Simmons Finance 435 Guertler

Simmons Finance 435 Guertler - Finance - GSM 435 School of...

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Finance - GSM 435 School of Management Simmons College Fall 2008 Case Room #2 Thursdays 6:00 – 9:00 pm (with short break) Professor Indra Collins Guertler Office: Third Floor, 409 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 Telephone: (617) 521-3883 or 2405 Fax: (617) 521-3880 Cell: 508-785-3154 Email: indra@simmons.edu Office hours : Before and after class, by appointment at other times, and by phone appointments as mutually convenient (including weekends). School of Management Mission: The mission of the Simmons School of Management is to educate women for power and principled leadership. We are committed to the advancement of knowledge and practice in management through excellence in education and research. Our academic programs offer rigorous, applied, management education designed for women. We focus on leadership, and our programs integrate the strategic, functional, and behavioral aspects of management. SOM students gain the knowledge, analytical skills, and confidence that they need to manage successfully in dynamic and global environments. We are invested in our students’ success and support them as they launch, advance, and change their careers. Course Overview: We will focus on the fundamental concepts and analytical tools that are used in financial decision making. Broadly, the financial manager’s decisions relate to making investment choices and funding them with newly raised money. These corporate finance decisions have both long-term and short-term consequences for everyone in the organization, and many external stakeholders as well. Electronic databases, Internet research, and spreadsheet assignments will be used to provide applications of the course material for non-financial managers. Each learning goal will be linked to the school’s mission of power and principled leadership. Learning Objectives: By the end of the course, each student should be able to: 1. Forecast financial statements, using a firm’s current financial data and assumptions about future strategic choices made by the firm’s leader (you) 2. Understand and apply time value of money principles in a variety of contexts using forecasted cash flows and an estimation of risk 3. Understand and apply future cash flow and risk analysis in a variety of contexts with links made to principled leadership and the effects on power 4. Evaluate capital budgeting techniques to identify potential investment opportunities that add value to the firm 5. Create a capital budgeting spreadsheet model and evaluate the decision to invest 6. Estimate the cost of capital for a firm and professionally explain the assumptions used in its estimation and use
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7. Evaluate costs, risk, advantages and disadvantages of new sources for a firm’s future funding needs Course Prerequisites: Economics, Quantitative Methods and Financial Statement Analysis Learning Materials Fundamentals of Corporate Finance (8th edition) by Ross, Westerfield and Jordan, McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2008 The Wall Street Journal (student discount subscriptions available)
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