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Certificate in Finance

Detailed Course Curriculum
The Financial Management module provides an overview of the fundamental principles and practices of financial management in an organization. It covers the primary responsibilities of a financial manager, including financial analysis, forecasting, budgeting, and planning. The module discusses the different forms of business organization and their implications for financial management, as well as the overall goal of the company and how it guides financial decision-making. Additionally, students will explore various financial tools and techniques that financial managers can use to optimize their organization’s financial performance and achieve their strategic goals.
In the world of finance, the concept of the time value of money is crucial. This module will provide you with a deep understanding of this fundamental concept and how it is used in various financial calculations. You will learn how to determine the value of money in the future and present by taking into account factors such as interest rates and inflation. Furthermore, you will explore the different asset classes such as stocks, bonds, and real estate, and how the time value of money can be applied to them. By the end of this module, you will have a strong foundation in finance that will help you make informed financial decisions and succeed in your career.
In this module, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of discounted cash flows and valuation. You’ll be introduced to various concepts and formulas for calculating the present value of multiple cash flows, annuities, and perpetuities. You’ll learn how to apply these principles to real-world scenarios, helping you to make informed financial decisions. Furthermore, you’ll learn how to determine the effective annual interest rate, a key concept in finance that is crucial for assessing investment opportunities. By the end of this module, you’ll have a solid understanding of the fundamental concepts of discounted cash flows and valuation, providing you with a strong foundation for further study in finance.
In this module, you’ll gain a deep understanding of the interplay between risk and return in financial markets. You’ll learn about various measures of risk, such as standard deviation, beta, and the Sharpe ratio, and how they relate to returns. The concept of portfolio diversification will be explored in detail, including its importance in managing risk. You’ll also delve into asset pricing models such as the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), which provides a framework for understanding how investors price assets in relation to their risk and expected returns. By the end of this module, you’ll have a comprehensive understanding of the key concepts and tools for managing risk and maximizing returns in financial markets.
In this module, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of bond pricing and valuation, and how yields are calculated. You will also learn about the different types of bonds and their associated risks, as well as the concept of interest rate risk. In addition, you will explore the structure of interest rates and the term structure of interest rates, and how they impact bond pricing. By the end of the module, you will have a solid foundation in bond and debt valuation, and the ability to assess the risks and returns of various bonds in the market.
The Share Valuation module is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the principles and techniques used to value shares in the stock market. The module covers a range of topics, including the different types of shares, the market for shares, and the various methods used to estimate the value of ordinary shares. Students will also learn about the general dividend valuation model and the challenges involved in valuing common stock with nonconstant growth. By the end of the module, students will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to make informed investment decisions and effectively analyze and value shares in the stock market.
In this module, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of financial derivatives, including futures, swaps, and options. The course will explore the principles of derivatives trading and valuation techniques used in derivatives markets. The module also covers the different types of risks associated with derivatives and how they are used in risk management. Students will be introduced to the various strategies employed in derivatives trading and how to analyze and interpret financial data to make informed trading decisions. By the end of this course, students will be equipped with the skills necessary to apply financial derivatives to their investment strategies and risk management practices.
The Real Estate module provides students with a comprehensive overview of the real estate industry, including the various types of properties and investment opportunities available. The module covers the key concepts and principles of real estate valuation, including the methods used to value residential and commercial properties, such as the sales comparison approach, income approach, and cost approach. Additionally, the module explores the role of real estate investment trusts (REITs) in the real estate industry, including their structure, benefits, and risks. Overall, this module provides students with a solid foundation for understanding the real estate market and making informed investment decisions.
In this module, students will gain knowledge about various alternative investment options, including their characteristics, risks, and potential benefits. The module will cover the foreign currency market, hedge funds, private equity, cryptocurrency, commodities, and collectibles. Students will understand the different methods of investing in each alternative asset class and how to evaluate their potential returns. The module will also discuss the role of alternative investments in a diversified investment portfolio and their potential impact on overall investment performance.

The Fundamentals of Capital Budgeting module provides learners with a solid foundation in the principles of capital budgeting, which is the process of evaluating and selecting investment projects with positive cash flows. This module covers the various techniques and methods used for evaluating potential investments and making sound investment decisions, such as net present value (NPV), payback period, accounting rate of return (ARR), and internal rate of return (IRR).

Through this module, students will gain an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each technique, as well as the assumptions underlying each method. In addition, the module will provide insight into the practical application of capital budgeting in the real world, including factors such as risk, uncertainty

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Ronnie L.

Ronnie is an experienced and knowledgeable tutor specializing in Business courses. With a degree in accounting from De La Salle University, Ronnie brings practical examples and real-world insights to his teaching. Currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Queensland, he remains committed to continuous learning and staying up-to-date with the latest industry trends. Ronnie's exceptional communication skills and emphasis on practical application empower students to grasp complex business concepts and apply them in real-world scenarios.

Yan-Li S.

Yan Li, an enthusiastic tutor from Shanghai, is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management and Finance at the University of South Australia. Her combined knowledge of these fields brings a unique perspective to her tutoring sessions, offering students a comprehensive understanding of supply chain management and finance. Beyond academics, Yan's passions lie in art, photography, and exploring culinary delights. These interests shape her creative and diverse tutoring approach, as she incorporates innovative teaching methods that cater to different learning styles.

Imogen H.

Imogen is a former Payroll Specialist with three years of experience, specializing in Xero and QuickBooks. With a deep understanding of payroll processes, regulations, and industry best practices, Imogen is dedicated to sharing her expertise as a payroll tutor. Her extensive knowledge of Xero and QuickBooks allows her to provide comprehensive training and support to students, equipping them with the skills needed to effectively manage payroll using these popular accounting software platforms.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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This course takes approximately 110 hours, and you’ll have lifetime access to this course. Study in your own time, at your own pace. Most of The Online Business Academy courses are designed so that you do one module a week. But if life gets busy you can take longer and even apply for a course extension if you need more time.

Upon the completion of this course, you can obtain a job as a Finance Officer. In Australia, Finance Officers earn approximately $65,000 per year but can be as high as $75,000 per year. (Payscale)

Contact a friendly student advisor on (02) 8006 0556 to find out about potential career outcomes and see where our courses can take you. Employers also constantly approach The Online Business Academy looking for students and employers also advertise jobs in the Career Centre (available once you enrol). You’ll also receive a FREE CV review.

This qualification is Internationally recognised. Our qualifications are highly sought after by employers around the world and accredited by global industry bodies such as ICOES.

Your course will be delivered through our online learning platform. You can access our online learning platform from any web browser 24/7 so you can work whenever and wherever you want. You can also interact with your tutors and other students within the learning environment.

Online learning allows you to make the best use of your time and puts all the resources you need at your fingertips. There are no set course start dates, you can start whenever you are ready. Your tutors and student services will check in on your progress and help you every step of the way

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