Financial Management – BUSI 685

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course focuses on the firm’s opportunities and resulting potential impact on shareholder value based on the considered risk level. Topics include investments, capital structure and restructuring, budgeting, financial markets, policy, and portfolio management.


ACCT 614 or BUSI 535 or (BUSI 530 and BUSI 687)


Financial managers learn from experience how to make routine decisions. The best managers, however, are also able to adapt to the ever-changing business environment in which their firm operates. Managing change requires more than rules of thumb to be truly effective; financial managers must understand why companies and financial markets behave the way they do. In other words, financial managers need to understand the theory of finance in order to conduct sound and effective financial decisions.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the finance function within a firm.
  2. Appraise the theory, tools, and techniques necessary for efficient management and utilization of the firm’s financial resources.
  3. Apply core financial principles to structure and analyze real-world corporate finance problems.
  4. Assess financial decisions within a biblical perspective.

Course Assignment

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 (4)

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 scholarly/professional sources and 1 biblical integration 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 2 sources.

Connect Homework Assignments (8)

Each module/week, the student will be assigned homework and LearnSmart Activities to complete in Connect. Each module/week’s homework consists of 2 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.

Integration of Faith and Learning (IFL) Paper

The student will write a 1000-word research paper using current APA format that examines 1 of the major topics in the course in light of the Bible. The focus of this paper will be to bridge the gap between Christianity and theory. In the first half of the paper, the student must cite at least 3 scholarly sources (in addition to his/her textbook), and in the second half, the student must include at least 3 Bible verses.

Exams (2)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes.