Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Professionals


Regardless of your field or industry, you need to acquire a basic understanding of financial terms and concepts in order to succeed in business. This introductory course provides you with an overview of accounting methods, standards and terminology, and teaches you how to use financial information in everyday business transactions.

For More Information, Contact:

Isabel Avalos
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  • Phone: (312) 362-5295
  • FAX: (312) 362-8764

Who Should Attend

  • New and existing supervisors/managers
  • Professionals who want to enhance their existing career in business
  • Career changers who want to develop their business skills


  • Basic accounting concepts: Understand fundamental accounting concepts and terms and learn how to use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to ensure that your organization follows sound accounting practices.
  • Business accounting: Gain an overview of the types and characteristics of assets an organization may encounter—current assets, long-term assets, intangible assets and natural resources—and how to manage them.
  • Understanding financial statements: Learn to prepare and interpret four financial statements-income statements, balance sheets, cash flow statements and stockholder equity statements.
  • Budgeting essentials: Find out how to create and enforce a budget by analyzing financial statements, setting objectives and monitoring performance.
  • Profit planning: Learn cost analysis, pricing and breakeven analysis.
  • Analyzing financial statements: Discover the various tools available for analyzing financial statements.
  • Capital budgeting: Learn financial modeling for decision-making, including time value of money concepts, risk and capital budgeting and capital budgeting tools, such as Internal Rate of Return (IRR) and Net Present Value (NPV).

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is there a required textbook?
Yes. One textbook is required for class: Accounting: What the Numbers Mean, 11th Edition, by Marshall, McManus, and Viele, McGraw-Hill Education [ISBN-13: 978-1259535314].
Is the textbook included in the tuition?
No. The book is not included in the required course fees. Students are responsible for purchasing or renting the book by the first day of class.
Is the course taught in class or online?
The course is taught in class on DePaul’s Loop Campus. It is not offered online.
What is the course schedule?
The course runs four weeks and meets once/week in the evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. See “Course Availability” below for program dates.


Online registration is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Add the course you are interested in to your shopping cart and proceed to checkout. Registration is also available via phone, fax or mail. An Adobe Acrobat PDF of the registration form is provided for your convenience.

Course Availability

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FPEC 123-00
Richard Hohol
Mondays, October 5 - 26, 2020, 6:00 - 9:00 PM The class will meet via Zoom.
1.2 CEUs
12 Contact Hours
Required Fees: Price
Registration - Late fee of $75 applied to all registrations received after 4/20/2020$650.00