Understanding Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

  • Finance
  • Accounting


Do you feel overwhelmed communicating about finance and accounting topics in meetings? A manager's performance is frequently measured by how effectively they oversee departmental budgets. This program was designed to be an invaluable resource taught in a practical format to expand your knowledge and confidence.  Learn to communicate comfortably regarding financial data, cash management, banking, planning, budgets, profitability, solvency and liquidity.  Earn a certificate of completion.


  • Overview of Financial Statements
  • The Balance Sheet 
  • The Income Statement
  • Transaction Analysis
  • Financial Ratio Analysis
  • Foundations of Finance and Introduction to Valuation
  • Pricing of Stocks and Bonds; Introduction to Capital Budgeting - Measuring Value
  • Issues in Forecasting Cash Flow
  • Cost of Capital and Valuation

Please note: This course is offered in  Los Angeles and the Orange County campus. Be careful to look at the dates and locations before registering.

Executive Education In Person Program Who Should Attend:  This course is ideal for supervisors, managers, and directors in sales, marketing, production, engineering, R & D, human resources and other departments who wish to understand more about accounting and finance. No prior classroom experience in accounting or finance is expected, but familiarity with the general language of business will be assumed. 
    • Date
    • Time
    • Cost
    • Location
    • Date
      October 6, 2020 - October 8, 2020
    • Time
      8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Cost
    • Location
      Los Angeles, CA
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Participant Testimonial

"After completing Understanding Finance and Accounting I have a much clearer comprehension of accounting, finance, purchase orders and the day-to-day operations of my company." 
– IT Manager, Clean Energy 

"Great, relevant course! This has made the numbers and finance side of our business much easier for me to understand and work with." 
– Director of R&D, Windsor Foods

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Teaching Method

Using case studies, current business articles, in-class exercises, interaction and small group projects, our faculty will lead you to focus on the key knowledge and skills you need to understand and apply concepts to your organization's activities.

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Professor Mark DeFond

Mark DeFond

A.N. Mosich Chair in Accounting and Professor of Accounting

USC Marshall School of Business

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Professor Julia Plotts

Julia Plotts

Associate Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics

USC Marshall School of Business

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Course Disclaimer

Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure this course runs as described on this web page. Please note that course dates and professors are subject to change. You will be notified by email in advance if there is a date or professor change. Additionally, this course also requires a minimum number of registrants in order to take place. You will be notified by email if the course does not meet this minimum.

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