Announcing New Financial Accounting Course Offered in Collaboration with HBX

In collaboration with HBX, a digital learning initiative from the faculty at Harvard Business School (HBS), Harvard Summer School has announced the addition of a Financial Accounting Principles online course to be offered in summer 2018. This course was first offered in spring 2018 at Harvard Extension School.

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V.G. Narayanan

V.G. Narayanan, HBS professor and instructor of Financial Accounting Principles

Taught by HBS professor V.G. Narayanan, this course expands on the accounting course of the HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe) program—an online program designed by HBS faculty teach the fundamentals of business—and offers students the opportunity to earn college-level credits.

Professor Narayanan is the Thomas D. Casserly, Jr. Professor of Business Administration and has been teaching accounting at Harvard Business School for the last 20 years. His course aims to provide students with a foundation in financial accounting, covering the basics of profit, revenue, assets, and liabilities. Students will learn to prepare financial statements, interpret a balance sheet, and analyze a cash flow statement. Through short-video lectures, cases featuring real companies, interactive exercises, and virtual online sections, students will emerge with a deeper understanding of financial accounting methodology and application in a number of business scenarios.

“Sound understanding of basic accounting is essential to successfully communicate in the business world regardless of your role,” said HBS professor V. G. Narayanan. “This collaboration provides a platform to extend this fundamental knowledge to emerging and practicing business professionals beyond the HBX CORe experience. It also offers an expansion of the course curriculum to include more in-depth assignments, practice, and assessments to provide a strong foundation in accounting for students who are applying this course towards a certificate or degree program.”

“Through this latest collaboration with HBX and Professor V.G. Narayanan, we have the exciting opportunity to further extend the expertise of Harvard’s premier faculty and resources and deliver an innovative and quality education to students across the globe,” said Huntington D. Lambert, dean of continuing education at Harvard University.

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Register for Financial Accounting Principles

Registration for summer courses is open through May 21. Late registration ($200 late fee applies) is open May 21 through June 27.

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To read more about HBX CORe, visit the HBX website.

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