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Finance for Non-Financial Professionals Journey

  • 27 Courses | 13h 5m 55s
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Even if you don't work directly with budgets or financial statements, it can be very helpful to understand some basic finance concepts.  Learn more about finance, accounting, and other skills to increase your effectiveness. This Journey is based on real-time market information from Burning Glass Technologies and focuses on the role of finance for non-financial professionals within organizations.

Basics of Accounting

Finance and accounting are at the heart of every business. Even if your role isn't directly related to finance, your activities may still have financial implications.  Learn more about the basics of accounting, budgeting, finance, and more.

  • 6 Courses | 2h 36m 53s

Financial Statements and Managing Costs

To improve the financial well-being of your company, it’s vital to understand key financial statements, such as the Income Statement, Cash Flow Statement, and Balance Sheet, as these will hint at problems and possible solutions. Managing costs effectively is also critical to the financial success of a business. Learn more about financial statements and managing costs.

  • 4 Courses | 1h 55m 33s

Computational Thinking

Using computational thinking in conjunction with human intelligence can unleash the full power of a company's problem-solving abilities.  Learn more about computational thinking.

  • 6 Courses | 2h 56m 50s

Problem Solving & Decision Making

When the time comes to make a final, critical decision, you need to be able to understand the reasons for making that decision, as well as its possible consequences. Learn more about problem solving and decision making.

  • 5 Courses | 2h 14m 4s

Microsoft Excel

Excel is the powerful spreadsheet component of Microsoft Office, which helps manage your data, create tables, and much more.  Learn more about Microsoft Excel.

  • 6 Courses | 3h 22m 35s


Basic Accounting Concepts for Non-financial Professionals
Finance and accounting are at the heart of every business. Even if your role isn't directly related to finance, your activities may still have financial implications. This course explains the basics of finance for non-finance professionals, and covers key accounting and finance essentials and concepts: the basic accounting equation, accrual-based accounting, and basic accounting principles. It explores business finance, including how business transactions affect financial statements and the bottom line. You'll walk through the four-step accounting process, and you'll learn the fundamental principles of cash flow management and the four types of financial risk.
9 videos | 29m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Basic Budgeting for Non-financial Professionals
It's not only  the Finance department that needs to understand budgeting and finance essentials. Given the importance of finance for non-finance professionals, it's in everyone's best interest to have some basic knowledge of one of the most important aspects of business finance – budgeting. In this course, you'll learn to identify the characteristics of an effective budget, the stages in planning one, and how to distinguish between budgets types. You'll also explore budgeting concepts and techniques such as historical and zero-based budgeting, variance analysis, capital budgeting, and performing budgeting calculations.
9 videos | 27m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Key Accounting Concepts and Principles
How do organizations communicate vital business and finance information? Achieving the utmost clarity in communication requires knowledge of financial management and a strong understanding of accounting basics. Accounting an internal function that involves identifying, recording, summarizing, and reporting business transactions and financial events in an organization. In this course, you’ll learn the core concepts and financial essentials of accounting, such as the accounting equation and its components, as well as the rule of debits and credits. You'll also develop your financial acumen by exploring the accounting cycle, and the effect of cash and accrual-based accounting systems.
7 videos | 24m has Assessment available Badge
Recording, Posting, and Balancing the Books
If your organizational role is related to accounting or finance, you’ll most likely need solid financial acumen and a strong grasp of the accounting basics of recording, posting, and balancing your organization’s books. In this course, you’ll learn financial essentials related to bookkeeping, such as the steps in the accounting cycle that happen after transactions have been identified and analyzed. You'll learn how to carry out vital financial management activities, including how to make general and special journal entries, and how to post those transactions to accounts in the general and subsidiary ledgers. You'll also learn how to prepare trial balances and make adjusting entries.
9 videos | 25m has Assessment available Badge
Preparing Financial Statements and Closing Accounts
Developing your financial acumen is a must in today's economy, and improving your knowledge of accounting basics and financial management is a good first step. In this course, you'll explore the financial essentials that will enable you to understand key steps in the management of finance within the accounting cycle. You'll learn how, once you’ve worked your way through recording transactions and posting to ledgers, you’re ready to start preparing financial statements. You'll learn about Income Statements, Balance Sheets, Cash Flow Statements, and how they're interrelated. You'll also learn about the steps involved in closing accounts.
9 videos | 27m has Assessment available Badge
Accounting for Stock Transactions
One of the great advantages of a corporate form of organization is it allows otherwise unaffiliated people to join in mutual ownership of a business. Therefore, everyone involved needs an understanding of the financial essentials and how they influence the company's overall financial management. Strengthening your own financial acumen with a knowledge of accounting basics is the first step. In this course, you'll learn about the key characteristics of finance within incorporated organizations. You'll explore how common financial transactions affect the corporations' financial position. You'll also learn concepts and accounting processes for corporate transactions, including those involving common and preferred stocks, treasury stocks, and dividends.
7 videos | 22m has Assessment