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.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
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:
- Compute and interpret key measures of financial performance.
- Assess management decisions from a financial perspective.
- Construct a simple financial planning model.
- Approach managerial finance from a biblical perspective.
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 the Course Overview.
Read & Interact Textbook Assignments (20)
Within this course, students will be required to read and interact with the textbook within the third party platform, SmartBook. Students must complete each reading and item in the textbook in order to earn the points associated with the assigned reading and prior to completing any Homework Assignment.
Discussions 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 discussion. 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.
Homework Assignments (20)
The student will be assigned homework to complete in the third party platform, Connect Plus. At the end of the assigned module, Connect Plus will automatically grade all of the assignments and the grades will transfer into Canvas.
Business and Faith Integration Paper Assignment
The student will 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, at least 2 scholarly sources to substantiate their position (the textbook may be used as 1 source). Sources must be cited in current APA format. Upon completion, the student will post their paper in the “Discussion: Business and Faith Integration Paper” thread of the discussion board. Replies to other student essays are not required, but are strongly encouraged. In addition to the discussion board post, the student must submit the essay to SafeAssign.
Quiz: Biblical Worldview
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.
The student will complete quizzes within the third party platform, Connect Plus. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and the grade will transfer to Canvas.