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FI 360 Financial Management
Graybeal, Michael D.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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Course

FI 360 Financial Management

Semester

S2T 2008 DLD

Faculty

Graybeal, Michael D.

Title

Online Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MBA, WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

Office Hours

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday

Daytime Phone

781-858-5229

E-Mail

michael.graybeal@park.edu

Semester Dates

S2T 2008

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

AC201 and AC202

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Required Text: Foundations of Finance, The Logic and Practice of Financial Management 6/e

Author:Keown, Martin, Petty and Scott, Jr.
ISBN: 0-13-185605-7

Pearson Prentice Hall Publishers

Order Texts at: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm

Additional Resources:

http://www.pathfinder.com
http://www.businessweek.com
http://www.economist.com

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Course Description:
The role of financial management through the development of a framework appropriate for financial decision making. Emphasis on obtaining and effectively utilizing the funds necessary for the operation of an enterprise. Elements of financial planning, capital budgeting, and consideration of alternative sources of funds. Prerequisites: AC201 and AC202 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

This course is part of Park’s degree completion program, which is designed for adult’s who have previous college/university credits and/or work experience. Students are expected to read and follow all instructions as to how to format work, where to send it, and when it is to be completed, etc. If any of the materials in the course or instructions about what to do are unclear, it is the student’s responsibility to ask questions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the financial goals of the firm.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles that form the foundation of financial management.
  3. Evaluate financial statements including critical financial ratios.
  4. Calculate interest, rate, present value, and term of financial instruments.
  5. Determine values for stocks and bonds.
  6. Perform capital budgeting using more than one method.


Core Assessment:

The final exam for FI 360 will be the assessment tool used for this course. The exam will be comprehensive and the grade used to determine competency levels achieved by the students. The exam will be closed book and closed notes. The exam consists of multiple choice questions covering the chapter readings in the course and problems that examine the critical thinking, effective communication skills and technical skills of the student. Partial credit will be given for the problems.


Class Assessment:

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:

  • Homework Assignments/Group projects
  • Mid Term Exam
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Instructor evaluation/class participation which is made up of the following factors:
    1. Posting your introduction to the conference during the first week of the course.
    2. Posting comments on any related activities in the discussion threads each week.
    3. Team work - which includes joining/forming a team during week 1 and submitting the week 2-8 assignments with your team.
    4. Having a completed, correct proctor form submitted by the end of week 4. There is a link to the proctor form provided below.
    5. Attending class each week - meaning being active with your team. I ask each team leader to report if someone did not participate during a week because Park makes me report to it.
    6. Responding to my request for teammate evaluations during week 8.
Other course related activities.

Grading:

Homework =                                                  40% of grade
Mid term exam (3rd week) =                           15% of grade
Comprehensive Examination (8th week) =        30% of grade
Instructor evaluation/class participation etc. =  15 % of grade
Total =                                                          100%

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:
Each week's work must be completed by Midnight EST on Sunday. Homework not turned by the due date, but which is turned in no more then 7 days late, will receive 1/2 the score it would have received otherwise. Homework not received within 7 days of the due date will not be scored. No work received after the last Saturday of the online term will be scored.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students should use eMail for private messages to the instructor and other students. The Conference Area is for public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class.

All students will participate in weekly Online discussions. Conventions of "on-line etiquette," which include courtesy to all users, will be observed.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 - Chapters 1 and 2
   -Read chapters 1 and 2
   -Class Activities: Introduction to online computer conference learning. Introduction & discussion of syllabus/assignment   schedule.
  • On-line Conference Assignment: Check into the conference room. Leave a brief introductory message in the Introductions thread telling me and your classmates a little about yourself - where you are, your e-mail address, your phone number (including area code), what experience you have related to the course subject matter, and anything else you think might be relevant to this course. Feel free to experiment. Try to get comfortable with the format.

      Find people you can team with. We'll use teams of 3 or 4 people each to do assignments starting this week if you have a team put together, and no later than week two. I recommend finding someone with different experiences and background than you have so that you can support each other. Individual assignments WILL NOT not be accepted for week 2.

     If there is anything in the readings that you don't understand or would like to discuss further, post a question to the Q & A thread in the conference and I or a peer will respond. You are taking this course because you don't know the material - therefore, I expect a lot of questions. Everyone can learn from the questions others post.

  • Weekly Discussion Questions/Writing Assignment: after you finish the readings for Week 1, look into the Assignment 1 thread in the conference for questions and/or cases studies. I (your instructor) will post questions and/or case studies for you to analyze and prepare answers/solutions. Send your solutions to me by Midnight on Sunday.
  • I prefer that all assignments be done by your teams. I understand that some of you may not be able to get with a team in time to do this first assignment with your team mates and so I will accept this first assignment only from individuals if necessary.

Make sure that this assignment is delivered to the instructor via e-mail not later than Sunday. Please name the assignment/attachment with your name and not something generic. Use something like Team1 and not something like OB1 or Week 1. Remember that late assignments will not receive full grade credit!

Week 2 - Chapters 3 and 4
   -Read Chapters 3 and 4
   -Class Activities:
  • On-line Conference Assignments:
    1. Conference with your classmates. By now you should have found 2 or 3 others that you can team up with for your homework assignments. There should be either 3 or 4 members to each team. This week's assignment is to be submitted by the team.

With the team, find a web site that relates to our topics this week and post it in the conference. This means that each team is to find one web site for the week. Use the Week 2 Web sites thread.

<!--If there is anything in the readings that you don't understand or would like to discuss further, post a question to the Q & A/ Discussion thread in the conference and I or a peer will respond.

<!--Also, if you would like to try an on-line chat send an email to me and we can set up a time to meet.

<!--Weekly Discussion Questions/Writing Assignment: after you finish the readings for Week 2, look into the Assignment 2 thread in the conference for questions and/or case studies. I (your instructor) will post questions and/or case studies for you to analyze and prepare answers/solutions. Consolidate your answers into one e-mail with each member's name on it and submit it to the instructor.

<!--Send your solutions to me by Midnight on Sunday.

<!--Proctors: If you haven't yet located someone to proctor your exam you should begin looking now. You can't complete the course without one and finding one at the last minute may be impossible. I'd like to know who your proctor is not later then week 4. As soon as Park has the proctor forms ready for you to use, I'll let you know.

Week 3 - Chapters 5 and 6
   -Read Chapters 5 and 6
   -Individual Activity

Mid-Term exam: I will send an email message to each of you with questions that will serve as a mid-term exam. You are to work alone on this and email your response directly to me. The question will be based on the readings up to this week and will require you to demonstrate that you understand what you have read so far. This should take no more then one hour - probably less then 30 minutes if you are up to speed on the readings.

Class Activities:

    1. On-line Conference Assignment: If you haven't already done so, either work out a rotation schedule of who will lead the team; someone who will consolidate team member's answers and submit them. The team leader can decide how the work is to be done, lead discussions on any topic, and make sure everyone has copies of the material submitted. Teams will be graded on the quality of the work submitted.

 2.  At the end of the course I will ask each of you to rate the contributions of your fellow team members. If someone does not contribute to the team's effort, the other members of the team should reflect that in the rating assigned. These ratings will be personal email to me and I will not share the individual ratings.

  • Weekly Discussion Questions/Writing Assignment: after you finish the readings for Week 3, look into the Assignment 3 thread in the conference for questions and/or case studies. I (your instructor) will post questions and/or case studies for you to analyze and prepare answers/solutions. Consolidate your team's answers into one e-mail with each member's name on it and submit it to the instructor.
  • Make sure that this assignment is delivered to the instructor via e-mail not later than Sunday!
  • Proctor Forms: Proctor forms are due next week. Send a properly completed proctor form to the instructor not later than the Saturday that ends the fourth week.
Week 4 - Chapters 7 and 8   
   -Read Chapter 7 and 8
   -Class Activities:
    • On-line Conference Assignments:
      1. Work with your team to prepare thoughtful, insightful answers to the questions and case situations posed.
      2. With the team, find a web site that relates to our topics this week and post it in the conference. This means that each team is to find one web site for the week. Use the Week 4 Discussion thread.  
    • Weekly Discussion Questions/Writing Assignment: after you finish the readings for Week 4, look into the Assignment 4 thread in the conference for questions and/or case studies. I (your instructor) will post questions and/or case studies for you to analyze and prepare answers/solutions.
    • Team Leaders: Consolidate your team's answers into one e-mail with each member's name on it and submit it to the instructor.
    • Send your solutions to me by Midnight on Sunday.
    • If you haven't sent your proctor form to the instructor already, it is due now.
Week 5 - Chapters 9, 10, and 11
   -Read Chapters 9, 10, and 11
   -Class Activities:
    • On-line Conference Assignments:
      1. Work with your team to prepare thoughtful, insightful answers to the questions and case situations posed.
      2. With the team, find a web site that relates to our topics this week and post it in the conference. This means that each team is to find one web site for the week. Use the Week 5 Discussion thread.  
    • Weekly Discussion Questions/Writing Assignment: after you finish the readings for Week 5, look into the Assignment 5 thread in the conference for questions and/or cases studies. I (your instructor) will post questions and/or case studies for you to analyze and prepare answers/solutions.
    • Team Leaders: Consolidate your team's answers into one e-mail with each member's name on it and submit it to the instructor.
    • Send your solutions to me by Midnight on Sunday.
Week 6 - Chapters 12 and 13
   -Read Chapters 12 and 13
   -Class Activities:
    • On-line Conference Assignments:
      1. Work with your team to prepare thoughtful, insightful answers to the questions and case situations posed.
      2. With the team, find a web site that relates to our topics this week and post it in the conference. This means that each team is to find one web site for the week. Use the Week 6 Discussion thread.
    • Weekly Discussion Questions/Writing Assignment: after you finish the readings for Week 6, look into the Assignment 6 thread in the conference for questions and/or cases studies. I (your instructor) will post questions and/or case studies for you to analyze and prepare answers/solutions.
    • Team Leaders: Consolidate your team's answers into one e-mail with each member's name on it and submit it to the instructor.
    • Send your solutions to me by Midnight on Sunday.
 
Week 7 - Chapters 14 and 15
   -Read Chapter 14 and 15
   -Class Activities:
    • On-line Conference Assignments:
      1. Work with your team to prepare thoughtful, insightful answers to the questions and case situations posed. The assignment is due by Midnight of the Sunday that follows the end of this week (week 7).
      2. With the team, find a web site that relates to our topics this week and post it in the conference. This means that each team is to find one web site for the week. Use the Week 7 Discussion thread.
    • Weekly Discussion Questions/Writing Assignment: after you finish the readings assigned for Week 7, look into the Assignment 7 thread in the conference for questions and/or cases studies. I (your instructor) will post questions and/or case studies for you to analyze and prepare answers/solutions.
    • Team Leaders: Consolidate your team's answers into one e-mail with each member's name on it and submit it to the instructor.
    • Send your solutions to me by Midnight on Sunday.
Week 8 - Chapters 16 and 17
   -Read Chapter 16 and 17
   -Class Activities:
    • *** Comprehensive Examinations will be administered this week. *** Arrange a time with your proctor to take the Examination so that it can be in my hands not later than Saturday of this week (week 8). The exam will consist of mostly multiple choice questions with the possiblitiy of a few true or false questions.

There are additional details under the Comprehensive Examination and Proctors threads in the conference.

Be sure your proctor sends your answer sheet to me not later than Saturday. You must find a proctor who can send it electronically, either via FAX or email. Snail mail is no longer acceptable. It must be in my hands by Saturday midnight of week 8 as I must turn in grades by Tuesday. This is your responsibility!

Please complete the Student Opinion Survey form. I'll provide the address as soon as Park provides it to me.

    • Last, but not least, I want each of you to assess each of your team member's contribution to the team effort. You can make your comments directly to me via e-mail. This evaluation will be part of the score each of you receives for class participation. Other parts of this score are related to your individual postings during the term - introductions, timeliness of assignments, following instructions for homework and the examination, completing the Instructor and Course evaluation, etc.

Everything must be to me by Midnight Saturday of this week. Nothing submitted after this time can be considered for your grade!

 

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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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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