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BA 3341 – 001 Business Finance

Spring 2005 Time: Classroom: Saturday, 9:00 – 11:45 am SOM 1.212

Instructor: Zhengzheng Li Office: SM 3.708 Phone: 972-883-4882 Email: Webpage: Office hours: Wednesday, 03:00-05:00 pm, or by appointment Textbook: “Fundamentals of Corporate Finance,” by: Ross, Westerfield, and Jordan, McGraw-Hill Irwin, 6th Edition, 2003.

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. TI-BA II Plus is strongly recommended.

Course Webpage: All lecture notes, assignments, solutions, and grades will be posted on my homepage. It is each student’s responsibility to check the course website frequently. Grading: Attendance and Participation Quizzes Midterm Final 10% 20% 30% 40%

Homeworks 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 No makeup exams will be given. If you miss the midterm, your final will count for 70% of your semester grade, provided you make arrangements with me prior to the exam date. o Final exam will be comprehensive and you must attend it to receive a passing grade in this class. o Students are responsible to bring a calculator, scantron (Form No: 882-E) and pencil to each exam. o Please submit in writing, within one week, any disputes you have with specific grades in a well thought-out argument.

Course Schedule

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01/15 Overview Introduction to Corporate Finance Financial Statements, Taxes, and Cash Flow 01/22 Working on Financial Statement 01/29 Introduction to Valuation: The Time Value of Money 02/05 Discounted Cash Flow Valuation 02/12 Interest Rate and Bond Valuation 02/19 Stock Valuation 02/26 Net Present Value and Other Investment Criteria Review 03/05 Midterm 03/12 Spring Break 03/19 Making Capital Investment Decisions Project Analysis and Evaluation 03/26 Some Lessons from Capital Market History Return, Risk, and the Security Market Line 04/02 Cost of Capital Raising Capital 04/09 Financial Leverage and Capital Structure Policy 04/16 Dividends and Dividend Policy 04/23 Review 04/30 Final Exam 05/02 Final Grades

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9

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Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18


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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.

Recommended Learning Regimen: o Outside of Class: • Read Assigned Chapter(s) • Review Class Notes • Work on assignments and check solutions • Work as many of the end-of-chapter problems as you feel you need to thoroughly understand the material. I also recommend working the Chapter Review and Self-Test Problems at the end of each chapter and going over the Concepts Review and Critical Thinking Questions. • Meet with instructor during office hour • Form study groups • Study the calculator manual which comes with your calculator early in the course. Also, try to work problems using your calculator where appropriate. Practice improves your understanding of how your calculator works. During Class: • Attend Lectures • Take Notes • Actively participate in class discussion and work on sample problems


Recommended Problems: Chapter Problems

University of Texas at Dallas School of Management BA3341 Section 001 Business Finance Zhengzheng Li Spring 2005

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