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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - FIN6466
Tracking Number - 2771

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-05-15
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 3/5/12. For MBA Prog Chng. Appd. To GC 3/19. to USF Syst 3/19. to SCNS 3/27. Dept making Edits 4/9/12 to correct. To GC 4/13. USF Sys 4/13; to SCNS 4/21. SCNS approved eff 6/1/12

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-02-16
  2. Department: Finance
  3. College: BA
  4. Budget Account Number: 140400
  5. Contact Person: Scott Besley
  6. Phone: 8139746341
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: FIN
  9. Number: 6466
  10. Full Title: Financial Analysis
  11. Credit Hours: 2
  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 Analysis
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: ACG 6026, FIN 6406
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Financial analysis focuses on how information disseminated that is by a company is used by such stakeholders as managers, stockholders, creditors, and financial analysts when making decisions concerning the firm’s value.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for program/concentration/certificate change
  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? This course is one of the Advanced Tools courses that must be completed (required) by all students in the MBA program. Recommended by the MBA Redesign Committee and approved by both the College of Business Graduate Policy Committee and the faculty, this course reflects a faculty consensus that MBA students need additional coursework in financial analysis. Because this will be a required Advanced Tools course for all MBA students, enrollment should be between 35 and 50 students for each of two sections offered in the spring and fall semesters.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. in finance or an equivalent degree.
  29. Objectives: The objectives of this course are to enhance the student’s (1) ability to interpret and analyze information disseminated by the firm, which includes information contained in financial statements and other reports published by the firm as well as behaviors the firm exhibits when disseminating such information and (2) understanding of how information that is disseminated by the firm is used by various stakeholders to evaluate management’s actions and to forecast the value of the firm’s investment decisions.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Students who complete the requirements for this course should be able to:

    • Identify and properly interpret financial information provided by a firm.

    • Construct pro forma financial statements.

    • Understand and explain how information provided by a firm is used by various stakeholder groups to make decisions about the firm’s current value and the effects such decisions have on the firm’s value in the future.

    • Project a firm’s financial requirements, including funds needed to support current operations (working capital) and to support capital budgeting projects (long-term investments).

  31. Major Topics: Key topics covered in the course include:

    • The financial environment.

    • Analysis of financial information.

    • Projecting financial requirements.

    • Analysis of investment decisions.

    • Cost of funds and Valuation.

  32. Textbooks:
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Listed under course text.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: The student’s final grade is based on three exams and three projects:

    • Exam 1 23% of grade

    • Exam 2 23% of grade

    • Final Exam 24% of grade

    • Project 1 10% of grade

    • Project 2 10% of grade

    • Project 3 10% of grade

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: See the syllabus for examples of the topics that will be covered in the course. Students are expected to read material and complete assignments before each class. Students may take notes in this course for personal use only; students do not have permission to sell or profit in any manner from the use of notes. The USF policy, including restrictions on the use of course notes as well as ramifications for violating the policy can be found at
  36. 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.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Students are expected to take exams and turn in projects on the dates noted in the syllabus. Students who miss work due to excused absences will be permitted to make up the missed work.
  38. Program This Course Supports: MBA
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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