Tutorial | April 2008

Finance: An Introductory Online Course

by Timothy A. Luehrman, Brenda W. Chia and Michelle Rendall


The Finance Online Course provides a fundamental understanding of the principles, analytical tools, and knowledge needed to make good investment and financing decisions. The course introduces students to finance ratios, forecasting methods, capital structure theory, and risk-return analysis and then asks them to apply these concepts in several different approaches to valuing a business. In the course, students consider purchasing a small family-owned business in northern California. Students work through a series of exercises to determine the value of the investment, analyze current financial conditions, and forecast the firm's likely performance based on different variables. Course topics are presented in an engaging format using narrated animations and videos. Self-correcting practice exercises and Microsoft Excel worksheets are included to reinforce the concepts. The course includes pre- and post-assessments.

Keywords: Financial Management; Forecasting and Prediction; Investment; Corporate Finance;


"Finance: An Introductory Online Course." Harvard Business School Tutorial 208-719, April 2008.