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SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
FIN 350: Business Finance
Summer 2018
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Todd Feldman
University Campus Office: BUS 306
Downtown Campus Office:
Phone: (415) 338-6294
EMAIL: tfeldman@sfsu.edu

OFFICE HOURS: By appointment

Recommended Text
Essential of Corporate Finance, Concise Ninth Edition,

Course Description and Objectives


This course is an introduction to the principles and tools of corporate financial
management. The material in this section of Finance 350 will reflect my
experience in strategy, marketing, real estate, banking, and as a business
consultant. As such, it will integrate the teaching of basic financial concepts with
practical applications of these basic concepts, so I often rely on cases in the
book and articles in the paper for my lectures. The course will draw heavily on
the students' prior course work in Accounting, Economics, and Business
Analysis.

Prerequisites: F ACCT 101, ECON 101, DS212, (DS/MATH 110, ISYS 263)
The Finance department requires that all students take these prerequisites
before enrolling in Finance 350. If students are blocked from registering due to
prerequisites, they should go to Student Services Center (BUS 112). Students in
the past who have not done well in this class either did not have a firm grasp of
the prerequisite material, or did not spend adequate time on the homework.

Method of Instruction: Lecture, discussion and problem solving.

Class Web Page


All material discussed in class will be posted on ilearn including quiz and exam
scores, and other important information and announcements. You are
responsible to keep up with the announcements posted on ilearn whether it is an
exam date change or class update.

Course Evaluation
Quiz
There will be two quizzes. The quizzes will be based on examples in class and
homework problems. The quizzes are in the form of multiple choice questions,
consisting of a mix of conceptual questions and numerical problems and one
potential essay question. All quizzes are closed-book, closed-note. There are no
makeup or in-advance quizzes. If a student misses a quiz, he or she will
receive zero for this quiz. You need to bring pens or pencils, financial calculator,
and a scantron (form No. 882-ES, green color) to the quiz session.

Final Exam
The final exam is closed-book, closed-note, CUMULATIVE and covers all the
materials taught in the semester. There are no makeup or in-advance exams.
You need to bring pens or pencils, a calculator, and a scantron (form No. 882-
ES, green color) to the exam session.

Homework
You are expected to complete 2 homework assignments. Partial credit will be
given for the problem set questions as long as I see work and correct logic. No
partial credit for multiple choice questions. Homework problems are assigned
from the textbook.

Late Policy
All assignments and online discussion answers are late if they are not handed in
or posted by 11:59p.m.on the day they are due. Late assignments receive a 10%
deduction for each day they are late. Assignments more than four days late will
not be accepted unless the student and instructor have negotiated and mutually
agreed upon an alternative submission date. Technological issues are not
considered valid grounds for late assignment submission.

Grade Allocation

The course grade will be determined as follows.


Percent of Course Grade
In Class Exercises 10%
Homework 10%
Quiz 1 20%
Quiz 2 20%
Final Exam 40%

Grading Formula

Lowest Highest Letter


93.00% 100.00% A
90.00% 92.99% A-
87.00% 89.99% B+
83.00% 86.99% B
80.00% 82.99% B-
77.00% 79.99% C+
73.00% 76.99% C
70.00% 72.99% C-
67.00% 69.99% D+
63.00% 66.99% D
60.00% 62.99% D-
0.00% 59.99% F
Tentative Class Schedule – Summer 2018 (subject to revision)

Week Date Topic Reading


1 07/09 Time Value of Money Chapter 4

1 07/11 Discounted Cash Flow Chapters 5


Excel Exercise 1
2 07/16 Interest Rate & Bond Valuation Chapter 6 & 7
Equity Markets & Stock Market Valuation
Excel Exercise 2
2 07/18 NPV & Other Investment Criteria Chapter 8
Excel Exercise 3
HW 1 Due
3 07/23 Quiz 1
3 07/25 Making Capital Investment Decisions Chapter 9 & 10
Lessons from Capital Market History
Excel Exercise 4
4 07/30 Risk & Return Chapter 11
Excel Exercise 5

4 08/01 Cost of Capital Chapter 12


HW 2 Due
Excel Exercise 6
5 08/06 Quiz 2
5 08/08 Final Cumulative

Other Course Policies: (VERY IMPORTANT)


• Class attendance is very important for your learning. You are expected to
attend all the classes. If you anticipate missing many classes, please consider
taking the class at later and more convenient time. There will be NO makeup
quizzes and exams. Given the quizzes and the final exam before or after the
assigned dates is NOT POSSIBLE.

• If you miss a class, it is entirely your responsibility to determine what you have
missed including any administrative announcements I may have made. Some of
the material covered on exams may not be in the text. Hence, you are urged to
attend class regularly.

• You cannot assume that all information needed for the examinations will be
presented in class. It is imperative that the textbook be read and studied.

• You are expected to come to class on time. Please show your respect to the
instructor and your fellow students by turning off your cell phone and all other
noise making electronic devices. Should you have to leave class early, please
have the courtesy of letting the instructor know before the beginning of the period
and leave quietly so as not to disturb the other members of the class. Otherwise
you may be deducted points.

• It is very important that you bring a calculator to every class.

Students with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations are encouraged to


contact the instructor. The Disability Programs and Resource Center
(www.sfsu.edu/~dprc) is available to facilitate the reasonable accommodations process.

In addition the Center reminds everyone that the following statement should be included
on all syllabi:
"Students with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations are encouraged to contact
the instructor. The Disability Programs and Resource Center is available to facilitate the reasonable
accommodations process."

Syllabus Disability Access Statement Requirement SFSU Policy

Students with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations are encouraged to


contact the instructor. The Disability Programs and Resource Center
(www.sfsu.edu/~dprc) is available to facilitate the reasonable accommodations process.

In addition the Center reminds everyone that the following statement should be
included on all syllabi:
"Students with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations are encouraged to contact the
instructor. The Disability Programs and Resource Center is available to facilitate the reasonable
accommodations process."

New Undergraduate Academic Standards


(Student academic misconduct, e.g., cheating, etc.)

http://cob6.sfsu.edu/sites/sites.sfsu.edu.cob/files/undergrad/documents/undergraduate-
academic-standards-april-8-2013.pdf

Statement regarding Student Disclosure of Sexual Violence

SF State fosters a campus free of sexual violence including sexual harassment, domestic
violence, dating violence, stalking, and/or any form of sex or gender discrimination. If
you disclose a personal experience as an SF State student, the course instructor is
required to notify the [Dean of Students]. To disclose any such violence confidentially,
contact:
[The SAFE Place - (415) 338-2208; http://www.sfsu.edu/~safe_plc/]
[Counseling and Psychological Services Center - (415) 338-
2208;http://psyservs.sfsu.edu/]
For more information on your rights and available resources: [http://titleix.sfsu.edu]