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How to Make Better Capital Investment Decisions and Recognise Investment Opportunities

Master the techniques of investment appraisals and long-term financial decision-making – from present value to compound interest.

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
  • 100% online

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How do project launches and investing in different industries help organisations around the world to grow successfully?

That’s where capital investment appraisal comes in. The analysis and evaluation of projects and investment opportunities on the basis of economic, cost and financial data is a crucial building block of these types of investments.

On this course, you’ll have the chance to learn how to determine the financial viability for each and every project under consideration through the exploration and application of different investment appraisal techniques.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the payback method and the accounting rate of return, and look at how to make investment decisions.

IRR explained: learn how to compare discounting methods

You’ll be introduced to the internal rate of return, or IRR. This metric is used to estimate the profitability of potential investments. You’ll find out how to use this powerful financial analysis metric and learn how to compare discounting methods.

Compound interest: understanding the time value of money

How does compound interest work? And why is it such a vital concept when it comes to borrowing, saving, or investing?

You’ll unlock the power of compound interest in relation to the net present value (NPV), also known as the ‘time value of money’. This is a basic financial concept that suggests money in the present is worth more than receiving the same sum in the future.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to capital investment decisions and their importance
  • Learn how to calculate the payback method, net present value, the accounting rate of return and internal rate of return
  • Critical analysis of discounting cash flow and non-discounting cash flow methods
  • Practice making an investment decision using and comparing the methods covered in the course

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply the different methods of appraisal to analyse investment opportunities
  • Demonstrate the ability to make appropriate recommendations for investment opportunities
  • Compare and critically appraise the methods covered in the course
  • Explain the following methods of investment appraisal: payback method, ARR, NPV and IRR

Who is the course for?

This ExpertTrack is designed for anyone looking to build their financial data analysis and interested in using data for business decision making.

It will be of particular interest to people in senior management and leadership roles who lack an accounting background, especially if you wish to learn the skills to help you make better decisions and advance your career.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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About this ExpertTrack

Unlock business potential with balanced scorecards, balance sheets, ratio analysis and other strategic financial analysis tools.

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