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Finance plays a crucial role in managerial decision-making – even for executives who are not in a financial role. Build your understanding, skills and confidence in accounting and finance with SP Jain’s 12-hour online program designed exclusively for non-finance professionals.

In this live learning program, SP Jain’s Assistant Professor SPR Vittal will introduce you to the fundamentals of finance and accounting and help you develop your financial acumen. On completing the program, participants are expected to understand the key concepts, tools and techniques used in finance and accounting which are relevant to business decision-making and communicate comfortably with financial executives.

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12 hours
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25 students
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Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the fundamental principles of accounting which are essential in financial reporting, compliance, governance and risk management
  • Understand the financial statements published by various organisations
  • Get the working knowledge of investment, financing and working capital decisions
  • Learn the various project appraisal techniques and apply spreadsheet models to test the sensitivity of the project to its various inputs
  • Understand different types of costs, cost behaviour, cost and volume implications on profits, budgeting and variance
  • Bring in a decision-making perspective in each of the learning areas to address the decision dilemmas of managers in their respective domains


Our carefully crafted program content makes your learning practical, relevant and contemporary.

Session Topic

Introduction to the field of Finance

  • Evolution
  • Functions of finance department
  • Organisation of finance and accounts department
  • Emphasis on value creation
  • Ethics and governance issues
2, 3 and 4

Understanding Financial Statements and Financial Statement Analysis

  • Accounting concepts and conventions
  • Financial statements: Income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement
  • Ratio analysis, funds flow and cash-flow analysis

Accounting Standards

  • Overview of accounting standards – Indian and international accounting standards
  • GAAP
  • IFRS

Decision-Making I:

  • Interpreting financial statements
  • Business Decision Case I

Financial Management: An overview of decision areas

  • Investment appraisal
  • Financing decision
  • Working capital planning
  • Dividend distribution decision

Mathematics of Finance

  • Risk & return
  • Sources of funds and cost of capital
  • Time value of money
6, 7 and 8

Capital expenditure planning & appraisal

  • Estimation of cash flows
  • PBP, NPV, IRR, MIRR, PI techniques
  • Risk analysis – Sensitivity, Scenario and Simulation
  • Public and private sector practices
  • Evaluation of leasing decisions

Decision-Making II:

  • Capital expenditure planning practices in India
  • Business Decision Case II

Capital Structure Planning and Policy

  • Funding options for projects
  • Domestic and international sources
  • PPP models – BOOT, BOLT, BOO
10 and 11

Cost & Management Accounting

  • Cost concepts and cost behaviour
  • Cost-Volume-Profit analysis
  • Activity-based costing
  • Budgeting and variance analysis

Decision-Making III:

  • Tracking divisional profitability and activity-based costing
  • Business Decision Case III

Accounting and Financial Information Systems

  • MIS and Decision Support Systems
  • Networking and e-accounting

How You Will Learn

The program uses all the contemporary pedagogical tools of management education. The methodology includes:

  • Pre-session readings provided in the course pack
  • Interactive lectures and case discussions
  • Problem solving and exercises
  • Management games
  • In-class and take-home assignments
  • Individual and group projects
  • Program-end assessment


This program is suitable for all executives at middle and senior manager levels.

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For more details, or to schedule a personalised consultation, please get in touch with us.

We look forward to working with you towards achieving your learning goals.

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