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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - FIN6465
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2011-03-11
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: recd 12/3; GC approved 1/24/11; to System Concurrence 1/27/11; To SCNS 2/7/11. SCNS approved. Effective 3/11/11. posted in banner

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2010-09-30
  2. Department: Finance
  3. College: BA
  4. Budget Account Number: 1404-000-00
  5. Contact Person: Scott Besley
  6. Phone: 46341
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: FIN
  9. Number: 6465
  10. Full Title: Financial Statement Analysis
  11. Credit Hours: 03
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Financial Statement Analysis
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: FIN 6406
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course provides an understanding of the relationship between financial statements produced in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the information such statements contain that is useful to stakeholders.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. 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? Following are the enrollments for the course during the past five years when it was taught as a Special Topics course:

    Fall 2006 24

    Fall 2007 38

    Spring 2007 23

    Fall 2008 39

    Spring 2008 37

    Fall 2009 32

    Spring 2009 27

    Fall 2010 34

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in finance or a realted field of study and a good understanding of financial statement analysis.
  29. Objectives: The course is intended to provide the student with

    • An understanding of the relationship between financial statements produced in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the informational content that they may or may not provide.

    • The ability to use information contained in published financial statements as well as to determine the usefulness of such information to stakeholders, such as investors and creditors.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Students who finish this course should be able to:

    • Understand the relationship between financial statements produced in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the informational content that they may or may not provide.

    • Analyze a firm’s profitability and risk, including financial ratios, common-size financial statements, and percentage change financial statements.

    • Interpret the statement of cash flows, estimate free cash flows and estimate intrinsic value using cash flow based valuation models.

    • Assess the quality of financial statements, identify the sustainable segment of reported earnings and remove transitory earnings to form estimates of recurring earnings.

    • Build forecasts of future balance sheets, income statements, and statements of cash flows.

  31. Major Topics: financial statements, accounting principles, information content
  32. Textbooks: Financial Reporting And Statement Analysis: A Strategic Perspective, Sixth Edition, by Stickney, Brown and Wahlen
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Exam 1 23% of total grade

    Exam 2 23% of total grade

    Final Exam 24% of total grade

    Project 15% of total grade

    Project 2 15% of total grade

    Grades will be “curved” to some extent. The plus-minus system will be used to assign the final grade (for example, B+ or B-). Course grade will be assigned as follows: 90-100 =A; 80–89 = B; 70-79 = C; 60-69 = D; < 60 = F; 0-2 = Letter - ; 3-6 = Letter; 7-9 = Letter +; To earn an A+, students must score 97 or higher without a “curve.”

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Exam 2 is an in-class multiple-choice exam, which will include the Walmart case, which is Case 4.2 on page 334 of the textbook. You need to work on the case on your own, or in groups. You do not need to turn anything in to me. For the exam, I will provide you with a copy of the case, a formula sheet and the exam questions. This process levels the playing field for all students by reducing the incidence of plagiarism.

    The Final Exam will include the Nike case.

    Project 1 requires you to create pro-forma financial statements. It should help you prepare pro-forma financial statements for the IBA 2 course.

    Project 2 is an assignment on Walmart’s (modified) financial statements. The project will be placed on Blackboard. You will need to turn in your answers for the project.

  36. Attendance Policy: Attendance is not compulsory. However, given the nature of the material, attendance is highly recommended. It is disruptive if a student arrives late or leaves early. Please try to be on time. If you have to leave early, please sit near an entrance, and let the instructor know before class that you will be leaving early.

    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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Arrangements will be made for students who have excused absences to make up missed work.

    “Plagiarism is defined as "literary theft" and consists of the unattributed quotation of the exact

    words of a published text or the unattributed borrowing of original ideas by paraphrase from a

    published text. On written papers for which the student employs information gathered from

    books, articles, or oral sources, each direct quotation, as well as ideas and facts that are not

    generally known to the public-at-large, must be attributed to its author by means of the

    appropriate citation procedure. Citations may be made in footnotes or within the body of the text.

    Plagiarism also consists of passing off as one's own, segments or the total of another person's


    “Punishment for academic dishonesty will depend on the seriousness of the offense and may

    include receipt of an "F" with a numerical value of zero on the item submitted, and the "F" shall

    be used to determine the final course grade. It is the option of the instructor to assign the student

    a grade of "F" of "FF" (the latter indicating dishonesty) in the course.”

  38. Program This Course Supports: MBA and Master of Science in Finance
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Other master's programs in the College of Business, as an elective.

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