SYLLABUS for PROBLEMS IN CORPORATE FINANCE
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COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: MG 410
COURSE DESCRIPTOR: N/A
COURSE TITLE: PROBLEMS IN CORPORATE FINANCE
SEMESTER/TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: F2E04 FALL 2004
NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Mr. JOHN P. ISAKSON
TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: SENIOR INSTRUCTOR
FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: N/A
FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: N/A
FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: (760) 725-7017
FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS: N/A
OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: ISAKSONJP@PENDLETON.USMC.MIL
FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS: N/A
DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM: 25 Oct 2004 to 19 Dec 2004
CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Tuesday/Thursday
CLASS SESSION TIME/LOCATION: 1645-1915 USNH Room 2
PREREQUISITE(S): MG 360
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.
Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
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.
FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: The student will discover the crucial role played by the finance department in an organization. He/she will obtain experience solving typical problems addressed by a finance department and will be exposed to the language of financial management. Upon completion of MG410 the student will be able to identify and analyze many of the financial problems faced by management.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Demonstrate an understanding of valuation, capital budgeting, financial analysis, and working capital management as well as solve problems encountered by businesses and corporations by writing solutions, answering questions, and participating in group discussions.
COURSE MATERIALS: FUNDAMENTALS OF CORPORATE FINANCE, sixth edition, by S.A. Ross, R.W. Westerfield, and B.D. Jordan published by Richard D. Irwin, Inc. 2003. Students are required to purchase a handheld financial calculator. The text book and instructor will be using Texas Instruments BA II Plus. Buy it, you will need it.
ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”
PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency. Students are expected to be in class on time and stay until the class is dismissed.
LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: Any student who misses a class will be required to complete ALL end of chapter problems from the chapters missed. Assignments must be completed as assigned. Failure to submit materials when required could result in a grade of zero for that assignment.
COURSE ASSESSMENT: Students will read assigned materials prior to class. Students will complete assigned end of chapter problems as homework and be prepared to review them in class. The student will receive a midterm and final examination consisting of problems to solve and questions to answer. Students will keep themselves informed on current events as they pertain to Corporate Finance.
CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: Learning the material in this class is founded on practice. The student must make every effort to complete assigned homework problems. It is understood that most students have full time jobs, families and are possibly taking other classes. That does not diminish the requirements as set forth in this syllabus. It is the student’s responsibility to prioritize his life to make time for this class and the work requirements. The course grade is contingent upon completing ALL the materials. Students will come to class prepared and be willing participants. Prerequisite courses will not be waived. This is a senior level class requiring intermediate algebra skills so the focus of instruction is on financial management.
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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent 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: www.park.edu/disability.
26 Oct - Intro, Ch 1, 2 Assignment: ch 2 prob 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18
28 Oct - Ch 3 Assignment: prob 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 18, 20
02 Nov - Ch 4 Assignment: prob 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14
04 Nov – Ch 5 Assignment: prob 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16
09 Nov - Ch 6 Assignment: prob 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 20, 22
11 Nov - Ch 7 Assignment: prob 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 18
16 Nov – Ch 8 Assignment: prob 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12
18 Nov – Midterm Examination
23 Nov - Ch 9 Assignment: prob 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 18
25 Nov – Holiday
30 Nov - Ch 10 Assignment: prob 1, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 18
02 Dec – Ch 11 Assignment: prob 2, 5, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14
07 Dec – Ch 12 Assignment: prob 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13
09 Dec – Ch 13 Assignment: prob 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18
14 Dec – Review
16 Dec – Final Examination
GRADING PLAN: The final grade will be determined using the following measurements:
Homework - 20
Midterm Exam - 40
Final Exam - 40
Total - 100
Assignment of Course Letter Grades: The following will be used to assign course letter grades:
90 - 100............A
80 - 89........…....B
70 - 79.....….......C
60 - 69..…..........D
Below 60............F (three or more unexcused absences)