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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - FIN6406

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2011-01-05
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Please reduce credits from 3 hours to 2 hours
Comments: GC approved 11/1/10; Approved full council 11/15/10. To SCNS 11/30/10. Approved. Effective 1/15/2011. Posted in Banner

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2373 2010-09-16
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Finance BA 140400000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Scott Besley 46341

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    FIN 6406 Financial Management

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections) 35


    ACG 6025 and ECP 6702


    Course Description

    Financial Management (2 credit hours)

    The study of processes, decision structures, and institutional arrangements pursuant to the acquisition and utilization of funds by a firm. The course includes the management of the asset and liability structures o

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    We changed the course to be 2 hours like the other tool coruses in the MBA Program. It is currently offered under selected topics (2 hours).

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 3 or more times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Doctoral degree in the area of finance

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    This is a course in managerial finance in which you should attain a clear, basic understanding of the essentials of financial decision-making. Emphasis is given to the underlying principles of corporate finance and their effects on the decision making framework faced by financial managers who are charged with maximizing shareholders’ wealth. The focus of the course is to provide an understanding of the tools and techniques required to make informed decisions about which assets a firm should purchase and how such purchases should be financed.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    When you finish this course, you should:

     Be able to both perform time value of money computations and understand the results of the computations.

     Be able to compute values of investments and costs of funds, and utilize the results in financial decision-making.

     Understand how the financial markets work and the importance such knowledge plays in raising and investing funds and making other financial decisions.

     Be able to both measure risk and return and understand the concept of risk/return relationships and how such knowledge is used when making financial decisions.

     Make sound financial decisions.

    C. Major Topics

    An Overview of Financial Management 1 Mathematics II (10/25)

    Statistics II (10/25)

    An Overview of Financial Management II (10/27)

    Financial Markets and Institutions 2 Financial Markets and Institutions II (11/3)

    Oct 28 Time Value of Money—Continued 5 1-8,26-28,37,39 The Time Value of Money II (11/3)

    Nov 4 Interest Rates 6 3-5,10,14 Interest Rates II (11/10)

    Bonds—Characteristics and Valuation 7 3,4,8,10,16 Bonds and Their Valuation II (11/10)

    Nov 11 Veterans Day

    Exam 1—Chapters 1, 2, 5-7

    Nov 18 Stocks—Characteristics and Valuation 9 2,4,6,13,14,16 Stocks and Their Valuation II (11/24)

    Risk and Rates of Return 8 3-6,7,14 Risk and Rates of Return II (11/24)

    Nov 25 Cost of Capital 10 1-3,5,9,18,19 Cost of Capital II (12/1)

    Capital Budgeting—Introduction 11 1-5

    Dec 2 Capital Budgeting—Techniques 11 12,13,15 The Basics of Capital Budgeting II (12/8)

    Capital Budgeting—Cash flows & risk 12 7,8,11 Cash Flow Estimation and Risk Analysis II (12/8)

    Dec 9 Exam 2—Chapters 8-12

    D. Textbooks

    Required Course Materials: Aplia, which is an online tool that helps students keep up with course work and assignments, will be used in this course in conjunction with the textbook. Aplia contains an electronic version of the textbook and interactive tools that include assignments and quizzes, tutorials, and other items that will help you to better understand the concepts presented in the book. You will be required to complete (1) graded Aplia assignments, which are primarily multiple-choice, true-or-false, and fill-in-the-blank questions and problems and (2) quizzes that cover the general con

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    • If you don’t already have one, you should purchase a financial calculator to use in this course. Although we will use a Texas Instruments BAII PLUS calculator to solve problems in class, any financial calculator will suffice. You will not be able to use a programmable calculator, a graphing calculator, or the calculator function on your cell phone when taking the exams.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Student Evaluation: You will be evaluated based on your performance on two exams, weekly assignments/quizzes, and a retirement project (due at the end of the semester). The computation of your average numerical score for the course will be based on the following weighting scheme:

    Percent of grade

    Exam 1 35%

    Exam 2 35

    Assignments/Quizzes 20

    Retirement project 10


    Course grades will be based on the weighted average score you receive for the term using the following scale:

    A 85 - 100

    B 70 - 84

    C 60 - 69

    D 50 - 59

    F < 50

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    • The exams will consist of short-answer discussion questions and problems for which you must show the steps that were taken to reach the final solutions. The questions and problems are designed to test your understanding of both fundamental and more complex topics covered in class and contained in the text. Most of the questions on the exams are structured to test your understanding of the concepts rather than how well you can work problems or memorize definitions and other material. If you understand the concepts, you will perform better on the exams than if you memorize definitions and equations.

    • The course outline indicates when the exams will be given. If you miss an exam for any reason you will be required to take the comprehensive make-up exam that is administered at the end of the semester to determine the grade you will receive for the missed exam. You are allowed to take the comprehensive make-up only if you miss one exam. If you miss both exams you cannot pass the course.

    • Quizzes: A quiz that covers the online lectures and assigned reading material will be administered using Aplia each week. The purpose of the quiz is to ensure you are keeping up with the assignments. Each quiz will include 10 questions (primarily multiple-choice and true/false). The questions will cover concepts that are covered in the material included in the chapters you are assigned for the particular week.

    You will be required to complete each quiz during a specified period (generally within a 3-day window). Once you start a quiz, you will have 30 consecutive minutes to finish it—that is, if you start the quiz at 4 p.m., your time expires at 4:30 p.m., even if you logoff Aplia prior to 4:30. You can change your answers as many times as you would like during the 30-minute period, but you cannot change answers after the time limit has expired. Therefore, it is important that you complete the appropriate assignments before beginning each quiz.

    • Assignments/Quizzes Grade: When determining the score that you receive for the Assignments/Quizzes portion of the overall grade in the course, only 80 percent of the scores that you earned for the assignments and quizzes will be used—that is, 20 percent will be dropped.

    • Retirement Project: You will be required to develop a simple retirement plan, which will be due at the end of the semester. The requirements for the project will be made available after the second week of class.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    • The course outline indicates when the exams will be given. If you miss an exam for any reason you will be required to take the comprehensive make-up exam that is administered at the end of the semester to determine the grade you will receive for the missed exam. You are allowed to take the comprehensive make-up only if you miss one exam. If you miss both exams you cannot pass the course.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    BUS (MBA Program), MBA (Executive MBA Program) Fin (MS Finance)

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    see above

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