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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Learn about capital markets in free online course

"The University of Melbourne's free online course on capital markets starts soon." continues The Australian Financial Review.

This free online course from the University of Melbourne covers financial analysis and corporate decision making. 
Photo: The Australian Financial Review

The University of Melbourne is moving forward with the second part of its multi-course free online program on financial analysis and corporate decision-making. A new course, The Role of Global Capital Markets, starts on July 6 on the Coursera massive open online course (MOOC) platform. It promises to help learners "develop an understanding of the key financial markets commonly available to CFOs and investors looking to maximise value while managing risk".

The course follows on from the first unit, The Language and Tools of Financial Analysis. Two more courses are to come and then a capstone project, in which students take the role of a financial adviser. The latter is necessary for those who want to earn a certificate, which costs $445. However, the first four courses are free for those who do not want to do the capstone. All of the courses are presented in conjunction with financial services house BNY Mellon.

The suite of courses make up what Coursera calls a "specialisation" – a learning package that gives students some systematic knowledge in a particular field. The recommended background for the courses is knowledge of simple statistics and algebra, plus familiarity with Excel spreadsheets.

Source: The Australian Financial Review