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Georgia State University MBA 8622 - CORPORATION FINANCE Course Syllabus Fall Semester 2003 Instructors: L. Ananthanarayanan, G. Brown, C. Hodges, R. Morin, M. Shrikhande, A. Venkateswaran, A. Mettler (course coordinator) NOTE: It is your responsibility to read, understand and abide by all of the course information and policies listed below. Failure to do so could result in your failing of this course or of your being administratively withdrawn from the course by your instructor, by the Department of Finance, or by the Robinson College of Business. This course syllabus provides a general plan for the course; deviations may be necessary. Purpose of MBA 8622: This course focuses on the practical and conceptual problems associated with the financial management of the non-financial corporation. Topics covered include financial statement analysis, financial forecasting, domestic and international financial markets, the relationship between risk and return including the capital asset pricing model, time value of money, valuation of debt and equity, cost of capital, capital budgeting and project evaluation techniques, and capital structure decisions. For each topic, consideration is given as to how each relates to shareholder value maximization. For purpose of enhancing corporate decision-making skills, students will be exposed to both the theoretical underpinnings of each concept as well as their applications to realistic situations facing the firm. Course Prerequisites: MBA 8011 (or Math 1070), MBA 8121 (or ACCT 2101-2102 and FI 3300), ECON 2106; or their equivalents. All prerequisites must have been completed before taking MBA 8622 (cannot be taken concurrently). It is your responsibility to be certain that you have the proper prerequisites for this course. If you do not have the prerequisites for this course, you will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in lost fees. There will be no exceptions to this policy! Course Coordinator: E-mail messages concerning any course-related matter should be sent to the course coordinator, Dr. Alfred Mettler, at [email protected] State University - 2 - MBA 8622 Corporation Finance Fall 2003 Course Syllabus A. COURSE MATERIAL Required Text: Corporate Finance: A Focused Approach, by Michael C. Ehrhardt / Eugene F. Brigham, Thomson South-Western, 1st ed. 2003. Additional student resource material can be found on and downloaded from the textbook’s website (click on student resources): http://www.swcollege.com/finance/ehrhardt/focused/focused.html Supplemental Workbook: Lectures in Corporate Finance, Jayant R. Kale and Richard J. Fendler, Simon & Schuster Custom Publishing (1998). This book (available at all GSU affiliated bookstores and priced around $45) is suggested for students with a weak accounting and/or time value of money (i.e. analytical) background. The book also explains in detail how to work the Texas Instruments BA II Plus financial calculator. MBA 8622 Website (http://www.gsu.edu/~wwwfnc/8622): An extensive web page has been developed for MBA 8622 and it is highly recommended that students check it out as soon as possible. The website includes, among other things, a) administrative information (syllabus, e-mail addresses of instructors, final exam schedule) b) supplemental course material (solutions to eoc-problems, practice THPS, practice final exams) c) lecture segments (using PowerPoint slides with audio and/or video) The current web site address is: http://www.gsu.edu/~wwwfnc/8622 Financial Calculator: It is necessary that you have a financial calculator to use throughout the course and that you bring it to class each Week. Many end-of-chapter problems require complex arithmetic operations, and a financial calculator is necessary to solve these problems efficiently. Recommended financial calculators are the Texas Instruments BA II Plus, the Hewlett Packard 10B or 12C, the Sharp EL 733, and similar models. Approximate price: $30.Georgia State University - 3 - MBA 8622 Corporation Finance Fall 2003 Course Syllabus B. ATTENDANCE POLICY / ACADEMIC HONESTY Attendance Policy: Each student is expected to attend ALL scheduled class meetings for the entire duration of the class meeting. An attendance sign-up sheet will be circulated each class period. It is your responsibility to sign the attendance sheet. If you do not sign the list, you will be considered absent (see the note on academic honesty below). Students arriving late may be permitted to sign the sheet only at the discretion of the instructor. Upon accumulation of the equivalent of over 3 weeks total absences (i.e. after the equivalent of the 3rd absence), the student will be involuntarily withdrawn from the class by the instructor. That is, any student who is absent from more than the equivalent of three (3) classes will be dropped from the course. Absences include the first week of class regardless of when a student registered for the course. If a student is withdrawn for excessive absences after the midpoint of the grading period, a final grade of WF will be assigned. There will be no exceptions to this policy! An absence from class for any reason (job conflict, illness, appearance in court, transportation problems, etc.), even if permitted and/or excused by your instructor, will count as one of the class absences against the three week equivalent cumulative limit specified in the previous paragraph. Academic Honesty: The Department of Finance adheres strictly to the University's policy on academic honesty as contained in the Academic Regulations section of the University catalog. Any student found copying during exams or quizzes, signing someone else's name to the attendance list, using stored formulas in programmable calculators, using non-authorized formula sheets or other notes during exams, collaborating on and/or copying the time value of money take-home problem set or other take-home assignments, or the like will receive an F for the course and possibly be subject to additional University disciplinary action. There are no other electronic devices allowed during quizzes and exams besides the ones mentioned on page 2 (financial calculator). This policy excludes the usage of laptops, personal digital assistants (PDA’s), text messaging systems and similar devices. If you have any questions about the legality of your calculator, check with your instructor.Georgia State


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