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MBA 621 Advanced Corporate Finance
Batson, Zach


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.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

MBA 621 Advanced Corporate Finance

Semester

S2P 2013 DL

Faculty

Batson, Zach

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

MBA

Office Location

Please e-mail questions and concerns.

Office Hours

Can respond to emails within 24 hours in most cases

E-Mail

zach.batson@park.edu

zbatson@assetmgmtgrp.com

Semester Dates

March 18, 2013-Sunday, May 12, 2013

Class Days

Each class week is from Monday thru Sunday

Class Time

This Class is conducted in the On-line Environment

Prerequisites

MBA 615 or equivalent approved by Program Director

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Intermediate Financial Management.  Brigham & Daves,  11th Edition: ISBN 9781111530266



Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

A subscription to the Wall Street Journal or access to a copy is highly recommended as real-world example will be covered on a consistent basis.

A financial calculator that YOU are familiar with operating is critical.

 

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Course Description:

MBA 621 Managerial Finance: This course covers a comprehensive analysis of financial management issues faced by financial managers. Topics include project valuation, strategic and tactical financing decisions and working capital management. Prerequisites: MBA 615 or equivalent approved by Program Director.

Educational Philosophy:

The educational philosophy applied in this course, and used to achieve the course objectives, is one of applied critical thinking. You are expected to prepare for class by having read the course material so that the discussion topics,  homework,  quizzes and projects can be used by you to demonstrate your knowledge and mastery of the course material.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Summarize the theoretical and empirical work that contributes to an improvement of corporate financial management.
  2. Show, through application, a thorough working knowledge of the concept of value maximization and its applicability to corporate financing decisions including methods to determine the market value of the firm and the relationship between financing structure and firm value.
  3. Evaluate the different sources of corporate financing including private equity and venture capital.
  4. Analyze the major mechanisms of corporate control and its impact on the financial policy of the firm.
  5. Show, through application, the importance of sound corporate governance mechanisms to ensure the value maximization principle.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Thorough understanding of financing options available to the firm
  2. Ability to manipulate financing alternatives to achieve firm goals
  3. Ability to articulate to non-financial managers the rationale for financial decisions
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Your grade will be determined by:
 
-Class Participation through answers to discussion questions and responses to fellow class members
- Weekly homework assignments – Submit homework solutions via the digital drop box. Feel free to ask questions in advance of the due date or discuss with your classmates online. Word or PDF format required.
- Quizzes – You may take these as many times as you want to get full score.
- Weekly exams - open book, open note with limited time allotted
- Final Term project – See grading rubric and requirements under the “Doc Sharing” tab online. As with anything, email me with questions anytime. Don’t hesitate to submit sections in advance for review – I’m happy to let you know if you’re on the right track.

Except as otherwise noted, all submissions will be graded on relevance and accuracy as well as writing skills.

Grading:

 

Final grade will be determined as follows:

Total 820 Points

Class Participation/Discussion Questions

70 Points ( 10 points each week – 7 weeks)

Homework Assignments

70 Point (10 points each week – 7 Weeks)

Quizzes

140 Points (20 points ea. quiz)

Weekly Exam

140 Points (20 points each exam)

Final Term Project

400 Points

I will give you a numeric and letter grade for each assignment together with comments on the material you have submitted. 


90-100 A

80-89 B

70-79 C
 
60-69 D
69-below F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

 

Please submit your work on the date indicated in the assignment section of  each lectures. If you are not going to meet the due date, please contact me before the due date to make any arrangements for a late paper. Any work submitted late without approval with me will lose one letter grade. Assignments more than one week late without approval will not be accepted.

 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The classroom is a place of learning.  No conduct by any member of the class that would reduce the ability of all class members to learn will be accepted.  One emailed request will be given to end such conduct, and if the conduct continues the class member will be asked to leave.  The instructor will have the final decision in such matters.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 

Week

Chapters

Topics

DB

Hmwrk

Quiz

Exams

Project

1

13

Capital Budgeting

x

x

x

X


2

14, 15

Options

Strategic Finance Decisions

x

X

X

X


3

16, 17

Capital Structure
Distributions to Stockholders

X

X

X

X


4

18, 19

Tactical Financing

X

X

X

X


5

20,21

Hybrid Financing

Working Capital

X

X

x

X


6

22, 23

Corporate Credit
Working Capital Management

X

X

X

X


7

26

Mergers, LBOs, Divestitures, and Holding Companies

X

X

X

X


8







Final Project

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 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 21-22

Plagiarism:

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 2012-2013 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 course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 26

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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