DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
Course: Financial Management, Finance 103
Instructor: Dr. Paul K. Asabere
Office: Speakman Hall, 206F
Office Hours and Phone: Main: Mon. 2:00-3:00 pm or by appointment
Required Text: Essentials of Corporate Finance, Ross, Westerfield and thJordan, McGraw-Hill, 4 Edition.
Opening Statement: Welcome to Finance 103. While this course is largely about the financial management of corporations, the subject matter has value to all students, as will be demonstrated throughout the term. Moreover, the material, if you apply yourself, can actually be fun to learn.
Course Description: This course will provide an understanding of the fundamentals of financial management. For the purpose of presenting these fundamentals, we will assume that the goal of financial management is to maximize the value of the firm for its owners. Stockholders expect nothing less of the managers who run their firm and so the focus of this course is on the value creation activities of management.
The major areas of study for the course are as follows:
1. Understanding financial statements
2. Risk and return
3. Time value of money
4. Valuation of securities
5. Capital budgeting
6. Leverage and Capital structure
Course Expectations: The objective of college level courses is to teach you know to think. Life in the business world is about solving problems none of which are like the end-of-chapter problems in your text; however, these problems are a first step. Learning how to think begins with understanding theory and so for each new topic encountered we will begin with a discussion of the relevant theoretical foundations. It is essential to grasp these ideas before attempting to address problem solving.
Under most of the topic headings below, a basic list of learning outcomes is given. However, please note that you will also be responsible for all definitions provided in the
chapters that we cover.
This course is very demanding and will command considerable work on your part; typically 2-3 hours per day is required. It is highly recommended that you read the
assigned chapters carefully at least twice.
Calculators: I strongly recommend purchasing a financial calculator. However, it must be noted that financial calculators require considerable effort on your part to learn how to use them. The burden of learning how to use them is on you.
Prerequisites: Financial Management is a combination of economics, mathematics, statistics, and accounting. Prerequisites are Economics C051 and C052, Accounting 0001 and 0002, and Statistics C011 and C012. Since these courses are prerequisites, the material that we will cover uses this knowledge as a foundation.
The mathematical requirements of this course can be considerable. You are required to be proficient in the mathematics covered in the above statistics courses. For example, you should be able to solve single equations for single unknowns, solve simultaneous equations for more than one unknown, and understand how to use basic statistical concepts. The statistical concepts that you are required to understand are mean or expected value, variance, standard deviation, covariance and correlation. Without a good understanding of the mathematical and statistical requirements, it will be very difficult for you to pass this course. Examples are provided at the end of the course outline.
Class attendance: Class attendance is required and role will be taken, randomly. After three absences, not supported by a documented excuse, you will receive a zero for attendance.
Grade determination: There will be three exams in total, two exams during the term and a final exam. The mid-term exams will weigh 30% each and the financial will weigh 30%. Class attendance will account for 10%. The final exam is cumulative. The grading scheme is as follows:
A: 93 – 100
A-: 90 – 92
B+: 87 – 89
B: 83 – 86
B-: 80 – 82
C+: 77 – 79
C: 73 – 76
C-: 70 – 72
D+: 67 – 69
D: 63 – 66
D-: 60 – 62
F: less than 60
No extra work will be given to make up a low grade in any exam after they are graded. A grade of “Incomplete” will not be assigned unless the following conditions are both met:
; You have successfully “C” or better) completed the first two exams and
your attendance is satisfactory.
; You cannot, because of a documented medical emergency, complete the
remaining items before grades must be reported.
Also, please note that students who are caught cheating in an exam will be assigned an “F” grade for that exam.
Qualifications: I intend to follow the outline below as much as possible, given weather or other unforeseen events. If for any reason I believe that it is in the best interest of the class, I reserve the right to amend this syllabus during the courses of the term.
E-mail: Please allow 48 hours for e-mail responses, except on weekends. Any e-mails received after 12:30 Friday afternoon will be answered by the end of the day on the following Monday. I also prefer e-mail to voice-mail. Since I am often on multiple campuses, I find e-mail to be more convenient.
Blackboard: On Blackboard I post PowerPoint presentations that represent a basic skeleton of the class lecture. These include most graphs and most equations so that you do not have to draw or copy these. This means that you should expect to take notes in class.
Weekly assignments: Below each topic to be covered is the chapter assignment for the week. The exception is the first day of class. In addition you must solve the end of chapter problems. These will not be handed in but it is your responsibility to attempt to solve them.
Students with disabilities: Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me in private to discuss the specific situation as soon as possible. Contact Disability Resources and Services at 215-204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.
1) Introduction to Financial Management/Ethics in Finance, Chapter 1.
2) Financial Statements, Taxes and Cash Flow, Chapter 2.
(1) Understanding financial statements and cash flow
(2) Understanding the difference between profit and cash flow and how to
estimate cash flow.
(3) Understanding the impact of taxes and the difference between
marginal and average tax rates.
Assignment: Problems 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 19, and 21.
3) Working with Financial Statements, Chapter 3.
(1) Know the meaning of the individual financial ratios as presented in the
(2) Know how to interpret a given numerical value for each of the
(3) Understand the basic DuPont analysis.
(4) Know the difference between internal and sustainable growth.
Assignment: Problems 1-25.
4) The Time Value of Money, Chapter 4.
(1) Know how to determine the present and future value of a lump sum
(2) Know how to estimate the return on an investment.
(3) Know how to determine the number of periods required for a given
sum of money today to grow to a given sum in the future.
Assignment: Problems 1-25.
5) Discounted Cash Flow Valuation, Chapter 5.
(1) Know how to determine the future and present values of annuities. (2) Know how to determine the future and present values of uneven cash
(3) Know how to determine the present value of perpetuity. (4) Know how to estimate the annuity payment for future or present value
(5) Know how to estimate the rate that an annuity must earn in order to
provide a given future or present value.
(6) Know how to estimate the number of periods for a given annuity to
provide a present or future value.
(7) Know the difference between an annuity and an annuity due. (8) Know the difference between an APR and EAR and how to convert
the APR to an EAR.
Assignment: Problems 1-20, 22, 23, 26 & 27.
6) Interest rates and bond valuation, Chapter 6.
(1) Know what a coupon bond is.
(2) Know how to estimate the value of a coupon bond as interest rates
change (for both annual and semi-annual coupon payments). (3) Know how to estimate the yield to maturity.
(4) Know the difference between nominal and real rates of interest. (5) Understand the concept of interest rate risk. (6) Understand the term structure of interest rates.
Assignment: Problems 1-14.
7) Equity markets and stock valuation, Chapter 7.
(1) Know how to determine the value of common stock under the
(a) Zero grow
(b) Constant growth
(c) Non-constant growth
(d) Super-normal growth
(2) Understand the difference between a dividend yield and a capital gain
(3) Know how to determine the value of preferred stock.
Assignment: Problems 1-6, 8, 10, 11, 22 & 23.
st*October 1 – Exam 1
8) Net Present Value and Other Investment Criteria, Chapter 8.
(1) Rationale and mechanics of calculating the five featured criteria. (2) Investment decision rules for each.
(3) Know what the NPV profile is, and how to interpret one. (4) Understand the shortcomings of payback and IRR. (5) Understand how the five criteria answer the two key questions of
Assignment: Problems 1-20
9) Making Capital Investment Decisions, Chapter 9.
(1) Know how to determine project cash flows.
(2) Know how to apply the concepts of NPV and IRR to project cash
Assignment: Problems 1-15.
10) Some Lessons from Capital Market History, Chapter 10.
(1) Understand how to use the concepts of expected value, variance, and
standard deviation is estimating risk and return on marketable
(2) Understand the concept of a risk premium and how they are estimated
for various security classes.
(3) Know the concept of market efficiency and the difference between
weak form, semi-strong form, and strong form efficiency.
Assignment: Problems, Chapter 10, 1-11, 13-23.
11) Risk and Return, Chapter 11.
(1) Understand the expected return and risk of a portfolio. (2) Know how these concepts differ from the expected return and risk of a
(3) Understand the concepts of systematic and unsystematic risk. (4) Know how diversification reduces unsystematic risk. (5) Understand the concept of beta and how it measures market or
(6) Understand how the concepts of beta and market risk premium
determine us to measure the required return to risky securities by the
capital asset pricing model, CAPM.
(7) Understand the security market line (SML) and how this is a graphical
representation of the CAPM.
Assignment: Chapter 11, 1-19, 22-31.
th*November 5 – Exam 2
12) Cost of Capital, Chapter 12
(1) Know how to estimate the WACC.
(2) Know the difference between market and book weights.
(3) Understand the difference between a company’s cost of capital and a
divisional or project cost of capital.
(4) Understand source-determined vs. use-determined cost of capital
Assignment: Problems 1-13, 15-25.
13) Leverage and Capital Structure, Chapter 13.
(1) Understand financial leverage.
(2) Understand the static theory of capital structure.
(3) Understand how corporate taxes impact the capital structure decision.
(4) Understand the implications of bankruptcy on optimal capital structure.
(5) Understand how to solve for break-even EBIT
Assignment: Problems 1-15.
14) Dividend Policy, Chapter 13. (Time Permitting)
(1) Understand the dividend irrelevance proposition.
(2) Understand how taxes and clienteles may impact the dividend decision
and why taxes and clienteles should not impact the dividend decision.
Review for Final Exam
Final Exam – To Be Announced