Executive Education


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Financial Statement Analysis for the Non - Accountant

Introduction & Background

Improve your ability to interpret key financial tools.

Regardless of your position in the organization, a clear understanding of financial analysis tools will improve your performance in all areas of business. Financial statements are the pulse of a business, and one of the clearest indicators of its health. To non-accountants, however, they can be a confusing melee of numbers and accounting terms. This program will provide you with a basic understanding of financial statements and an appreciation for the use of key financial analysis tools. You will use actual financial statements to learn and apply the analytical techniques being examined.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Expand your knowledge about the environment in which accounting operates and the nature of
    Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • Gain a basic understanding of financial statements – balance sheets, income statements and
    statements of changes in a financial position
  • Appreciate the uses of key financial analysis tools
  • Understand the relationships between investment, operational, and financing decisions
  • Identify the danger signals when assessing the viability of an enterprise
  • Understand the difference between cash flows and accounting profits
  • Recognize the limitations of financial statements
  • Improve your ability to communicate with accounting and financial professionals
  • Be able to interpret key financial figures and their impact on your business
  • Better comprehend financial information in newspapers, magazines and websites

Refund Policy

University of Saskatchewan's liability is limited to reimbursement of paid tuition fees. Cancellations received at least ten (10) business days in advance of the program commencement date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than ten (10) business days prior to the program commencement date will be subject to a $500 administration fee. Cancellations received less than three (3) business days prior to the program commencement date will be subject to full program tuition cost. Non-attendance will incur full program tuition cost. Fees subject to change without notice. Program Transfers One program transfer will be permitted without penalty if the cancellation request is received more than ten (10) business days prior to the program start date. Program transfers within ten (10) business days of the program start date will be subject to a $300 administration fee. Alternate program transfers may be approved dependent on program availability. Transfer requests must be scheduled within six (6) months of the initial purchase. Applicants will be responsible for any price difference in program fees at the time of the request. Each subsequent transfer request will be subject to $300 administration fee.

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Course Code: ESB264