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FI 410 Problems in Corporate Finance
Van Auken, Howard E.


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Course

FI 410 Problems in Corporate Finance

Semester

F1T 2011 DL

Faculty

Van Auken, Howard E.

Degrees/Certificates

BS in Microbiology
MBA
PhD in Finance

Daytime Phone

515-294-2478

E-Mail

howard.vanauken@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 Introduction to Corporate Finance, 2nd Edition
ISBN: 0324657935
By Willaam L. Megginson
Scott B. Smart

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Course Description:
FI410 Problems in Corporate Finance: 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. Prerequisite: FI360 3:0:3
 

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:
Each student is responsible for:

- completing weekly reading assignments

- completing weekly homework application problems

- participating in weekly online discussions

- completing a final proctored examination

Grading:


Grading:

 

Weekly Homework Assignments

70 (10/wk)
Weeks 1-7

Weekly Discussion Questions

70 (10/wk)
Weeks 1-7

Midterm Exam

50 points
Week 4

Final Examination

100
Week 8

Total points possible

290 points

Grading Scale

 

Grade

Points

A

261-290

B

232-260

C

203-231

D

174-202

F

Below 174

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.

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:
Please contact instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students are expected to be respectful and polite during exchanges. Being supportive of each other is equally important.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1

CLO’s –

CLO 1. Explain the goal of financial management.

CLO 2. Identify the difference between primary and secondary markets.

CLO 2. Explain the difference between average and marginal tax rates.

Weekly Goals:

? Describe the financial goals of the firm.

? Evaluate the principles that form the foundation of financial management.

? Evaluate financial statements including critical financial ratios.

What to Do:

1. Post your introduction to the class under Introductions, listed under Course Home unit

2. Read the textbook

3. View the PowerPoints

4. Complete this work to be submitted in the Homework Dropbox

5. Participate in the discussion area

Week Two

CLO’s

CLO 1. Explain the goal of financial management.

CLO 8. Explain the financial planning model.

Weekly Goals:

? Explain the financial planning model.

? Determine how short term financial planning is accomplished.

What to Do:

1. Read the textbook chapter 15

2. View the PowerPoints

3. Complete this work to be submitted in the Homework Dropbox

4. Participate in the discussion area

5. Complete and submit the proctor form for your final

Week Three

CLO’s

CLO 4. Describe the short term and long term solvency or liquidity measures.

CLO 5. Explain the financial planning model.

CLO 9. Determine how short term financial planning is accomplished.

Weekly Goals

? Restate principles of financial management.

? Describe the short term and long term solvency or liquidity measures.

? Explain the basics of short term financial management

What to Do:

1. Read the textbook Chapter 16 & 17

2. View the PowerPoints

3. Complete this work to be submitted in the Homework Dropbox

4. Participate in the discussion area

Week Four

CLO’s

CLO 1. Explain the goal of financial management.

CLO 2. Identify the difference between primary and secondary markets.

CLO 6. Calculate the net present value and other investment criteria used to make financial decisions.

Weekly Goals:

? State principles of international financial management.

? Explain exchange rate fundamentals

? Discuss issues related to financial and political risk

? Evaluate long term international investment decisions

What to Do:

1. Read the textbook Chapter 18

2. View the PowerPoints

3. Complete this work to be submitted in the Homework Dropbox

4. Take the Midterm

5. Participate in the discussion area

6. If you have not filled out the proctor form for your final, please do so immediately

Week 5

CLO’s

CLO 2 Identify the difference between primary and secondary markets.

CLO 6 Calculate the net present value and other investment criteria used to make financial decisions.

Weekly Objectves:

Develop an understanding of options terminology

Evaluate Option Payoff Diagrams

Assess qualitative option pricing

Restate the principles of option pricing models

What to Do:

1. Read the textbook chapter 19

2. View the PowerPoint(s)

3. Complete this work to be submitted in the Homework Dropbox

4. Participate in the discussion area

5. If you have not filled out the proctor form for your final, please do so immediately

Week 6

CLO’s

CLO 1.Explain the goal of financial management.

CLO 2 Identify the difference between primary and secondary markets.

CLO 6 Calculate the net present value and other investment criteria used to make financial decisions.

Weekly Goals:

Identify the principles of financing growing firms.

Explain the challenges of financing entrepreneurial growth companies

Discuss the role of venture capital financing in the U.S.

Discuss international markets for venture capital and private equity

What to Do:

1. Read the textbook Chapter 20

2. View the PowerPoints

3. Complete this work to be submitted in the Homework Dropbox

4. Participate in the discussion area

5. This is the last week to submit your form for a proctored final. All undergraduate courses at Park require a proctored final.

Week 7

CLO's

CLO 2. Identify the difference between primary and secondary markets.

CLO 6. Calculate the net present value and other investment criteria used to make financial decisions.

CLO 7. Define return, risk, and security market line.

CLO 8. Explain financial leverage and capital structure policy.

Weekly Goals:

Describe the principles underlying mergers and acquisitions

Understand the rationale and motives for mergers and acquisitions

Describe mergers and business concentration

Understand the history and regulation of mergers and acquisitions

What to Do:

1. Read the textbook Chapter 21

2. View the PowerPoints

3. Complete this work to be submitted in the Homework Dropbox

4. Participate in the discussion area

Week 8

CLO’s –

All CLO’s will need to be review for the final.

What to Do:

1. Review textbook

2. Review the PowerPoints

3. Review the practice quizzes

4. Take the proctored final

5. Participate in the discussion area

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Plagiarism:
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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.
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