Indigenous Studies (INST) 450

Financial Management for First Nations Institutions and Organizations (Revision 1)

INST 450 course cover

Delivery Mode: Individualized study or grouped study (check locations)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Centre: Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research

INST 450 is not available for challenge.

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Overview

First Nations leaders, board members, directors and managers are required to make decisions within their realm of responsibility on a daily basis. These decisions can have significant impacts on the organization or community served by the decision-making body. Decisions have financial implications, so it is extremely important that decision makers understand good financial management practices. Good financial management is a complex issue in any publicly funded organization, and these complexities are magnified in First Nations organizations.

INST 450: Financial Management for First Nations Institutions and Organizations provides an introduction to financial management issues in First Nations organizations. In the context of this course, financial management encompasses how governments link public policies (decisions and actions of the government) to the allocation of resources, and how the public and their elected representatives hold governments accountable for the allocation and management of public money.

How can decision makers develop a sound understanding of the issues First Nations governments and organizations must contend with and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for effective management of financial assets? This course is designed as a first step: it offers a perspective on good government and develops a foundation for understanding legitimate, accountable and transparent financial management structures that are culturally appropriate to First Nations.

Outline

INST 450: Financial Management for First Nations Institutions and Organizations is divided into nine units listed below.

  • Unit 1: Overview: Financial Management for First Nations Governments and Organizations
  • Unit 2: Financial Information and Processes
  • Unit 3: First Nation Funding Arrangements
  • Unit 4: Introducing Own Source Revenues
  • Unit 5: Accountability Principles and Frameworks for First Nations Governments
  • Unit 6: Planning and Budgeting
  • Unit 7: Risk Management
  • Unit 8: Financial Management of Capital Projects
  • Unit 9: Auditing

Evaluation

Your final grade in INST 450 is based on the grades you achieve on two tutor-marked assignments and a final examination. To receive credit for the course, you must achieve a grade of ā€œDā€ (50 percent) on the examination, and a minimum overall course grade of ā€œDā€ (50 percent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Case Study Assignment Research Essay Final Examination Total
20% 30% 50% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

The course materials include a study guide, student manual, and a reading file.

Current Grouped Study Locations

Current as of: July-06-2016 10:45

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Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, May 11, 2009.

Updated May 19 2016 by Student & Academic Services