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About the Course

Impact your financial decisions and learn how to affect the performance of your unit's profitability and of your organization. In this course gain a basic understanding of finance and accounting concepts to drive your organization's growth. Upon completion of this course, you will have gained general financial knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the impact of your decisions outside your functional area. Content of the course includes selected aspects of finance from a non-financial specialist perspective. Specific topics include: financial analysis; planning, forecasting, and budgeting; cash flow, and strategic financing. This class will be interactive and will require the active involvement of the participants in finance related activities. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Explain the importance of finance and interpretation of financial information 2. Apply the concepts of accounting and finance to analyze financials 3. Learn about key accounting and finance terms 4. Examine financial statements by using key ratios 5. Explain the importance of budgeting process 6. Learn about key components needed to improve profitability...

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Dec 14, 2017

I've enjoyed this course. Prof. Standen gives a very basic but clear overview of the most common financial topics, wished I had this course a couple of years ago it would have made my life way easier.


Feb 21, 2019

An excellent well-rounded course and perfect for anyone who would like to gain some insight into financial practices. I would highly recommend this course, "Finance for Non-Financial Professionals."

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By Jennifer F

Jun 12, 2019

This was really, really hard. But this was a really good course and I learned a lot. The instructor was really personable and spoke like a person, and not as a robot. I felt like I was taking a class rather than listening to a recording.

By Fabiola D

Jun 9, 2019

Appreciate to have more examples with illustrations to make it easier to understand since there are too many concepts in a short period of time.

By Priscilla D

Jun 12, 2019

perhaps will be uselful have more examples, or videos with examples to understanding better concepts

By Hasan K U

Jun 19, 2019

David made this course really easy and smooth. The way he gives the lectures makes you think everything makes sense and actually simple. This was I never lost focus and got my course quickly. The content of the course is also pretty deep for just 4 weeks which made me surprised. I felt like I learned really much and now I wanna go out to the market and do some "market research" for new investments! Thanks for this course and thanks David for is natural talent.

By Arijit C

Feb 16, 2019

Good as introductory.

By Javed B

Aug 24, 2020

Excellent Course Covering the core concepts of Financial Accounting for Non-Financial Professional .

David Standen presentation of the course material is very impressive and clear to understand.

By Carlos D S A

Jul 5, 2020

It was a very incredible experience since it was the first time that I participated in an online course, and even more so that I do not know English, it put barriers for me but I knew how to face these difficulties for myself, which made me know and realize that nothing It is impossible and that the limits put yourself with your person, use a tool to translate.

As for the course, it was incredible since I could learn finance, stock market, business evaluation, indicators of how a company is, I am

very grateful for the course

By Andrea G K

Apr 1, 2016

Thank you, David. I enjoyed this class thoroughly, and learned so much! I feel much more confident in being able to work directly with accountants and finance professionals. As you said, there is so much more to learn, and I'm thinking about going back to University to take an Accounting Degree. The pace with which you conduct your lessons is very nice and your diction is pleasant and easy to understand. The real life examples help

By Biswapati B

Dec 24, 2017

This is wonderful course to get overview on finance for non-financial professionals. The professor did a great job explaining the concepts in layman terms without getting into number crunching. The concepts are explained easily so that one can understand the overall picture without getting into details.

I would highly recommend it to others who would like to get a quick overview in this subject.

By Edoardo C

Sep 6, 2015

You may have wondered why brokers may get it wrong, and why accountant may willing, or unwillingly, do the same. Surely, Finance is a very complex matter and keep it simple cannot be a bad thing. If you want to know more without getting just more confused instead, this course meets your needs. For me, it provided outstanding learning/time ratio...!

By Héctor S

Jul 3, 2020

I have taken a traditional course about Finance for Non-Financials before...

Now with this course, difference between Finance & Accounting is, and the concepts of Finance are very easy & practical to understand, in a view for business in real life.

David Standen really makes complex concepts for non financial people.


By Milind M

Jul 27, 2019

It was quick and easy to understand certain financial calculations and its market considerations to understand company performance/worth. It would have been good to know more about actual calculations for NPV and IRR. Conceptually content is there but practical implementation confidence did not gained from this material

By Antonio C

Dec 15, 2017

I've enjoyed this course. Prof. Standen gives a very basic but clear overview of the most common financial topics, wished I had this course a couple of years ago it would have made my life way easier.

By Eleanor M

Feb 22, 2019

An excellent well-rounded course and perfect for anyone who would like to gain some insight into financial practices. I would highly recommend this course, "Finance for Non-Financial Professionals."

By Stephen R

Oct 4, 2015

Probably the single best course I have seen on finance and, by extension, accounting for those of us going in more or less clueless. It's actually an entertaining course and easy to keep watching.

By Romar W

May 10, 2019

Very informative and easy to understand course. It was just what I needed to get my feet wet in my quest to increase my business/finance acumen.

By Sridharan C

May 16, 2019

It is an excellent course which is a must to undergo for every growing professional.

By Sameer B

Jun 4, 2019

Excellent course material with good examples, teaching is straight forward.

By Ajay P S

May 13, 2019

Excellent for understanding Finance basics

By Ishita B

Jun 21, 2019

Awesome course!

By Abdulelah A

May 21, 2019

I'd say that I liked the way the course was presented. I now have a widen knowledge of what Finance and Accountant are.

By Vishal B N

Aug 29, 2020

I really would like to thank you so much for teaching me this course. It's a course perfect for me. I'm not a Financial Professional but still I needed this course just like the title reads.This course teaches you Accounting, and Financing, Costing, Financial Ratios and Valuation. This course is taught to the very basic level that even a 4 year old can understand this. I would recommend everyone to take up this course irrespective of whether you are a Financial Professional or not. This is that one course that must be done in your life and I feel this is worth it. The teacher in this course is a very professional teacher who can teach in very simple and understandable words making this course super easy. Thank you David Sir, your teaching style is really appreciable and underrated. Salute to you Sir. I would like to thank Coursera for recommending me this course and also like to Thank David Standen Sir for teaching this course very beautifully. Sir you have my respect. Thanks once again!

By Jechonias J

Aug 8, 2018

Great Course Overall!

The instructor does a great job at explaining these fundamental concepts, for which I now feel confident I am able to build on.

I did, however, find a few kinks.

In the GAP Dupont analysis, the ROE was not thoroughly explained - most students (including myself) arrived at a 41.8 while the assignment stipulated that the answer was 43.

For the Multiples valuation method example, the ranges of Equity Value given at the conclusion were not the actual ranges reflected in the math.

By Michael H

Sep 18, 2015

This course is great! If you are an entrepreneur or any professional who would like a better understanding of basic business finance this course is for you. This helped me even in my own life in deciphering which businesses to invest in and even in figuring out businesses to do business with. It also will help you in planning your finances! The professor was engaging and easy to understand.

By Ferdi R

Apr 21, 2020

The best ever online course that i had so far. It is really improving my finance knowledge from none to better understanding. Now, i am confident to understand financial a public company and to estimate economical a project, and many more... I super highly recommend this course to be taken for non financial professional who wants step ahead as manager.