Financial Management and Budgeting

Stu­dents will learn the basics of finan­cial prac­tices with­in orga­ni­za­tions includ­ing how to read finan­cial state­ments, how to make and under­stand finan­cial deci­sions, and how to cre­ate a bud­get. Addi­tion­al­ly, an intro­duc­tion to con­cepts of man­age­r­i­al finance will be exam­ined. Stu­dents will explore finan­cial deci­sion-mak­ing skills and learn how to use finan­cial infor­ma­tion effectively.

Course at a glance
  • Fully online course, accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Learn through lectures and lively discussions, as you broaden your network and apply the course content to the context of your own work or organization and explore its implications for your professional practice.
  • Aimed at individuals in supervisory or management positions who wish to upgrade or sharpen their managerial abilities, this course will also benefit prospective or aspiring managers ready to take the next step in their careers.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the accounting cycle.
  • Compile financial statements from various asset, liability, equity, revenue, and expense accounts.
  • Use various financial ratios to determine the financial wellness of an entity.
  • Prepare and use budgets and analyze budget variances.
  • Complete a cost-volume-profit analysis at an introductory level.
  • Compute break-even points in dollars and units.
  • Compute and use the operating leverage ratio.
  • Prepare a relevant cost and revenue analysis for management decisions including outsourcing, special order pricing, and product mix decisions.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • This is a graded course; assessment activities may include exams, projects, presentations, journals, or research papers.
  • Refer to the course syllabus for details on activities and assignments.
  • A textbook is required for this course; further information will be provided in the course syllabus.
  • Additional learning materials are provided through eClass at no additional cost.
Currently counts towards:

Applicants intending to enrol in a program are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to lock in their course requirements since they are prone to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

Course not yet scheduled

This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

New course schedules are announced each June and November.

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