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FI 410 Problems in Corporate Finance
Cormier, Nicholas,, Jr.


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CourseFI 410 Problems in Corporate Finance
SemesterF2AA2004
FacultyCormier, Nicholas
TitleSenior Professor
Degrees/CertificatesDoctor of Education
Masters of Science in Management
Master of Education
Daytime Phone210-945-0498
E-MailNicholas.Cormier@park.edu
mnickii@aol.com
Semester DatesOctober 25, 2004 to December 19, 2004
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time5:00 - 7:30 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Ross, S.A., Westerfield, R.W., Jordon, B.D., Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, McGraw-Hill, Irwin, Boston, MA.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Course Description:
A study of selected problems in financial management including short and long-term financial analysis and planning, trade-credit analysis, capital budgeting; use of case analysis.  Pre-requisite: FI360.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructors philosophy  is one of interactiveness.  There will be lectures, small cooperative groups, and student presentations.

Learning Outcomes:
The objectives of this course is for each student to be able to:
1. Explain the goal of financial management.
2.  Explain the difference between primary and secondary markets.
3.  Explain the diference between average and marginal tax rates.
4.  Describe the short term and long term solvency or liquidity measures.
5.  Explain the financial planning model.
6. Explain the net present value and other investment criteria used to make financial decisions.
7.  Explain return, risk, and security market line.
8.  Explain financial leverage and capital structure policy.
9.  Explain how short term financial planning is accomplished.

Course Assessment:
There will be two examinations. Students will be required to write two article summaries, and present one article summary to the class.

Grading:
Class Participation  - 10%
Article Summaries    - 23%
Mid-Term Exam        - 33%
Final Exam           - 33%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are due on the date scheduled.  If an assignment is late the student will receive a zero for the assignment.  Students will be allowed to submit a late assignment if they have an excused absence that resulted in the late submission of the assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting scheduled deadlines.  All cell phones and pagers must be turned off during class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week                 Topic(s)
1         Overview of corporate finance.  Financial
         statements and long-term financial planning.

2        Valuation of future cash flows

3        Capital budgeting

4        Mid-Term Exam

5        Risk and Return

6        Cost of capital and long-term financial policy
       
7        Short-term financial planning and management,
        and special topics in corporate finance

8        Final Exam


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101
Academic honesty is required of all members of the learning community.  Cheating or plagiarism on test, examinations, papers or other course assignments will not be tolerated.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given a failing grade or be expelled.

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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