|Course Number||FINC 4369 - 22861|
|Course Title||Cases in Finance|
|Prerequisites||FINC 4320 and FINC 4352|
|Office||Brazos Hall 331 (Sugar Land)|
|Office Hours||Sun 8:30PM to 10:30PM|
Prerequisites for a course exist because the School of Business Administration faculty have determined that the knowledge, skills, and/or exposure students receive through the prerequisites is critical to their success in the course and their ability to contribute to their fellow students' learning experience. In addition, taking your core courses and concentration or elective courses in a prescribed sequence prepares you to integrate the knowledge and skills you are acquiring properly. Students bear the responsibility for verifying that they have the appropriate prerequisites for their courses. Students who enroll in a course without completing the prerequisites risk being dropped from the class at any time during the semester should their lack of prerequisites come to light. In addition, students who enroll without the prerequisites and as a result find themselves at a disadvantage in meeting course objectives will have no redress with the instructor.
Introduction to construction and utilization of financial decision models using case study methods. Topics covered are: working capital management, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, dividend policy, valuation, risk-return, and other special topics of financial management.
Bruner, Eades, and Schill, Case Studies in Finance, 6th Edition ed., McGraw-Hill/Irwin, ISBN 0073382450(Required)This is required textbook!
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Your letter grade is determined using the grade distribution that follows. You can calculate your percentage grade at any time in the semester by dividing the points you have accrued by the total points available up to that point. This percentage is then matched to a letter grade.
|A||90% or higher|
|B||80 to 89%|
|C||70 to 79%|
|D||60 to 69%|
|F||Less than 60%|
|DISCUSSION BOARD ACTIVITIES||20 %|
|FIVE GROUP CASES||50 %|
|FINAL EXAM||30 %|
Every student is expected to take an active part in the discussion board activities, which is the major feature of on-line classes. As a student, your responsibilities are not only learning but also contributing. I expect you to read all the postings each week to learn from others and share your thoughts and insights with your classmates for the topics and cases given in each learning module. The instructor will keep a record for your frequencies as well as quality in the discussion board participations as we progress during the semester. Learning objectives 1 through 4
You are expected to complete AT LEAST five group-based cases other than the cases assigned for discussion through discussion board bulletin. You pick up a group using Group sign-up function in the Blackboard system by the end of the first week, and you are expected to use the same group for all cases. You must be prepared to discuss the relevant points for each case. Specific questions and instructions will be provided for each assigned case that will be discussed. As far as the recommendations are concerned however, there is no right or wrong answers. For more information, please refer to Case Analysis Guidelines file in the course homepage. Learning objectives 1 through 4
The final exam is comprehensive. It will cover all contents which the instructor discussed in class. The exam will consist of multiple-choice questions, essay questions and problems. Learning objectives 1 through 4
Your capacity to contribute to class discussions is directly related to your commitment to completing all reading assignments by the dates listed on the course schedule. Class participation grades will reflect both the quantity and the quality of your participation.
Make-up exams will only be given at the discretion of the instructor. Students are strongly cautioned to notify the instructor immediately if legitimate and insurmountable obstacles prevent them from participating in a scheduled exam session.
The due dates for all assignments will be strictly followed. Late assignments may or may not be accepted at the instructor’s discretion; should the instructor accept a late assignment, he or she may reduce the grade of the assignment the equivalent of one (1) letter grade for each day the assignment is late.
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|1||Self-introduction||None||Obtain study materials; form study groups|
|2||Setting Some Themes||Cases 1 and 2; Post your response to Case 1 or Case 2 online||Group Case: Case 4|
|3||Financial Analysis and Forecasting||Cases 5 and 6; Post your response to one of the cases online||None|
|4||Financial Analysis and Forecasting||Cases 7 and 10, Post your response to one of the cases online||Group case: Case 12|
|5||Estimating the Cost of Capital||Cases 13 and 14. Post your response to one of the cases online||Group Case: Case 16|
|6||Capital Budgeting and Resource Allocation||Case 17 and 18. Post your response to one of the cases online||None|
|7||Capital Budgeting and Resource Allocation||Cases 19 and 21. Post your response to one of the cases online||Group Case: Case 25|
|8||Management of the Firm''s Equity, Dividends, Repurchases, Inital Offerings||Cases 26. Post your response to the case online||None|
|9||Management of the Firm''s Equity, Dividends, Repurchases, Inital Offerings||Case 28; post your response to the case online||Group Case: Case 30|
|10||Management of the Corporate Capital Structure||Cases 31 and 32. Post your response to one of the cases on line||None|
|11||Management of the Coprorate Capital Structure||Cases 33 and 35; Post your response to one of the case online||Group Case: Case 36|
|12||Analysis of Financiing Tactics, Leases, Options and Foreign Currency||Cases 37 and 38. Post your response to one of the cases online||Group Case: Case 40|
|13||Valuing the Enterprise Acqusitions and Buyouts||Case 41 and 43. Post your response to one of the cases online||None|
|14||Valuing the Enterprises Acquisitions and Buyouts||Cases 45 and 46. Post your response to one of the cases online||Group Case: Case 49|