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Finance for Nonfinancials – Advanced

Strengthen your business acumen and master financial tools used in business today. Leave equipped to speak the language of accounting and finance with your colleagues and evaluate alternatives that add to your company’s success.

This course can be applied to the Advanced Leadership Certificate.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze Balanced Scorecard concepts
  • Navigate operating plans, budgeting process and project prioritization
  • Bridge the annual plan to the strategic plan and understand how operating budgets differ from project budgets
  • Identify sources of funding
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of finance staff and how to work with them
  • Build a business case
  • Link your organization’s three-to-five-year strategy to operating plans and budgeting process

Course Outline/Topics

A)     Fundamental Finance and Accounting Insights

  1. Financial Building Blocks
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Depreciation
  4. Exercises
  5. Accounting System
  6. What is Finance?
  7. Value Driver Funnel
  8. Group Exercise

B)     Corporate Strategy and Balanced Scorecards

  1. Strategy Development
  2. The Balanced Scorecard
  3. Private and Public Sector
  4. Metrics and Key Performance Indicators

C)     Business Cases in Projects

  1. What is a Business Case?
  2. Examples
  3. Considerations
  4. Key Points
  5. Business Case Presentation Template
  6. Case Study

D)     The Annual Planning Horizon—Budgeting and Prioritization

  1. Components of the Annual Planning Process
  2. Operating Budgets vs. Capital Budgets
  3. Sales Budget
  4. Cost of Goods Sold Budget
  5. Preparing an Operating Budget
  6. Flexible Budgets
  7. Project Prioritization
  8. Benefits Quantification
  9. Payback Period
  10. Net Present Value
  11. Time Value of Money
  12. Preparation of a Master Budget

E)      Ratio Analysis

  1. Liquidity Ratios
  2. Activity Ratios
  3. Working Capital Turnover
  4. Capitalization Ratios
  5. Interest Coverage
  6. Debt to Total Assets
  7. Profitability Ratios
  8. Gross Profit Margin
  9. Asset Turnover
  10. Return on Assets
  11. Return on Equity
  12. Earnings Per Share
  13. Price/Earnings Ratio
  14. Dividend Yield
  15. Dividend Payout Ratio
  16. Internet Examples
  17. Ratio Exercises
  18. Key Factor Summary

F)      The Economy

  1. Economic Drivers
  2. How much is a trillion?
  3. Trillions and the National Debt?
  4. Project Investment Model
  5. Communication Plan
  6. External Reference Resource Tool


A basic knowledge of financial concepts is necessary for this class. If you need to build your foundational financial knowledge, we recommend our class Finance Skills for Nonfinancial Managers.

All sessions are Face-to-Face unless otherwise noted.

Fri., Apr. 8


Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Kathleen Villars MBA


$345 if you register by Fri., Mar. 25.
$395 if you register after Fri., Mar. 25.

Discounts Available

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Early Registration Discount Register by Fri., Mar. 25 and receive $50 off.

Register two or more people and receive $50 off of the current price per registration. Use discount code GROUP.

Early registration discounts will subtract automatically from the fee if the registration is submitted prior to the deadline. All other discounts require the code in the left column to be entered on the registration form. Only one discount code can be entered on a registration form.


Discounts Available

CEUs: 0.7

Enrollment Limit: 30

Program Number: 5050-8687

Registration Deadline: Fri., Apr. 8

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