Course Number / Section
Days & Times
FINA 5170 (001)
Tuesday 6:30 p.m. – 9:20 p.m.
Professor Contact Information
Tomas Mantecon Prieto
Tuesdays 11:30 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.; 5:50pm – 6:25 p.m. and by appointment
Students must complete ACCT 5020, FINA 5040, ECON 5000, BCIS 5090, DSCI 5010 before enrolling in this course.
Students who are non degree or degree seeking undecided may not register for certain courses without departmental approval.
The course objectives are to develop the knowledge and understanding of a broad set of corporate financial principals and fundamentals. This course will teach you the tools and techniques used and proposed in corporate financial management. Analysis of the investment and financing decisions and the environment in which such decisions are made are covered in readings, problems and class discussion. Course Objectives
The “tools” you will acquire in this course will be the foundation for other business courses you take, as well as the knowledge you acquire as a professional.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will have developed an understanding of the following business finance concepts:
Bond and Stock Valuation
Risk, Return, Portfolio Diversification and CAPM
Capital Budgeting Decisions
Valuation using Discounted Cash Flows and Multiples
Agency Problems, Compensation and Performance Measures
Efficient Markets and Behavioral Finance
Brealey, Myers & Allen, Principles of Corporate Finance, McGraw-Hill (11th Ed. 2014) Suggested Reading
The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times
The first part of each class will consist of a lecture on the assigned topic. Students are expected to have read the assigned material prior to class. Student participation and questions are strongly encouraged. Performance Evaluation
Examinations (700 points)
There will be two exams during the semester. You may use your calculator on the exams. A financial calculator such as The Texas Instruments BA-II Plus is highly recommended but (any similar calculator will do). However, programmable calculators will not be allowed. The best advice I can give you is to dedicate some study time everyday and work through the problems in the book until you feel comfortable with the material.
Homework (200 points)
There will be 8 homework assignments during the semester. The goal of these assignments is to apply the theoretical concepts to a practical setting and to practice the material learned in class. Each homework assignment is worth 25 points.
You are responsible to check Blackboard and submit the homework before the due date. Homework submitted after the due date will not count.
Valuation (100 points) The deadlines are October 15 and December 3 1. The class will be divided into teams. Each team will be assigned one of the following firms to value: Penney Company, Inc. AT&T; Dell; Kimberly-Clark; Exxon Mobil; Southwest Airlines; Dean Foods; Whole Foods Market; Tenet Healthcare; GameStop Corp; Dr Pepper Snapple Group; Celanese. 2. On October 15 you should hand in a report with the valuation using comparable companies and precedent transaction analyses. I will collect a copy of the completed, final project consisting of comparable companies, precedent comps and DCF analyses on December 3.
Business Leaders Video Discussion (40 extra points). The deadline is November 26 You can earn 40 extra points by writing a one page report for each of the 6 videos posted on Blackboard. This report should contain 2 things you learned and 2 things you disagreed with in each video. Note that to earn the 40 points you need to write a report for all the videos before the deadline. Thus, you need to submit one...
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