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Financial AccountingCapital BudgetingCorporate FinanceFinance

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Beginner Level

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Turkish, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Course Overview and Basic Principles of Financial Valuation Discounting

15 videos (Total 101 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
15 videos
Course Overview & Demonstration1m
Week 1 Overview1m
Human Nature and the Time Value of Money7m
Compounding and Earning Returns Over Time11m
Basic Principals of Valuation and Discounting4m
Discounting Future Cash Back to the Present12m
Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) as the Basis for All Valuation6m
DCF Practical Example11m
Valuation by Comparables8m
Examples and Applications: Bonds8m
Examples and Applications: Mortgages5m
Examples and Applications: Annuities8m
Examples and Applications: Capstone Example5m
Conversations with a Practitioner4m
3 readings
General Course Information10m
Discussion Forum Guidelines10m
Pre-Course Survey10m
2 practice exercises
Homework Assignment30m
Week 1 Quiz30m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

How to Spend Money (Capital Budgeting tools)

11 videos (Total 72 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
11 videos
Overview of the Capital Budgeting Process5m
Net Present Value (NPV)7m
Payback Period7m
Accounting Ratios7m
Internal Rate of Return (IRR)8m
Wrinkles with IRR8m
Using All the Metrics Together4m
Sensitivity Analysis7m
Spreadsheet Modeling9m
Conversations with a Practitioner5m
1 reading
Real World Application: A Refresher on Net Present Value10m
2 practice exercises
Homework Assignment30m
Week 2 Quiz30m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Measuring Cash Creation and Flow

10 videos (Total 60 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
10 videos
Brief Overview of the Financial Statements8m
Hunting for Cash Creation5m
Working Capital Adjustments8m
Depreciation and Capital Expenditures5m
Salvage and Terminal Values7m
Taxes3m
Calculating Free Cash Flow7m
Using Capital Budgeting Tools8m
Conversations with a Practitioner4m
1 reading
Real World Application: Obama Administration Releases Report Outlining Benefits of Expensing Proposal in Encouraging Business Expansion, Hiring Now10m
2 practice exercises
Homework Assignment35m
Week 3 Quiz35m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

How Much Does Money Cost? Evaluating the Cost of Capital

10 videos (Total 72 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
Debt vs. Equity Financing8m
Risk Free Rate6m
Historical Risk and Return7m
The Equity Risk Premium5m
Beta and the Cost of Equity10m
Credit Ratings and Quality Spreads5m
Estimating the Cost of Debt6m
Putting it All Together as the WACC (Weighted Average Cost of Capital)12m
Conversations with a Practitioner6m
2 readings
Real World Application: U.S. oil companies closer to balancing capital investment with operating cash flow10m
Real World Application: Why aren't companies spending?10m
2 practice exercises
Homework Assignment (Optional)30m
Week 4 Quiz30m
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Top reviews from Finance for Non-Finance Professionals

By JSOct 2nd 2019

Very good overview of finance. For everyone looking, this is not specific to personal finance, but rather a general view and introduction to the most general topics. And a great one at that!

By SCMar 26th 2018

Very good learning experience.\n\nThe course is ideal for people having an interest in Finance! No prior knowledge needed!\n\nThe Prof. makes sure you are involved throughout the lecture!

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James Weston

Houston Endowment Professor of Finance
Jones Graduate School of Business

About Rice University

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