Vietnam National University – HCMC
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Fundamentals of Financial Management
1. COURSE STAFF
Lecturer: Ms. Phan Ngọc Anh, MBA
Consultation hours: Thursday OR by appointment (preferred)
Teaching Assistant: TBA
Should the students wish to meet the staff outside the consultation hours, they are advised to make appointment in advance.
2. COURSE INFORMATION
Prerequisite courses: Principles of Accounting
1 2.1 Teaching times and Locations
Saturday, 13:00 – 16:00
2 2.2 Units of Credit: 3 credits
2.3 Parallel teaching in the course: N/A
2.4 Relationship of this course to others
BA207U – Fundamentals of Financial Management provides students with basic concepts of financial management. The course is provided based on foundation knowledge of financial accounting and economics. This course may fulfill requirements of curriculum for students majoring in business administration in general; however is the foundation for students majoring in finance and accounting. For those students that major in finance and accounting, they can take higher level of courses in finance after this course, to count for some, Corporate Finance, Financial Institutions and Market, Investment and Portfolio Management, International Finance, etc.
2.5 Approach to learning and teaching
Employing the interactive learning and problem-based teaching approach, this course emphasizes the interaction between lecturers and students. The lecture materials will be uploaded in Blackboard to help the students to preview the materials and to concentrate on listening and critical thinking during the lecture. This will help students to interact with the lecturer during the classroom. The sessions for presentations and discussions comprise company case studies as well as answering some theoretical and conceptual questions, which help the students to see how the concepts are applied in the real international business context. Students will present the case to the class and discuss with the peers.
3. COURSE AIMS AND OUTCOMES
3.1 Course Aims
The aim of this course is to expose students to and familiarize them with the theoretical frameworks and practical matters of financial management.. The learning experience will include: an introduction to financial management; time value of money; techniques of pricing of financial instruments such as bonds and stocks; evaluation of major projects; the relationship between risk and return; an introduction to Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) and Portfolio theory; and cost of capital and capital structuring.
3.2 Student Learning Outcomes
After completing the course, students should be able to:
Explain the purpose, goals, and importance of financial management; *
Understand the relationship between risk and return;
Understand time value of money and possess skills to convert financial time values; *
Make basic valuation of bonds, stocks, and investment projects; *
Evaluate capital budgeting alternatives, using the firm’s cost of capital in conjunction with internal rate of return and net present value techniques; *
Compute cost of capital and capital structure.
3.3 Teaching Strategies
The learning system in this course consists of lectures and discussions. Lectures elaborate the appropriate theoretical content in the textbook and readings. Classes provide a more detailed and refined analysis of both concepts and applied materials. Classes are strongly oriented towards interactive discussion of the text and cases.
4. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES AND CONDUCT
It is expected that the students will spend at least eight hours per week studying this course. This time should be made up of reading, research, working on exercises and problems, and attending classes. In periods...
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