FI360 Financial Management

for S1T 2010

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FI 360 Financial Management


S1T 2010 DLF


Riley, Glenda A.



Office Hours

M- Th 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. CST

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

January 11, 2010 to March 7, 2010

Class Days

Monday - Thursday & Sunday

Class Time

M- Th 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. CST


AC201 and AC202

Credit Hours



Required Text: Introduction to Corporate Finance, 2nd Edition
Authors:  William L. Megginson and Scott B. Smart
ISBN-10:  0324657935
ISBN-13:  978-0324657937

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

In addition, you will need a financial calculator.  It is recommended that you use a Texas Instruments BA II Plus.  This is the model that is used in the textbook examples.  There are other financial calculators that will work (Sharp, HP etc.) however, they will not work exactly the same as the TI. The text also shows examples of how to solve problems using Excel.  However, it will not be possible to use a computer during the final proctored exam

Recommended Readings:  The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition - Business Week - Fortune - The Economist - 

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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. 

Pre-requisites:  AC201and AC202

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, 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.

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:

Each student is responsible for:

  • Completing weekly reading assignments
  • Completing weekly homework application problems 
  • Participating in weekly online discussions
  • Completing a midterm exam
  • Completing a closed book final proctored exam

What is the homework application problems? - A number of application problems will be assigned each week to provide practical applications of financial techniques and methods of analysis. These problems will be selected from the end of chapters in the textbook. The solutions and analysis for these problems should be in detail, not just a reporting of final answers. This assignment is to be posted in the class Dropbox as one file at the end of each week.

What are the Online Discussion Questions? - A number of discussion questions will be posted weekly in a thread titled Discussion. Each student is required to answer each question, develop a complete answer, and post it in the thread.  Students should answer one question per Chapter.  Students must respond to at least 2 other student postings.  Initial posting is due by Thursday, at midnight CST.  The second posting is due by Sunday, at midnight (CST).  All postings should contain appropriate grammar, correct spelling and be relevant to the discussion topic.  Also, the student must provide a substantive response to their peers, that goes beyond "I agree" or “I see what you mean" (minumum of 3 complete sentences).
Midterm Exam - The midterm will be administered during Week 5.  It will cover the readings for weeks 1 through 4.  The midterm will be accessible within the course from 2/8/2010 to 2/14/2010, in which you will have 2 hrs. to complete.  You only get one chance to complete the exam.   The exam will be open book, open notes, etc., please do not use your classmates as assistance in your completing this assignment.

Final Exam - The final exam will be taken in person during the 8th week of instruction at one of Park University sites around the country or at an alternate location approved by the instructor where Park University sites are not available.  Specific instructions regarding the exam will be posted later in the term.  It will be the student responsibility to arrange for a proctor by the 6th week of the term.  The proctor will be accepted and approved by the Instructor.  Park University site administrators, certified librarians, test centers at accredited colleges or universities are acceptable.  Approved Proctors may also include U.S. Embassy officials, military education officers, or testing control officers at U.S. military bases.  Excluded from approval as proctors are family members, relatives, neighbors, friends, clergy, employers, supervisors and co-workers. 

For proctored exams, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor form in for approval.  Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic letter grad of "F" for the course.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.

NOTE:  All written assignments and online postings in this course will be evaluated by the instructor using the following criteria:  thoroughness, application financial management concepts discussed in the readings, clarity, and creative thinking.


Grading Scale:
The following percentages will be used to assign course grades:

90% - 100% = A  
80% - 89% = B  
70% - 79% = C  
60% - 69% = D  
Below 60% = F  

Evaluation: The following table shows the points assigned for each component of required work in this course:   % of Grade
Weekly Homework Assignments:   24%
Weekly Discussion Questions:  24%
Midterm Examination:  18% 
Final Examination:  34%
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 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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will only be accepted for week one homework.  The latest that week one homework will be accepted is by the end of week 2.  Late assignments will only be accepted for those of you who has not yet received your text by the start of class or by the end of week one.
Please make sure that you attach your document in the dropbox.  If I do not receive it, it will not be accepted after the due date.  In addition, please do not send scanned, pdf, or handwritten documents as your assignments.  All homework must either be a "Word" or "Excel" documents, otherwise, they will not be graded and you will receive a grade of "0" for that assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 - Chapters 1 and 2

Week 2 - Chapter 3

Week 3 - Chapters 4 and 5

Week 4 - Chapters 6 and 7

Week 5 - Chapters 8, 9 and 10

Week 6 - Chapters 11 and 12

Week 7 - Chapters 13 and 14

Week 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 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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.
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.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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