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Decision-Making and Scenarios


School: Wharton School

Platform: Coursera

Registration Link: CLICK HERE

Start Date: May 2015

Workload: Not Available

Instructors: Richard Lambert and Robert W. Holthausen

Credentials: Lambert teaches Problems in Financial Accounting at Wharton, where he has earned the WEMBA Core Teaching Award five times since 2007. A long-time researcher whose interests include performance measurement and financial incentives, Lambert’s recent work has been pushed by Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Finance, and the Journal of Accounting and Economics.

Holthausen chairs the accounting department at Wharton, along with serving as academic director for Wharton’s Mergers and Acquisitions program. He teaches courses in corporate valuation and empirical research in accounting. During his quarter century at Wharton, Holthausen has collected several undergraduate teaching awards and has authored the book, Corporate Valuation: Theory, Evidence and Practice. Before entering academia in 1973, Holthausen worked as an auditor and financial analyst for two Fortune 500 firms.

Graded: Students can choose to explore course videos, discussions, and ungraded assignments for free, but they won’t be able to submit graded assignments, earn a certificate, or complete a specialization without paying a $119 fee.

Description: For many, accounting is a means to measure credits and debits or a set of processes for producing the annual financial statement. As markets become increasingly competitive and operations grow more complex, organizations rely on quantitative analysis to predict behavior and identify cost savings and opportunities. In this course, Wharton will introduce students to common mathematical and statistical models, such as regression analysis and cost-volume profit analysis. Along with learning step-by-step processes for building these models, students will understand how to measure risk, calculate probabilities, and weigh alternatives.

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Additional Background: This is the final course in Wharton’s brand new “Business and Financial Modeling” specialization. Other courses in the series will cover spreadsheets, modeling risk and realities, and decision-making. To learn more about this specialization and register for it, click here.

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