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Fin404DSpr14Syl - FIN404 Applications in Corporate Finance...

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FIN404 – Applications in Corporate Finance Spring 2014 Section D, MWF 11:15 AM – 12:05 PM SB-502 Coursepack available at: https://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cbmp/access/23795352 Instructor: Dr. Ricardo J. Rodríguez Office: Jenkins 514-F e-mail: [email protected] Phone: 305-284-1887 Office Hours: M 10:00–11:00 AM, 1:30–3:00 PM; W 10:00–11:00 AM, 12:30–2:00 PM Course Description: This is a case course designed to give the student an opportunity to analyze and discuss many real-world cases. As such, it is intended to bridge the gap between financial theory and practice. Learning Objectives : - Expose the student to a variety of real-world cases. - Apply the concepts and tools of Corporate Finance learned in previous courses. - Practice the use of financial analytical tools. - Enhance the student’s “financial intuition.” - Develop the ability to understand and thoroughly analyze specific financial problems. Specifically: - Perform an in-depth financial analysis of a variety of firms. - Use qualitative and quantitative arguments to analyze financial problems. - Develop the use of effective financial arguments. - Enhance verbal and written financial communication skills. The objectives stated above will be assessed through class participation, homework, exams, and written case studies. Required Background: To fully benefit from this course, the student must have a good understanding of a broad spectrum of financial concepts, including the time value of money, capital structure, risk and return, and capital budgeting. The student must also know how to use spreadsheet software. PREREQUISITES: Make sure you have met all the prerequisites for this course. The enrollment system does not automatically block enrollment by students who have not completed the prerequisites, but such students are warned that they are at risk of being dropped from the class at any time during the semester, without recourse. Grading: The grading will be based on my professional judgment of the quality of the student’s participation, which is worth 20%; on a written group project worth 15%; on homework
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exercises and problems collectively worth 10%; on two midterm exams worth 15% each; and on a comprehensive final exam worth 25% of the total grade. Final course grades will comply with the School of Business and Finance Department grading guidelines. The tentative dates of the midterm exams are Friday February 14 th and Friday March 28 th during regular class hours, and the final exam will be on Wednesday April 30 th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (within the alloted time stated in the UM Final Exam Schedule). The exams must be taken when scheduled, as there will be no make-up exams. To miss any of the exams and continue in the class, you must contact the instructor in writing at least 24 hours prior to the beginning time of the exam, and receive written approval from the instructor. Be aware
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