FI415 Financial Analysis and Planning

for S1E 2008

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FI 415 Financial Analysis and Planning


S1E 2008 PEI


Isakson, John P.


Senior Instructor


Bachelor of Technical Education
Master of Business Administration in Finance
Global Master of Arts in International Relations

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Camp Pendleton, School of Infantry

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Semester Dates

14 Jan 08 - 8 Mar 08

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 10:10 PM



Credit Hours



Analysis for Financial Management by Robert C. Higgins, 8th Edition.  ISBN-13:  978-0-07-304180-3

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Course Description:
Analysis of the financial aspects of corporate business planning, evaluation of financial performance, valuation analysis, risk analysis, management of growth. PREREQUISITE: FI 360. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The student will demonstrate an understanding of financial management analysis by reading and interpreting financial statements, evaluating company performance, and second-guessing company decisions. The student should be aware of current trends in the market with regards to this company and offer short term/long term recommendations for enhancing shareholder wealth.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Interpret the three basic financial statements to assess the overall health of the firm.
  2. Create pro forma financial statements to forecast future financial performance of the firm.
  3. Assess the firm's four key ratios as a predictor of sustainable growth.
  4. Evaluate the possible opportunities to raise capital for the firm and discuss the outcomes of each on the firm.
  5. Apply the discounted cash flow techniques and estimation of relevant cash flows to evaluate possible investment opportunities for the firm.
  6. Recognize how risk affects investment decisions of the firm and the trade-off with expected return.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

The student will read assigned materials and complete all ODD end of chapter problems for homework. The student will receive a midterm and final examination consisting of problems to solve and questions to answer. Students will keep themselves informed on current events as they pertain to Corporate Finance. Students should be prepared to brief an article from a current news outlet concerning business finance.


1. The student will be required to complete TWO comprehensive projects. These projects will entail selecting a publicly traded company, and performing an IN-DEPTH analysis on each company. Steps the student should take:

a. Select a company to evaluate.

b. Obtain a copy of the most recent annual report with financial statements for the last two years (usually included in the annual report).

c. Conduct research via all sources at your disposal, i.e. Internet, library, Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Standard and Poors, etc. to gather information on the history of the company, where they have been, where they are, where they are going, subsidiaries, product line(s), board of directors, historical data on stock and bond transactions, etc.

d. Prepare a research paper complete with supporting papers, footnoted, charts, graphs, etc. Be as complete and accurate as possible.

e. Analyze the financial statements. It is expected that the list of ratios in Fundamentals of Corporate Finance (Ross) will be computed and comparison data from comparable firms provided with a written analysis of how the company is performing relative to its competition. This data can be obtained from S&P, Barron's, or Internet. Copies of the financial statements must be enclosed with all computations shown on how the ratios were determined.

f. The stock must be tracked weekly for the duration of the project to include number of shares traded. Any information published about the company that impacts on the share value and quantity traded will be fully explained.

g. The student will give a stand up presentation complete with supporting media on the project.


Homework - 10
Projects - 50
Presentation - 20
Midterm Exam - 10
Final Exam - 10
Total - 100

Assignment of Course Letter Grades: The following will be used to assign course letter grades:

90 - 100............A
80 - 89........…....B
70 - 79.....….......C
60 - 69..…..........D
Below 60............F (three or more unexcused absences

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
A student who misses a class will be required to complete ALL end of chapter problems from the chapters missed. Assignments must be completed as assigned. Failure to submit materials when required could result in a grade of zero for that assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Learning the material in this class is founded on practice. The student must make every effort to complete assignments. It is understood that most students have full time jobs, families and are possibly taking other classes. That does not diminish class requirements as set forth in this syllabus. It is the student’s responsibility to prioritize his/her life to make time for this class and the work requirements. The course grade is contingent upon completing ALL syllabus requirements. Students will come to class prepared and be willing participants. Prerequisite courses will not be waived. This is a senior level class requiring intermediate algebra skills. The focus of instruction is on financial management, not teaching mathematics/algebra. These are prerequisite skills.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

05 Jun - Intro, Ch 1
12 Jun - Ch 2
19 Jun - Ch 3
26 Jun - Ch 4, Midterm, First Project due
03 Jul – Ch 5, 6
10 Jul - Ch 7
17 Jul – Ch 8
24 Jul – Final, Final Project due

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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