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Unformatted text preview: PENN STATE BRANDYWINE FIN 301 CORPORATE FINANCE Summer 2009 Professor: Dr. Don Taylor, CFA, CFP ® , ChFC Office: 207D TMZKO Phone: 610-892-1471 (W) Office hours: T, R 4:45-5:45 All other times by appointment Section: 615 E-mail: [email protected] Class meets: T, R 6:00-9:25 pm Course Information: www.angel.psu.edu Classroom: 101 TMZK FIN 301 Corporation Finance (3) Nature of finance function; risk and return concepts; working capital; dividend policies; mergers; security markets; acquisition and management of corporate capital; analysis of operations, forecasting capital requirements; raising capital; and planning profits. This course may not be used to satisfy Smeal College baccalaureate degree requirements. Not available to students who have completed BA 301. Course Description FIN 301 provides a basic understanding and framework of how firms acquire, allocate, and control their financial resources. It covers the acquisition and management of corporate capital; analysis of operations, forecasting capital requirements, raising capital, and planning profits. This is an introductory finance course focusing on basic financial principles and practices essential to managing a business. In addition, this course also covers financial markets, institutions, organizational forms and investments. FIN 301 relies heavily on accounting and economic principles with a strong emphasis on problem solving and decision making. One objective of this class is to be able to assess the past and present performance of the firm. This can be achieved through vertical and horizontal analysis of the financial statements as well as ratio analysis. Another aspect of this course is the financial planning process. This includes concepts such as pro forma statements, developing the statement of cash flows, as well as the budgeting process through the preparation of the cash budget. Another facet of this class is to understand how financing and investment decisions are made. Students will learn about the time value of money as well as fundamental techniques for valuing financial assets such as stocks and bonds. Additionally, capital budgeting techniques such as the net present value and internal rate of return are explained. Other important objectives include the management of working capital, the determination of the cost of capital, operating and financial leverage, and risk and return. The concepts and tools covered in this class allow the student to gain a fundamental understanding of how the finance function works within the business environment. Finance 301 promotes critical thinking and will enable the student to better integrate the individual functions of a business in order to make good business decisions....
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2009 for the course FIN 301 taught by Professor Andelin,stevenle during the Spring '07 term at Penn State.

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