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Online · School of Business · Graduate Business

Managerial Finance
BUSI-530

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

A treatment of the theory and practice of financial decision making in the firm, with emphasis on the practical application of financial analysis, the course is based on the principle that a firm should be managed to increase the wealth of its shareholders. The target audience is managers, at all levels and in all functional areas. Beginning with an overview of financial analysis, the course topics include financial management, capital investment decisions, financing decisions, and managing for value creation. Importance is placed on the concept of the time value of money.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

One of the primary objectives of this course is to provide managers, or those aspiring to that level, with the understanding required to manage the financial decision-making process effectively. Understanding the operations of a firm or a specific capital project from a financial perspective is critical to being a well-rounded manager.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Compute and interpret key measures of financial performance.
  2. Assess management decisions from a financial perspective.
  3. Construct a simple financial planning model.
  4. Approach managerial finance from a biblical perspective.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Brealey, R. A., Myers, S. C., & Marcus, A. J. (2019). Fundamentals of corporate finance with Connect (10th ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill. (This required resource has been provided in this course as an e-book). However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the book, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of the physical copy of the textbook is optional.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

 Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. Microsoft PowerPoint

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to submit a thread of at least 300 words in response to the provided prompt for each forum. For each thread, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 2 citations in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words and cite at least 1 source.

Connect Homework (8)

Each module/week, the student will be assigned homework and LearnSmart Activities to complete in Connect. Each module/week’s Homework consists of two assignments: the Chapter Homework and the LearnSmart homework. At the end of each module/week, Connect will automatically grade all the assignments, and the instructor will then download the results and place the scores on Blackboard.

All homework and LearnSmart Activities are conducted in Connect, not in the textbook (though they are based on the material in the text). In addition, Connect may be accessed outside of Blackboard; therefore, any potential Blackboard outages are not grounds for Connect Homework deadline extensions. The student must save the link provided by the instructor the week before the course begins for future reference.

In order to gain access to Connect, the student must either purchase the textbook listed above with the access code or purchase the access code separately by following the link in the Announcements. The instructor will provide students with a link in the Announcements to activate/purchase the access code during the week before the course begins.

Faith Integration

The student will be assigned to a group to complete an essay describing how the Bible is related to the topics covered in the course. The essay must be at least 1,000 words and include a clear integration of the Bible in relation to a course topic. In addition, the group must use at least 2 scholarly sources to substantiate their position (the group may use the textbook as 1 source). Sources must be cited in current APA format. The group will work on the essay in their group discussion board and then post the completed essay in the course-wide discussion board for everyone to read. Replies to other groups’ essays are not required, but are strongly encouraged. In addition to the discussion board post, 1 member of the group must submit the essay to SafeAssign.

Worldview Quiz

The student will view a video on biblical worldview and how it relates to one’s profession. The student will then take an untimed quiz consisting of 6 multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions.

Connect Exams (4)

The student will complete 4 exams in Connect.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums

(3 at 50 pts ea)

150

Connect Homework

(1 at 40 pts ea and 7 at 50 pts ea)

390

Chapter Homework

 

LearnSmart Homework

 

Faith Integration

75

Worldview Quiz

 

25

Connect Exams

(4 at 90 pts ea)

360

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

BUSI 530

Textbook:    Brealey et al., Fundamentals of Corporate Finance with Connect (2019).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Brealey et al.: chs. 1–2

1 presentation

2 lecture notes

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Connect Homework 1

10

0

50

40

2

Brealey et al.: chs. 3–4

1 presentation

2 lecture notes

Connect Homework 2

Connect Exam 1

50

90

3

Brealey et al.: chs. 5–7

1 presentation

3 lecture notes

DB Forum 2

Connect Homework 3

50

50

4

Brealey et al.: chs. 8–10

1 presentation

3 lecture notes

Connect Homework 4

Connect Exam 2

50

90

5

Brealey et al.: chs. 11–13

2 presentations

3 lecture notes

1 article

DB Forum 3

Connect Homework 5

Worldview Quiz

50

50

25

6

Brealey et al.: chs. 14–16

1 presentation

3 lecture notes

Connect Homework 6

Connect Exam 3

50

90

7

Brealey et al.: chs. 17–18

1 presentation

2 lecture notes

Connect Homework 7

Faith Integration

50

75

8

Brealey et al.: chs. 19–20

1 presentation

2 lecture notes

Connect Homework 8

Connect Exam 4

50

90

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Module/Week one (1) through seven (7) begins on Monday and ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday. Modules/Week 8 begin on Monday and end at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.