MGMT190 Introduction to Finance (Experimental)

Department of Business Studies: Management

I. Course Number and Title
MGMT190 Introduction to Finance (Experimental)
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Reading Placement Test score Level 3
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course focuses on a firm's financial goals and decisions to maximize shareholders' wealth. It examines financial concepts and analytical techniques, financial performance, time value of money, measurement of risk and return, capital budgeting, capital structure, short-term financial planning, working capital management, and international finance.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. To identify the primary goal of finance to maximize shareholder wealth and not profits and its relationship to decision making within the firm.
    2. To identify key components of the U.S. financial market system and the role of different market players, costs, vehicles, efficient markets, interest rate determinants and risk-return tradeoffs.
    3. To evaluate a company's financial performance, using a comprehensive set of financial tools.
    4. To analyze the use of time value of money in present value and future value models for investment/project decision-making purposes.
    5. To define and measure the expected rate of return and risk for an individual investment, to explain the relationship between risk and return, and how diversification affects risk and return.
    6. To describe a firm's financing process, including concepts underlying a firm's cost of capital, the difference between internally and externally generated funds, a firm's financing needs, working capital, and optimum financing mix.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. An Introduction to the Foundations of Financial Management
    2. The Financial Markets and Interest Rates
    3. Understanding Financial Statements and Cash Flows
    4. Evaluating a Firm's Financial Performance
    5. The Time Value of Money
    6. The Meaning and Measurement of Risk and Return
    7. Valuation and Characteristics of Bonds
    8. Valuation and Characteristics of Stock
    9. Capital Budgeting Techniques and Practice
    10. Cash Flows and Other Topics in Capital Budgeting
    11. Cost of Capital
    12. Determining the Financing Mix
    13. Dividend Policy and Internal Financing
    14. Short-Term Financial Planning
    15. Working Capital Management
    16. Current Asset Management
    17. International Business Finance
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    • See course outline for required textbook.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Teaching devices used by the instructor may consist of classroom and/or Web-assisted instruction, student/instructor discussion of question and problems, use of visual aids, utilization of outside speakers, college-sanctioned activities, and college-sanctioned activities.

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