Finance for Non-Financial Managers

Confidently read and interpret key financial reports.

  • Interpret and understand financial information with confidence.
  • Apply financial analysis when making management decisions.
  • Read and understand the three key financial accounting reports- the balance sheet, profit and loss statement and statement of cash flows.
  • Use financial information to assess an organisations financial health including identification of weaknesses and opportunities.
  • Clearly understand internal budget/actual reports.
  • What is covered in the course?

    Understand key concepts and issues surrounding analysis of financial performance.

    The information contained in financial reports is critical to understanding your organisation's situation - the opportunities for improvement and issues to be addressed.

  • This course is suitable for

    This course suits middle to senior managers and professionals:

    • public or private sector managers responsible for the management of people and / or resources, requiring a better understanding of the concepts and issues surrounding analysis of financial performance
    • middle-to-senior managers with little or no formal finance or accounting qualifications.
  • How will I benefit?

    You will gain:

    • an understanding of key financial reports and how to analyse them
    • skills to develop effective budget documents
    • increased confidence in financial decision making and financial implications of operational and strategic decisions.
  • How will my organisation benefit?

    Your organisation will gain:

  • AQF Equivalence, Articulation Pathways and Certification

    • Gain credit into the Professional Management Program by completing this course and its assessment
    • The course offers pathways into the Adelaide MBA as part of the Professional Management Program
    • You will receive a soft copy University of Adelaide Certificate of Completion.
    • This PACE course may contribute to earning Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points or credit. Many professional associations accredit CPD at a standard rate of 1 hour of professional development / learning = 1 CPD point. This should be used as a guide only and confirmation should be sought from your accrediting body prior to registration in any PACE course or program.

Enter our online learning space

Your course will be delivered via our virtual learning platform and includes the following:

  • access to online course materials and activities 1 week prior to live virtual learning session
  • online support and interaction with your facilitator and course coordinator
  • live virtual learning sessions with your facilitator
  • further self-learning resources to embed your learning
  • post course evaluation.

You will need:

  • computer or tablet
  • web browser Chrome or Firefox to view your course online
  • webcam, headphones and microphone
  • internet connection (broadband or 4G minimum)
  • notepaper and pen
  • a willingness to participate and engage with the instructor and other course participants.

Available course dates:

No dates for this course are currently being offered. Please register your interest for future dates by emailing