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General Course Information for FIN443: Working Capital Management

Course: FIN443 - Working Capital Management
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description:

A course emphasizing the management of current assets and current liabilities, it covers planning a firm's overall level of liquidity, stressing cash management and credit policies. Also discussed are selected topics such as bank relations, factoring, and secured inventory financing.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate comparative working capital management policies and their impact on the firm's profitability, liquidity, risk and operating flexibility.
  • Evaluate the importance of effective working capital management and its role in meeting the firm's strategic objectives and its impact in value creation.
  • Investigate funds flow cycles and their impact on working capital management objectives.
  • Plan analytical skills, tools and techniques to enhance the decision-making process.
  • Plan analytical skills, tools and techniques to enhance the decision-making process.
  • Compare and contrast the relative merits of alternative working capital policies and the likely short-term and long-term impact on the firm.
  • Formulate appropriate working capital management policies to achieve corporate objectives.
  • Apply corporate cash management, accounts receivable management, bank relations, and inventory management techniques to maximize the share holders' value.
  • Write a plan for a balanced integration of cash, credit and other short-term topics and policies.
  • Formulate and integrate an extended treatment on international working capital topics.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:

URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures