Syllabus for FIN-301
PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE
Principles of Finance serves as an introduction to financial management. Financial management is concerned with value and, when applied to firms, studies financial decision making and its impact on the value of the firm. Virtually all management decisions have financial implications, and the impact of these decisions on the value of the firm is the basis by which management is judged. Superior management produces superior financial decisions that lead to growth and increased valuation of the firm.
This course considers specific financial decisions such as selecting among alternative investments (i.e., capital budgeting), the sources of the firm's finances (i.e., the optimal capital structure), the management of current assets and liabilities (i.e., working capital), and the tools of financial analysis. The course emphasizes analytical tools and their use in solving financial problems.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
CO1 Identify short- and long-term financial management problems.
CO2 Utilize optimal capital structure to manage financial performance.
CO3 Analyze financial statements in order to make financial decisions.
CO4 Articulate how the cost of capital is defined and measured.
CO5 Calculate present value using applicable present value tables.
You will need the following textbook to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
Principles of Finance is a three-credit, online course consisting of seven modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, take a proctored midterm examination, and complete a final project. See below for more details.
Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.
You will be required to participate in five graded online discussion assignments, in addition to an ungraded Introductions Forum in Module 1. Two of the discussion assignments (in Modules 5 and 7) are devoted to a short research project.
Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a posted assignment and subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful. You can find the Online Discussion Grading Rubric in the Evaluation Rubrics Folder in the course website.
You are required to complete seven written assignments. The written assignments consist of problem sets from the textbook that you are to complete and submit to your mentor for correction and grading. When preparing the assignments, please identify each problem clearly by textbook chapter and problem number. To receive full credit for your answers, you must show all work and include complete solutions.
**For a list of key concepts that may appear on your exam(s), refer to the study guide(s) available in the Examinations section of the course Web site.
Principles of Finance requires you to take a closed-book, proctored midterm examination. Consult the Course Calendar for the scheduling of this exam.
The midterm is two hours long and covers material from Modules 1 through 4 of the course (Chapters 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14). The exam consists of multiple-choice questions and numerical problems. Bring a calculator.
Note: While you are permitted to use a calculator (scientific, graphing, or financial), you may not use a calculator on a phone, PDA, or any similar device.
For the midterm, you are required to use the University's Online Proctor Service. Please refer to the Examinations and Proctors section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course website) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.
Statement about Cheating
You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:
If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.
You are required at the end of the semester to submit a final paper, in which you will perform a financial analysis of a publicly traded company. You will examine the company on several financial factors and provide an evidence-based opinion regarding its financial soundness.
This final paper will be worth 20 percent of your final grade for the course. For details of this activity, see the Final Paper section of the course website. For details regarding the due date, see the Course Calendar.
To conduct research for the final paper, you will need a library card to access the NJ State Library, which is free for TESU students. Be sure to apply early in the semester, as it may take several weeks to receive your card. https://www.njstatelib.org/research_library/get_a_library_card/state_employee_and_tesu_students/
You are required to submit the final paper in this course to turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the project within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the paper, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report) for the final version along with the paper itself within the course space.
Read carefully the information found at the following link, as it will provide instructions for this requirement:
Turnitin FAQ Web Page
The course ID and password that you will need in order to create an account may be found at the following link: Course ID and Password by Semester. Look within Step 1, locating your course ID and password by semester.
This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.
Students please note: You have the option of submitting any of your assignments to turnitin.com. Submit any additional assignments through the slots with the optional label. However, submitting other assignments is NOT a requirement and you should not submit originality reports for these assignments to your mentor.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)
Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase
Writing Assistance at Smarthinking
Originality Report Checking at Turnitin
Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.
Possible sanctions include:
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