NPM380

Financial Management for the Non-Financial Manager

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of financial management for the non-financial manager. It is intended for managers responsible for the operations of non-profit organizations who will not have direct responsibility for setting up accounts and accounting. The material assumes little to no formal background in accounting and finance.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Oliver Hamilton $795.00 9 Register
Online - Oliver Hamilton $810.00 35 Register

For online offerings, registration may close up to two business days before the course begins. Your course begins on the first date listed and ends six days after the last date listed. The interim dates/times are not your actual online class times.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Use basic accounting concepts in a non-profit environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of accounting and deferred contribution accounting in a non-profit environment
  • Work through the budgeting decision process while considering the relationships between planning, budgeting and control
  • Explain role of finance in assisting with decision making
  • Manage budgets and cash flows
  • Demonstrate an understanding of internal controls and the role they play in meeting organizational objectives
  • Manage performance at organizational, business unit and individual level

How will I learn?

  • You will work within scheduled start and end dates, as well as assignment timelines.
  • Your study schedule will be entirely up to you. In some cases, we may ask you to meet online with your class and your instructor or a guest at a specific time, but these sessions will be recorded for future viewing if you are unable to attend.
  • Expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week on reading, online discussions, course work and supplementary activities, such as viewing assigned videos.

How will I be evaluated?

This course is assessed on a competency-based scale of Pass or Fail. You will be evaluated based on a variety of methods, such as online participation, individual assignments, journals, project-based work and course papers. Assignments build upon the significant level of real-world experience that most participants bring to the course. You must successfully complete all Non-Profit Management courses to receive a full program certificate.

Textbooks and learning materials

You will access all course materials online.

Hardware and software requirements 

We deliver this course using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

English language requirements

To meet course demands, you should have an advanced level of English. If English is not your first language, we recommend you complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5. If you have any questions or concerns about your English language proficiency, we encourage you to contact us.