Business Finance

Learn the basic concepts and theory of corporate finance and how it relates to business strategy in the Canadian context. This course emphasizes the role of the financial manager in the process of maximizing shareholder wealth as well as the financial decision-making process as it relates to other levels of management. Topics include financial ratio analysis, budgeting, short- and long-term financing, the time value of money, investment decisions, capital budgeting and risk, financing decisions, capital structure, and dividend policy.


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

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Cathy Zhang $649.00 28 Register

Course schedule: Classes run online from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

What will I learn?

After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role that corporate finance plays in enabling a firm to survive change and competition
  • Determine the effect of the financial environment on your organization
  • Calculate the time value of money
  • Compute the effect of risk and return on the cost of capital and the value of your organization
  • Determine a firm’s optimal mix of working capital

How will I learn?

This university-level course may consist of a combination of lectures, workshops, case studies, examinations, projects, papers, assignments, and group presentations. It requires at-home study and preparation. You can expect reading and other assignments on a weekly basis.

How will I be evaluated?

We'll evaluate your performance in this course using a combination of assignments, exams, individual or group projects, participation and attendance. 

Textbooks and learning materials

Course fees do not include textbooks or other materials. We recommend you purchase your textbooks as soon as you've registered.

You will also need a business financial calculator for this course. 

Foundations of Financial Management by Block, Hirt et al. (2018, 11th ed., ISBN: 9781259268892).  An ebook is available through the publisher McGraw-Hill.

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.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.

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