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Fundamentals of Accounting (online)

What does the profit and loss statement or the balance sheet tell us? What are the key financial indicators? How can I assess the profitability of investments? And what are the key principles of budgeting? How can I use accounting in support of strategic business management?

Fundamentals of Accounting is a cost-effective and flexible online course on basic financial and management accounting. By enrolling, you will learn everything experts and management need to know about financial matters.

The Fundamentals of Accounting online course provides participants with comprehensive basic skills in financial and management accounting. The course comprises 19 video lectures, with a duration of approximately ten minutes each. It also includes exercises that enable students to evaluate their mastery of each theme area. The total duration of the course is approximately six hours.

This course is also ideal as pre-study material for the training programs offered by Aalto EE. Participants can revise the fundamentals of accounting before participation in the course's contact teaching module, allowing the class to focus on the special questions concerning their organizations and business areas.

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By completing the course, the participant will get
an Aalto EE Fundamentals of Accounting certificate worth 0.5 ECTS.

"Expectations met 100%.”

"I have learned a lot during the course and have now a good understanding to deepen my learning on financial subjects."

(Feedback from participants)

Gain a comprehensive understanding of key concepts and terminology in accounting

Online exercises to check your mastery of each theme

Over 2,500 participants have developed their skills through the Fundamentals of Accounting online course

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The course provides a cost-effective and flexible way of improving the accounting skills of managers and experts. It is also a means of providing selected teams, groups, or departments with a uniform skill level. The course allows flexible study patterns. You will be able to decide on your schedule and the speed at which you progress.

Improve your skills and get assistance you in your work. Gain confidence in your ability to understand financial concepts
Obtain comprehensive basic skills, while learning how to master key accounting terminology and interpret relevant economic indicators


New Learners
This course is aimed at managers accountable for financial results and experts willing to learn the fundamentals of accounting and the skills required in interpreting financial indicators.

Learners in Need of Revision
The course is suitable for those who need to revisit or acquaint themselves with the basic concepts of accounting and the contexts in which they are typically used. It also provides excellent preparatory training for students before enrolling in any of the training programs offered by Aalto EE.


Accounting can be regarded as the language of business. Those who wish to operate successfully in a management position in any organization must understand and be able to speak this language. The Fundamentals of Accounting online course will cover the main areas of accounting and its key concepts. The aim is to provide a basic understanding of concepts, methods, and uses of accounting. The course will cover, e.g.:

  • What you can read from the profit and loss statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement
  • How can you analyze the financial performance of an organization by using key performance indicators
  • How you can assess the profitability of products, services, and customers
  • How you can evaluate the performance of different kinds of organizations
  • How to conduct financial planning
  • How accounting can support various decision-making situations


Program structure

19 video lectures

Online exercises to check your mastery of each theme

Total duration of study including exercises 7–8 hours


Teemu Malmi

Teemu Malmi is Professor of Accounting at Aalto University School of Business. He specializes in managerial control systems, strategy implementation and cost, and profitability accounting.

Professor Malmi has served as a consultant to a large number of companies from different industries, e.g. Computers, Electrical, Energy, Finance, Food processing, Furniture, Health Care, Media, Metal and Engineering, Paper and Pulp, Pharmaceuticals, Rental Services, Retail, telecom and Transportation/logistics. He has also served ministries, municipalities and hospitals.

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