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FIN 210: Financial Management

Course Description

This course focuses on basic finance. Major emphasis is placed on financial statements and ratio analysis; working capital management; capital budgeting; stocks and bonds evaluation; and financial planning and forecasting.

Prerequisite

  • ACC 101: Financial Accounting

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Analyze and evaluate financial performance
  2. Create and control the financial planning process
  3. Determine the viability of a capital expenditure
  4. Evaluate the risks associated with an investment decision
  5. Develop a cost effective working capital strategy
  6. Create an optimum capital structure
  7. Evaluate securities valuation

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-14)

10%

Quizzes (Weeks 1-14)

42%

MyFinanceLab Homework Assignments (Weeks 1-14)

28%

Comprehensive Final Exam (Week 15)

20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Gitman, Lawerence. Principles of Managerial Finance & MyFinance Student Access Code Card. 15th ed. Prentice Hall, Inc. 2019. ISBN-13: 9780134830209 [Looseleaf Version]
  • Students are required to have access to MyFinanceLab, a Pearson Publishing homework manager. The textbook must be purchased "New Only" to obtain an access code required for the course.

Additional Required Materials

(Not available through bookstore)

  • Financial Calculator

Note: There will be three (3) deliverables (or requirements) each week: (1) weekly quiz on BlackBoard; (2) Weekly Assignment on MyFinanceLab* and (3) weekly BlackBoard Discussion Board requirements -- a minimum of three high-quality responses in each of the weekly threaded discussion topics on a minimum of three separate days per week, beginning no later than Wednesday.

Course Schedule

WeekSLOsReadings and ExercisesAssignments

1

1

Topic: The Role and Environment of Managerial Finance

  • Chapters 1 & 2 (pgs 1-54)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Work homework problems on MyFinanceLab
  • Take the Practice Quiz on Finance Lab
  • Take the (graded) Weekly Quiz 1 on Blackboard

2

1

Topics: Financial Statements and Ratio Analysis

  • Chapter 3 (pgs 58-115)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Work homework problems on MyFinanceLab
  • Take the Practice Quiz on MyFinance Lab
  • Take the (graded) Weekly Quiz 2 on Blackboard

3

1, 2

Topics: Cash Flow and Financial Planning

  • Chapter 4 (pgs 116-161)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Work homework problems on MyFinanceLab
  • Take the Practice Quiz on MyFinance Lab
  • Take the (graded) Weekly Quiz 3 on Blackboard

4

2

Topic: Time Value of Money

  • Chapter 5 (pgs 162-224)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Work homework problems on MyFinanceLab
  • Take the Practice Quiz on MyFinance Lab
  • Take the (graded) Weekly Quiz 4 on Blackboard

5

4,7

Topics: Interest Rates and Bond Valuations

  • Chapter 6 (pgs 226-269)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Work homework problems on MyFinanceLab
  • Take the Practice Quiz on MyFinance Lab
  • Take the (graded) Weekly Quiz 5 on Blackboard

6

4,7

Topic: Stock Valuation

  • Chapter 7 (pgs 270-311)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Work homework problems on MyFinanceLab
  • Take the Practice Quiz on MyFinance Lab
  • Take the (graded) Weekly Quiz 6 on Blackboard

7

4,7

Topics: Risk and Return 

  • Chapter 8 (pgs 314-361)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Work homework problems on MyFinanceLab
  • Take the Practice Quiz on MyFinance Lab
  • Take the (graded) Weekly Quiz 7 on Blackboard

8

3,4

Topic: Cost of Capital

  • Chapter 9  (pgs 362-392)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Work homework problems on MyFinanceLab
  • Take the Practice Quiz on MyFinance Lab
  • Take the (graded) Weekly Quiz 8 on Blackboard

9

3, 4

Topic: Capital Budgeting Techniques

  • Chapter 10 (pgs 394-431)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Work homework problems on MyFinanceLab
  • Take the Practice Quiz on MyFinance Lab
  • Take the (graded) Weekly Quiz 9 on Blackboard

10

3,4

Topic: Capital Budgeting Cash Flows

  • Chapter 9
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Work homework problems on MyFinanceLab
  • Take the Practice Quiz on MyFinance Lab
  • Take the (graded) weekly Quiz 10 on Blackboard

11

6

Topics: Leverage and Capital Structure 

  • Chapter 13 (pgs 512-565)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Work homework problems on MyFinanceLab
  • Take the Practice Quiz on MyFinance Lab
  • Take the (graded) weekly Quiz 11 on Blackboard

12

1

Topic: Payout Policy

  • Chapter 14 (pgs 566-604)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Work homework problems on MyFinanceLab
  • Take the Practice Quiz on MyFinance Lab
  • Take the (graded) weekly Quiz 12 on Blackboard

13

5

Topic: Working Capital and Current Asset Management

  • Chapter 15  (pgs 606-648)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Work homework problems on MyFinanceLab
  • Take the practice quiz on MyFinanceLab
  • Take the (graded) weekly Quiz 13 on Blackboard

14

5

Topic: Current Liabilities Management

  • Chapter 16 (pgs 649-682)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Work homework problems on MyFinanceLab
  • Take the Practice Quiz on MyFinance Lab
  • Take the (graded) weekly Quiz 14 on Blackboard

15

Final Exam
Exam will cover Chapters 1-11 & 13-16
SLOs 1-7

Additional Information

Discussions: A successful student in online education is one who takes an active role in the learning process. Therefore, this class includes a variety of activities to enhance your learning experience throughout the course. One ongoing activity involves participation in the weekly discussion forums, which counts 10% of your overall average in the course. You can earn a maximum of 100 on each weekly discussion grade. At the end of the semester, your discussion grades will be averaged and that average will enter the calculation of your final grade with a weight of 10%. Your weekly discussion grade will be based on frequency of comments as well as the quality of your comments. You are expected to post (respond) a minimum of three high-quality responses in each of the weekly threaded discussion topics on a minimum of three separate days per week, beginning no later than Wednesday.

Quality is defined as the content of the student’s contributions. Examples of quality posts include:

  • providing additional information to the discussion;
  • elaborating on previous comments from others;
  • presenting explanations of concepts or methods to help fellow students;
  • presenting reasons for or against a topic in a persuasive fashion;
  • sharing your own personal experiences that relate to the topic; and
  • providing a URL and explanation for an area researched on the Internet.

The following grading rubric will be used in determining your discussion grade.

Grading Rubric for Discussion Postings

AssessmentHigh/ExcellentMedium/GoodLow/FairUnsatisfactory/Poor

Contribution to the classroom

Posting is insightful, thorough, and interesting.

Posting is thorough and interesting.

Posting is interesting but lacks insight and depth.

Posting is uninteresting and/or too brief for the assignment.

Inspires reply postings from other students

A serious effort is made to frame the discussion posting in such a way as to encourage others to reply. Posting generates questions and opens up new avenues for discussion.

A serious effort is made to frame the discussion posting in such a way as to encourage others to reply.

Some effort is made to frame the discussion posting in such a way as to encourage others to reply.

No effort is made to frame the discussion posting in such a way as to encourage others to reply.

Demonstrated understanding of the reading assignment

Posting demonstrates a thorough understanding of the reading assignment and is substantiated by several examples from the textbook and/or companion website.

Posting demonstrates an understanding of the reading assignment and is substantiated by at least one example from the textbook and/or companion website.

Posting demonstrates an understanding of the reading assignment but is not substantiated by examples from the textbook and/or companion website.

Posting demonstrates very little understanding of the reading assignment.

Grammar, mechanics, spelling, and sentence structure

Posting is highly polished; no grammar or spelling errors.

Posting is polished; maximum of one grammar or spelling error.

Posting is adequate; maximum of two grammar or spelling errors.

Inadequate posting; more than two spelling or grammar errors.

Quizzes: Each week there will be a quiz that will test your knowledge of concepts we covered that week. Each quiz will consist of 10-20 multiple choice questions and will count 3% of the grade.

MyFinanceLab Homework Assignments: To work the homework problems for this course, you will need access to MyFinanceLab. You can acquire access by purchasing a new textbook that is shrink wrapped with the access code to MyFinanceLab. To register, you will need the course ID that will be provided by your instructor at the beginning of the semester.

Final Exam: The final exam will be comprehensive and will cover chapters 1-11 & 13-16. There will be 50 multiple choice questions on the final.

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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