BSLL 4101 - Finance for Non-Financial Managers: Demystifying Financial Information and Informed Decision Making

  • Noncredit

Emphasizing the importance of financial data on the decision-making process, Finance for the Non-Financial Manager allows non-financial business executives and professionals to become better users of financial information so they can be more strategic contributors to their organization. No matter what functional background you have — strategy, marketing, engineering, or operations — you'll learn concepts around finance in a straightforward, easy-to-grasp manner, enabling you to use finance instruments to add value when your company makes growth and strategic allocation decisions.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Important Information

Student will write a problem statement indicating a business problem they are hoping to solve by taking this class and submit it by email. If they do not have a specific problem statement, this is not required.


Frank S. Smith
Frank S. Smith

Dr. Frank Smith received his BSE from the Air Force Academy, MBA from Chapman University and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. His research includes Exchange Traded Funds, Market valuation, market efficiency and options financial modeling. Frank has published sixteen articles in seven years as a professor. They include topics ranging from financial distress and bankruptcy to the efficiency of exchange traded funds verses mutual funds. He has won three separate awards both for teaching and research.

Having started and owned his own business, Frank brings real world experience into the classroom. He has also performed consulting work for both regional banks and nationally recognized nonprofit organizations. He is proud of his two CFA Global Investment Challenge MidSouth Regional winning teams as well as the first-place award for the hybrid division for the student managed fund he developed and ran at his previous school. He is a husband and father of two and enjoys road biking, golf and spending time with his family.