FIN 200BE Business Finance (3 credits) Instructor: Abu Jalal Semester: Spring 2019 Office: Sargent 5621 Time: W 4:30 – 7:10 p.m. Phone: (617) 570 4898 Classroom: Sawyer 929 Email: [email protected] Final: W 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Office Hours: T 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. or by appointment Text: Brooks, Raymond, Financial Management: Core Concepts , 4 th Edition Required Web-access: Pearson MyFinanceLab Required Calculator: TI BA II Plus or TI 83 Plus Course Overview: A consumer or business manager is continuously faced with financial choices. For the consumer, these choices include, among others, financing a purchase, saving for retirement, and evaluating investment products. For a business manager, the choices include deciding which projects to pursue and alternative approaches to provide funds for these projects. Finance is the study of a framework that can be used to evaluate these choices. Regardless of your ultimate career, a solid understanding of the fundamentals of finance, will serve you well. This course will explore the basic principles of finance and financial management and apply them to the main decisions faced by the financial manager. Among the topics addressed are: value maximization and the finance model of the firm, the basics of financial markets and securities, time-value of money, risk and return, and evaluating investment projects. The course will provide an analytical framework that can be consistently applied to evaluate financial decisions. The lectures will be based on the text and other relevant materials. Class attendance will be important and participation is required . Students must own a handheld calculator with basic financial and exponential functions. There are many available for less than $40. I suggest the TI BA II Plus. It is available for around $30. There are many other calculators that will meet these requirements. Your calculator must be capable of calculating NPV (net present value) or IRR (internal rate of return) for an uneven set of cashflows. This is commonly referred to as Cash Flow Analysis. Also, each student must have access to a PC with spreadsheet software, as many of the problems and concepts lend themselves to spreadsheet analysis. FIN 200BE Syllabus, Spring 2019 1
Prerequisites: The course assumes that you have completed introductory courses in basic algebra, accounting, microeconomics, and statistics. If you have not taken these courses you will find the concepts introduced in this course difficult: ACCT 201 – Accounting and Decision Making MATH 128 – Math for the Modern World or higher STATS 240/250 – Applied Statistics (can be taken concurrently) Course Goals and Learning Objectives: GOALS OBJECTIVES ASSESSMENTS Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to know/understand: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: How the student will be assessed on these learning objectives: Understand time value of money Calculate present value, future
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