MBA615 Managerial Finance

for F2P 2011

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MBA 615 Managerial Finance


F2P 2011 MB


Naseem Al Rahahleh


Assistant Professor of Finance


Ph.D.--University of New Orleans
M.S.-- University of New Orleans
M.S. -- Yarmouk University

Office Location

MacKay 27E

Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:15am to 12noon; Tuseday: 3:00-5:00pm OR by appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6376


Semester Dates

Monday, October 17, 2011 to Sunday, December 11, 2011

Class Days

--R---- Parkville, Room MC 31

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM


FI 360 and MBA 515

Credit Hours



  1. Intermediate Financial Management, 10th Edition: Eugene F. Brigham and Phillip R. Daves. ISBN-13: 9780324594690.  
  2. Cases in Financial Management, 1st Edition. Eugene F. Brigham and Chris Buzzard, ISBN-10: 032430725X,  ISBN-13: 9780324307252.

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

  1. Calculator (Required): A financial calculator with present value and future value functions for single amount and annuities (PV, FV, and PMT), net present value (NPV) and internal rate of return (IRR) is a must for this course. I will use Texas Instruments BA II Plus Financial Calculator for classroom demonstration.
  2. E-Companion Course site: lecture slides, homework Problems, sample test questions.
  3. Wall Street Journal is recommended, since many articles appearing in Wall Street Journal are strongly related to the course materials.

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Course Description:
MBA 615 Managerial Finance: This course covers a comprehensive analysis of financial management issues faced by financial managers. Topics include capital budgeting, the use of option pricing in corporate financial management, working capital management, different types of short-term financing, lease financing, and other hybrid security financing, the use of derivative securities in corporate risk management, financial planning and control, and other relevant topics. Prerequisites: FI 360 and MBA 515 or equivalent approved by Program Director. (Formerly FI 615)

Educational Philosophy:

  1. Create a positive learning environment by being clear and understandable, acknowledging the student interests and their diverse talents, providing prompt feedback.
  2. Try to teach the students the basics of learning. Critical thinking will not be achieved if the students are not getting the main idea of the subject. Ultimately, I target the quality of learning and not the quantity.
  3. Motivate my students to engage in class activities and into class discussion.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Gain an awareness of the investing and financing alternatives available to the firm.
  2. Develop knowledge of cash flow valuation and analysis techniques.
  3. Achieve an understanding of the role of the financial manager in making decisions that maximize the value of the firm.
  4. Appreciate the importance of the risk-return tradeoff, portfolio theory, and efficient capital markets to financial decision makers.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Learn how to analyze the concepts and theories of modern financial management.
  2. Learn how to apply the advanced priniciples in the administration of financial affairs to realistic case situation.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

There will be two exams during the semester (Midterm and final). All exams are closed book/closed notes. The final is comprehensive in nature and will take place as indicated on the class schedule. All exams will contain problem and essay-type questions and possibly short questions. Make-up exam can only be given before the actual exam. Unless there is a reason beyond your control, e.g. automobile accident, medical excuse, you are expected to take the exam with the rest of the class. Please also note that there will be no makeup unless you present a documented proof (e.g. a doctor’s/hospital note) for your absence. However, if you absolutely cannot make it then you must let me know before the exam.

Homework Assignments:
I will assign homework for each subject. You are expected to work through these problems individually and turn them for grade.
Class Participation:

Your participation grade is based on the quality of your inputs into class discussions and your attendance. Your attendance is required. Students are expected to attend all classes regularly and punctually. Parking is often a hassle; allow enough time for it. Lectures will start promptly at 5:30pm and finish at 9:50. Please enter the classroom with as little disruption as possible. Two late arrivals will count as one unexcused absence. My expectation is that you do not leave the classroom in the middle of a lecture. Please prepare yourself for this. Your class participation will count 5% of your course grade. Participation is important to understanding the course material, so I will be monitoring your participation throughout the course. 

Group Case Analysis:

Each group is required to analyze and write up a comprehensive report on one case. The case that you will analyze will be given to you on the second week of class. The cases will be selected from the following textbook case studies: Cases in Financial Management. You are expected to make a formal presentation of your analysis. Team Members of each group will be the experts to the topic of the case assigned to them. The report should contain 8-10 typed pages. You should answer all questions and show your work.

Midterm Exam: 25%

Final Exam: 25%
Case Analysis: Report (20%) and Presentation (10%)
omework Assignments: 15%
Attendance and Participation: 5%

The following grading scale will be used in determining your final letter grade:

90 – 100   


80 – 89            


70 – 79             


60 – 69                    


Below 60                  


Late Submission of Course Materials:
Points will be deducted for late assignments. Late homework will be penalized at the rate of 10% per day, unless a plausible and documented excuse is presented. Assignments more than 2 days late will not be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class disruptions will not be allowed. Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment that is conducive to learning. To assure that students have an opportunity to gain from the time spent in class; students are prohibited from using cell phones or beepers, reading newspaper, sleeping or engaging in any other form of distraction.

If you do not understand the material, it is your responsibility to ask questions. Students are encouraged to ask questions during lecture and after lecture to receive clarification about the material we have just covered. You can also see me during my office hours.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Tentative Class Schedule:

This Course Outline is a general guideline. Deviation may be necessary. Students are responsible for all announcements made in class or posted on eCompanion Course site.



Week 1: Oct. 20, 2011

Introduction and Overview-Schedule, Grading, Class Policies

Ch. 1: An Overview of Financial Management

Risk-Return Trade-Off

Ch. 2: Risk and Return: Part I

Week 2: Oct. 27, 2011

Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) and Multifactor Models

Ch. 3: Risk and Return: Part II

Review of time value of money

Ch. 28:Time Value of Money (See Web Chapters)    

Week 3: Nov. 3, 2011

Bonds and Their Valuation

Ch. 4: Bond Valuation
Case Discussion
Exam Review 

Week 4: Nov. 10, 2011

Midterm Test  

Ch.1,2, 3, 4,28 

Stock and their Valuation

Ch.5: Basic Stock Valuation

Week 5: Nov.17, 2011

Review of Financial Statement and Ratio Analysis  

Ch.8: Analysis of Financial Statements Management  

Corporate Valuation

Ch.9: Financial Planning and Forecasting Financial Statement   

Week 6: Nov. 24, 2011

Long term Financial Decisions: The Cost of Capital

Ch.10:Determining the Cost of Capital

Corporate Valuation

Ch.11:Corporate Valuation and Value-Based Management

Week 7: Dec. 1, 2011

Long Term Investment Decisions: Capital Budgeting--Basics

Group Case Submission

Ch. 12: Capital Budgeting: Decision Criteria

Case Discussion
Exam Review 

Week 8: Dec. 8, 2011

Case Presentations

Final Exam (Comprehensive)


Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21


Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 25

Disability Guidelines:
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