Understanding Cost Policy: ORA 1101

Intended audience
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Time to complete
3 hours
Course contact
Verdu-Cano, Catalina

Course Summary

This is an introductory course that discusses Stanford's accounting system, cost reimbursement policies, and the structure and use of the Chart of Accounts in Oracle Financials.

Do you want authority for approving transactions in Oracle Financials? 

This course is the first of three required for staff to be granted authority for approving transactions in Oracle Financials. It is also recommended for anyone initiating transactions in the Oracle Financials System.

The material is divided into modules so you can fit the course into your life. You don’t have to read all the modules at once, although many people do. You can come and go in whatever way works for you. You can go back and review modules anytime before you take the final test to receive credit. You can audit the course material if you do not want to receive credit. And this course is always available as a desktop reference.

How to Get the Most From This Course

To begin learning, use the navigation menu on the right side of every page where each module is listed. Read the learning objectives. Answer the self-assessment questions at the beginning of each module to find gaps in your knowledge of the topics covered in that module.

Read the information in each module at your own pace. Go back as many times as you like to review if you don't understand. Answer the questions in the sections titled Check for Understanding. Keep a list of questions to take to the workshop.

Open the links and documents located at the bottom of each page in the section titled Related Items. This will help you get familiar with the DoResearch website which is the most comprehensive resource for research administration at Stanford. Research administration is complicated, so knowing where to get current accurate information that is vetted by the University is key. Subject matter experts from all parts of the University contribute and update the content daily. The website is sponsored by the Dean of Research.

About the Final Test

You are required to pass a final test to receive credit for this course. You will find a link to it in the last module. 

If you take the instructor led format instead of the online course, go to the last module and take the final test after you attend the course.


  1. Understanding Cost Policy: Financial Basics
  2. Understanding Cost Policy: Stanford's Accounting System
  3. Understanding Cost Policy: Financial Transactions
  4. Understanding Cost Policy: Final Test

Your course progress

Log into DoResearch to start this course and view your progress.

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