Introduction to Business Finance Fin-202 Course Plan Fall 2009

Course Instructor: Email address:

Bilal Sarwar

Course Objectives This course aims to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the fundamental principles of finance. Introduction to Business Finance is designed to pave sound conceptual foundation and practical workable understanding of modern fundamentals of business finance. The overall objective of this course is for you to understand financial ideas and develop skills that underpin a wide range of everyday issues. Finance is an interesting and exciting area of study. There are many interesting and exciting careers in the area of finance. Although this course is only the beginning, it provides a base on which you can build a future in finance. At the end of this course, you should be able to:
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Understand the financial environment Apply your knowledge of the time value of money in calculating present and future values of cash flows. Describe the sources of short term & long term finance Understand the Working capital management. Demonstrate your ability to gather information on Cash and marketable securities. Demonstrate your competency in using manual and calculator computation to solve financial problems.

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Assessment A student's final grade in the subject will be determined by the following assessment Procedures: Class Participation & Attendance Quizzes Assignments + Presentations Mid-term Examination Final Examination 5% 10% 10% 25% 50%

Texts for the Course

1. Gitman, Lawrence J. Principles of Managerial Finance, 11 edn Harper Collins Reference Text • • • Weston. J. Fred and Brigham. Eugene.F (1998) Essentials of Managerial Finance, 10th edition, The Dryden Press. Brigham. Eugene F & Houston. Joel F (1999) Fundamentals of Financial Management 9th edition, South Western, Australian. Van Horne. James C & Wachowicz. John M (1998) Fundamentals of Financial Management, 10th edition, Prentice Hall, Sydney

* Supplementary material will be provided by the Instructor. *You will need a scientific calculator to complete this unit Schedule of Lectures Lecture No 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Topics Course overview Business Finance Introduction Forms of Business Organization The financial Markets: an overview The financial Markets: an overview (contd..) Time value of money Concepts Time value of money Concepts (contd…) Time value of money Concepts (contd…) Time value of money Concepts (contd…) Sources of short term finance Sources of short term finance Sources of short term finance Source of Long term Finance Source of Long term Finance Source of Long term Finance Source of Long term Finance

* Schedule of remaining topics to be announced STUDY TECHNIQUE 1. It is recommended that you read the text pages before attending the lecture for that class 2. Some students will find the mathematical concepts and notations hard to understand and remember. It is recommended that you keep a journal of all the new symbols that are introduced each week. 3. It is important that you understand this course conceptually. Memorising the methods is not an effective way of studying this course. Try to visualise the problem and verbalise the solution. Thinking and talking about it might help you to understand better. 4. It is recommended that you spend at least five to six hours a week on reading the text and attempting the questions. Consistent work is a very effective way of understanding the course 5. Friendly advice - some students try to study the semester’s work in the week leading to the exam. Do not leave your study to the last minute. If you think you have difficulty understanding the lecture from week to week, then you have a very low probability of understanding the whole course in a week! 6. Some students study better in a group. Organise yourself a study group of not more than four and practice your questions 7. Do not hesitate to seek the help of your lecturer; do not be embarrassed that you might be asking a very basic or ‘dumb’ question. It is the duty of the Lecturer to help you wherever possible. 8. The Students’ Counselling will be given on Tuesday and Thursday 10.00 am to 02.00 pm

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