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English
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Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

An Introduction to (Corporate) Finance

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 29 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Introduction to Finance for Everyone: Decisions9m
What is Finance?5m
3 Important Aspects of Financial Decisions9m
5 readings
Specialization Outline10m
Where are Our Learners From?10m
Keeping a Learning Portfolio10m
Course Outline10m
Thinking Ahead to the Op-Ed Assignment10m
2 practice exercises
Learner Interest Survey8m
Making a Difference 12m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Ideas & Time Value of Money I

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 67 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
7 videos
Market Types10m
Time Value of Money I24m
The Dutch Auction4m
Dutch Auction - give it a try!2m
The 3-Step Procedure to Improve Problem-Solving9m
Financial Calculator Tutorial7m
3 readings
LearnSmart: What it is and how to use it10m
LearnSmart: Introduction to Corporate Finance (Optional)10m
Financial Calculator Options10m
3 practice exercises
Time Value of Money I12m
Using Your Financial Calculator8m
Making a Difference 22m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Debt & Time Value of Money II

2 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 68 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
8 videos
Income Inequality6m
Social and Environmental Consequences4m
Overextended Debt7m
Introduction to Annuities & Perpetuities4m
Future Value of an Annuity12m
Present Value of an Annuity16m
Perpetuities14m
1 reading
LearnSmart: Introduction to Valuation: Time Value of Money (Optional)10m
3 practice exercises
Money Flows10m
Making a Difference 32m
Time Value of Money II12m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Decisions Synthesis

4 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 78 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
4 videos
Time Value of Money II Quiz Solutions20m
Solutions to Final Quiz22m
Course 1 Epilogue7m
1 reading
Solutions to Final Quiz using a Financial Calculator10m
2 practice exercises
Final Quiz - Graded12m
End of Course Feedback42m

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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

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

    1. Familiarize yourself with the broader context of finance.

    2. Explain how financial decisions may have positive and negative social impact.

    3. Describe time value of money.

    4. Perform financial calculations with accuracy.

    5. Build confidence in your ability to make informed financial decisions.

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

    7. (Optional) Execute common financial calculations with a financial calculator.

  • This 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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