FI410 Problems in Corporate Finance

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FI 410 Problems in Corporate Finance


F2J 2007 DN


Corder, J.B.


Adjunct Faculty


BA - Business

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Semester Dates

10/22 - 12/16

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM


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Credit Hours



FI 410 - Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, 8th edition



Ross, Stephen A. / Westerfield, Randolph W. / Jordan, Bradford D.


8TH 08




Richard D. Irwin, Inc.

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Additional Resources:
Hand outs and Excel spreadsheets will be used in class.

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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.

Educational Philosophy:

The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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. Explain the goal of financial management.
  2. Identify the difference between primary and secondary markets.
  3. Explain the difference 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. Calculate the net present value and other investment criteria used to make financial decisions.
  7. Define return, risk, and security market line.
  8. Explain financial leverage and capital structure policy.
  9. Determine how short term financial planning is accomplished.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Students are expected to have read the assigned material prior to class and be prepared to participate in discussions of the material.  Due to the limited number of classes and the volume of material, attendance is crucial to the successful completion of this course. 
Participation will be based on the student’s contribution and discussion of class material. 
 The individual presentation will be a Business Plan with an emphasis on the financial justification.  The presentation will be presented in class seven (15 minute limit) with a written report (no more than 10 pages).  Presentation and written report will include a summary of the company/opportunity, relevant financial data, expectations, and justification for position.


15% - Homework / Participation
15% - Individual Presentation
30% - Exams (6 each, 5.0 points each)
40% - Final Exam
"A" = 90% to 100%
"B" = 80% to 89.9%
"C" = 70% to 79.9%
"D" = 60% to 69.9%
"F" = 59.9% and below 

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 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:

 Please refer to the Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog.

Students are encouraged to discuss material during class. We will encourage open discussion of material and financial options available.
No cell phone/pages/PDAs/data cards.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

10/22 - 12/16
Week #1:
 - Chpt 1 and 2
Week #2:
 - Exam
 - Chpt 3 and 4
Week #3:
 - Exam
 - Chpt 5 and 6
Week #4:
 - Exam
 - Chpt 7 and 8
Week #5:
 - Exam
 - Chpt 9 and 10
Week #6:
 - Exam
 - Chpt 11, 12, and 13
Week #7:
 - Exam
 - Individual Presentations
 - Chpt 15, 16, and 20
 - Final Exam Review
Week #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 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

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: .


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