FI 360 Financial Management
F2T 2012 DL
Van Auken, Howard E.
BS in MicrobiologyMBAPhD in Finance
AC201 and AC202
Textbook: Title: Introduction to Corporate Finance
Author: William L. Megginson
Edition/Copyright: 3rd 2012
Publisher: South-Western Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1-111222282
ISBN 13: 978-1111222284
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The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on interaction, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, 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 and issues.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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.
Each student is responsible for:
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 analyses 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. Also, the student must provide a substantive response to their peers, that goes beyond "I agree" or “I see what you mean"
Midterm Exam - The midterm will be administered during Week 4. It will cover in the readings for weeks 1 thru 4. The midterm will post in the Doc Sharing section of the course for review on Monday of that week. You have until midnight Sunday to return the midterm to the Dropbox labeled "wk 4 midterm". The exam will be open book, open notes, etc., please do not use your classmates as assistance to 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 ParkUniversity 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 grade 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.
Specific Instructions to remember for weekly discussions:
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.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students are expected to spend a substantial amount of time online and offline each week including but not limited to responding to the weekly conference discussions, sending/receiving Email, reading and viewing online lectures, completing online quizzes and tests, and conducting research over the World Wide Web. A rule of thumb is that you should spend approximately 4-5 hours per week online reviewing course content and engaging in group work and discussion and an additional 4-6 hours per week on readings, preparing assignments, or completing papers or examinations.
Welcome to Financial Management (FI360), on line! This course focuses on the actions and interactions of financial management. Each week we'll focus on two or three chapters in our text.
During Week 1, Chapters 1-2--our objective is to understand the goal of the firm, followed by a review of the legal forms of business organization, and a discussion of the tax implications relating to financial decisions. Ten Principles that form the foundations of financial management then follow. The market environment in which long-term capital is raised. The underlying rationale for the existence of security markets is presented, investment banking services and procedures are detailed, private placements are discussed, and security market regulation is reviewed. Further discussions cover rates of return over long periods and recent periods, interest rate determinants, and theories of the term structure of interest rates.
During Week 2, Chapters 3-5--We review the contents and meaning of a firm’s income statement and balance sheet. We also look very carefully at how to compute a firm’s cash flows from a finance perspective, rather than from an accountant’s view, which in finance speak is called free cash flows. We will provide a set of key financial ratios and a discussion of their effective use. The concept of a time value of money is introduced; that is, a dollar today is worth more than a dollar received a year from now.
During Week 3, Chapters 6-8--we examine the factors that determine rates of return (discount rates) in the capital markets. We also look at risk both in terms of the riskiness of an individual security and that of a portfolio of securities. We introduce the concepts that underlie asset valuation. We are specifically concerned with bonds. We also look at the concept of the bondholder's expected rate of return on an investment. We introduce concepts of underlying asset valuation; specifically with valuing preferred stock and common stock. We also look at the concept of a stockholder’s expected rate of return on an investment.
During Week 4, Chapters 9-10, we'll have a Mid Term Exam and look at Capital budgeting and decision making.
During Week 5 Chapters 11-13, We will determine the required rate of return to be used in evaluating investment projects. We then will focuse on useful aids to the financial manager in his or her determination of the firm’s proper financial structure. Lastly, we will determine the firm’s dividend policy.
During Week 6, Chapters 14-15, We review an overview of the role played by forecasting in the firm’s planning process and focuse on the construction of detailed financial plans. We introduce working-capital management in terms of managing the firm’s liquidity.
During Week 7, Chapters 16-17, we look at liquidity management and introduce some of the financial techniques and strategies necessary for the efficient operation of an international business.
During the final week, we will assess the course itself, the contribution of each team member to the team's efforts, and have an assignment to review what has happened during the 8 weeks we were in this class. We will also have a significant exam review. The policy at ParkUniversity is for each of you to take a significant, proctored exam during the Eighth week of the class. Unless you are more then two hours from the nearest Park site, you are expected to take the exam at one of the Park sites. (People overseas or other wise out of the area of a Park site will be handled on an individual basis. If you think this applies to you, contact me before you submit your proctor form with details of your situation.) I will send the exam to your proctor; you will have to arrange a time to meet with the proctor and to take the exam, and then have the proctor send it to me.
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