FI415 Financial Analysis and Planning

for F1J 2007

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FI 415 Financial Analysis and Planning


F1J 2007 IN


Malone, Dee Ledford


Adjunct Faculty


BSBA-Finance, University of Missouri-Columbia
MBA-Finance, University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Semester Dates

August 21 - October 9

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM


FI 360

Credit Hours


Robert C. Higgins, Analysis for Financial Management, 8th edition, Irwin.  ISBN 9780073041803

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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.  Pre-requisite: FI360 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is based on a combination of lecture, dialogue, readings and application.  Students are strongly encouraged to attend classes and participate in the discussion to enhance their learning.

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:
Students will be evaluated based on two examinations, homework, course project and classroom participation.


Students may earn a possible 400 points in this course.  The first exam, which covers Chapters 1-4, is worth 100 points.  The second/final exam will be worth 150 points and cover all chapters (weighted more heavily towards Chapters 5-8).  Two homework assignments will be collected randomly, which will be worth 30 points.  Classroom participation will earn the student up to 20 points.  The course project will be worth 100 points.
The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework ad tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

Grading Scale:

90% - 100%    A                                                                                                                                     
80% -  89%     B                                                                                                                                        
70% -  79%     C                                                                                                                                     
60% -  69%     D                                                                                                                                   
Below 60%       F                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Note: Grading on the curve at the end of the semester will be at instructor's discretion and will most likely not occur.

The final exam for all School of Business and Management courses must be passed with a grade of 60% or higher in order to pass the course regardless of the overall average.  The grade for students who pass the proctored final will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course.  The final exam must address only material which the student has been taught in class.

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 Associate Dean.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
If a student cannot submit course materials on time, he or she must contact instructor prior to deadline.  Late work is subject to a 10% point loss per day.  Students should make every effort to take exams on time as schedule will be posted several weeks in advance.  If a student cannot take the test, a make-up exam must be scheduled prior to the test date.  Failing to do so will result in a zero for the exam.  Make-up exams are at the discretion of the instructor and should be avoided if at all possible.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
To the benefit of all students, everyone is encouraged to listen and participate in an appropriate manner.  Those who disrupt the learning of their fellow students will be asked to leave the classroom.


Class Activities

Complete Before Class


Week 1 - August 21

Discuss -  Chapter 1

Read: Chapter 1


Week 2 - August 28

Discuss -  Chapters 2 & 3

Read: Chapter 2 & 3
Homework:Chapter 1  


Week 3 - September 4

Discuss - Chapter 4
Review for Exam 1

Read: Chapter 4
Homework:Chapter 2 & Chapter 3 & Chapter 4


Week 4 - September 11

Exam 1


Exam 1 -   Chapters 1-4

Week 5 - September 18

Discuss -  Chapters 5 & 6

Read:Chapters 5 & 6


Week 6 - September 25

Discuss -  Chapters 7 & 8

Read:Chapters 7 & 8
Homework:Chapter 5 & Chapter 6


Week 7 - October 2

Review for Exam 2

Course Project
Homework:Chapter 7 & Chapter 8


Week 8 - October 9



Exam 2 -   Chapters 1-8

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:
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Last Updated:8/1/2007 2:59:40 PM