Basics of Financial Management online short course


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Course information

Registration Closes:
16 January 2018
Course Starts:
22 January 2018
9 weeks online
7 - 10 hours per week
ZAR R13,900Options Available
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Sound financial management is a crucial aspect of any thriving business, putting professionals with even a fundamental knowledge of the subject at an advantage in both the talent market and entrepreneurial game.

Master the fundamentals of financial management with this 9-week financial management course which will empower you with the essential finance skills in a business context.

Use what you learn on this financial management course, such as: budgeting, cash flow, financial statements and cost-cutting to ensure you implement successful business management practices.

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What will set you apart

You’ll walk away from this financial management course with the confidence to:

  • Navigate the landscape of tax - from income tax and VAT, to workers’ compensation
  • Understand and interpret income statements, balance sheets and cash-flow statements
  • Identify, evaluate, implement and monitor the potential value of investments in long-lived assets
  • Manage the impact that working capital has on the cash flow of an organisation


Course curriculum

This UCT-backed online short course in financial management is designed to give you the flexibility to work when it suits you. You’ll receive continued support and guidance from an expert tutor and your Performance Coach as you progress through the weekly modules in your own time.

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: The financial goal of a firm
  • Course Module 2: Taxation and policies
  • Course Module 3: Understanding financial statements
  • Course Module 4: Analysing financial statements
  • Course Module 5: Profit planning and control
  • Course Module 6: The time value of money
  • Course Module 7: Financing 
  • Course Module 8: Capital budgeting
  • Course Module 9: Managing working capital

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

On completion of this course you earn a certificate from a top-tier university as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.
Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

Readiness test

This Readiness Test will help you assess your preparedness for this course by asking you a few quick questions relating to time management, technological requirements, your expectations, and the subject matter level - to help you confirm that this online course is the right fit for you.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts in 3 days. (Still accepting late registrations)
Too soon for you? Register now for the next presentation that starts on 26 March 2018

Still have a question? These may help


    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.


    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.


    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.


    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?


    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.


    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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