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FI 360 Financial Management
Springer, Tim R.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

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Course

FI 360 Financial Management

Semester

S2T 2012 DLF

Faculty

Springer, Tim R.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BS Business Administration - The Citadel 1990
MBA - Webster University 1999
MS Elementary Education - Old Dominion University 2011

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

Upon Request

Other Phone

(571) 330-9739 cell

E-Mail

tim.springer@park.edu

timrspringer@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

19 March 2012 - 13 May 2012

Class Days

Online

Class Time

Online

Prerequisites

AC201 and AC202

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Introduction to Corporate Finance, 2nd Edition

Author:
William L. Megginson --University of Oklahoma
Scott B. Smart --
IndianaUniversity, Bloominton
Edition/Copyright:
2nd Ed, 2009
Publisher:
South-Western Cengage Learning
Type:
ISBN:
Case-bound
0-324-65793-5
 
DO NOT ORDER THE INTERNATIONAL VERSION

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Additional Resources:

You will need a financial calculator for this course.  I use the HP 10B II.  You can also use a Texas Instruments BA II Plus, but I find this calculator less than user friendly; this is the model that is used in the textbook examples.  The text also shows examples of how to solve problems using Microsoft Excel.  You will not be able to use a computer during the final protored exam.

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http://money.cnn.com
http://www.wsj.com
http://www.businessweek.com
http://www.pathfinder.com
http://www.economist.com

Course Description:
FI360 Financial Management: 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. Prerequisites: AC201 and AC202 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
As the instructor for this course, it is my responsibility to ensure that I present to the students all the tools they will need to be successful.  It is the student's responsibility to make use of the information presented.  The courses that we take to earn a Bachelor's degree, teach us more than the subject material.  They should teach us how to think critically and analytically.

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 and closed notes final proctored exam

Homework Application Problems – Application problems will be assigned each week from the end of the chapters.  These are designed to be an application of the financial techniques and methods discussed during the week.  The final answer for these problems should provide a detailed analysis not just the answer.  Some problems may lend themselves to answer and a one sentence explanation.  Others may require a few paragraphs of explanation.  This assignment is to be posted in the class Dropbox as one file at the end of each week.

Online Discussion Questions – Discussion questions will be posted weekly in a thread titled Discussion. Some of these questions may be links to articles that require comment.  Students are required to answer each question.  These answers need to be more than “I agree”.  The student must also provide a substantive response to a classmate’s posting.  Again, this should be more than “I agree”.

Midterm Exam - The midterm will be given during Week 4.  The material tested will be from weeks 1 through 4.  The midterm will be posted in the Doc Sharing section of the course for review on Monday of that week.  It will also be placed in the week 4 thread.  You will submit your answers in the week 4 thread.  Print the exam from Doc Sharing to do your work.  You will have until midnight Sunday to post your answers to the week 4 exam thread.  The midterm exam will be open book, open notes, etc.  Do not use your classmates.  If you have questions, ask me. 

Final Exam – Students must take a proctored final exam during week 8.  Specific instructions for the exam will be posted by the beginning of week 7.  Proctor forms must be submitted by the 6th week of the term.  Proctors must be Park University sites.  If a Park University site is not available, other approved proctors are listed when filling out the form.  Alternate proctors can include U.S. Embassy officials, military education officers, testing control officers at U.S. military bases, librarians, other park instructors.  

A valid photo ID must be presented at the time of the final exam.  Proctor request forms will be made available during the first week of class.  If you use a Park University site, request early.  Time slots fill up quickly.  If no final exam is taken, your final grade will be an "F". 

Grading:

Weekly Homework Assignments 70 (10/wk

Weekly Discussion Questions 70 (10/wk)
 
Weekly Review Questions 35 (5/wk)

Midterm Exam 100 points

Final Examination 100 points

Total 375 points
 

Grading Scale

Grade Points

A > 337

B 300-336

C 262-299

D 225-261

F <225

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 without a penalty will only be accepted for week one homework.  The latest that week one homework will be accepted is by the end of week 2. 
 
After week 1, late work will have 10% deduction in score per day late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Be adults.  Be courteous.  Follow good rules of conduct.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 

When uploading assignments to the drop box, please place them in the appropriate week. Include the subject, your last name and initials on the file and on the documents.An easy naming of a file would be “FI360 – Springer TR – Week 1 HW”. In the document, list the same information in the header or footer.

Weekly

Read the homepage

Read the announcements.

Check your pirate e-mail in the course daily.

Log into class and participate more than once per week. Waiting until Sunday evening at 2100 to do everything will not enable you to be successful in this course. 

Week 1: 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.

Homework:

Read Chapters 1 & 2.

Post the weekly discussion and respond to a classmate’s posting.

Homework problems will be assigned weekly on Monday.

Week 2: 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles that form the foundation of financial management. 4. Calculate interest rate, present value, and term of financial instruments.

Homework:

Read Chapter 3.

Post the weekly discussion and respond to a classmate’s posting.

Fill out the form for proctored final.

Homework problems will be assigned weekly on Monday.

Week 3: 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles that form the foundation of financial management. 5. Determine values for stocks and bonds.

Homework:

Read Chapters 4 & 5.

Post the weekly discussion and respond to a classmate’s posting.

Homework problems will be assigned weekly on Monday.

Week 4: 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles that form the foundation of financial management. 4. Calculate interest, rate, present value, and term of financial instruments.

Homework:

Read Chapters 6 & 7.

Post the weekly discussion and respond to a classmate’s posting.

Take the midterm exam.

Homework problems will be assigned weekly on Monday.

Week 5: 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles that form the foundation of financial management. 4. Calculate interest, rate, present value, and term of financial instruments. 6. Perform capital budgeting using more than one method.

Homework:

Read Chapters 8, 9 & 10.

Post the weekly discussion and respond to a classmate’s posting

Homework problems will be assigned weekly on Monday.

Week 6: 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.

Homework:

Read Chapters 11 & 12.

Post the weekly discussion and respond to a classmate’s posting

Homework problems will be assigned weekly on Monday.

Week 7: 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles that form the foundation of financial management. 3. Evaluate financial statements including critical financial ratios.

Homework:

Read Chapters 13 & 14.

Post the weekly discussion and respond to a classmate’s posting.

Homework problems will be assigned weekly on Monday.

Week 8: All Core Learning Objectives will be covered with the final exam.

Homework

Complete the final.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

Plagiarism:
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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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: 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 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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Last Updated:2/20/2012 11:08:47 AM