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Course No: 643420

Accounting Tools and Metrics for the CFO


  • Credits: 16.0
  • Program level: Basic to Intermediate
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advance preparation::

Field of Study: Finance

Course Description

This course is a one-stop problem-solver for today’s busy accounting executive. The course is a working guide to help you quickly pinpoint in the complex world of business: (i) What to look for, (ii) What to do, (iii) What to watch out for, (iv) How to do it.

You’ll find ratios, formulas, guidelines, and rules of thumb to help analyze and evaluate any business-related problem. Throughout, you’ll find this course practical, quick, and useful.

The course is designed in question-and-answer format in order to address the pertinent issues that come up during the course of business. The questions are typical of those asked by persons like you. The answers are clear, concise, and to the point. In short, this is a veritable cookbook of guidelines, illustrations, and “how-to’s” for you, the modern decision maker.

Learning objectives

  • a:4:{i:0;s:116:"Identify the objectives of financial reporting and the key elements contained within different financial statements.";i:1;s:65:"Recognize the purpose and content of the statement of cash flows.";i:2;s:55:"Identify key sections contained with the annual report.";i:3;s:89:"Recognize issues addressed by the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) act and the groups impacted by it.";}
  • a:4:{i:0;s:56:"Recognize key financial ratios and how they can be used.";i:1;s:51:"Calculate the value for different financial ratios.";i:2;s:55:"Recognize the relationship between margin and turnover.";i:3;s:49:"Compute ROI and recognize how it can be improved.";}
  • a:5:{i:0;s:79:"Recognize the concept of Economic Value Added (EVA) and how it can be improved.";i:1;s:46:"Recognize major elements of budgeting process.";i:2;s:80:"Identify different attributes and uses of variance analysis as a control device.";i:3;s:111:"Recognize how accounting systems work, including activity-based costing, life-cycle costing and target costing.";i:4;s:53:"Recognize the value of a balanced scorecard approach.";}
  • a:2:{i:0;s:86:"Recognize the value of cost-volume-profit (CVP) analysis in solving business problems.";i:1;s:81:"Identify some applications of present (discounting) and future (compound) values.";}
  • a:2:{i:0;s:40:"Recognize the uses of capital budgeting.";i:1;s:95:"Identify the different techniques used to evaluate business investments and their applications.";}
  • a:3:{i:0;s:71:"Recognize key elements that affect working capital and cash management.";i:1;s:118:"Identify how different investment criteria affect managing assets, such as expected returns, risk and diversification.";i:2;s:87:"Recognize the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) and the Arbitrage Pricing Model (APM).";}
  • a:4:{i:0;s:43:"Identify the process of investment banking.";i:1;s:47:"Recognize issues for venture capital financing.";i:2;s:67:"Recognize examples of types of long-term debt and their usefulness.";i:3;s:39:"Identify examples of equity securities.";}
  • a:5:{i:0;s:39:"Identify examples of equity securities.";i:1;s:37:"Identify various forecasting methods.";i:2;s:56:"Identify components of an accounting information system.";i:3;s:71:"Recognize the purpose of extensible business reporting language (XBRL).";i:4;s:77:"Identify the impact of the emerging technologies on the accounting processes.";}

Course Material: Online Material

Type of delivery method: QAS Self-study

Final examination expiration date:

The program participant will have one year from the date of purchase to complete the course and final examination.

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