Course Overview

Welcome to the world of finance! Each time new students begin this course the instructors are met with mixed emotions. Some students are excited at the prospect of learning the technicalities of finance. Others have heard finance is hard and wish they were in a PE class instead. Finance is kind of like spinach—it’s good for you, but not everyone likes it.

As the instructors wrote this course, they realized that not everyone is as intrigued by finance as they are. They've done our best to make it as readable as possible, with a focus on applying the theories we explain to everyday life. Some of the students who use this course are finance majors, but many of them are not. The instructors have designed this course with both groups in mind and with the hope that everyone will be able to learn from and understand this material.

What You'll Learn

  • An Introduction to Finance: Finance Fields, Careers, and the Big Picture
  • Accounting and Financial Statement Review: A Finance Perspective
  • Financial Forecasting: Pro Forma Statements and the Percent of Sales Method
  • The Time Value of Money: Compounding and Discounting
  • Bond Valuation: Fixed-Income Analysis
  • Stock Valuation: Understanding Equity
  • Risk and Return: The Key Trade-Off
  • The Cost of Capital: WACC Attack
  • Leverage: The Two-Edged Sword
  • Capital Budgeting Evaluation Methods: Payback Period, NPV, and IRR
  • Capital Budgeting: Cash Flows and Other Topics
  • Firm Valuation: Valuing the Whole Enchilada
  • Entrepreneurial Finance: A New Perspective
  • Personal Finance: Applications for Everyday Life
  • Microfinance: Using Capitalism to Alleviate Poverty

Who Should Attend

  • Managers
  • Support Staff
  • Executives
  • Line Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Recent Graduates
  • Business Students
  • CEU Seekers
  • Career Pivoters
  • Resume Builders

Additional Information

Students must complete all sections to earn the Digital Badge of Completion.

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Section Schedule
Date and Time TBA
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $599.00
Drop Request Deadline
No drop request allowed after enrollment
Transfer Request Deadline
No transfer request allowed after enrollment
Section Notes

This is a self-paced class and you will have 365 days to complete after enrollment.

This course is offered through Anderson School of Management.

UNM Staff, Faculty and Retirees can use their Tuition Remission benefit on professional development programs.

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