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General Course Information for FIN609A: Seminar in Financial Managemen

Course: FIN609A - Seminar in Financial Managemen
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: A study of corporate financial management, through case studies and/or term projects, this course covers issues such as sources of long-term financing, cost of capital, capital budgeting, dividend policy, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and reorganization, the globalization of finance, ethical standards, information technology, and financial strategy.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Discuss the issues involved in making decisions that maximize shareholder's wealth while keeping in mind the need to recognize shareholders' risk tolerance, stakeholder interests, and adherence to ethical standards of business practice.
  • Compare and contrast agency problems and methods used to ensure owners' and managers' goals are congruent.
  • Analyze important corporate decisions and explain how they affect firm value.
  • Define, discuss, and explain the process of valuing stocks and bonds.
  • Apply capital budgeting techniques to the evaluation of alternative investment projects.
  • Evaluate and select sources of long-term capital needed to finance the firm.
  • Estimate a firm's cost of capital.
  • Explain the process of selecting an optimal capital structure.
  • Explain the effect of dividend policy on firm value.
  • Analyze corporate mergers, and measure the impact of mergers on the value of the acquiring firm and its competitive position.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
    • Communication and Presentation - Demonstrate effective written communication and oral presentation skills in a collaborative, problem-solving setting.
    • Critical Thinking - Examine information, ideas, belief, problems or arguments through an intellectual process that judges relevance, clarity, accuracy, and importance.
    • Diversity and Ethics - Assess and manage ethical issues and multicultural diversity.
    • Globalization and Cultural Awareness - Assess the risk and opportunities associated with operating within multi-cultural, global business environment.
    • Leadership and Governance - Formulate the appropriate business policies and strategies within an environment of change to meet the objectives of the organization's stakeholders.
    • Problem Solving - Apply the basic theories of leadership, economics, and business statistics to solving business problems and taking advantage of business opportunities
    • Strategic Planning - Evaluate the financial position of an enterprise, and plan the use of its financial resources to achieve its objectives.
    • Subject Knowledge - Synthesize information from functional areas within an organization, such as operations, finance, accounting, management, and marketing, as they support decision-making processes throughout an organization.
    • Technology - Utilize current methodologies, systems and technology in order to plan, execute and implement the strategies needed for effective management.

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:

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

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

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:

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

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.

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.

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