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SYLLABUS Business Finance BA 3341 Section 003 Lecture: Tuesday and Thursday: 11:00-12:15am, SM2.

106 Xin Zhou Spring 2006

My Office: My E-mail:

SOM, Room 3.607

My Office Hours: My Telephone:

Tuesday 2:00-5:00pm 972-883-4733

Required Textbooks: Ross, Westerfield, and Jordan, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, Seventh 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 972-907-8398. 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: Quiz Midterm Final Exam 20% 35% 45%

Homework and Quizzes: To help develop your understanding of the material, I will recommend some end-of-chapter problems after each session. No homework submission is required. Rather, I will occasionally give a quiz based upon these assignments. The lowest grade of your quizzes will be dropped in computing your final score. Exams: o All exams will be multiple-choice, closed book and closed notes. However each student may use one letter size sheet of paper with notes on it. o Students are responsible to bring a calculator, scantron (Form No: 882-E) and pencil to each exam. o 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. o Since many of the ideas we are going to cover build on one another the final will be cumulative, and you must attend it to receive a passing grade in this class. o 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.

Other Things You Should Know • • 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.

Notice of Policy on Cheating: Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents' Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.

Course Schedule

Wk 1

Date 01/10-01/12

Topic Overview Introduction to Corporate Finance Financial Statements, Taxes, and Cash Flow Introduction to Valuation: The Time Value of Money Discounted Cash Flow Valuation Quiz 1 Interest Rate and Bond Valuation Stock Valuation Quiz 2 Net Present Value and Other Investment Criteria


Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 5 Chapter 6

2 3 4

01/17-01/19 01/24-01/26 01/31-02/02

5 6

02/07-02/09 02/14-02/16

Chapter 7 Chapter 8



Chapter 9



Making Capital Investment Decisions Quiz 3 Midterm Spring break (No class)

Chapter 10

9 10 11



Capital Investment Decisions Some Lessons from Capital Market History Some Lessons from Capital Market History Return, Risk, and the Security Market Line Quiz 4 Cost of Capital Financial Leverage and Capital Structure Policy Quiz 5

Chapter 10 Chapter 12 Chapter 12 Chapter 13

12 13

03/21-03/23 03/28-03/30

14 15

04/04-04/06 04/11-04/13

Chapter 15 Chapter 17


04/18-04/20 Dividends and Dividend Policy Review Session 04/25 Final

Chapter 18