Course Description

Managers and executives in any profession will find this 6-week highly interactive hands-on course to be highly valuable in developing a financial literacy that is essential in making informed strategic decisions.


You will learn how to examine financial statements, review cash flows, perform ratio analysis, apply the process of planning and controlling a budget, make strategic allocation decisions, and determine the value and financial health of an organization.


By the end of the course, participants will not only be better prepared to manage and understand financial performance, but also be more creative and innovative critical and strategic thinkers. You will be prepared to immediately apply the practical knowledge gained during the course.

Course Outline

Saturdays - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm ET  are Live Zoom sessions with the instructor and class.

Sundays through Fridays are off-line self-directed study days.


Module 1 Introduction to Financial Statements

  • Identify the primary financial statements and the other items included in a set of financial statements
  • Understand the accounting equation and apply its principles to the financial statements
  • Understand the relationship between the primary financial statements
  • Explain the content and structure of the Income Statement, Balance Sheet/Statement of Financial Position, Cash Flow Statement and Statement of Changes in Equity

Module 2 Preparing Financial Statements

  • Explain the need for and limitations of financial statement analysis.
  • Prepare financial statements in comparative form and explain how such statements are used.
  • Place the balance sheet and the income statement in common-size form and properly interpret the results.
  • Identify the ratios used to measure the well-being of the common shareholder, and state each ratio's formula and interpretation.

Module 3 Analyzing Financial Statements

  • Describe and apply the basic techniques of financial statement analysis;
  • Explain the relationship between strategic business analysis, accounting analysis and financial analysis;
  • Identify and utilize value-relevant information contained within financial statements
  • Recognize and explain the fundamental role of accounting numbers in the valuation of entities and the key financial claims on these entities’ assets (equity and debt securities);
  • Conduct an applied business research (including locating, critically interpreting and evaluating firm-specific financial information) by analyzing a firm’s performance based on its financial statement data.

Module 4: Cost Management and Controls

  • Understand how to apply the COSO framework
  • Learn to use cost control analysis for investing decisions

Module 5 : The Art of Finance Pro-Forma Analysis

  • Develop a finance based Pro Forma analysis
  • Learn how to apply common finance metrics to evaluate a deal

Module 6: Financial Statement Quality of Earnings

  • Understand the elements of Quality of Earnings
  • Apply financial statement and non-GAAP ratios

Course Objectives

  • Use financial data to make better business decisions

  • Identify how financial strategies are integrated into your organization’s goals

  • Analyze financial performance of your department, brand, product, or business

  • Explain the content and connections between the three major financial statements

  • Choose between different financial approaches to better understand and manage your resources

  • Demonstrate your financial acumen when working with financial professionals in your organization

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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9:00AM to 12:00PM
Jul 20, 2024 to Aug 30, 2024
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Contact Hours
Course Tuition
Tuition non-credit $2,295.00
Section Notes

Welcome to Live Online!

Using the Live Online platform, Georgetown faculty deliver real-time online exceptional educational experiences based on a human-centered approach that integrates the needs of professional learners and the possibilities of technology. Live online classes are small to support highly interactive engaged learning and collaboration, deliver the same learning objectives as classroom courses, and count towards the completion of a Georgetown certificate.

Live video conference class meetings are for six consecutive Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET.   Additional course materials will be available online throughout  the week for self-paced study.

Introduction to Financial Statements Saturday, July 20, 2024 Friday, July 26, 2024
Preparing Financial Statements Saturday, July 27, 2024 Friday, August 2, 2024
Analyzing Financial Statements Saturday, August 3, 2024 Friday, August 9, 2024
Cost Management and Controls Saturday, August 10, 2024 Friday, August 16, 2024
The Art of Finance Pro-Forma Analysis Saturday, August 17, 2024 Friday, August 23, 2024
Financial Statement Quality of Earnings Analysis – A Case Study Saturday, August 24, 2024 Friday, August 30, 2024

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