Finance and Accounting for Non-Finance Executives

Finance professional using laptop to explore financial reports.

Even for managers and executives who aren’t in financial roles, it’s important that they can interpret  financial data and reports, and understand financial planning and analysis. By becoming a better interpreter, decision-maker, and user of financial data, you will be able to add strategic value to your organisation.

This course examines the core concepts of accounting and finance in a straightforward and practical way. You will learn about key terms and principles of finance and accounting, including financial statements, the distinction between income and cash flow, and valuations. Importantly, you will discuss how financial data is generated and reported, and how it can be used to make business decisions and evaluate an organisation’s performance.

Regardless of your functional background – creative, scientific, or technical – the primary objective of the course is to make the content applicable to your current role and your business circumstances. Practical learning exercises and case studies are used to ensure you can apply your learnings to real-world opportunities and challenges.

Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership entry requirements apply for this course.

This course can also be taken as an open enrolment for professional development, instead of as part of the Graduate Certificate program. The cost for this course as professional development only is $6100 (inc GST).

Building your capability through

  • understanding and interpreting financial statements with a focus on improving company performance
  • considering the role of management accounting information as a basis of driving performance (particularly cost information)
  • developing a working knowledge of financial mathematics and the time value of money that underlies all finance decisions
  • performing calculations to value equities (shares) and debt (bills, bonds, and others) so that appropriate investment decisions can be made
  • applying contemporary valuation methods, with the focus on the Net Present Value approach, to achieve the goal of value creation and maximisation.

Our expert facilitators

Sandra Lazzarini
BCom (Hons), LLB (Hons), MFM, UQ

Sandra is a lecturer in Accounting and Management Accounting, and Program Leader for the Bachelor of Commerce at UQ Business School. Her academic interests focus on costs and cost drivers, and whether costing and evaluation systems align with organisational strategy. She is passionate about ensuring the accounting teaching experience is interesting and relevant to learners.

Prior to working for UQ, Sandra worked for Queensland State Government, and worked as a consultant in costing and efficiencies and performance evaluation. She has provided numerous courses in accounting and finance to external organisations, and received teaching awards for her work, including the KPMG Teaching Prize.