The course aims to give an overview of the ways that business is related to, and interacts with individuals, groups and institutions. It is aimed at anyone interested in the business field and is particularly suitable for prospective business school students.

During the course, you will be introduced to terminology and concepts of the functional areas of business. Another skill that the course aims to develop is the ability to interpret and analyse the legal, social and ethical issues facing business today. Additionally, you will gain a basic familiarity with the financial system, sources of business financing, and various types of financial statements.

About the course


  • Define the roles of government in controlling business.
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of the three forms of business ownership.
  • Explain the differences between the major financial statements.
  • Identify sources of business financing.
  • Explain stocks, bonds, financial institutions and the role of the Federal Reserve System.

Starting date: 18 May, 2015

Length: 4 weeks

Effort: 2-3 hours/week

Language: English

Institution: OECx

Instructors: Brandi Ulrich and Kipp Snow

Platform: edX