Finance Essentials

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Create economic value

Learn how to appraise the value a particular unit, project or idea to better understand how it adds value to your organization, and how to better allocate resources while improving operational and financial decision making.

This course will give you the tools and concepts to help you use financial data for decision making, analysis, and valuation. You will also learn how to better communicate the basis of your decisions and compete successfully for scarce resources.

Who will benefit

Individual contributors and managers alike.


  • Master basic valuation tools and techniques, including the time value
    of money and basic stock and bond valuation
  • Implement commonly used investment analysis tools, such as IRR,
    payback and NPV, and the costs and benefits of each approach
  • Learn how to use discounted cash flow analysis to make capital
    spending decisions and identify incremental cash flows, how to treat
    opportunity costs and sunk costs
  • Effectively apply investment analysis and cash flow analysis tools to
    defend your data


Course includes program materials, snacks, meals, and parking.

Certificate in Business Leadership

Earn a University of Georgia Certificate in Business Leadership by completing this course and four other leadership courses. 

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