Finance for Managers

Course code 78101

Learn basic accountancy skills, practises and the key financial information that managers need to understand. This online course will give you the skills to interpret and use accounting information for short term and long term decision making. 

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 5  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
    Trimester 3 enrol by 20 Oct 2019 to start 28 Oct 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 & 3 2019 Online only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $2,254 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

What you will learn

The course is split into two topics: Financial Accounting and Management Accounting.


In Financial Accounting, you will learn about:

  • The nature of accounting information with a focus on issues such as ethics, fraud and accounting standards
  • The use of different accounting principles to produce reliable accounting information
  • The meaning and use of accounting elements (assets, liabilities, equity, revenue and expenses) and how these elements are accounted for to prepare financial statements
  • Ratio analysis as a way to analyse and interpret the financial performance and financial position of an entity


In Management Accounting, you will learn about:

  • The nature of management accounting and management accounting information with a focus on cost classification, cost behaviour, costing systems and overhead allocation methods
  • The use of management accounting information for short-term decision making, in particular break-even analysis
  • The use of budgets as a managerial tool to plan and control organisational activities (including flexible budgets and variance analysis)
  • The use of management accounting information for long-term decision-making



100% internal assessment 

Other requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete  this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol. 

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