Financial Toolkit for Entrepreneurs and SME´s, 5 cr - ENT4HM104
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Based on personal competence needs the student can choose suitable content from a platform of alternative content. The student selects at least three alternatives. Some of these include contact lessons and some are virtual. The first contact lesson (where the student makes his/her course plan) is compulsory for everybody. Alternative offerings:
1) Interpretation and analysis of financial statements:
• Profit and loss statement
• Balance sheet
• Financial ratios (profitability, liquidity and solidity)
• Different factors affecting the financial statements
2) Investment and financing: the student understands is able to apply different investment calculations and is aware of different financing instruments on the global market
• Essential investment calculations
• Cash invested in business operations
• Different financing options and capital structure analysis
• Cash flow budgeting
• Acquisition in the small business environment
3) Business plan calculations: the student is capable of preparing calculations for the establishment of a company
• Cash flow calculations
• Profitability calculations
• Sales budgets/estimates
• Presenting and promoting calculations
4) Strategic management accounting: the student is capable of searching for and utilising diverse knowledge in strategy work as well as planning and appropriately measuring
• Management accounting that supports the strategic process
• Methods of strategic accounting and reporting in decision making
• Long term planning (model)
• Balanced Score Card based on business operations
5) Operational planning for managers: the student can identify and utilise planning tools in managerial work in an appropriate way
• Budgeting as a financial management tool – different budgeting methods
• Budgeting or not?
• Assessment, planning and follow-up of the business environment
• Operational monitoring indicators
• Developing own work and working tools
6) Pricing and revenue management: can utilise revenue management elements:
• Pricing and pricing strategies
• Pricing and capacity management
• Maximising returns in different customer segments and distribution channels
• Revenue management in their own work
• Product, service and customer profitability
Depending on the chosen content, the student will participate in related tutorials, self-learning, small group work, and online studies. The course also includes compulsory self-assessment.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
If students have acquired the required competence in previous work tasks, recreational activities or on another course, they can show their competence via a demonstration. The demonstration must be agreed with the course teacher. More information and instructions for recognising and validating prior learning (RPL) are available at https://www.haaga-helia.fi/en/recognition-learning Look at "Instructions to students (master)"
Materials will be published in the implementation plan.
This course replaces the following course in the previous curriculum:
- Talouden hallinta ja ohjaus
Starting level and linkage with other courses
Assessment criteria - grade 1
The student is able to count, use and analyse numerical financial and business information relevant to their own work duties. He/she is capable of communicating financial information based on the needs of their own target group. He/she is able to solve issues relating to their own work duties utilising financial information and is capable of arguing his/her point.
Assessment criteria - grade 3
The student is able to apply financial thinking from various angles and analytically calculate for planning and steering purposes. He/she is able to draw conclusions regarding the financial situation of an organisation understanding key drivers as well as considering different viewpoints in the development of operations. He/she is able to put into practice financial knowledge in their own organisation.
Assessment criteria - grade 5
The student is able to apply financial thinking from different viewpoints in a critical and profound way and analytically calculate the steering of operations. He/she can draw conclusions regarding the financial situation of the organisation, including key drivers as well as constructively consider different viewpoints in the development of operations. He/she is able to critically and extensively put into practice financial knowledge when leading their own organisation