UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

BASICS OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Improve your understanding of the key financial terms, concepts, processes, and practices relevant to South African businesses

Duration

9 weeks, excluding
orientation

Effort

7-10 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

ON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, YOU’LL WALK AWAY WITH:

1

A comprehensive understanding of the essentials of financial management within a South African business context.

2

The skills to analyse financial statements, create budgets, assess cash flow, and manage tax.

3

The confidence to contribute to financial planning discussions and investment decision-making.

4

Proof of your knowledge and skills in the form of a certificate from Africa’s leading university.1

1QS Top Universities (Mar, 2021).

COURSE CURRICULUM

Over the duration of this online short course, you’ll work through the following modules:

Module 1
The Financial Goal of a Firm

Discover the main financial goal of a firm.

Module 2
Taxation and Policies

Learn about the financial policies and laws that firms in South Africa must navigate.

Module 3
Understanding Financial Statements

Understand income statements, balance sheets, and cash-flow statements.

Module 4
Analysing Financial Statements

Discover the ins and outs of analysing financial statements.

Module 5
Profit Planning and Control

Discover how to plan and manage profits.

Module 6
The Time Value of Money

Learn about the time value of money.

Module 7
Financing

Gain insight into the principles of long-term financing.

Module 8
Capital Budgeting

Discover how capital budgeting works.

Module 9
Managing Working Capital

Understand how to manage working capital and what impact this has on cash flow.

 

Please note that module titles and their contents are subject to change during course development.

"I took this course to help me manage and understand my own finances and, maybe one day, my own business. I am very aware that my rugby career has a limited life span and so I want to prepare now for my future."

– Peter Grant, Former Springbok

COURSE CONVENOR

Francois Toerien

Associate Professor, Department of Finance and Tax, UCT

Toerien lectures investment ethics, alternative investments, equity investments, and corporate finance at third- and fourth-year levels. In his study, “The Impact of Aid and Public Investment Volatility on Economic Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa”, Toerien investigated the effects of aid inflows and the volatility of public investment on economic growth in 26 sub-Saharan African countries over the period 1992 to 2011. Alongside supervising postgraduate research, his interests lie in public equities, private equity and entrepreneurial finance, carbon credits and environmentally driven markets, developing market investments, and entrepreneurial finance.

AN ONLINE EDUCATION THAT SETS YOU APART

This UCT online short course is delivered in collaboration with online education provider GetSmarter. Join a growing community of global professionals, and benefit from the opportunity to:

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Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones

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