FI360 Financial Management

for S1Z 2009

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FI 360 Financial Management


S1Z 2009 ML


Degel, Thomas M.


Senior Adjunct Professor of Management/Finance


MBA, University of Montana, 1989
BBA, Gonzaga University, 1981

Daytime Phone

(406) 771-4423

Other Phone

(406) 452-1651


Semester Dates

January 5 - March 8, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM


AC 201;AC 202

Credit Hours


Brealey, Myers, and Marcus, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, Fifth Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2007.  ISBN 13-9780073226392.

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Course Description:
FI360 Financial Management: 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:
Financial Mangement is an inroductory course focusing on the definitions, terminology, and the fundamental tenets of finance. As such, a "hands-on" method is used to master financial concepts through the solving of financial problems and forecasts. The course provides an interactive learning environment focusing on critical thinking and the exchange of ideas to help students develop the knowledge, competencies and skills to attack advanced concepts in financial management.

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:

Students will be assessed (graded) on class participation, written assignments, and mid-term and final examinations. The Final Exam is the Core Assessment measure for this course. It is comprehensive and is a closed book, closed notes exam on the last scheduled class date. 


Learning the material in this course is important and is the main criteria the instructor will use to assign final letter grades.  As a result, Participation and Daily Assignments are more heavily weighted than in higher division classes. Attend class, be prepared, and participate.  Complete and hand-in assignments on time.  Exams: The Mid-Term Exam will include material from Chapters 1-9.  The Final Exam is the Core Assessment measure for this course. It is comprehensive and is a closed book, closed notes exam on the last scheduled class date. Students must achieve at least 60 percent on this exam to pass the course.  Assignments: All assignments must be completed and turned in prior to the Final Exam. Penalties will be assessed for late (unexcused) assignments and cases.

Final letter grades will be determined using the following measurements:
Assessment Percent Points
Class Participation 5 25
Assignments/Cases 45 225
Mid-Term Exam 20 100
Final Exam 30 150
Totals: 100 500
Final Grade: Percent Range Point Range
A 90-100% 450-500 pts
B 80-89% 400-449 pts
C 70-79% 350-399 pts
D 60-69% 300-349 pts
F Less than 60% Less than 300 pts


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:
Assignments submitted late may not be accepted and, if accepted, will received a percentage grading penalty per class period the assignment is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Attend class and be on time. Be prepared for class – read and be prepared to discuss the assigned readings, cases, and problems. Participate in class discussions – this is a very important part of your education. Be prepared for examinations – assigned readings will not always be reviewed in-depth, but examinations will be from both assigned readings and class lectures and discussions. My strategy is to vary methods and assignments to maintain interest in the course and to spark creativity. Classes will consist of lectures on assigned readings, presentations of problems and solutions, and discussions of current financial management problems or current domestic and global events.   


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Class Schedule/Topics



Introductions; Review of class meetings, attendance policies, assignments,and course expectations; Review of grading policies; Course overview; and, projects/assignments


Chap 1, Goals and Governance of the Firm and Chap 2, Financial Markets and Institutions  


. Chap 3, Accounting and Finance and Ch 4, Measuring Corporate Profit


 Ch 5, The Time Value of Money and

Chap 6, Valuing Bonds


Chap 7, Valuing Stocks and

Chap 8, Net Present Value and other Investment Criteria


Mid-Term Exam

Chap 11, Risk-Return and the Opportunity Cost of Capital


Ch 12, Risk-Return and Capital Budgeting and Ch 13, Weighted Average Cost of Capital


Ch 16, Debt Policy; Ch 17, Payout Policy


Ch 18, Long-term Planning; Ch 19, Short-term Planning; Ch 20, Working Capital Management


Review for Final Exam

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 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

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