Finance Fundamentals: Project Evaluation with NPV
What you'll learn
- Learn how to Build a Simple Financial Model in Excel
- Be able to calculate the Net Present Value (NPV) for a Project and apply the NPV decision criterion to accept or reject the project on a financial basis.
- Develop a Pro-Forma Income Statement from a set of Project Assumptions
- Carry out Scenario Analysis on their model using Microsoft Excel's Data Tables and Goal Seek Function
- Carry out Scenario Analysis with Excel's Data Tables and Goal Seek function
- Calculate Free Cash Flow of a Project from Scratch
- Understand the Time Value of Value
- Understand the role and purpose of Net Present Value
- Apply Mid-Year Discounting
- Calculate the Terminal Value or Continuing Value for a Project
- We will be doing plenty of hand calculations to illustrate the mechanics of the formula, before diving into Excel Spreadsheet to tackle the more in depth exercises.
- Basic Mathematics, as we will be playing with numbers :)
- Basic computer skills
- Microsoft Excel for Building Financial Models
- Pen and Paper for Calculation Exercises (or Tablet and Stylus)
This is an introductory course designed for people who would like to gain a better understanding of how financial theory is used in project and business evaluation.
By the end of this course, you will be able to take your project/business ideas, and translate them into a simple financial model which will help you decide if the project is financially sound.
If you come from a non-finance background, but would like to learn finance fundamentals, as well as understand what is required to build a simple financial model in Microsoft Excel, then this is the course for you. I give you all the excel templates and exercise questions so that you can follow along. After all, learning by doing is the best approach to make the information stick!
The focus of this "Finance Fundamentals" course will be Project Evaluation with Net Present Value. You do not need to have any prior knowledge, and I have tried my best to structure the course so that the material builds logically on each other. We will start by looking at the time value of money concept, before moving onto simple present value type calculations. After this, we will look more closely at Net Present Value as a capital budgeting decision tool. I will then walk you through how to develop a simple pro-forma income statement so that you can estimate the Free Cash Flows for your own project.
Throughout the course, I use a combination of slides, calculation type questions, and excel exercises to help cement your understanding of the subject matter. All templates are provided so that you can follow along, and get the most out of the material.
- Time Value of Money
- Present Value and Discounted Cash Flow Analysis
- Net Present Value
- Calculating Free Cash Flows
- Pro-Forma Income Statements
- Calculating Terminal Value / Continuing Value
- Discounting Adjustments
- Looking at Risk
- Brief overview of Internal Rate of Return (IRR) and Payback Periods
I will be trying my best to continual improving the course as time goes on, by adding more exercises and solution videos to the course.
Feel free to message me any questions you may have about the course. I will try my best to answer them as promptly as I can. I hope to see you inside :)
Who this course is for:
- Anyone that wants to improve or gain finance knowledge and skills
- Anyone that wants to understand how Project are evaluated from a financial perspective
- Anyone interested in financial modelling
- Anyone interested in learning how to calculate items such as present value, free cash flow, depreciation, terminal value, NPV, IRR, or payback periods.
- This is an Introductory Course. No prior knowledge in finance is required.
I hold a Bachelor Degree in Engineering, and a Masters in Commerce from the University of Queensland, Australia. Since graduating (the first time), I have worked in multiple industries, including the mining sector as a reliability and project engineer, and the building sector as a HVAC and sustainability engineer.
I carried out my first professional "teaching gig" while working on a remote mine site, where I put together a training program for the tradesmen which covered the maintenance & troubleshooting of high-pressure conveyor brake systems. It is as exciting as it sounds, but at the time it was critical, and also necessary to help our team avoid hydraulic injection injury; real nasty to endure and treat... I'll spare you the details.
After 3 years in the field, I went back to University to get my Masters in Commerce, as I had this deep desire to try and understand both the business and finance world.
- Studying Engineering helped me understand the physical and material world.
- Studying Business helped me understand the human world, and helped me rationalized a lot of the seemingly "illogical" things big businesses tend to do.
While at the University of Queensland, I was lucky enough to hold teaching positions at various different levels, and have taught in the following areas:
- Managerial Finance
- Corporate Finance
- Cost of Capital
In my last role at the University of Queensland, I worked as a Course Coordinator and Finance Lecturer, and was responsible for teaching cohorts of over 400 students. During the same period I also dabbled within the Energy and Regulation Sector.
So.. What brings me here?
Well, for me, I wanted to be part of the online learning movement. I am really passionate about online education, and truly believe it will be core to all our futures. My hope is that online education will help give everyone access to the best information and education. This I think is truly important, particularly as the cost of traditional education continues to increase.