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Financial Management Tools and Techniques

All managers must have a basic understanding of financial management concepts, capital markets and instruments and the trade-offs between financial risk versus gain. Explore the latest tools and techniques in financial management to help you make better informed, responsible and sustainable financial decisions.


About this microcredential

This microcredential will help you develop your understanding of the latest tools and techniques in financial management, preparing you for responsible and sustainable leadership using the financial management perspective.

You will explore a framework around financial analysis and modelling, as well as business, risk and investment evaluation, focusing on four main areas:

  • Assessment of an organisation's financial health
  • Planning of the organisation's future financial performance
  • Financing of the organisation's operations
  • Evaluation of business and investment opportunities for the organisation.

Emphasising the application of tools and techniques to real-world problems in financial management, this course will ensure that you are able to apply the knowledge towards the solution of related problems in your current work context and circumstances.

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential is designed to equip participants to:

  • Learn how to make sense of information in companies’ financial statements and how this should influence decision-making
  • Learn how to sustainably manage and grow investments in corporate contexts
  • Learn to manage cash flow and evaluate investment opportunities to optimise your balance of risk versus return.

This microcredential aligns with the 3 credit point subject, Applied Financial Management (25720) in the Executive Master of Business Administration (C04424).

This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential covers concepts widely applicable to a broad range of industries and roles within the public and private sectors. Specifically, this course may be useful for:

  • Leaders, managers, and professionals responsible for, or involved in, financial decision making
  • Entrepreneurs, start-ups, as well as their financiers or investors, who are looking to understand how a financial management perspective can influence sustainable business decision-making and growth
  • Current or prospective board members looking to develop their financial literacy
  • Anyone with the need to understand company financial statements and how they impacts decision making.


Full price: $2,988 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

Course outline

The following topics will be covered during the microcredential:

  • Financial analysis and performance
  • Forecasting and growth management
  • Financing operations
  • Investment and risk analysis.

Course delivery

This course is delivered online using a range of resources, self-directed study and live interactive sessions with the academic. Course content will be presented to participants online in a variety of formats, including lecture slides, notes, videos and articles.

At the beginning of the unit, participants are expected to review materials and complete tasks on their own before attending online review sessions with the lecturer (sessions are spread over the learning period). Materials will be provided on the learning management system, but participants are also expected to seek information independently. Feedback will be given following formative assessment and during the online sessions.

Course learning objectives

On successful completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Describe the role of financial management in evaluating the financial health and performance of an organisation
  • Apply financial management techniques to financial analysis and financial modelling problems
  • Assess financial decisions relating to investment, financing and risk management.


Assessment task 1

Online quiz (individual) - weighting: 45%

  • Ability to identify and appraise financial management techniques
  • Accuracy of the financial analysis and modelling
  • Soundness and accuracy of investment and risk management decisions made.

Assessment task 2

Scenario and case analysis (individual) - weighting: 55%

  • The suitability of the methodology used
  • The accuracy of the numerical, graphical, and verbal analysis
  • The critical interpretation of the results of this analysis
  • The structure of the report and clarity of presentation.

In order to pass the microcredential, participants must achieve at least 50% of the course’s total marks and complete both assessments.



  • To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas.


Discounts are available for this course as follows:

  • 5% discount for UTS alumni
  • 5% discount for strategic partners
  • 5% discount for 2 enrolments in UTS Business School microcredentials (same person or same organisation)
  • 10% discount for 3 or more enrolments in UTS Business School microcredentials (same person or same organisation)

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to obtain your discount voucher code

  • Please contact the team at with your student number, strategic partnership details or details of group enrolments, to obtain your discount voucher code. 

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number in your UTS Open Profile (under “A bit about you”). If you have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
  • Add this course to your cart 
  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the “Have a code?” prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button. 






7 wks


Avg 10 hrs/wk

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