Finance for Non-Finance Professionals

Finance for Non-Finance Professionals Course

 This course is designed for non-finance professionals who want to understand financial accounting reports to make more well planned decisions, from understanding the accounting and finance terms and concepts to analyzing profit & loss statement, cash flow statement, and balance sheets. The course is also tailored to those who would like to learn about the essentials of capital budgeting and building a cost-benefit analysis.

Key Learning Outcomes:


  • Understand financial concepts and terms
  • Analyze the content of the three financial statements: profit & loss statement, cash flow statement, and balance sheet
  • Interpret the key financial ratios from the financial statements
  • Evaluate the financial performance of a company
  • Recognize financial warning signs
  • Plan, develop, implement, and control budgets for planning purposes
  • Understand capital investment decision making (Capital Budgeting Tools)
  • Build a Cost-Benefit Analysis and apply investment appraisal


The Course’s Content:

 Day 1: The Content of Financial Statements and the Key Financial Terms

 In the first day, the participants will learn an overview of Financial Accounting, key financial terms such as revenue, directs expenses, overheads, compound interest vs simple interest, depreciation, earning, assets, liabilities, debt, equity, operating cash flow, financing cash flow, investing cash flow & others.

Day 2: Preparing operating budgets for planning purposes

 In the second day, the participants will be able to prepare financial statements for five years’ plan of the company. The planning will include forecasted revenue, direct expenses, overheads, accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory, equity, long term debt & others.

Day 3: The Financial Performance of a Company

 In the third day, the participants will learn how to analyze and interpret Profit & Loss Statement, Cash Flow Statement, and Balance Sheets. They will be able to calculate key financial ratios such as: Return on Assets (ROA), Return on Equity (ROE), and Net Profit Margin (NPM).

Day 4: Time Value of Money and Financial Valuation Discounting

 In the fourth day of lectures, the course will be covering the concept “Time Value of Money” and the basics of financial valuation. The course will cover the basics of compounding and discounting rates of return over time. Using these tools, the participants will then move on to valuation using the discounted cash flow method.

Day 5: Capital Budgeting Tools and Building a Cost-Benefit Analysis

 In the fifth day, the course will introduce Capital Budgeting Tools, Cost-Benefit Analysis, and apply investment appraisal techniques. The capital budgeting review covers the basic tools like Net Present Value (NPV), Internal Rate of  Return  (IRR),  and   Payback Period (PBP).

Teaching Methodology:

 Along with the theoretical presentation, the course will demonstrate the valuation tools with a variety of practical examples and compare the analysis with other valuation techniques using Excel Sheet modeling.

Mode of Teaching:

 Face to face with physical presence of participants in InstOG premises.

Duration of the course:

 5 days from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.