How To Understand Financial Statements
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Course DescriptionThe course is self-paced and consists of 6 modules, no module is more than 15 minutes in length. The entire self-paced course should take no more that 90 minutes, not including exercises. The exercises are self-evaluated. There are no graded activities, quizzes or other assessments. The purpose of course is strictly to provide information and knowledge. There are no prerequisite knowledge and competencies.
There is a course registration form to complete and a course completion survey. With the completion of the course, to include the registration and survey, a course completion certificate can be downloaded.
By completing this course the student will be able to:
- Identify and understand key business information on Profit and Loss Statements and Balance Sheets
- Know how to calculate and use key Financial Ratios to make better business decisions
The six modules of this course are delivered in a lecture format. In addition to the course slides with speaker notes, there is a student workbook for note taking. It also includes the case study and associated exercises.
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Make sure to download this workbook for How To Understand Financial Statements and the industry comparison report.
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