Harvard Online Foundation Courses

Participants complete five Harvard Online courses before the start of the first term. These courses help in refreshing basic analytical concepts in Business Maths & Finance.
Quantitative Methods: An Online Introductory Course

A comprehensive online introduction to quantitative analysis for business, designed for incoming business students and applicable to a variety of settings where understanding the analysis of quantitative information is important. Underlying a business setting is a full introductory course that covers the standard topics addressed in an introductory business statistics text. Includes tests to assess learners' mastery of content; the assessment data are synthesised for course or program administrators to reveal not only how individual learners performed but how the entire group performed in each segment of the assessment tests, thus facilitating the systematic diagnosis of learners' strengths and weaknesses in quantitative analysis.

Financial Accounting: An Introductory Online Course

Introduces financial accounting in a management context. Students are encouraged to apply their learning throughout the course by using the many practice problems included. Includes pre-and post-test assessments. Through a separate interface, professors can access individual student scores as well as track their use of the product. Also incorporates a comprehensive glossary and help section. Learning objectives include understanding (1) basic financial accounting terms and concepts; (2) the financial statements--balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows--that firms use to describe their businesses; (3) the approach used to construct the financial statements; and (4) some simple ratios that capture key elements of firm performance. Subjects covered: Balance sheets, Cash flow statements, Financial ratios, Income statements

Finance: An Introductory Online Course

Ideal for an introductory finance course for incoming business students. This online course is designed to help students understand the basic principles of Corporate Finance, the essential tools for financial analysis, and introductory models and frameworks used in corporate financial decision making. The course presumes that students possess a working knowledge of financial accounting. To assess student strengths and weaknesses, the course includes pre and post-assessment tests, and professors can easily track progress and see exam results. Narrated animations and numerous exercises help students grasp difficult concepts quickly. It covers ratio analysis, cash cycle, pro forma forecasting, financial statement analysis, capital structure, time value of money, project valuation, WACC (weighted average cost of capital), DCF (discounted cash flow) analysis, CAPM (capital asset pricing model), valuation, and sensitivity analysis. Subjects covered: Capital structure, Financial ratios, Financial statements, Forecasting, Rates of return, Return on investment,

Spreadsheet Modeling

This online course reviews functionality in Excel 2007 to create and leverage spreadsheet models to analyse both simple and complex business problems. Topics include: introduction to excel functionality, using functions, IF statements, sensitivity analysis, pivot tables, carting importing data and using more complex excel functionality including Solver and Monte Carlo simulation. The course is ideal for helping students understand how to design and structure spreadsheets to maximize benefit in solving business problems. Narrated animations, videos, and numerous "do it yourself" exercises help students grasp difficult concepts quickly.

Maths for Business

Mathematics for Management reviews the key mathematics concepts students should be familiar with in order to solve quantitative problems in the MBA curriculum. This course is designed to level the playing field among incoming MBA students, regardless of prior professional or academic background. Mathematics concepts are organized into five separate sections: Algebra, Calculus, Statistics, Probability, and Finance