Operational Finance



Starts: 02 March 2020
Registration Closes: 28 February 2020

10 weeks

ZAR 13 500

Know “what to look for”, “where to find it”, and “how to analyse” financial data – for more strategic decisions and informed discussions

This unique and creative course unpacks the fundamentals of finance in an easily understandable and concise way over 10 weeks. It addresses one of the most essential management skills in a punchy, online format that helps new (and not-to-so-new) managers get to grips with critical principles of finance upon which successful businesses, projects and teams are built.

Learn from leading industry experts and meet your lecturer

Professor David Flynn – Professor David Flynn was the perfect choice to co-create content that talks to Red & Yellow’s conviction that ‘learning’ needs to keep pace with ‘life’ and be highly relevant to current industry needs, as well as being prepared for the future.

He not only comes with an impressive academic track record – Professor and Head of Department of Accounting at UCT, and Visiting Professor at Rhodes Investec Business School – he’s also been involved in the industry, as Head of Research at Old Mutual and Director and COO at Velocity Asset Management. He’s published and presented many academic papers – the one that caught our eye was “A model for techno-academic balance”, which he wrote in 1988 for the SA Journal of Higher Education.

This course is perfect for:

People who need a more thorough understanding of the commercial aspects of business, and what drives decisions that lead to profitable and sustainable outcomes.

Specifically, people who:

    • Specialise in skillsets other than finance or accounting - HR managers, who often have to do bookkeeping in smaller companies
    • Marketing managers
    • Production managers
    • Junior bookkeepers
    • Strategic decision-makers who need to understand finances and financial forecasting.
    • Have previously studied finance and accounting, and require a refresher.
    • Have recently been promoted to a management position and are now in charge of a team that impacts on the bottom line .


We’ve designed this course for the true working professional - so after 4 deep-dive modules, you get 5 full weeks to do your research project and put into practice all the theory you’ve learnt:

  • Module 1: Introduction to finance
  • Module 2: Financial reports and statements
  • Module 3: Interpretation and analysis
  • Module 4: Forecasting and planning


At the end of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Understand how to read, interpret and analyse financial data
  • Be able to forecast and ascertain financial health
  • Make strategic investment and business decisions
  • Understand the procedures and considerations in the budgeting process
  • Develop the ability to think critically and ask the right questions
  • Know how to avoid cognitive biases that all humans fall prey to


To qualify you need to meet the following requirements:

Nothing other than a need for finance to be demystified in a way that makes sense to you (as a non-finance person); the knowledge of what key financial indicators are important, and the know-how to enable you to apply what you’ve learnt in practice.

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