Introduction to Corporate Finance

By the end of this course, you will be able to analyze the major types of financial decisions made by corporations. Then you can apply these skills to a real-world business challenge as part of the Wharton Business Foundations Specialization. Key concepts include: net present value techniques, capital budgeting principles, asset valuation, the operation and efficiency of financial markets, the financial decisions of firms, and derivatives.

About The Course

PART OF WHARTON’S BUSINESS FOUNDATIONS SPECIALIZATION 

See Geoffrey Garrett, Dean of the Wharton School, talk about the Specialization here.

This course provides a framework, concepts, and tools for analyzing financial decisions based on fundamental principles of modern financial theory. You’ll learn the language and key components of corporate finance and investments including calculating present values, the valuation of bonds and stocks, the NPV rule, measuring risk, capital budgeting and the capital asset pricing model. At the end of this course, you’ll be able to read, understand, and explain corporate financial management and investment decisions.

Complete this course as part of Wharton's Business Foundations Specialization, and you'll have the opportunity to take the Capstone Project and prepare a strategic analysis and proposed solution to a real business challenge from Wharton-governed companies like Shazam and SnapDeal or to a challenge faced by your own company or organization. Wharton-trained staff will evaluate the top submissions, and leadership teams at Shazam and SnapDeal will review the highest scoring projects prepared for their companies. 

Watch this video to learn more about the Wharton Foundation Series on Coursera:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgS3AJCe6i8

Click below for the other Wharton Foundation Series courses:

An Introduction to Marketing 
An Introduction to Financial Accounting
An Introduction to Operations Management

For more information about courses offered online at Wharton, please go to online.wharton.upenn.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this course help me with my own business?
At the end of this course, you will know how key components of corporate finance and investments apply to and/or affect your business. Along with the other courses in Wharton’s Business Foundations Specialization, Introduction to Corporate Marketing will provide you with the tools you need to able to address your own business challenges. You can even choose to do your capstone project on your own business challenge, and get feedback on your plan from your classmates and Wharton-trained staff.

How does this course help me in my job?
Introduction to Corporate Finance covers not only the framework, concepts, and tools for analyzing financial decisions, but also relevant examples of how to use them. After successfully completing this course, you will be able to read, understand, and explain corporate financial management and investment decisions, which you can use at your current job, or to get a new one.

How does this course help me if I am thinking about going to business school?
This course was designed to give you a glimpse into what you can learn at business school. While it is based on courses offered at Wharton, it is shorter, and focuses on foundational skills that are a requirement for further study in business. Completing this course and the others in Wharton’s Business Foundations specialization will give you a solid grounding for pursuing further studies in graduate business education. 

Once I complete this course, how can I learn more?
This course is part of Wharton’s Business Foundations Specialization, where you can learn the foundational skills and language of business necessary to address business challenges and then apply them to a real-world challenge by creating a strategic plan. For more information on the specialization, please go to (link to Specialization page). For more online learning opportunities from Wharton, please go to online.wharton.upenn.edu.

Recommended Background

A thorough understanding of basic mathematical concepts is suggested.