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| Course SyllabusSchool of Advanced StudiesFIN/711 Version 2Financial Measures of Value Added|
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Course Description

This course explores and evaluates research on how businesses measure and could modify their measure of financial value in order to improve decision-making. Topics include treatment of non-traditional balance sheet items (e.g. knowledge capital); mergers and acquisitions; and how to predict success, conditions for successful joint ventures, marketplace valuation of equity, and small to mid-size business’ access to contemporary capital markets.

Course Competencies

* Develop leadership competence in financial management of an organization. * Evaluate the application of risk and risk management concepts to financial activities. * Employ statistical and other quantitative measures to management decision-making. * Implement strategies that work toward the goal of shareholder wealth maximization. * Develop research skills that support the comprehension, analysis, and evaluation of new events and circumstances in a global, fast-paced economic environment.

Policies

Faculty and students/learners will be held responsible for understanding and adhering to all policies contained within the following two documents:

* University policies: You must be logged into the student website to view this document. * Instructor policies: This document is posted in the Course Materials forum.

University policies are subject to change. Be sure to read the policies at the beginning of each class. Policies may be slightly different depending on the modality in which you attend class. If you have recently changed modalities, read the policies governing your current class modality. -------------------------------------------------

Course Materials

Chew, D. H. (Ed.). (2001). The new corporate finance: Where theory meets practice. New York, NY: Irwin.

Palepu, K. G., Healy, P. M., & Bernard, V. L. (2008). Business analysis and valuation (4th ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western.

All electronic materials are available on the student website.

Supplemental Resources

American Psychological Association. (2001). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Program Handbook

Weeks One and Two: Reading Weeks|
Assignment| Details| Due| Points|
Readings| Read all chapters in the Chew text. * Pay special attention to pp. xi–xxii and Section 1, pp. 1-92, to aid in the development of the taxonomy due in Week Three. * Read all chapters in the Palepu et al. text. * Pay special attention to Ch. 2–7, regarding Business Analysis and Valuation Tools; the key points in Ch. 8 regarding Prospective Analysis: Valuation Implementation; and the key points in Ch. 9 & 10 regarding Equity Security Analysis and Credit Analysis.| 11/13-11/26| | IndividualWeekly Reflection| Each week in this course, you will engage your thoughts and abilities as a scholar, a practitioner, and a leader to advance your knowledge and personal academic agenda. These weekly reflections help you position yourself as a reflexive thinking scholar, practitioner, and leader. Consider saving these weekly statements, which serve as a critical reflection upon your growth as a scholar, practitioner, and leader throughout the program.Create a reflective and applied statement describing how the week’s learning has affected your thought processes, development, and professional disposition. This statement should reflect your personal learning process—challenges, moments of discovery, life experiences, and interactions. You may also include questions for the course facilitator regarding material that may still be unclear in your reflection. Ideally, you will use these reflections throughout the course and the program to document your development as a scholar,...
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