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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Corporate Finance I: Measuring and Promoting Value Creation

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera


In this course you will learn how to use key finance principles to understand and measure business success and to identify and promote true value creation. You will learn how to use accounting information to form key financial ratios to measure a company’s financial health and to manage a company's short-term and long-term liquidity needs. You will also learn how to use valuation techniques to make sound business investment and acquisition decisions. Finally, you will learn how to incorporate risk and uncertainty into investment decisions and how to evaluate the performance of existing investments.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• Understand how companies make investment decisions that create value for shareholders
• Use accounting statements to measure the financial health of a company
• Forecast and manage a company’s short- and long-term liquidity needs
• Measure the contribution of a new project or acquisition to shareholder value
• Incorporate risk into investment decisions using the appropriate discount rates
• Evaluate the performance of a company or divisions of a company

This course was previously entitled Financial Evaluation and Strategy: Corporate Finance. The course received an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 based on 177 reviews over the period of September 2015 through August 2016. A detailed breakdown of ratings and reviews received for the prior version of the course, which is identical in content to the current course, is provided in the course orientation page.

This course is part of the iMBA offered by the University of Illinois, a flexible, fully-accredited online MBA at an incredibly competitive price. For more information, please see the Resource page in this course and

Taught by

Heitor Almeida


3.0 rating, based on 2 Class Central reviews

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  • Nomad
    Not impressed. Whilst the content on slides of acceptable, it is not complimented by the instructor. The instructor expects a certain level of existing knowledge and introduces results without explaining the calculation nor the source of the figures. Also, new terms are thrown in without any explanation. The exams are mutiple choice, with a change to gain an honors certificate. When I completed the extra honors, there was no one else dong the course, so maybe stay away from these.

    I'd recommend to read a "dummies type guide" beforehand.
  • Stefano completed this course, spending 13 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    The course is very interesting but I think the strength of this course in corporate finance is the application of acquired knowledge to real cases of multinationals with recent data.

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