Finance and Accounting Course for the Non-Accountant

Finance and Accounting Course for the Non-Accountant

Finance courses in Sydney. Develop your understanding of the functions of finance.

Learn Finance with Finance courses in Sydney – short courses created for you by the University of Newcastle.

This finance and accounting course will equip you with a core set of financial skills to assist you in any organisation. In this finance and accounting course you will learn financial terminology, an understanding of accounting transactions and how to read and interpret financial statements – in particular, a Profit & Loss Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Statement. Forecasting and budgeting principles will be explained in this finance and accounting course and you will be guided with practical exercises to consolidate your knowledge in this area. This finance course will build your overall financial acumen enabling you to make more informed and astute financial decisions for your organisation. Moreover you will be better placed to take corrective action when unfavourable exceptions and variances arise.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this finance and accounting course you will:

  1. Understand the tools needed for guiding an organisation financially.
  2. Know how to make financial decisions by accurately interpreting financial data.
  3. Use financial ratios and variance analysis for guiding an organisation forward.
  4. Construct alternative financial scenarios to assist with your decision-making.
  5. Recognise the importance of, and gain the skills necessary to produce realistic forecasts and budgets.
  6. Understand the importance of cash flow in management decision-making.
  7. Read and analyse a set of company accounts.
  8. Make business decisions by analysing financial information.

Course Content

This finance and accounting course will cover the following content:

  • Fundamentals of Accounting.
  • Measuring and Reporting Financial Position.
  • Measuring and Reporting Financial Performance.
  • Measuring and Reporting Cash Flows.
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Financial Statements.
  • Calculating financial ratios.
  • Discerning the best financial ratios to use in your business decision-making.
  • The more commonly used forecasting techniques.
  • How to set a budget for a cost centre, profit centre, department and an organisation overall.
  • Analysis of variances and taking corrective action accordingly.

Intended Audience

This finance and accounting course is suitable for aspiring managers and executives who do not have an accounting and finance background. This financial accounting course has been designed for professionals from all sectors (public, private and not-for-profit) who are looking to better understand their organisation’s financial statements and structures, in order to improve their financial decision-making and achieve stronger financial results for their area of responsibility.

For those who are looking for a concentrated overview of Forecasting and Budgeting, you may be interested in our Forecasting and Budgeting Course.

Delivery Style

This finance and accounting course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the instructor in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.

Course Prerequisites

This finance and accounting course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.

Course Features

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