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Subtitles: English
Learners taking this Course are
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Accountants
  • Consultants
  • Engineers
  • Software Engineers

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Approx. 5 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week...


Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

2 hours to complete

Welcome & Personal Debt

5 videos (Total 50 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
5 videos
Course Introduction Part II: When Giving In to Temptation Becomes the Norm9m
Personal Debt Part I: Debt & Financial Literacy17m
Personal Debt Part II: Reading the Signs of 2007 and Today6m
Personal Debt Part III: Common Types & Taking Stock8m
5 readings
F4E Specialization Snapshot10m
Course Outline10m
Where are Our Learners From?10m
Keeping a Learning Portfolio10m
Introduction to Final Assignment: Choose Your Own Debt Case Study10m
4 practice exercises
Learner Introduction Survey14m
Practice Quiz: Personal Debt6m
Personal Debt12m
Making a Difference 12m
2 hours to complete

Corporate Debt

2 videos (Total 51 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
2 videos
Firm Debt Part 2: Theorizing How Much to Borrow24m
2 readings
LearnSmart - what it is and how to use it10m
LearnSmart Chapter 16: Financial Leverage and Capital Structure Policy10m
4 practice exercises
Practice Quiz: Firm Debt Part 16m
Practice Quiz: Firm Debt Part 26m
Firm Debt12m
Making a Difference in Week 22m
3 hours to complete

Government Debt

2 videos (Total 23 min), 4 quizzes
2 videos
Sovereign Debt Part II: The Big Picture10m
3 practice exercises
Practice Quiz: Sovereign Debt Parts I & II6m
Sovereign Debt12m
Making a Difference 32m
1 hour to complete

Debt Synthesis

1 video (Total 16 min), 1 quiz
1 video
1 practice exercise
End of Course Feedback24m



Arshad Ahmad

DeGroote School of Business

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About the Finance for Everyone Specialization

Watch this intro video to learn more about the Specialization curriculum and Capstone Project! The Finance for Everyone Specialization will help you learn the language of finance and understand how the flow of money relates to the most important key social issues influencing our lives and communities. You’ll examine the connections between global and local finance; the flow of assets through businesses, governments, and other institutions; and the commodity, bond, and equity market dynamics that create and destroy financial value. When you complete the Specialization, you’ll be able to better understand both global financial news and your own personal financial decisions....
Finance for Everyone

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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

    1. Explain ways in which debt can be useful or detrimental to the individual, the company, and the country.

    2. Relate important financial concepts and issues to experiences in your daily life or the real world.

    3. Perform financial calculations with accuracy.

    4. Build confidence in your ability to manage debt.

    5. Engage in research in order to increase your knowledge of particular financial issues/scenarios.

    6. Engage with news, issues, and communities that matters to you, inclusive of concepts of finance and debt.

    7. Assess finance issues (ex. the debt position of a given entity) with confidence.

    8. Analyze how financial concepts are applied by organizations.

  • The course is structured to be 4 weeks in length.

  • This course will be offered every month.

  • No previous knowledge is required. It is recommended that learners have basic mathematics knowledge.

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