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Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 4-5 hours/week...
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Specialization
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 21 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 4-5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Understanding Financial Statements

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Reading
18 videos (Total 126 min), 2 quizzes
Video18 videos
Introduction to Financial Accounting6m
Who Determines the Rules?5m
Overview of Financial Statements8m
Overview of Income Statements5m
Overview of Balance Sheets4m
Overview of the Statement of Cash Flows4m
Revenue Recognition10m
Matching Principle10m
Examples of Accruals10m
Current Assets and Accounts Receivables10m
Accounting for Inventory5m
LIFO/FIFO7m
LIFO/FIFO Interpretation7m
Long Term Assets7m
Liabilities7m
Stockholder's Equity7m
Summary of Financial Reporting5m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz No. 1: Understanding Financial Statements28m
Quiz No. 1: Understanding Financial Statements28m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Analyzing Financial Statements

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Reading
17 videos (Total 103 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video17 videos
Why Is an Increase in Working Capital Bad News for Cash Flows?9m
Five Step Approach to Reading a Statement of Cash Flows11m
Interpreting Cash Flows from Operations4m
Cash from Operations5m
Introduction to Ratios4m
Liquidity Ratios6m
Solvency or Debt Ratios5m
Profitability Ratios and Common Size Income Statements4m
Common Size Income Statements10m
Decomposing ROE & ROA7m
Decomposing the Profit Margin Ratio4m
Changes in Balance Sheet6m
Structured Ratio Analysis6m
Predicting Bankruptcy4m
Why Depreciation Doesn't Affect Cash Flows4m
Summary Financial Analysis4m
Reading1 reading
Optional exercise: Evaluate the Performance of Fred's, Inc.45m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz No. 2: Analyzing Financial Statements6m
Quiz No. 2: Analyzing Financial Statements10m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Investment Decisions Under Certainty

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Reading
16 videos (Total 129 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video16 videos
The Time Value of Money: Single Period Cash Flows8m
Creating Investment Rules9m
The Time Value of Money: Multi-Period Cash Flows10m
Multi-Period Valuation: Perpetuities16m
Multi-Period Valuation: Annuities6m
Valuation Applications7m
The Payback Rule8m
Understanding Internal Rate of Return6m
Investment vs. Financing Projects12m
Mutually Exclusive Projects10m
Cash Flow from Operations7m
Cash Flow from Investments9m
Creating the Cash Flow Forecast: Cash Flow Operations3m
Creating the Cash Flow Forecast: Cash Flow Investments, Part 16m
Creating the Cash Flow Forecast: Cash Flow Investments, Part 24m
Reading1 reading
Supplement Note for Cash Flow Example: Detailed Explanations10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz No. 3: Investment Decisions Under Certainty10m
Quiz No. 3: Investment Decisions Under Certainty30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Investment Decisions Under Uncertainty

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Reading
16 videos (Total 114 min), 12 readings, 3 quizzes
Video16 videos
Identifying Sources of Uncertainty and Forecast Bias7m
Valuation Implications of Changing Assumptions6m
Accounting Break-Even7m
Economic Break-Even9m
History of Risk-Return Relation4m
Portfolio Theory and the Risk of a Portfolio7m
Isolating Co-Movement Among Stock Returns6m
Importance of Variances vs. Covariance in Portfolio Risk5m
Diversification Effect4m
Risk of an Individual Asset and its Interpretation5m
Translating Risk to Expected Return10m
Where Do Beta's Come From?6m
Project vs. Company Beta9m
Does Debt Impact Expected Returns?5m
Cost of Capital Invariant to Debt Use12m
Reading12 readings
Notes on the History of the Risk-Return Relation5m
Notes on Portfolio Theory and the Risk of a Portfolio2m
Notes on Isolating Co-Movement Among Stock Returns (Covariance)1m
Note on the Importance of Variances vs. Covariances in Portfolio Risk1m
Note on the Diversification Effect3m
Note on the Risk of an Individual Asset and its Implications2m
Note on Risk to an Expected Return (CAPM)2m
Note of Where Beta's Come From3m
Note to Distinguish between Project and Company Betas2m
Note to Illustrate how Debt Impacts Expected Returns1m
Note on the Cost of Equity, Debt and Company Costs of Capital3m
Final Project document1m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Practice Quiz No. 4: Investment Decisions Under Uncertainty10m
Quiz No. 4: Investment Decisions Under Uncertainty10m
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Top Reviews

By TDNov 19th 2017

The notes on Week 4 that accompanied the lessons were incredibly helpful. If those could be provided with the other Weeks' lessons as well, that would greatly improve the quality of the course.

By JSMay 11th 2018

Thanks for the wonderful learning experience. I enjoyed myself and I will recommend this course for all those who would like to learn something about operations strategy.

Instructors

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Paul Chaney

E. Bronson Ingram Professor in Accounting
Owen Graduate School of Management
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William G. Christie

Frances Hampton Currey Professor of Management in Finance and Professor of Law
Owen Graduate School of Management

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tenn., is a private research university and medical center offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees....

About the Business Essentials for Managers Specialization

Learn to drive change, inspire innovation, and cultivate excellence with four practical career-relevant courses taught by some of Vanderbilt’s top business faculty. Each course is designed to accelerate your career trajectory by providing hands-on training in one of four key areas—innovation, finance and accounting, strategy and operations, and leadership—and every course concludes with a real-world project that will help you demonstrate your value and expertise to current and potential future employers. When you complete the Specialization, you’ll have the tools you need to position yourself for a promotion, job change, or any other growth opportunity. You will also be eligible for 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). You will need to request the CEU certificate by contacting Vanderbilt upon completion: execed@owen.vanderbilt.edu....
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