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Centre for Business Management (CBM)

Course in Financial Management

Qualification code: 71293

Effective financial management is of vital importance to any company, particularly if it aims to improve its profitability, liquidity and solvency. The purpose of this course is to teach managers the fundamentals of financial management. The course is aimed at persons with no financial background.

Duration of the course 
Six months.

Registration requirements
A National Senior Certificate (NSC), Grade 12 or equivalent qualification.

An achievement rating of at least 4 for either Accounting or Mathematics, or an achievement rating of at least 5 for Mathematical Literacy is recommended. However these are not admission requirements.

Students must complete the following compulsory modules:

Code  Module
CFIN01F  Introduction to Financial Management
CFIN02G  The Management of Working Capital

Evaluation and examination
Students will be assessed by means of one assignment per module.

A formal two-hour examination for each selected module will be written at official Unisa examination centres. To pass a module, a student must obtain a minimum of 50% in the examination.

On successful completion of the course a certificate will be posted to students.

NQF Level
NQF level 6
24 credits

Advanced study opportunities
Students who have succesfully completed the course may apply for exemption from the following module of the BBA and BCom degrees offered by Unisa:

  • Financial Management (FIN2601)(previously MNF2023)


Teaching  method
Distance education by means of study guides, tutorial letters and assignments.

Students must acquire the following prescribed book:
Marx, J, De Swardt, CJ, Beaumont-Smith, M, & Erasmus, P. 2010. Financial Management in Southern Africa. 3rd edition. Cape Town: Pearson.

Students must also acquire the following financial calculator:

Registration, commencing date and fees

  • First semester: 26 November 2012 to 25 January 2013
  • Second semester: 3 June 2013 to 12 July 2013

Course fees
Click HERE for course fees

On receipt of your registration form and the minimum amount, the prescribed study material for all the selected modules, as well as a unique student number, will be dispatched to you. Students must commence their studies as soon as they receive their study material.

The programme commences once a student has downloaded his/her study material from (Printed study material is also available, but it will take a while to reach students by mail).

Students must submit the following simultaneously when registering:

  • a Centre for Business Management registration form containing their details
  • a copy of their national senior certificate (NSC) or highest academic qualification
  • a copy of the first page of their ID
  • the minimum payment

Applicants must please indicate qualification code 71293 on their registration forms.

Access to in order to download study material is only possible once the above-mentioned documents and payment have been received.

On-line registration:
One may register on-line at

Enquiries about progress with registrations may be directed to  Alternatively call Coert at  Tel (012) 429 4949 or Gerhard at Tel (012) 429 6723 during office hours Mondays to Fridays.

Should you not be able to register on-line, registration forms may be obtained from: 

Lecturer responsible for this programme 
The following lecturer can assist a student in helping him/her understand the contents of his/her study material once a student is registered:

Prof J Marx
Cell:  082 883 1772