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SYLLABUS Business Finance BA 3341 Section 001

Lecture: Tuesdays: 1:00-3:45, SM1.107 Teaching Assistant: Andrea Moss, contact Andrea first. Andrea’s E-mail: Andrea’s Office Hours: Wed 2:30-4:00, Thu 2:00-3:30 in SOM Room 2.204 (adjacent to Undergraduate Lounge) My Office: SOM, Room 3.809 My E-mail:, DO NOT USE WebCT EMAIL—YOU WILL NOT GET A REPLY. My Office Hours: Tuesday 10 am to 11, and also by appointment My Telephone: 972-883-4784 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 972-9078398. 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%

Mark J. Laplante Spring 2006


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 25: Last day to drop the class without a “W” Monday February 13: Undergraduates “WP” or “WF” withdraw period begins Thursday March 16: 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 10 Jan 17 Jan 24 Jan 31 Feb 7 Feb 14 Feb 21 Feb 28 Mar 7 Mar 14 Mar 21 Mar 28 Apr 4 Apr 11 Apr 18 Apr 25 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