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Introduction to Accounting and Corporate Finance

Gain an understanding of the concepts related to accounting and corporate finance.

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    6 hours

Learn the basic principles of financial management

Are you looking to work in the financial sector or take further study in financial management? Get an introduction in the basic ideas behind finance and financial accounting on this online course.

You will cover subjects including data analysis, quantitive methods, and research methods. By completing this course, you will learn to understand financial accounts of a business, the time value of money, and the concepts of investment appraisal and net present value.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsHello. This MOOC is an introduction to Business Accounting and Finance and this is an introduction to the MOOC. It is authored by Dr. Nick Collet, Senior Lecturer in Financial Management at Alliance Manchester Business School and Professor Bob Ryan visiting professor at Alliance Manchester Business School. The overall aim of the MOOC is to cover the basics of business accounting and finance. It is suitable for anyone who wants to learn just the principles and mechanics of these subjects, or for someone who wants an introduction from which they can pursue higher level study.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 secondsThe assumed audience is non specialists: indeed the course is suitable for someone coming to Accounting and Finance for the first time. The following topics are covered: 1) Principles behind financial accounting; 2) Introduction to financial accounting; 3) Understanding the financial accounts of a business; 4) The time value of money; 5) Investment appraisal and net present value; 6) Securities and the financial markets. On completion of the MOOC, individuals will have understood the six topics and will be able to read financial statements.

Skip to 1 minute and 48 secondsThey will also be able to undertake higher-level accounting and finance courses which concentrate on the interpretation of financial statements, risk analysis in investment appraisal and new topics like the calculation of the cost of capital.

What topics will you cover?

  • Principles behind financial accounting.
  • Introduction to financial accounting.
  • Understanding the financial accounts of a business.
  • The time value of money.
  • Investment appraisal and net present value.
  • Securities and the financial markets.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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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...

  • Explore the concepts and principles of Business Finance and Accounting
  • Engage with the basic techniques of Business Finance and Accounting
  • Interpret the language of Business Finance and Accounting
  • Solve basic Business Finance and Accounting problems

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone with a higher education that is interested in corporate finance or is looking to work in finance.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Nick Collett is a Senior Lecturer in Financial Management at the
University of Manchester .
He has published widely in Finance and
has won the prestigious AT Kearney MBA teacher of the year award

Professor Bob Ryan is a specialist in financial analysis and management with an international reputation in executive development and education.

Who developed the course?

The University of Manchester

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