Marshall School of Business – Fall 2016 GSBA 548: Corporate Finance Lecture 11:00-12:20 p.m. MW Room: JKP 110 (53 registered 8/18) Section 15894D Syllabus (subject to revision) Instructor: Duke K. Bristow, Ph.D. USC Office HOH 232 Telephone: (213) 740-6513, USC Fax: (213) 740-6650 Email: [email protected] Course website: on Blackboard ( ) Office hours: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. MW and by appointment* * E-mail is a dependable and efficient way to communicate with me. Catalogue Description: Principles and practices of modern financial management; analysis of financial statements; valuation of investment; asset pricing under uncertainty; elements of financial decisions. Available for non-MAcc and MBT without permission. Prerequisites: see catalog. Course Description: This course is primarily designed to introduce all masters (MACC, MBT, FINE, ECON, etc.) and Ph.D. students to corporate finance. It explains the procedures, practices and policies by which financial managers contribute to the successful performance of organization. The course also provides students with knowledge of key finance concepts and theoretical principles related to the time value of money, the effects of debt and dividend policy on firm value, the operation of financial markets, and the operation of foreign exchange markets. In addition, the course is intended to provide students with the tools to calculate the value of stock and bond investments, to evaluate investments in productive firm assets, to assess the risk of investments, to determine the cost of capital for firms and individual projects and to understand exchange rates across different national currencies. This course can improve your career prospects and investing. Required Course Materials: Text: Corporate Finance by Ross, Westerfield, Jaffe 10/e ISBN-10: 0078034779 ISBN-13: 978-0078034770 Additional Reading: The Wall Street Journal , ISBN 9781427527011 in bookstore packet with special student pricing (also available through Factiva in the Crocker Business Library) is required reading. Slides, handouts and supplemental readings and articles will be posted on Blackboard. Read at least page one every day, Mon to Sat. Note: You may not record any portion of any class without my prior written permission. Page 1
Marshall School of Business – Fall 2016 Financial Calculator: You should bring your calculator to class every day and work with me on the in-class examples. You are not required to have any specific model; however, I suggest the HP 12-C or TI-BA II Plus calculators (or similar calculators approx. $30). You may not use your phone as a calculator and may not have a calculator that allows you to communicate with others or to view the web. You are expected to know how to use your calculator to do the problems in homework and in class. Grading Criteria: Grade distributions will be provided after each examination. Your final grade is based on your total score and has historically averaged 3.3.
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