Accounting and Finance Fundamentals - Virtual
14 Instructional Hours

Accounting and Finance Fundamentals - Virtual

Nurture essential skills in handling financial information

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Accounting and Finance Fundamentals - Virtual

About the program

This program focuses specifically on the principles of business accounting and their impact on business decision-making. It is designed to provide a deeper understanding of accounting for people from other functional areas or lines of business.

Our experienced faculty will de-mystify accounting principles, helping you to understand and analyze financial statements, and to use accounting tools to make better business decisions. Session leaders present the material in a straightforward and engaging format that makes complex accounting concepts easy to understand.

In this program you will learn to:

  • Interpret accounting reports
  • Use accounting tools to make better business decisions
  • Engage in more productive communication with accounting and finance managers
  • Understand the financial impact of business decisions

Dynamic virtual classroom

Participate in the program from anywhere. Our virtual classroom combines live, interactive video instruction with breakout sessions, panel discussions, and expert Q&A.

Who should attend:

This program is designed for managers and business professionals from non-accounting/non-finance backgrounds who want to become more financially literate, better understand budgets and financial statements, and improve their data-driven decision-making skills.

Discounts Available For Registered Charities

Queen’s Executive Education is pleased to offer a limited number of discounted seats in every program to employees of Canadian registered charities. Check your eligibility.

CCDI Partnership


Smith School of Business is an Employer Partner of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.

Personal Benefits

  • Increased ability and confidence to include more analysis in your decision-making process
  • Greater familiarity with accounting terms and acronyms permitting more effective communication with accounting and financial colleagues
  • Better decision-making thanks to a more complete analytical skillset

Organizational Benefits

  • Improved communication between functional managers and finance and accounting managers
  • Better decision-making with improved performance for the organization
  • Higher retention of high-potential managers thanks to investing in their development and growth

Module 1

Deciphering key accounting and financial statements

  • Understanding the essentials of accrual accounting
  • Learning how to read financial statements such as balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, and statements of retained earnings
  • Understanding financial concepts such as depreciation, sunk costs, retained earnings, and goodwill
  • Interpreting cash flow patterns and recognizing trends in financial performance to make better business decisions

Assessing your organization’s health and evaluating its future direction

  • Assessing working capital requirements
  • Using accounting ratios to improve liquidity, profitability, capital structure and asset utilization
  • Understanding how accounting fits into the broader decision-making framework
  • Assessing the financial health of competitors

Module 2

Modelling profitability against changing volumes and cost behaviour

  • Understanding cost behaviour over a relevant range of activity
  • Employing sensitivity analysis, break-even analysis, keep/drop analysis, and scenario analysis to improve decision-making
  • Applying the principles of Target Costing to your operations
  • Applying the principles of Activity Based Costing and Target Costing to your operations

Making more effective decisions on capital expenses, capital budgeting, and funding new initiatives

  • Appraising investment opportunities and ranking capital investment alternatives
  • Using financial tools such as Net Present Value (NPV), Internal Rate of Return (IRR), nominal and discounted payback to evaluate capital investment opportunities
  • Understanding how to use Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Economic Value Added (EVA) for evaluating operating decisions
You might also be interested in: Execution, Managerial Decision Making

Dynamic Virtual Classroom

Participate in the program from anywhere. Our online learning platform combines live, interactive video instruction with breakout sessions, panel discussions, and expert Q&A.

Our learning platform is fully encrypted, allowing you to connect securely from home, office or anywhere in between.

Virtual programs are designed to fit within your schedule, allowing you to learn new skills and immediately put them to work.

Session Leaders

Session leaders include senior professors from Smith School of Business and knowledgeable experts from industry. These outstanding teachers are constantly in touch with today's business world through real-world business experience, Board memberships and their own consulting practices.

John Moore is an experienced and award-winning executive educator who is highly regarded in the accounting profession. He has conducted executive development seminars on financial tools for senior managers at Alcan, BMW, DuPont, Canon, Mitel, Shoppers Drug Mart, New Brunswick Power Corporation, Mountain Equipment Co-op, and Canada Post. He also works with members of senior management teams to integrate financial accounting concepts into strategic planning.  He is a 17-time winner of the MBA Teaching Excellence Award from Smith School of Business; a recipient of the Silver Medal from CMA Canada; Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada; and the author of five accounting textbooks, including a study guide for students preparing for the CA designation.

Upcoming Sessions

Session Date Nov 8 to 9, 2022  - Module 1 Nov 15 to 16, 2022  - Module 2 View detailed schedule
Location Virtual Classroom
Program Fees $2,500 CAD (plus applicable taxes)

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