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Course BA 3341 - HONORS Business Finance

Course # HON SOM 2.801


Professor Bob Bender
Term Spring, 2009
Class Hrs Tues & Thurs 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Professor's Contact Information


Office Phone 972-883-4748
Other Phone N/A
Office Location SOM 4.207
Email Address bob@thebenders.com
Office Hours Mondays & Wednesdays 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00 am - 10:00 am / 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

General Course Information


Pre-requisites: AIM 2301, AIM 2302, MATH 1326, MATH 2333
Pre-requisites, Co-requisites
Co-requisites: STAT 3360

Students should be proficient in (1) basic statistics, (2) accounting & financial
Other Restrictions
statement analysis, and (3) spreadsheet modeling using Microsoft Excel

BA 3341is an introductory course in the fundamentals of corporate finance. This


class focuses on the use of discounted cash flow analysis in the evaluation and
selection of capital investment projects. Additional topics include cost of capital;
Course Description
risk return trade-off in financial markets; financial leverage & capital structure;
portfolio theory; capital asset pricing model (CAPM); leasing; and financial
statement analysis.
1. Students will be able to apply time value of money concepts to various
valuation problems.
2. Students will be able to describe what drives a firm's cost of capital and how to
Learning Outcomes estimate it.
3. Students will be able to analyze investment in real and financial assets using
various methodologies.

4. Students will construct excel spreadsheets to solve basic financial problems.

FUNDAMENTALS OF CORPORATE FINANCE, 8th Edition, 2008


Required Texts & Materials
by Stephen Ross, Randolph Westerfield, and Bradford Jordan
Students will need a financial calculator. Texas Instruments Business Analyst II
Plus is recommended.
Suggested Readings Wall Street Journal

Grading & Student Evaluation


AVERAGE OF THREE TESTS * 75 %
Grading Criteria CLASS PROJECT 15 %
HOMEWORK 5%
CLASS PARTICIPATION 5%
* Many problems on tests are graded right or wrong with no partial credit awarded for
incorrect answers.
A+ 98+
A 93 - 97
A- 90 - 92
B+ 88 - 89
Converting % to
B 83 - 87
Grades:
B- 80 - 82
C+ 78 - 79
C 73 - 77
C- 70 - 72 etc
Make-up Exams Only On Next Scheduled Exam Date / See Professor
BA 3341 HONORS BUSINESS FINANCE
SPRING, 2009
CLASS SCHEDULE *
TUES / THURS 10:00 am to 11:15 am SOM 2.801
CL DAY DATE CHAPTERS TOPICS
1 Tues Jan 13 N/A Introduction to Business Finance
2 Thurs Jan 15 Chapter 1 Corporate Finance Overview
3 Tues Jan 20 Chapter 2 Financial Statements & Cash Flow
4 Thurs Jan 22 Chapter 2 Financial Statements & Cash Flow
5 Tues Jan 27 Chapter 3 Working with Financial Statements
6 Thurs Jan 29 Chapter 4 Financial Planning
7 Tues Feb 3 Chapter 3 Team 1: Ratio Analysis
8 Thurs Feb 5 Chapter 1 Team 2: Corp Governance
9 Tues Feb 10 TEST 1
10 Thurs Feb 12 Chapter 5 Time Value of Money
11 Tues Feb 17 Chapters 6 Discounted Cash Flow
12 Thurs Feb 19 Chapter 9 Team 3: NPV & Cap Investment Criterion
13 Tues Feb 24 Chapter 10 Capital Investment Decisions
14 Thurs Feb 26 Chapter 10 Capital Investment Decisions
15 Tues Mar 3 Chapter 11 Project Analysis & Evaluation
16 Thurs Mar 5 Chapter 11 Project Analysis & Evaluation
17 Tues Mar 10 N/A Practice Problems
18 Thurs Mar 12 All the Above REVIEW
Tues Mar 17 N/A * * * SPRING BREAK * * *
Thurs Mar 19 N/A * * * SPRING BREAK * * *
19 Tues Mar 24 TEST 2 (Comprehensive)
20 Thurs Mar 26 Chapter 7 Team 4: Bond Evaluation
21 Tues Mar 31 Chapters 12 & 13 Team 5: Risk, Return & CAPM
22 Thurs Apr 2 Chapter 15 Team 6: Cost of Equity & WACC
23 Tues Apr 7 N/A Practice Problems
24 Thurs Apr 9 Chapter 26 Team 7: Lease vs Buy Analysis
25 Tues Apr 14 N/A Team 8: Personal Finance
26 Thurs Apr 16 N/A Team 9: Identity Theft
27 Tues Apr 21 N/A Misc Topics in Corporate Finance
28 Thurs Apr 23 N/A Current Financial issues
29 Tues Apr 28 All the Above REVIEW
30 Thurs Apr 30 TEST 3 (Comprehensive)
Tues May 5 N/A MY OFFICE SOM4.207 / Grade Review

* CLASS SCHEDULE IS FLEXIBLE AND WILL BE MODIFIED AS NEEDED