1 Project Management: The Basics for Success
2 Work Smarter, Not Harder
3 Finance for Non-Financial Professionals
4 Communication in the 21st Century Workplace
5 Online course – High-Impact Business Writing
6 The Art of Negotiation
7 Fundamentals of Management
10 Career Success Project

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