ESAF 500: Financial Admin


73816 (for web registration)




James Gruber






Spring 2011

Meeting Schedule:

Sat 1/15 (8:30AM-12:29PM)
Sat 2/5 (8:30AM-12:29PM)
Sun 1/16 (8:00AM-10:59AM)
Sat 3/5 (8:30AM-12:29PM)
Sat 4/2 (8:30AM-12:29PM)
Sat 4/30 (8:30AM-12:29PM)
Sun 2/6 (8:00AM-10:59AM)
Sun 3/6 (8:00AM-10:59AM)
Sun 4/3 (8:00AM-10:59AM)


Competency Areas Spring 2010 and earlier: RMC – Required; EAO, CB, Cert, EE and IND – Elective
Competency Areas Fall 2010: RMC-W weekend – Required; ASJS, CB, Cert, EE, SDS, SDCC- Methods or elective
Restricted to RMC-W, RMC and SDCC students from December 7 – 14; open to all ES students on December 15; others by written permission of instructor sent to Registrar’s office via Antioch email.

The overall goal of the course is to introduce students to the principles of financial administration as applied to the management of organizations. This course is designed for students with little or no financial background. There is an emphasis on governmental and non-profit organizations. The course has the objectives for the student to: become familiar with the language of finance, essential for those who will play a role in managing the financial resources of an organization; understand the basics of the financial system and its components; learn the principles of preparing an annual and capital budget; gain experience in setting up and using spreadsheets; develop skills in the analysis, interpretation, and use of financial information; become familiar with the principles of time value of money; review the principles of investment and retirement accounts; and become familiar with the key components of an annual financial audit and systems of internal control.

The course will focus on gaining competency in financial management skills as directed towards running an organization. It will briefly expose the students to accounting/book-keeping, primarily for the purpose of gaining an understanding of the language and the principles of accounting. Spreadsheet programs will be utilized as a primary tool in analyzing and presenting financial information. A number of case studies will be used to illustrate the principles of effective financial management.