Financial Concepts and Accounting Course Descriptions

Financial Concepts for the Non-Financial Manager
Project Evaluation and Capital Building
Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
Creative Thinking for Accountants

Financial Concepts for the Non-Financial Manager
Days:(2)

Tom Smythe, Ph.D., facilitator

This course is designed for individuals who require a basic understanding of business finance. The course focuses on the significance of the time value of money, how it is applied in the corporate environment, and the mechanics of how to use it. Additionally, the course introduces the basic concepts of risk and return, how to calculate basic measures of risk, and understanding the notion of diversification and how it can be achieved. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to use these tools to value stocks, bonds and annuity streams.

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Project Evaluation and Capital Budgeting
Days:(2)

Tom Smythe, Ph.D., facilitator

This course is designed for individuals who need an understanding of the discounted cash flow techniques necessary to evaluate whether corporate projects should be accepted or rejected. The course introduces the concepts of Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return, discusses how appropriate discount rates are determined for projects, and how to apply the tools to estimated cash flows from projects.

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Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
Days:(1)

Greg Haselden, CPA, facilitator

This course introduces the concepts of financial accounting. Major topics include understanding terminology and basic concepts of accounting, managing assets and liabilities, analyzing critical financial data, understanding the "big picture," interpreting financial statements, planning and budgeting. At the end of the course, the manager should have a better understanding of how to understand and interpret financial information and what his/her role is in achieving the company's financial goals.

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Creative Thinking for Accountants
Days:(1/2)

Kathy Kegley, Ph.D., facilitator

Accountants are essential for helping companies improve productivity, generate cost-effective stategic plans, and develop wealth-creating initiatives.  Each of these activities can be boosted by enhanced creative thinking abilities, yet the ability to think creatively in this field is often so strongly linked to unethical behavior or dismissed as unattainable that tapping in to this potential is frequently overlooked.  In today's economy, all of the creative thinking power in a company is needed to generate new ideas, recognize opportunities as they occur, and maintain a competitive edge through innovation.  This workshop offers creative thinking techniques especially tailored to the personalities and preferences of people often attracted to the accounting profession, and the inclusion of an assessment such as MBTI or HBDI will further enhance the effectiveness of the customized training.  An understanding of the basic rules of creative thinking is emphasized, and attention is given to designing activities that are within the comfort zone of all participants. Participants will receive a scorecard of their progress using established measures of creative thinking and develop a structured plan for continuous improvement. 

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