Indiana University Northwest
School of Business and Economics
B 512 Financial Management in Organizations
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This online course will help you understand the theory of financial management and its applications in business. Basic accounting concepts and their use in financial statement analysis are discussed. Discounted cash flow and rate-of-return analysis are used to evaluate projects. Issues of Capital Structure and Dividend Policies are discussed. Break-even analysis is employed to measure the impact of changes in volume and costs. An introduction to scenario analysis, short- and long-term financial management, international finance, and operating budgets and their preparation is provided.
Course Goals and Objectives
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
Brigham, Eugene F., and Erhardt, Michael C. (2011). Financial management: Theory and practice (with Thomson One – Business School Edition 1- year Printed Access Card) 13th Ed.. Ft. Worth, TX. South-Western/Thomson Learning. ISBN 9781439078099.
Any Accounting Text Book.
The Wall Street Journal
Grades will be determined as shown in the following assignment chart. Detailed descriptions of assignments are available below and from the assignment links in the chart. Due dates are detailed in the Course Schedule.
Class Policies Regarding Graded Work
**The following policies are in effect for all individual and group deliverables throughout the semester, unless noted otherwise. **
There are four types of graded deliverables required in this class: class participation; midterm and final examinations; end-of-chapter problems (individual); and a group assignment. All are described in detail below. Evaluation of the course should also be considered a course requirement.
**All due dates are noted in the Course Guide/Schedule.**
Individual Class Participation (10% of course grade)
Midterm and Final Exams (Individual Work: 30% of course grade each)
Both midterm and final examinations will be given. For both exams, exam questions will be posted in Original Test and Survey section of the Oncourse on the date indicated in the Course Guide/Schedule. Your answers must be submitted for a grade no later than 11:59 p.m. Central Time on the date indicated in the Course Guide/Schedule. All work on exams are to be individual work, no assistance from others.
Late exam responses will not be accepted. There will be no makeup exams unless for documented emergencies. The exam is to be your work and your work alone, with no assistance from others.
Homework Problems (20% of course grade)
End-of-Chapter problems are assigned in most of the weeks in the course as individual work. They are to be submitted for a grade in your individual Assignments Folder in our classroom by the due dates indicated in the Course Guide/Schedule. While answers to these homework problems are provided in Appendix B of the text, the important thing is that you understand how to solve them. You need to show your work, including formulas and intermediate results. It is best to use a spreadsheet program for this (excel is the most common/preferred) and submit your spreadsheet workbook with your submission. I have the option of substituting homework problems that are not part of the end-of-chapter problem sets. It is important that you work the homework problems, mini cases and some of the additional self-study ones with the solutions provided so that you gain a strong foundation in applying principles and theories. Having a robust set of problem solving skills is a critical success factor for successfully completing your degree program.
Group Assignment (10% of course grade, including participation in the group work)
Class members may "self-select" their own teams/groups during the first week of the semester. Each group must include 4-5 members. A forum will be available for team sign-up. If you have fewer than three members in your self-selected group, the instructor will add members. If you are not a member of a group, the instructor will assign you to a group.
Peer evaluations will be conducted to ensure each group member carries her/his own weight in completing the project. The instructor reserves the right to adjust grades based on input from the peer evaluations. I encourage you to use the group folder to exchange your work with other group members. This would allow me to see your group interaction.
The group assignment consists of a mini case at the end of chapter 10 of your text. More details are available by referring to the course schedule.
Post your group's response(s) in your Study Group Folder which will be located in the resource section of Oncourse by the due date indicated in the Course Guide/Schedule.
In your answers, be sure to include full justification for your group's responses. Document your participation and contribution in the Study Groups area of the Oncourse. The drafts should be posted (but not edited) in the group's folder. The final set of answers is to be posted in your study group conference as a main topic with the word "final" in the topic title.
The grade for the team submission will be determined, and then the individual grades may be adjusted, based on the quantity and quality (or lack) of participation and contributions. Merely agreeing and providing feedback will not result in a full grade. Actual contributions and participation earlyand often are required. Peer evaluations will be conducted after submission of the group project. The instructor reserves the right to adjust an individual's grade based on evidence of a lack of cooperation and poor performance.
IU Academic Policies
This course is governed by IU academic policies in the following areas:
SUCCESSFUL STUDY USING ONCOURSE
The home page of Oncourse has links, video tutorials and several tips and updates to help you navigate the website. IU has prepared a reference page containing links to information about a variety of resources to help you function successfully in your online Oncourse class.
Right to Accommodation for Individuals with Disabilities
Indiana University is committed to creating a learning environment and academic community that promotes educational opportunities for all individuals, including those with disabilities. Course directors are asked to make reasonable accommodations, upon request by the student or the university, for such disabilities. It is the responsibility of students with documented physical or learning disabilities seeking accommodation to notify their course directors and the relevant campus office that deals with such cases in a timely manner concerning the need for such accommodation. Indiana University will make reasonable accommodations for access to programs, services, and facilities as outlined by applicable state and federal laws.
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