University of Colorado Boulder
Finance for Technical Managers Specialization
University of Colorado Boulder

Finance for Technical Managers Specialization

Launch your career in financial management. Master tools and techniques to perform a financial analysis.

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What you'll learn

  • Articulate the principles and concepts of finance and financial management, particularly with your financial peers.

  • Interpret a company’s financial statements, calculate financial health, and use metrics to evaluate the financial viability of a new project.

  • Understand how capital budgeting processes work within a company, how to select projects, and how to plan for the financial future of a firm.

  • Apply your knowledge to personal finance investments in stock and bond mutual funds.

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Beginner level

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1 month at 10 hours a week
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Learn at your own pace
Progress towards a degree

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Specialization - 3 course series

Product Cost and Investment Cash Flow Analysis

Course 120 hours4.5 (51 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Understand the basics of financial management in an organization

  • Distinguish between job and activity-based costing and develop a product cost model

  • Learn the concept of time value of money (TVM) and apply it using spreadsheet analysis

  • Apply TVM principles to your personal finances and retirement planning

Skills you'll gain

Category: Product Cost Analysis
Category: Application to Personal Finances
Category: time value of money
Category: Cost Estimation Techniques

Project Valuation and the Capital Budgeting Process

Course 217 hours5.0 (49 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Determine the net present value (NPV), internal rate of return (IRR), and payback periods (PBP) of a series of cash flows using spreadsheet analysis

  • Apply NPV, IRR, and PBP criteria to evaluate an organization’s investment options

  • Understand depreciation of capital assets, income taxes, and the effects of inflation and foreign exchange on cash flow

  • Build a sophisticated financial model by incorporating realistic cash flows for a project

Skills you'll gain

Category: Creating a Compelling Project Business Case
Category: Discounted Cash Flow Analysis
Category: Project Valuation: NPV IRR and Payback Period
Category: Project Selection Techniques

Financial Forecasting and Reporting

Course 313 hours4.7 (39 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Read an income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows and calculate relevant ratios to determine the financial health of a company

  • Learn to read and prepare an operating and financial budget, resulting in a pro forma financial statement

  • Apply scenario and sensitivity analysis to a project’s cash flows

  • Learn to read and interpret a company’s Corporate Sustainability Report

Skills you'll gain

Category: Understanding Corporate Financial Statements
Category: Budgeting Techniques for Cost and Profit Centers
Category: Risk Management: Scenario and Sensitivity Analysis
Category: Financial Ratio Analyses & Forecasting Techniques
Category: Sustainability Reporting & ESG Metrics

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Michael J. Readey, Ph.D.
University of Colorado Boulder
9 Courses17,713 learners

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This Specialization is part of the following degree programs offered by University of Colorado Boulder. If you are admitted and enroll, your coursework can count toward your degree learning and your progress can transfer with you.

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