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Business and Finance Fundamentals

Develop your fundamental business and finance skills

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  • £1091 for 54 weeks
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Business and Finance Fundamentals
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Develop your fundamental business and finance skills, with the prospect of earning 30 credits towards a business management ba, with this flexible program of online courses from the open university business school.
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£1091
Duration
54 weeks

The Business and Finance Fundamentals program will help you develop valuable skills for today’s business environment.

From communicating with customers to managing projects with success, creating financial plans to weighing up investment options, you’ll gain an awareness of a wide range of business and finance areas, which will boost your effectiveness at work today and your long-term employability tomorrow.

Accessible for free on desktop, tablet or mobile and delivered in bite-sized chunks, the eight courses in this program provide a flexible way to support and demonstrate your continuing professional development (CPD).

Holders of FutureLearn Certificates of Achievement for all eight courses can earn 30 UK credits towards The Open University Business School’s BA in Business Management by passing a linked Open University assessment course (requiring separate OU registration and fee).

For further information about registration, the final assessment course and the BA in Business Management, visit the Open University website.

☆☆☆☆☆ (0) 5th Aug, 2019
<h2 id="visualise-plan-manage-and-evaluate-projects-successfully">Visualise, plan, manage and evaluate projects successfully</h2> <p>Whatever the type or scale of your project, delivering great results, on time and budget, is always a challenge.</p> <p>This online course introduces you to the essential skills and processes that support successful project management and helps you apply them to your own context.</p> <p>While other project management courses propose complex methods and techniques, this course will give you the skill-set to play an active role in a project environment right away.</p> <p>You will also gain confidence with project document templates in Word, Excel and Powerpoint, as well as some web tools for project management.</p> <p>This course is aimed at those already or likely to be involved in projects whether professional or personal. It assumes no prior project management or business knowledge.</p> <p>Whether you’re at the start of your career and need an introduction to the subject, or you’ve been managing projects for years and are seeking to reflect on your experiences, you will get a lot out of this formal, yet practice-oriented, learning experience.</p> <p>For further information about registration, the final assessment course, your eligibility&nbsp;and the BA in Business Management, visit the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/choose/mooc-busman">Open University website</a>.</p> <p>This course is supported by the <a href="https://www.apm.org.uk/">Association for Project Management (APM)</a>, the chartered body for the project profession. APM is committed to developing and promoting project and programme management through its <a href="https://www.apm.org.uk/about-us/apm-5-dimensions-of-professionalism/">FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism</a>.</p> <p><strong>IMPORTANT!</strong> If you are aiming to use your study of courses in the Business and Finance Fundamentals program to obtain academic credit, please be aware that the final planned presentation of the Open University Assessment Course BXM191 Business and Finance Fundamentals in Practice starts October 2020. Please ensure that you allow yourself enough time to obtain all eight Certificates of Achievement from courses in the program before registering for the Assessment Course. Details of runs of the relevant FutureLearn courses in 2019 and 2020 are available <a href="https://ugc.futurelearn.com/uploads/files/cd/6a/cd6a154b-fdb0-4af9-8ff2-b320bd3fdc3a/Business_and_Finance_Fundamentals_2019-2020_dates.pdf">here</a>.</p>
☆☆☆☆☆ (0) 16th Sep, 2019
<h2 id="discover-how-to-engage-customers-through-relationships">Discover how to engage customers through relationships</h2> <p>When did you last do business with someone you didn’t trust? Or who broke a promise? Building a relationship with your customer involves time, communication and commitment, but the benefits are a sure way to help your business succeed and grow.</p> <p>This online course introduces the principles of relationship marketing, revealing long-term relationships as the way to unlock value for marketers, customers and other stakeholders.</p> <p>Even if you have never considered marketing to be relevant to you personally, the ideas shared in this course will reveal how you can benefit from it – at work or elsewhere.</p> <p>This course is intended for anyone looking to develop and strengthen relationships with their customers or other stakeholders and does not require any previous experience of studying relationship marketing.</p> <p>For further information about registration, the final assessment course, your eligibility&nbsp;and the BA in Business Management, visit the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/choose/mooc-busman">Open University website</a>.</p> <h3 id="academic-credit">Academic credit</h3> <p>If you are aiming to use your study of courses in the Business and Finance Fundamentals program to obtain academic credit, please be aware that the final planned presentation of the Open University Assessment Course BXM191 Business and Finance Fundamentals in Practice starts October 2020. Please ensure that you allow yourself enough time to obtain all eight Certificates of Achievement from courses in the program before registering for the Assessment Course. The start dates of the relevant FutureLearn courses in 2019 and 2020 are available <a href="https://ugc.futurelearn.com/uploads/files/cd/6a/cd6a154b-fdb0-4af9-8ff2-b320bd3fdc3a/Business_and_Finance_Fundamentals_2019-2020_dates.pdf">here</a>.</p>
☆☆☆☆☆ (0) 5th Aug, 2019
<h2 id="build-your-network-and-personal-brand-online-and-in-the-real-world">Build your network and personal brand, online and in the real world</h2> <p>Networking is a fundamental skill, which will help you take control of your career. This online course introduces the principles of networking, to help develop your personal brand in the world of work.</p> <p>You will craft and get feedback on an elevator pitch about your role and talents. You will learn how to analyse the value of your connections, whether you are seeking a new job or to be more effective in your current role.</p> <p>You will also find out how to create and manage your digital presence for networking on social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook.</p> <p>This course is intended for anyone looking to enhance and develop their professional network in order to open up opportunities and strengthen their professional relationships. The course does not require any previous experience of studying networking.</p> <p>For further information about registration, the final assessment course, your eligibility&nbsp;and the BA in Business Management, visit the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/choose/mooc-busman">Open University website</a>.</p> <p><strong>IMPORTANT!</strong> If you are aiming to use your study of courses in the Business and Finance Fundamentals program to obtain academic credit, please be aware that the final planned presentation of the Open University Assessment Course BXM191 Business and Finance Fundamentals in Practice starts October 2020. Please ensure that you allow yourself enough time to obtain all eight Certificates of Achievement from courses in the program before registering for the Assessment Course. Details of runs of the relevant FutureLearn courses in 2019 and 2020 are available <a href="https://ugc.futurelearn.com/uploads/files/cd/6a/cd6a154b-fdb0-4af9-8ff2-b320bd3fdc3a/Business_and_Finance_Fundamentals_2019-2020_dates.pdf">here</a>.</p>
☆☆☆☆☆ (0) 24th Jun, 2019
<h2 id="improve-your-written-and-verbal-communication-skills">Improve your written and verbal communication skills</h2> <p>Faced with a daily deluge of information, we have never had greater need of clear communication skills.</p> <p>This online course offers you a practical grounding in using a range of communication media, to boost your personal effectiveness, save you time and reduce your stress levels.</p> <p>You will discover the principles of writing influential emails, reports and proposals. You will find new confidence in your ability to make convincing presentations and conduct productive meetings. And you will develop communication approaches that are sensitive to cultural and personal differences.</p> <p>This course is intended for anyone seeking to develop their fundamental business skills, whether to increase their employability or secure a promotion. The course does not require any previous study of communication.</p> <p>For further information about registration, the final assessment course, your eligibility&nbsp;and the BA in Business Management, visit the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/choose/mooc-busman">Open University website</a>.</p> <p><strong>IMPORTANT!</strong> If you are aiming to use your study of courses in the Business and Finance Fundamentals program to obtain academic credit, please be aware that the final planned presentation of the Open University Assessment Course BXM191 Business and Finance Fundamentals in Practice starts October 2020. Please ensure that you allow yourself enough time to obtain all eight Certificates of Achievement from courses in the program before registering for the Assessment Course. Details of runs of the relevant FutureLearn courses in 2019 and 2020 are available <a href="https://ugc.futurelearn.com/uploads/files/cd/6a/cd6a154b-fdb0-4af9-8ff2-b320bd3fdc3a/Business_and_Finance_Fundamentals_2019-2020_dates.pdf">here</a>.</p>
☆☆☆☆☆ (0) 24th Jun, 2019
<h2 id="find-out-how-to-manage-your-income-and-expenditure-more-effectively">Find out how to manage your income and expenditure more effectively</h2> <p>This online courses explore how current economic conditions impact household finances, before showing you how to manage yours more effectively.</p> <p>You will find out whether you have bad financial habits and how to address them; discover a simple four-stage model for making sound financial decisions; examine the two components of household budgeting – income and expenditure – and how to manage them; and look at a key area of household spending – insurance.</p> <p>The Open University’s Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance created this course, with the generous support of True Potential LLP.</p> <p>For further information about registration, the final assessment course, your eligibility&nbsp;and the BA in Business Management, visit the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/choose/mooc-busman">Open University website</a>.</p> <p><strong>IMPORTANT!</strong> If you are aiming to use your study of courses in the Business and Finance Fundamentals program to obtain academic credit, please be aware that the final planned presentation of the Open University Assessment Course BXM191 Business and Finance Fundamentals in Practice starts October 2020. Please ensure that you allow yourself enough time to obtain all eight Certificates of Achievement from courses in the program before registering for the Assessment Course. Details of runs of the relevant FutureLearn courses in 2019 and 2020 are available <a href="https://ugc.futurelearn.com/uploads/files/cd/6a/cd6a154b-fdb0-4af9-8ff2-b320bd3fdc3a/Business_and_Finance_Fundamentals_2019-2020_dates.pdf">here</a>.</p>
★★★★★ (1) 16th Sep, 2019
<h2 id="ensure-your-investments-are-effective-and-match-your-risk-return-appetite">Ensure your investments are effective and match your risk-return appetite</h2> <p>Research shows that UK households are poor at investment management, with a limited understanding of choices, risks and returns. This could mean that many people cannot afford to retire in future.</p> <p>This online course will give you the tools to avoid this nightmare. You will study investment choices, and the risks and returns of each; investment strategies and your risk-return appetite; and behaviours that can impair effective investment decisions.</p> <p>The Open University’s Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance created this course, with the generous support of True Potential LLP.</p> <p>For further information about registration, the final assessment course, your eligibility&nbsp;and the BA in Business Management, visit the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/choose/mooc-busman">Open University website</a>.</p> <h3 id="academic-credit">Academic credit</h3> <p>If you are aiming to use your study of courses in the Business and Finance Fundamentals program to obtain academic credit, please be aware that the final planned presentation of the Open University Assessment Course BXM191 Business and Finance Fundamentals in Practice starts October 2020. Please ensure that you allow yourself enough time to obtain all eight Certificates of Achievement from courses in the program before registering for the Assessment Course. The start dates of the relevant FutureLearn courses in 2019 and 2020 are available <a href="https://ugc.futurelearn.com/uploads/files/cd/6a/cd6a154b-fdb0-4af9-8ff2-b320bd3fdc3a/Business_and_Finance_Fundamentals_2019-2020_dates.pdf">here</a>.</p>
☆☆☆☆☆ (0) 5th Aug, 2019
<h2 id="start-to-manage-debt-investments-property-and-pension-funds-effectively">Start to manage debt, investments, property and pension funds effectively</h2> <p>This online course will help you manage the household balance sheet, by looking at four key assets and liabilities.</p> <p>You’ll explore debt, and how it affects credit scores and your ability to borrow; investments, including savings accounts, bonds, shares and holdings in funds; property, and the costs and risks of buying and selling it; and pension funds, including how to properly plan and save for your retirement.</p> <p>The Open University’s Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance created this course, with the generous support of True Potential LLP.</p> <p>For further information about registration, the final assessment course, your eligibility&nbsp;and the BA in Business Management, visit the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/choose/mooc-busman">Open University website</a>.</p> <p><strong>IMPORTANT!</strong> If you are aiming to use your study of courses in the Business and Finance Fundamentals program to obtain academic credit, please be aware that the final planned presentation of the Open University Assessment Course BXM191 Business and Finance Fundamentals in Practice starts October 2020. Please ensure that you allow yourself enough time to obtain all eight Certificates of Achievement from courses in the program before registering for the Assessment Course. Details of runs of the relevant FutureLearn courses in 2019 and 2020 are available <a href="https://ugc.futurelearn.com/uploads/files/cd/6a/cd6a154b-fdb0-4af9-8ff2-b320bd3fdc3a/Business_and_Finance_Fundamentals_2019-2020_dates.pdf">here</a>.</p>
☆☆☆☆☆ (0) 5th Aug, 2019
<h2 id="see-whats-changed-in-the-financial-services-industry-in-the-last-decade">See what’s changed in the financial services industry in the last decade</h2> <p>The financial crisis of the late 2000s transformed the UK financial services industry. This online course takes stock and examines the industry today.</p> <p>You will review the history of the industry leading up to the financial crisis; examine its institutions and the issues they now grapple with; walk down the financial supermarket aisles and see what’s changing with the products on offer; and find out how the industry is now regulated and protects consumers.</p> <p>The Open University’s Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance created this course, with the generous support of True Potential LLP.</p> <p>For further information about registration, the final assessment course, your eligibility&nbsp;and the BA in Business Management, visit the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/choose/mooc-busman">Open University website</a>.</p> <p><strong>IMPORTANT!</strong> If you are aiming to use your study of courses in the Business and Finance Fundamentals program to obtain academic credit, please be aware that the final planned presentation of the Open University Assessment Course BXM191 Business and Finance Fundamentals in Practice starts October 2020. Please ensure that you allow yourself enough time to obtain all eight Certificates of Achievement from courses in the program before registering for the Assessment Course. Details of runs of the relevant FutureLearn courses in 2019 and 2020 are available <a href="https://ugc.futurelearn.com/uploads/files/cd/6a/cd6a154b-fdb0-4af9-8ff2-b320bd3fdc3a/Business_and_Finance_Fundamentals_2019-2020_dates.pdf">here</a>.</p>
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