Coming Soon: Making Capital Investment Decisions with eCornell

Learn the financial language and skills needed to make smart business decisions and advance your career.

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Coming Soon: Making Capital Investment Decisions with eCornell

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  • Total program takes 3 months
  • Each module lasts 2 weeks
  • 3-5 hours per week
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Course Description

Investopedia Academy has partnered with eCornell and Cornell University to bring you Making Capital Investment Decisions. This program, developed by Cornell University and Investopedia, provides you with a clear understanding of how to evaluate and choose the right projects to pursue at the right time, for the right price and with the right financing structure.

Your role as a manager includes participating in decisions about which projects make sense for the company and are likely to return a profit. In this course, you'll learn how to properly interpret and evaluate the following key concepts in regards to making successful capital investment decisions:

  • Net present
  • Value internal rate of return
  • Payback period
  • Discounted payback period
  • Profitability index
  • Equivalent annual cost
Working through the examples in this course using both a financial calculator and popular spreadsheet applications will help you practice applying the tools and strategies, and will set you up to make project decisions that lead to growth and profitability.


Cornell University Certificate

Students who successfully complete all six courses in the series receive a Financial Management Certificate from Cornell University.

HRCI Recertification:

The courses in this certificate series have each been approved for recertification credits toward PHR, SPHR and/or GPHR. Five (5) of the courses each are approved for six (6) Strategic Business Management recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification and one (1) course has been approved for six (6) General recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute. Please contact the Human Resource Certificate Institute (HRCI) for further information about certification or recertification.

PMI Certification:

Project Management Institute (PMI®) Continuing Certification: Participants who successfully complete this certificate program will receive 26.75 Professional Development Units (PDUs) from PMI®. Please contact PMI®for details about professional project management certification or recertification.

Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Professional Development Credits:

This certificate is valid for 36 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification.

*Participants in this certificate need one of the following financial calculators to complete four of the required courses:  Hewlett-Packard 12C or Texas Instruments BA II Plus. Both are available for purchase directly from While waiting for the physical calculator to arrive, you may wish to try this online emulator of the HP 12C.

About the Instructors

Scott Gibson
Scott Gibson Finance Professor - College of William and Mary Mason School of Business

Scott Gibson is a Professor of Finance and J.E. Zollinger Term Professor at the College of William and Mary Mason School of Business. His current research interests include optimal financing strategies for hospitality firms and the effect of institutional investor trading behavior on securities prices. His research has also been featured widely in the financial press, including articles in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Barron’s, Business Week, Bloomberg, Financial Advisor, and Institutional Investor. Before returning to his alma mater Boston College where he received a Ph.D. in Finance, Professor Gibson worked as an analyst with Fidelity Investments and as a credit team leader serving a Fortune 500 clientele with HSBC Bank. Lecturing about corporate finance and the creation of shareholder value, he has received numerous teaching awards at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels. He has also been named as an outstanding faculty member in Business Week’s Guide to the Best Business Schools.

Steven Carvell
Steven Carvell Professor, Cornell University

Steven Carvell is a professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Academic Director of the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration. He has taught finance courses at the School since 1986. Carvell’s research is directed toward new approaches to hotel valuation and investment decisions. Carvell has worked for professional money managers in applied strategy in the equity market and served as a consultant to the Presidential Commission on the 1987 stock market crash. He specializes in new approaches to valuation and risk analysis in feasibility studies, hotel debt capacity models, strategic benchmarking and economic value added analysis. Professor Carvell has conducted numerous specialized Executive Education seminars for some of the largest hotel companies in the world. Carvell holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Binghamton.

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