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SYLLABUS Business Finance BA 3341 Section 002 Lecture: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:30-10:45am, SM2.

106 Qian (Joyce) Wang Spring 2006

My Office: My E-mail:

SOM, Room 3.811

My Office Hours: My Telephone:

Tuesday 2:00-5:00pm 972-883-4898

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: Midterm 1 Midterm 2 Final Exam 30% 30% 40%

Homeworks: You are not required to hand in homework assignments. However, you are responsible to complete each assignment in order to succeed in my class. Although solutions are available, I believe concepts can be best understood by doing exercise. Therefore, you are strongly recommended to do the assigned problems yourself first, then check with the solutions to homework problems posted at Webct. 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.

Drops: The policies for dropping classes have changed this year. Dates you should know: 1/25/2006: Last day to drop the class without a “W” 2/13/2006: Undergraduates “WP” or “WF” withdraw period begins 3/23/2006: Last day to withdraw from the class with a “WP” or “WF” 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.

Tentative Course Schedule

Wk 1

Date 01/10-01/12

Topic Overview Introduction to Corporate Finance Introduction to Valuation: The Time Value of Money Discounted Cash Flow Valuation Interest Rate and Bond Valuation Stock Valuation Review on Chapter 5-8 Midterm 1 (2/16)


Chapter 1 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8

2 3 4 5 6

01/17-01/19 01/24-01/26 01/31-02/02 02/07-02/09 02/14-02/16

7 8 9 10 11

02/21-02/23 02/28-03/02 03/06-03/11 03/14-03/16 03/21-03/23

Net Present Value and Other Investment Criteria Making Capital Investment Decisions Spring break (No class) Making Capital Investment Decisions Midterm 2 (3/21) Some Lessons from Capital Market History

Chapter 9 Chapter 10

Chapter 10

Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 15 Chapter 17 Chapter 18

12 13 14 15

03/28-03/30 04/04-04/06 04/11-04/13

Return, Risk, and the Security Market Line Cost of Capital Financial Leverage and Capital Structure Policy

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