Best Free MOOCs In Business For July

Introduction to Financial Accounting

School: Wharton School of Business

Platform: Coursera

Registration Link: REGISTER HERE

Start Date: July 11 (4 Weeks)

Workload: 6-8 Hours Per Week

Instructor: Brian Bushee

Credentials: An instructor in Wharton’s Executive Education program, Professor Bushee also teaches the Introductory Financial Accounting course in the MBA program and Wharton’s Seminar for Business Journalists. As a teacher, he has won Wharton’s Excellence in Teaching Award, along with the Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award for being the faculty member “who has exemplified outstanding teaching quality during the last year.” Before teaching, Bushee worked in the private sector for CoreStates Financial Corporation and Coopers and Lybrand LLP.

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 $95 fee per course.

Description: This course is divided into 10 modules, which cover topics like balance sheets, income statements, cash flows, capital assets, liabilities and debt, and stockholder equity. By the end of course, students will be able to analyze financial statements and annual reports and understand how accounting standards and managerial incentives shape financial reporting processes. Although the course relies on PowerPoint slides and case study videos to share content, Professor Bushee will pause the proceedings to ask questions and facilitate short discussions. The course also includes eight homework assignments and two exams.

Review: “I signed up for this thinking I’d get a refresher but soon realized the instructor, Brian Bushee, is a gifted teacher. He has a way of explaining things that drill right to heart of confusion for students and makes things perfectly clear using examples, problems, and snarky cartoon students that ask just the right question. He also knows how to have fun and can even sing (but not very well). I found myself looking forward to learning the next part of each video. He’s really THAT GOOD!” For additional reviews,
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Additional Information: This course is part of a “Business Foundations” specialization, a four course series that covers marketing, financial accounting, operations, and corporate finance. To learn more about these courses and register for them, CLICK HERE.