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Finance for Non-Financial Professionals

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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

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Rating 4.5 based on 546 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
Starts Mar 23 (last week)
Cost $35
From University of California, Irvine via Coursera
Instructor David Standen, MBA
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Language English
Subjects Business
Tags Business Finance

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for non-financial professionals in 10 reviews

Very good introduction for non-financial professionals.

Usefull This is wonderful course to get overview on finance for non-financial professionals.

I didn't think it was possible to dislike finance more after taking a course designed for non-financial professionals.

Very helpful for non-financial professionals.

Great short course for non-financial professionals.

It was clear and simply understandable for non-financial professionals like us.

very much needed and helpful Excellent introductory course for non-financial professionals The material is explained clearly with good examples.

The way of professor's teaching is interesting and easy to understand although I still had a difficult time in Week 4 lessons...Generally speaking, it was great and indeed design for non-financial professionals!

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overview of finance in 10 reviews

Great This course gave me an overview of finance being a non-financial professional.

A really good overview of finance and just what I needed.

The course was good but it would help if after specialization in particular subject,lets say finance,coursera could help connect students with employers around the world:) Great presentation for non financial guys Excellent overview of finance for a non-finance person such as myself.

The course gives a brief but concise overview of Finance.

A very quick overview of finance.

Maybe some addtional examples can be intresting It's quick and easy, gives me an overview of finance and inspires me to want to know more.

it was a great course A great overview of finance for someone with decent math skills but no background in finance or accounting.

Good overview of finance Informative!

A reasonable brief overview of finance for non-finance professionals.

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easy to follow in 8 reviews

Easy to follow, great overview, enough to confidently use in general finance conversations.

Easy to follow and understand.Actually interesting.. the course.

Was initially nervous going into this course however, the information, examples, and presentation were really easy to follow and understand.

The supplementary material really helps grasp the concepts This course is very well presented and the content has been made easy to follow through the use of simple succinct language and examples that are easy to relate to.

Very easy to follow, as he gives easy-to-understand real life examples!

owsome Highlight: The concept of the course itself is great and the course is well structured that makes it easy to follow.

Coming into this course with no background on finance, it was easy to follow, understand and learn.

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finance and accounting in 8 reviews

It's brief but it was a revealing look into the world of finance and accounting for me.

Good as an introduction =) All the concepts are very useful The course is wonderful and helpful Good Boost my knowledge on the basic Finance and Accounting concepts Isn't beginner-friendly.

it was very simple , but i expected more content nice A quick and very rich course, it is highly recommended for both:1- non-financial people who are interested in finance and accounting to understand basics and;2- instructors "like me" who wanted to help their friends who want to help people from number 1 Quick and easy.

This is an excellent course for everyone who wants to basic financial understanding Good introduction to Finance and Accounting concepts for those with no background in either field, even as students.

I have 0 finance and accounting experience, so I valued how broad this course was and I imagine it's a good primer for more in-depth courses.

This course shows in a very simple way, the differences between finance and accounting, with no heavy mathematical formulas.

Great overview of topics related to finance - this course served to further my interest in finance and accounting

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highly recommend this course in 5 reviews

I highly recommend this course.

I highly recommend this course for anyone who needs a basic understanding of finance and business concepts.

I would highly recommend this course, "Finance for Non-Financial Professionals."

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david standen in 8 reviews

Thank you Mr. David Standen!

Anil Kumar Me parece que el tutor David Standen explica los conceptos de una manera muy clara, es muy fácil entenderle.

Relevant material and a excelent teacher David Standen!

THIS COURSE WAS VERY INFORMATIVE Good Course to Grow and Enrich Ourselves done David Standen is the best teacher I have come across for any online course I have ever taken.

Mr. David Standen really did a good job for helping me to understand so many different professional terms used in Finance.

David Standen is very good at making concepts easy to understand, especially for non-financial people like myself.

It is an excellent well designed course with quiz which tests and aids in learning, and the tutorials by professor David Standen are superb!

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financial terms in 7 reviews

Will give any manager the necessary elements to understand the financial terms and have some references.

very easy to learn with an awesome teacher.thank you sir, thank you coursera A very simple coarse to understand the different financial terms and its usage to the business Excellent course for beginner in finance dull Great course.

This is a good course to introduce the novice to financial terms used in common place.But in my opinion, the instructor could have a gone a bit further, explaining about Markets, Stocks, Bonds etc.Types of transactions involved.Maybe its expecting too much, but still, just a suggestion The lectures are quick and concise.

Really digested and simplified for people unfamiliar with financial terms or without an strong background on economics.

Vague is very useful and interesting Great intro course and very helpful in building understanding for someone who is not familiar with the financial terms.

simple, easy to udnerderstand those financial terms and methods.

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well presented in 5 reviews

Brief overview of the topic but well presented.

I found it very concise, to the point and well presented.

Very well presented.

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so much in 5 reviews

I learnt so much!

Thank you so much to professor .

I learned so much!!

I enjoyed this class thoroughly, and learned so much!

As you said, there is so much more to learn, and I'm thinking about going back to University to take an Accounting Degree.

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Rating 4.5 based on 546 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4-8 hours of videos, readings, and quizzes
Starts Mar 23 (last week)
Cost $35
From University of California, Irvine via Coursera
Instructor David Standen, MBA
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Business
Tags Business Finance

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