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FINC400 - Principles of Financial Management

Course Details

Course Code: FINC400 Course ID: 2965 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an overview study of the concepts and techniques in corporate finance. Topics include investments, financial environment, securities markets, financial markets, financial statements and analysis, working capital management, capital budgeting, cost of capital, dividend policy, asset valuation, and decision-making. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO1. Examine the fundamentals of financial management and the components of the financial environment.

CO2. Assess the role of accounting in finance and use in financial analysis.

CO3. Differentiate the components of time value of money, compute present and future values, and distinguish and measure risk and return.

CO4. Apply valuation methods of stocks and bonds as investments.

CO5. Describe the fundamental elements of cost of capital and the basis for its calculation and implementation.

CO6. Use capital budgeting techniques to measure cash flows and risk when selecting projects. CO7. Distinguish the factors of capital structure and the fundamentals of dividend policy.

CO8. Assess the role of forecasting, the elements of financial planning, and the principles of working capital management to secure short-term financing.

Method of Assessment

A. Tests & Paper

There will be two (2) tests in the course, a midterm and a final given in modules four and eight respectively. The tests in this class will consist of multiple choice questions and/or short answer problems. Tests will be three hours long and focus on the material covered in the course. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor regarding any schedule changes or non- disability related accommodations. The course will have a comprehensive paper that will measure student understanding of the course objectives along with research and writing skills. Please refer to the APA Manual 6th edition for the format of the paper.

B. Assignments:

Course assignments will be given using multimedia software (e.g. MyLabsPlus, Connect, etc.). These assignments will be a series of quizzes consisting of exercises, problems, and simulations. Assignments will have a specific due date with specific instructions. Late assignments will be subject to the university’s Late Work/Make-up Policy detailed in the student handbook. Please be advised the instructor reserves the right to implement their own late assignment policy.

C. Homework:

Throughout the term, homework will be given in several modules to test student understanding of the material. Homework will be given using multimedia software (e.g. MyLabsPlus, Connect, etc.) and consist of questions, problems, or simulations. Please be advised the instructor reserves the right to implement their own late assignment policy.

D. Discussion Forums:

Participation in the discussion forums is an essential component of the final grade. All students are expected to engage in lively discussions and answer instructor follow-up questions. The quality of participations along with student netiquette will be a part of the grade.

Assessment of the Course Objectives

Course Objectives

Assessment Methods

1 - 8

Test question, paper, assignment, discussion, and homework

The following distribution will be used in assigning grades (decimal points will be rounded to the nearest whole number at semester’s end).

Grade

Quality Points/Grading Percent

A

4.0/ 100 – 94

A-

3.67/ 93 – 90

B+

3.33/ 89 – 87

B

3.0/ 86 – 84

B-

2.67/ 83 –80

C+

2.33/ 79 – 77

C

2.0/ 76 – 73

C-

1.67/ 72 – 70

D+

1.33/ 69 – 67

D

1.0/ 66 – 64

D-

0.67/ 63 – 60

F

0.0/ 59 – 0

NameGrade %
Forums 10.00 %
Week 1 Forum 1.25 %
Week 2 Forum 1.25 %
Week 3 Forum 1.25 %
Week 4 Forum 1.25 %
Week 5 Forum 1.25 %
Week 6 Forum 1.25 %
Week 7 Forum 1.25 %
Week 8 Forum 1.25 %
Homework (MyLabsPlus) 20.00 %
Week 1 Homework 2.86 %
Week 2 Homework 2.86 %
Week 3 Homework 2.86 %
Week 4 Homework 2.86 %
Week 5 Homework 2.86 %
Week 6 Homework 2.86 %
Week 7 Homework 2.86 %
Quizzes (MyLabsPlus) 25.00 %
Week 1 Quiz 4.17 %
Week 2 Quiz 4.17 %
Week 3 Quiz 4.17 %
Week 5 Quiz 4.17 %
Week 6 Quiz 4.17 %
Week 7 Quiz 4.17 %
Tests 40.00 %
Midterm 20.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Assignment 5.00 %
Week 8 Assignment 5.00 %

Websites and Videos

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university's academic honesty policy when using Internet sources. Note website addresses are subject to change.

  • Accounting Coach
  • Net MBA
  • Study Finance
  • Excel for Beginners
  • Teach Me Finance
  • Khan Academy - Finance
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Style Website
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab
  • Turnitin Website
Book Title:FINC400 Pearson MyLab access provided inside the classroom
ISBN:1269714007
Publication Info:CLASS-Pearson
Electronic ISBN:1269714007
Electronic Unit Cost:$10.80
Book Title:Foundations of Finance, 9th Ed - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom; hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore, please try other sources.
ISBN:9780134083285
Publication Info:VS-Pearson
Author:Keown, et al
Unit Cost:$227.08
Electronic ISBN:9780134084046
Electronic Unit Cost:$37.80

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.