FI360 Financial Management

for F1J 2008

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FI 360 Financial Management


F1J 2008 IN


Heathcock, Geoffrey H.


Adjunct Faculty


M.B.A. - Accounting
B.A. - Mathematics
Certificate - Stanford University Investment Management Program

Office Location

6400 W. 110th Street, Suite 204  Overland Park, KS

Office Hours

By Appointment (Saturdays, 9-5 preferred)

Daytime Phone



Web Page

Semester Dates

August 18 - October 12, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours




·         Fundamentals of Financial Management   Brigham and Houston, 11th Edition, Thomson-South-Western, ISBN # 0324319800. Textbook can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore


·         Financial calculator will be required for this course to perform calculations related to time value of money, future values, present value, interest rate calculations, and valuations of stocks and bond prices. The teacher will be using a BA II Plus made by Texas Instruments.

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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: AC 201 and AC 202. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

  • This is a demanding course that moves very quickly. Don’t fall behind, for each chapter is like a building block to the next. Make sure you not only understand the mechanics (the how’s) of the chapter’s text, but also the concepts (the why’s). For if you don’t understand the concepts, subsequent material will be difficult to comprehend.
  • Expect to spend 2 out-of-class hours for every hour in class.
  • There are eight (8) classroom sessions. Students are expected to be prepared for class, attend class, and fully participate in classroom discussions and activities.

To be successful in the business world today, you must possess the ability to think critically and to develop well-reasoned solutions based on the information available. This course will develop this skill by:

  • Focusing on turning the available information into actionable business decisions.
  • Providing an understanding of a range of financial management concepts used for planning, evaluating and conducting financial decision-making. 
  • Viewing concepts from the perspective of a corporate financial analyst, an investment analyst and a business executive.

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:

A detailed Syllabus will be provided at the first class that will contain all of the assignments and problems for each week of the class.

Weekly Assignments:- Beginning in week 1, read the week’s chapters and review the problems for these chapters. During each class, there will be to work on weekly assignments and review each Chapter for the week.  The purpose of these assignments is to reinforce your knowledge of our topics and give you the opportunity to demonstrate your analytical and writing skills. All assignments should be type-written and show all work used to derive your solution. Hand written assignments will be given full credit if I can read your handwriting. I will give partial credit if your logic is partially correct, but your answer is not correct. We will discuss each assignment thoroughly in class. There will be a total of 8 assignments in the class.
Midterm Project – Chapter 9: Stocks and their Valuation - Problem 26.
Final Project – Chapter 10: The Cost of Capital - Problem 22.

Final Presentation and Paper: A final presentation and paper will be given on the last night of the class. The scope and expectations of the final project will be described in the first week. Further guidance will be provided during the class. The student will examine a Kansas City publicly traded company and prepare a 3-5 page analysis entitled “The financial health, quality of management, and value of the company.” During the last week of class, each student will present his paper to the class. Each student will select their own company and have it approved by the teacher.

Class Participation:Class participation points are gained through actively contributing in class, demonstrating understanding of the material and helping classmates to better understand the concepts of the course. There will be class time for group problem solving and presenting results to the class. Actively engaging in this activity will also be a large contributor to the class participation grade.  


 Course Evaluation and Grading:


Pct of Grade

Weekly Assignments (8)


Midterm Project


Final Project


Final Presentation and Paper


Class Participation




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:
  Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments are due at the start of class. If a student is not attending a class, the assignment should be e-mailed to the instructor by the time the assignment is due. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that assignments are received by the instructor. Late assignments will be reduced by one grade. To receive any credit for a late assignment, the paper must be turned-in by the start of the next scheduled class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 Phones and Pagers: 

Should be turned off or put on non-audible signal during class. Use of phones during class is considered disruptive and discourteous.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topics (more details provided on the attached):

Week 1 - Chapter 1: An Overview of Financial Management /  Chapter 2: Time Value of Money

Week 2 - Chapter 3: Financial Statements, Cash Flow, Taxes

Week 3 - Chapter 4: Analysis of Financial Statements / Chapter 5: Financial Markets and Institutions

Week 4 – Chapter 7: Bonds and their Valuation / Chapter 8: Risk and Rates of Return

Week 5 – Chapter 9: Stocks and their Valuations

Week 6 – Chapter 10: The Cost of Capital / Chapter 11: The Basics of Capital Budgeting

Week 7 – Chapter 16: Working Capital Management / Chapter 17: Financial Planning and Foresting

Week 8 - Final Presentations / Chapter 21: Mergers and Acquisitions

               Final Presentation and Paper

The student will examine a Kansas City publicly traded company and prepare a 3-5 page analysis entitled “The financial health, quality of management, and value of the company.”  During the last week of class, each student will present his paper to the class.  Each student will select their own company and have it approved by the teacher.


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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

Additional Information:

A detailed Syllabus will be provided at the first class that will contain all of the assignments and problems for each week of the class.

Week Summary of Syllabus


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