Financial management course work

FIN 534 – Financial Management

 

(Prerequisite: ACC 557 or ACC 560)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Introduces the concepts of finance. Reviews the basic tools and their use for making financial decisions. Explains how to measure and compare risks across investment opportunities. Analyzes how the firm chooses the set of securities it will issue to raise capital from investors as well as how the firm’s capital structure is formed. Examines how the choice of capital structure affects the value of the firm. Presents valuation and integrate risk, return and the firm’s choice of capital structure.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

Required Resources

Brigham, E. F., & Ehrhardt, M. C. (2014). Financial management (14th ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning. (Note: This is a textbook uniquely created for Strayer and can only be purchased through the Strayer Bookstore. The contents of the book differ from the national title.)

 

Supplemental Resources

MBA Primer

Note: The MBA Primer is designed to help students with little or no educational background in business to prepare for the rigors of an MBA program. The MBA Primer is also a useful tool for students who have the business background but might need a refresher. It is a way to help you prepare for the types of activities and concepts that will be covered in the MBA program, so you can feel more comfortable and confident as you progress into higher level courses. Students are emailed an access code for this product when they purchase MBA Primer from the Strayer Bookstore, accessible through iCampus.

CNN Money. (2013). General format. Retrieved from http://money.cnn.com/

 

Criniti, A. (2013). The necessity of finance. Philadelphia, PA: Criniti Publishing Company.

 

Fidelity Investments, Inc. SWOT analysis. (2013). Fidelity InvestmentsIncSWOT Analysis, 1-8.

 

Hasseltoft, H. (2012). Stocks, bonds, and long-run consumption risksJournal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis, 47(2), 309-332. doi: 10.1017/S0022109012000075

 

Kumar, A. (2009). Who gambles in the stock market? Journal of Finance64(4), 1889-1933.

 

Learn About Finance. (2013). General format. Retrieved from http://learn-about-finance.com/

 

Why Learn Finance. (2013). General format. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/WhyLearnFinance/finance-list

 

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

1. Critique financial management strategies that support business operations in various market environments.

2. Analyze financial statements for key ratios, cash flow positions, and taxation effects.

3. Review fixed income strategies using time value of money concept, bond valuation methods, and interest rate calculations.

4. Estimate the risk and return on financial investments.

5. Apply financial management options to corporate finance.

6. Determine the cost of capital and how to maximize returns.

7. Formulate cash flow analysis for capital projects, including project risks and returns.

8. Evaluate how corporate valuation and forecasting affect financial management.

9. Analyze how capital structure decision-making practices impact financial management.

10. Design working capital management concepts to enhance tactical financial strategies.

11. Develop financial management strategies for global corporate environments.

12. Use technology and information resources to research issues in financial management.

13. Write clearly and concisely about financial management using proper writing mechanics.

 

WEEKLY COURSE SCHEDULE

The standard requirement for a 4.5 credit hour course is for students to spend 13.5 hours in weekly work. This includes preparation, activities, and evaluation regardless of delivery mode.

Week Preparation, Activities, and Evaluation Points
1 Preparation

· Reading(s)

· Chapter 1: An Overview of Financial Management and the Financial Environment

· Scenario (See Faculty Notes for more details)

· e-Activity

· Use the Internet to locate examples of companies that have been guilty of ethics-based malfeasance related to financial management. Be prepared to discuss.

Activities

· Discussions

Evaluation

· None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

2 Preparation

· Reading(s)

· Chapter 2: Financial Statement, Cash Flow, and Taxes

· Chapter 3: Analysis of Financial Statements

· Scenario (See Faculty Notes for more details)

· e-Activity

· Use the Internet to research instances when a company’s financial ratios did not align with those of other firms that operate within the same industry. Be prepared to discuss.

Activities

· Discussions

Evaluation

· Homework

· Homework Set #1 can be found in the course shell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

100

3 Preparation

· Reading(s)

· Chapter 4: Time Value of Money

· Chapter 5: Bond, Bond Valuation, and the Interest Rates

· Scenario (See Faculty Notes for more details)

Activities

· Discussions

Evaluation

· None

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

4 Preparation

· Reading(s)

· Chapter 6: Risk and Return

· Chapter 7: Valuation of Stocks and Corporations

· Scenario (See Faculty Notes for more details)

· e-Activity

· Use the Internet to research instances when a company’s stock prices are affected more by long-term or short-term performance. Be prepared to discuss.

Activities

· Discussions

Evaluation

· Homework

· Homework Set #2 can be found in the course shell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

100

5 Preparation

· Reading(s)

· Chapter 8: Financial Options and Applications in Corporate Finance

· Chapter 9: The Cost of Capital

· Scenario (See Faculty Notes for more details)

Activities

· Discussions

Evaluation

· Midterm Exam Part 1: Chapters 1 through 3

· Midterm Exam Part 2: Chapters 4 through 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

50

50

6 Preparation

· Reading(s)

· Chapter 10: The Basics of Capital Budgeting: Evaluating Cash Flows

· Chapter 11: Cash Flow Estimation and Risk Analysis

· Scenario (See Faculty Notes for more details)

· e-Activity

· Use the Internet to research two (2) mutually exclusive investment projects to compare. The projects may involve any kind of investment, as long as the time frame for one (1) of the investments is a maximum of one (1) year (short-term) and the time frame for the other investment is five (5) years minimum (long-term). Be prepared to discuss.

Activities

· Discussions

Evaluation

· Homework

· Homework Set #3 can be found in the course shell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

100

7 Preparation

· Reading(s)

· Chapter 12: Corporate Valuation and Financial Planning

· Chapter 13: Agency Conflicts and Corporate Governance

· Mini Case (Chapter 13)

· Scenario (See Faculty Notes for more details)

Activities

· Discussions

Evaluation

· None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

8 Preparation

· Reading(s)

· Chapter 14: Distributions to Shareholders: Dividends and Repurchases

· Chapter 15: Capital Structure Decisions

· Scenario (See Faculty Notes for more details)

· e-Activity

· Use the Internet to research a company that declared a 100% stock dividend or a 2-for-1 split. Be prepared to discuss.

Activities

· Discussions

Evaluation

· Homework

· Homework Set #4 can be found in the course shell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

100

9 Preparation

· Reading(s)

· Chapter 16: Supply Chains and Working Capital Management

· Scenario (See Faculty Notes for more details)

Activities

· Discussions

Evaluation

· Assignment 1: Financial Research Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

300

10 Preparation

· Reading(s)

· Chapter 17: Multinational Financial Management

· Scenario (See Faculty Notes for more details)

· e-Activity

· Use the Internet to research the economic activity of Brazil and Switzerland. Be prepared to discuss.

Activities

· Discussions

Evaluation

· Homework

· Homework Set #5 can be found in the course shell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

100

11 Preparation

· Reading(s): None

Activities

· Discussions

Evaluation

· Final Exam Part 1: Chapters 8 through 12

· Final Exam Part 2: Chapters 13 through 17

 

 

 

20

 

60

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRADING SCALE – GRADUATE

Assignment Total Points % of

Grade

Homework (5 sets worth 100 points each) 500 40%
Assignment 1: Financial Research Report 300 24%
Midterm Exam (open book with a 3-hour time limit for each part; 1 attempt for each part)

Part 1: Chapters 1-3 (25 questions worth 2 points apiece)

Part 2: Chapters 4-7 (25 questions worth 2 points apiece)

100 8%
Final Exam (open book with a 3-hour time limit for each part; 1 attempt for each part)

Part 1: Chapters 8-12 (30 questions worth 2 points apiece)

Part 2: Chapters 13-17 (30 questions worth 2 points apiece)

120 10%
Participation (11 discussions worth 20 points each) 220 18%
Totals 1,240 100%

 

 

Points Percentage Grade
1,116 – 1,240 90% – 100% A
992 – 1,115 80% – 89% B
868 – 991 70% – 79% C
Below 868 Below 70% F

 

 

 

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