Syllabus for BUSI408:
INTRO to CORPORATE FINANCE – Spring 2012
Chip Snively (Mod III) / Jesse Blocher (Mod IV)
By Appointment Only
firstname.lastname@example.org / Jesse_Blocher@unc.edu
9:30a - 10:45a; MB3350
11:00a – 12:15p; MB3350
2:00p – 3:15p; MB3050
3:30p – 4:45p; MB3050
The course is segmented into modules that highlight the primary decision making areas faced by a senior
financial officer. The course involves both domestic and international situations. An integral part of the
course is the integration and application of frameworks developed in your perquisite business courses, as
well as others in your Core curriculum. The major topics are as follows:
Assessing, planning and managing financial performance.
Understanding financial markets, securities and options for raising capital and determining and
optimal capital structure.
Minimizing the cost of capital and setting financial goals and targets.
Valuation of long-term investments and businesses
Throughout the course, the task of assessing and controlling risks will be a recurring topic.
Corporate Finance, 9e
by Ross, Westerfield, & Jaffe
Buy new (~$170), used (~$100) on web, or by custom ($80) in print
Thuze e-reader (free; go to
for registration, and
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Additional Readings - Highly Recommended
Various articles and investment literature will be posted to the BUSI408 Course Portal to supplement
the course topics.
These are required readings and will be key learning tools throughout the semester.
Regular reading of
, Fortune, and The Economist,
and regular watching of
will be necessary to get the full benefit of the class. Classroom time will be allocated
for open discussion on how the course material applies to current world-wide events.
Books (should be on every Finance majors shelf):
Liars Poker, Michael Lewis
Capital Ideas, Peter L. Bernstein
A Random Walk Down Wall Street, Burton Malkiel
Your book references many websites throughout the chapters that are useful in looking up financial
We will review several resource areas, but it’s your responsibility to get familiar with these
and other financial sites like Google Finance, MSN Finance, Yahoo Finance.
The UNC physical and
online library also has a wealth of resources available (Investext, Institutional Investor, CFO Magazine,
S&P, etc). Get familiar with it: