Free Online Course on Managing the Household Balance Sheet

The Open University is offering free online course on Finance Fundamentals: Managing the Household Balance Sheet. This course has been developed by The Open University Business School – a pioneering institution that is triple accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.

In this four week course, applicants will explore household assets (investments and property) and liabilities (debts) and examines how these should be managed. This course will start on August 7, 2017.

Course At Glance

Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 3 hours/week
Subject: Finance Fundamentals: Managing the Household Balance Sheet
Institution: The Open University and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on August 7, 2017

Providers’ Details

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning.

Since it began in 1969, the OU has taught more than 1.8 million students and has almost 220,000 current students, including more than 15,000 overseas.

About This Course

Finance Fundamentals: Managing the Household Balance Sheet starts by looking at borrowing and debts. We get to grips with the factors that drive interest levels. We look at the differences between ‘good’ debts and ‘bad’ debts and at the way lenders credit score those seeking to borrow money.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and understand the different forms of borrowing and the cost of debt
  • Explore the different ways to invest and the returns provided by different investments
  • Identify and understand how to buy and sell property
  • Explore the ways to plan for a pension income
  • Identify and understand how to compile a household balance sheet and to measure the risks associated with it

Requirements

For further information about registration, the final assessment course, your eligibility and the BA in Business Management, visit the Open University website. The Open University does not operate in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. This means that Learners based in those countries will not be able to convert their participation in this Program to Open University course credits.

Instructors

Martin Upton

I am Director of the True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance (PUFin) at the OU Business School. Previously I was Treasurer of Nationwide Building Society.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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