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Want to learn how to make your corporation’s money make money? In this course you will learn how to compare various investment types, select the most viable financial investment opportunity, and maximize your corporation’s wealth. If you want to get a better understanding of how Wall Street works, this course is for you.
You will learn how financial managers use discounted cash flow and rate-of-return analyses to evaluate projects and financial instruments, the role of the cost of capital and the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) in capital investment analysis and selection, capital budgeting, stock and bond valuation, break-even analysis, capital market efficiency, real options, short-term financial management, and be introduced to international finance.
This course is part of the Accounting and Financial Management MicroMaster’s program from UMGC. Upon completion of the program and receipt of the verified MicroMaster’s certificate, learners may then transition into the full UMGC Master’s Program in Accounting and Financial Management without any application process or testing. See the MicroMasters program page for more.
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- How to analyze the functions of corporate financial management
- Apply the principles of shareholder and stakeholder value-based financial management
- The effect interest rates and financial markets have on corporate financial performance
- How to perform financial ratio analyses
- Ways to apply the principles of financial planning and control
Week 1: Overview of Corporate Financial Management
An overview of corporate financial management, including the goal of the firm, agency costs, different ownership contracts, and a review of financial statements and financial ratios.
Week 2: Time Value of Money
Learn how financial managers use time value of money to compute various financial metrics, including net present value, internal rate of return, and the discounted payback period. Further you will learn various rules of investments to value alternative investment opportunities.
Week 3: Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)
Learn how managers use the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) to assess the risk and return of various capital asset investment opportunities. You will also learn how financial managers use lessons from market history to help formulate current day decisions.
Week 4: Interest Rates and Bond Valuations
Learn how managers integrate interest rates and projected interest rate fluctuations when making financial decisions that may include additional corporate debt. Further, you will learn the determinants of bond yields, and clean vs. dirty prices.
Week 5: Stock Valuation
Learn how publically traded stock is valued at its initial public offering and on publically traded stock exchanges, such as the New York Stock Exchange.
Week 6: Short-term Finance and Planning
Learn how managers use short-term financing for operational needs and conduct financial planning to minimize the need to borrow for short-term liabilities.
Week 7: Cash Management and Credit and Inventory Management
Learn how financial managers decide whether to use cash and or borrowed funds to purchase inventory and fund other operational needs.
Week 8: Final assessment
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Frequently asked questions
Accounting and Financial Management
Thank you for your interest in the MicroMasters Program in Accounting and Financial Management. Please note that this program is being discontinued. No courses will be offered after December 2020. The schedule for the final offering of each course in this program is provided below. In order to transfer these courses to UMGC, you will need to purchase the Verified Certificate, complete, and pass all 4 courses. If you are currently in the first course of this program (Financial Decision Making), you will need to purchase the Verified Certificate by June 2, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
- Financial Decision Making - 5/5/20 - 6/30/20
- Financial Accounting for Corporations - 7/14/20 - 9/8/20
- Financial Management in Organizations - 9/22/20 - 11/17/20
- Long-term Financial Management - 12/1/20 - 1/26/21
How long does a student have to apply to and complete the full UMGC degree?
To ensure that your program remains relevant and up-to-date, UMGC sets time limits for completing a program. Students have five (5) consecutive years from the start of the graduate degree to complete their degree. For students who start with a MicroMasters program, their “time clock” begins on the date that they complete their last course in the MicroMasters program and receive their Verified Certificate. This means that students should apply to UMGC promptly to begin the degree and have as much time as possible to complete it.
Who can take this course?
Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. edX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.