Business Finance

Course Description

This course is a survey of the basic principles and concepts used in the financial management of a business enterprise addressed from both theoretical and practical standpoints. Topics include money and capital markets, financial management of working capital, capital budgeting and fixed asset management, cost of capital, and short-term and long-term financing by means of debt and equity capital.

Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiate finance from closely-related disciplines of economics and accounting and describe the primary function of financial managers.
  • Interpret stockholders’ report and basic financial statements including income statement, balance sheet, statement of retained earnings and cash flow statement.
  • Relate the concept and application of time value of money and discounted cash flow analysis to asset of problems.
  • Analyze relevant cash flows in the capital budgeting process.
  • Evaluate capital budgeting projects using the payback, net present value and internal rate of return methods.
  • Calculate the component costs of the firm’s capital structure, and determine cost of capital, weighted average and marginal cost of capital.
  • Discuss the various sources of long-term capital and select an optimal mix to meet the firm’s financial needs.
  • Evaluate factors affecting dividend policy and the effect dividend policy has on the cost of capital.
  • Understand the key characteristics of working capital and its individual elements, such as cash and marketable securities, inventory, and their roles as an investment.


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