Course Description

Every successful person in the workplace utilizes financial information to aid effective decision making. Learn the financial concepts and accounting processes used in most businesses. Focus on practical techniques that will increase your effectiveness and career, such as understanding the seven steps in the accounting cycle and using financial information in decision making. Come away with the knowledge to analyze resource allocation and evaluate financial performance.

Course Outline

Unit 1

Introduction to Finance
- The Vocabulary of Finance
- The Four Basic Elements of Finance
- The Basic Financial Statements
Unit 2
Introduction to Accounting
-Basic Terminology
-The Purpose of Accounting
-The Accounting Cycle
-Preparing Financial Statements
Unit 3
Managing Liabilities
-Overview of Liabilities
-The Liabilities of a Business
- Short-Term Liabilities
-Long-Term Liabilities
Unit 4
Financial Planning
- Overview of Financial Planning
-The Importance of Financial Planning
-The Business Planning Process
About Your Instructor
Sharon deFonteny has a degree in Business Education with a concentration in Accounting, and spent many years in Corporate America working in Accounting and Finance. For the past 5 years she has created and taught online Business courses for Bucks County Community College. Her experience in business, as well as experience in teaching, has allowed her to help people understand the Accounting and Finance process.

Learner Outcomes

After taking this course, you will:
  • Know financial terminology and accounting concepts.
  • Understand the accounting cycle.
  • Understand debits and credits as well as journals.
  • Know how to create and interpret financial statements.
  • Know how budgets are built.
  • Have information on reading financial reports and understanding the financial picture.


Course Objectives
  • Understand the art of finance and accounting - the terminology and the processes.
  • Understand the content and presentation of financial statements.
  • Learn that profit is not equal to cash and the importance of cash.
  • Understand why budgets are used as a management tool and how they are built.
  • Learn how to read and analyze the accounting numbers.


“I found the course material and course facilitator very helpful and insightful. I would recommend this course to a friend looking to get a solid handle on Accounting and Finance. Thank you for offering this course and having such an engaged teacher on board to instruct it!”   Steven Craig,  Lakeville, MN

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Section Title
Accounting and Finance
Online: Self Paced
Sep 03, 2024 to Sep 28, 2024
Contact Hours
Course Fee(s)
Tuition and Fees non-credit $195.00 Click here to get more information
Section Notes
For registration and further information on this course, please contact dlanpher@harpercollege.edu.
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