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SYLLABUS Business Finance BA 3341 Section 004

Lecture: Tuesdays: 1:00-3:45, SM1.217 Teaching Assistant: Joyce Wang, contact Joyce first. Joyce’s Office: SOM, Room 3.811 Joyce’s E-mail: Joyce’s Telephone: 972-883-4898 Joyce’s Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00-4:30, and also by appointment My Office: SOM, Room 3.809 My E-mail: Required Textbooks: Ross, Westerfield, and Jordan, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, Sixth Edition You can purchase either the Standard Edition or the Alternate Edition, it does not matter. It is available at the campus bookstore and Off Campus Books which is located at 581 W Campbell Rd, Richardson. Their telephone number is 972-9078398. Optional Reading: Though not required, students are strongly encouraged to regularly read a business periodical, I recommend The Wall Street Journal. Calculator: You will need a calculator which has financial functions. When I do examples in class I will use a TI-BA II Plus. Evaluation: Midterm One Midterm Two Final Exam 32% 32% 36% My Office Hours: Monday 3:30-4:30, and also by appointment My Telephone: 972-883-4784

Mark J. Laplante Spring 2005


Since many of the ideas we are going to cover build on one another the final will be cumulative.

Drops: The policies for dropping classes have changed this year. Dates you should know: Wednesday January 26: Last day to drop the class without a “W” Monday February 14: Undergraduates “WP” or “WF” withdraw period begins Monday March 14: Last day to withdraw from the class with a “WP” or “WF” Other Things You Should Know • There are no make-ups and all scores will count towards your overall evaluation. If you miss a midterm you must have written documentation of a serious illness from a physician. Since there are no make-ups additional weight will be put on the final. I am very willing to entertain questions you may have regarding grading but will not take these questions during class. Please submit in writing, within one week, any disputes you have with specific grades in a well thought-out argument. You are expected to read the selected chapters before class. If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability please contact Disability Services, Student Union 1.610, 972-883-2098 (V/TDD). If you have a letter from Disability Services indicating you have a documented disability that requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to me so we can discuss the accommodations you might need for class.

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Tentative Course Schedule: See WebCT Calendar for Daily Updates
Date Jan 11 Jan 18 Jan 25 Feb 1 Feb 8 Feb 15 Feb 22 Mar 1 Mar 8 Mar 15 Mar 22 Mar 29 Apr 5 Apr 12 Apr 19 Apr 26 Topic Introduction, Time Value of Money TVM, Discounted Cash Flow Valuation Discounted Cash Flow Valuation Bond Valuation Stock Valuation Midterm One, Investment Criteria Investment Criteria, Making Capital Decisions Making Capital Investment Decisions Spring Break – No Class Capital Investment Decisions, Capital Market History Midterm Two, Capital Market History Risk & Return Cost of Capital Cost of Capital, Capital Structure Capital Structure Final Exam 1:00 p.m. 10, 12 12 13 15 15, 17 17 Chapter 1 5, 6 6 7 8 9 9, 10 10