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FIN 3403Principles of Finance3 Credit HoursSection 901, CRN 22280—Face-to-Face PresentationSection 022, CRN 25014—Online PresentationMuma College of BusinessTiedemann School of Business & FinanceCOURSE SYLLABUS(Subject to change with notice.)Semester: Spring 2021Class Meeting Days & Time: R 6:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.Class Meeting Location: Face-to-face section meets in BSN 1301; online section meets via MS TeamsInstructor: Scott BesleyOffice Location: BSN 3404Office Hours: W 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. and R 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.; office hours will be held remotelyPhone Number: 813-974-6341Email: sbesley@usf.eduCourse web page: se DescriptionStudy of the processes, decision structures, and institutional arrangements concerned with the use andacquisition of funds by a firm. Includes the management of the asset and liability structure of the firm undercertain and risky situations. The financial decision process will include and recognize the international aswell as domestic aspects of financial management.Course PrerequisitesEach of the following courses must be completed with a grade of C– or better before taking FIN 3403:Principles of Managerial Accounting (ACG 2071), Economic Principles—Microeconomics (ECO 2023),and Economic Principles—Macroeconomics (ECO 2013).Course PurposeThis is an introductory course in managerial finance in which you should attain a clear, basic understandingof the essentials of financial decision making. Emphasis is given to the underlying principles of corporatefinance and their effects on the decision-making framework faced by financial managers who are chargedwith maximizing shareholders’ wealth. In general terms, the course covers topics related to financing andinvestment decisions—that is, how to raise funds and where to invest funds. The focus of the course is toprovide an understanding of the basic tools and techniques required to make informed decisions aboutwhich assets a firm should purchase and how such purchases should be financed. You will find much of theinformation provided in this class can also be applied to make informed decisions about your personalfinances.Course TopicsThe general topics/concepts covered in this course include: Time Value of MoneyValuation of Real Assets—Capital BudgetingValuation of Financial Assets—Stocks and Bonds1

Risk and Rates of ReturnFinancial Statement Analysis—Annual Reports, Ratio Analysis, etc.Cost of CapitalStudent Learning Outcomes (SLOs)When you finish this course, you should: Understand and be able to apply time value of money (TVM) concepts. Be able to describe the characteristics and determine the values and returns of both financial assets,such as stocks and bonds, and real assets, such as machines and equipment. Be able to conduct financial analyses of a company using key financial statements. Understand and be able to determine the cost of the funds (cost of capital) a firm uses. Understand risk as it applies to investing and be able to determine the appropriate return associated witha risky investment. Apply general financial concepts to formulate solutions to various business issues; Recognize actions that maximize the value of a firm; Explain how external factors, such as financial markets, affect financial decisions made by the firm.Required Textbooks and Course MaterialsRequired Text: Besley/Brigham, CFIN6, 6th Edition (United States: Cengage Learning, 2019).An electronic version of the textbook is included with a subscription to MindTap. You are required tosubscribe to MindTap for this course.MindTap: MindTap is an online tool that helps students keep up with course work. A subscription toMindTap includes both an electronic version of the required textbook and interactive tools that includeassignments, practice quizzes, flash cards, and other learning aids. You will be required to complete gradedassignments on MindTap. The due dates for the graded assignments are shown in the course outlineprovided on the last page of this syllabus. The scores you earn on the graded MindTap assignments will beincluded as part of the grade you receive for the assignment portion of this course. A discussion as to howyour assignment grade will be determined at the end of the course (semester) is provided later in thissyllabus. The MindTap assignments are described in detail later in the syllabus.Instructions for accessing MindTap for this course are available nstructions-s21-901 and 022.pdf. This link is alsoposted on Canvas.To subscribe to MindTap, you must sign on to tion/MTPP8TLQRP46/initial-course-confirmation (if you get an error after clicking this link, copyand paste the address into your web browser). If you have used MindTap,, or Apliafor other courses, you already have an account at Cengage Learning. If you do not have an account, youmust create a new account, which takes only a few minutes to complete. The “Course Key” you need tosubscribe to MindTap for this course is MTPP-8TLQ-RP46 (this course key is embedded in the linkprovided above).A subscription to MindTap costs 50, and it includes an electronic version of the textbook, the MindTapassignments you must complete, and access to all the online tools associated with the textbook; it does notinclude a paper (physical) copy of the book. You are not required to purchase a paper copy of the textbookfor this course; you are only required to subscribe to MindTap so you can complete the required assignmentsand to access the book electronically to complete the problems assigned from the book. If you would like apaper copy of the book, you can purchase it for a reduced price (about 30) when you subscribe to MindTap.2

You can subscribe to MindTap now on the website and delay payment until January 24,2020. You can either pay online or purchase an access code at the USF Bookstore and enter the code asproof of payment prior to the January 24 expiration of the free trial.You can purchase both an access code to MindTap and a paper copy of the book at the USF Bookstorefor 80. If you choose this option, make sure you purchase a bundled package that includes both the bookand an access code for a subscription to MindTap.IMPORTANT NOTE: A MindTap subscription is good for one semester only. The Course Key (MTPP8TLQ-RP46) is an identification code that must be used for the appropriate subscription to MindTap forthis semester. This Course Key is similar to the course reference number you used to register for FIN 3403this semester. Course keys from previous semesters cannot be used for this semester’s course.Other Course Materials: Pedagogical (Helpful) Materials—useful materials for this course are available on the course webpage,which is located at Everything contained on thecourse webpage can be downloaded at no charge. Some (not all) of the items posted on the coursewebpage include:o Comprehensive notes—short, concise explanations and examples of the topics covered in the course.o PowerPoint presentations—slides used in the online lectureso Calculator help—shows how to set up a financial calculator and gives examples of how to solvevarious problems using a financial calculator.o Exam information—information about the exams, including the dates and the chapters covered andsample questions from exams given in previous semesters.o Equations/Review sheets—copies of the equation sheets you can use when taking exams and thereview sheets you should use to study for exams. Recommended supplemental reading: As a student in the Muma College of Business, you should keepcurrent with business and economic information by reading business publications, such as The Wall StreetJournal, BusinessWeek, Fortune, and Forbes, by accessing business news on such Websites (, ( yes),and msnbc BUSINESS (, or by using a combination of theseresources. Clearly you do not have time to read all the articles from each source every day. But, youshould keep informed about current business/economic conditions. Subscriptions for the print media areavailable at discounted student rates.Course Format: This course will be presented both face-to-face and simultaneously online (remotely). Theformat of the presentation of the course is similar to a “flipped classroom.” You will be responsible forwatching pre-recorded lectures that are available on Canvas prior to each class meeting. In the live classmeetings, I will summarize and discuss the concepts contained in the pre-recorded lectures, work assignedproblems, and answer questions. Online (pre-recorded) lectures: The lectures are pre-recorded; they are available in a variety of formatson the course webpage at tml; you should watchthe appropriate online lecture(s) prior to the live class meeting in which they will be discussed. Live Class Meetings: We will meet live once per week (Thursday evening) face-to-face with asimultaneous live stream of the class meeting online. Students who registered for FIN 3403-901 canattend the class in person (face-to-face) in BSN 1301. If you registered for FIN 3403-022, which is theonline section of the course, you are not permitted to attend the face-to-face class; you must join theclass online. All students registered in this course can join the class meetings remotely (i.e., online).3

Microsoft Teams, which is available on Canvas, will be used to stream the face-to-face meetings tostudents who join online. In the class meetings, we will summarize the concepts covered in the onlinelecture(s) you should have watched for that particular class, discuss questions that are posted on Canvasfor each chapter (named Chapter Questions), answer questions about the chapters, and solve theproblems assigned from the textbook. (See the course outline on the last page of this syllabus.)In this class, software will be used to record live class lectures and discussions. As a student in thisclass, your participation in class discussions will be recorded. These recordings will be madeavailable only to students enrolled in the class, to assist those who cannot attend the live session or toserve as a resource for those who would like to review content that was presented. Students who preferto participate via audio only will be allowed to disable their video camera so only audio will becaptured. Please discuss this option with your instructor.Student Responsibilities: Your primary responsibility is to be prepared for the class meetings. To get themost out of this course, you should be present at every class meeting. Much of the understanding of thematerial contained in the text and the online lectures will be presented in the class meetings and anydifficulties you have understanding the concepts or solving the assigned problems will be addressed in theclass meetings as well. Therefore, it is important you make every effort to attend all class meetings.The chapters that will be covered and the end-of-chapter problems for which you are responsible eachclass meeting are listed on the course outline included on the last page of this syllabus. It is expected youhave read the assigned chapter, watched the online lecture, and completed to the best of your ability all theassigned problems from the textbook prior to the class meeting in which the topic will be discussed. Inaddition, you are expected to prepare answers to the questions posted on Canvas (named ChapterQuestions) that relate to the material contained in the chapters you are assigned to read. Conscientiousattention to these assignments is essential for satisfactory performance in this course.Class meetings will be used to clarify, support, and enhance the material presented in the text and in theonline lectures. In each class meeting, we will discuss the concepts described in online lectures and in thetext and we will work problems. Exercises completed in class will help prepare you for the exams; often theproblems covered in class are examples of problems taken from exams administered in prior semesters. Ifyou miss a class meeting, it is your responsibility to get the information covered during your absence. Eachclass meeting will be recorded, and the recording will be posted on Canvas as soon as it is available.Information given in the class and material from assigned readings and problems will be included on exams.Attendance normally will not be taken in this class, except to satisfy the first day of attendancerequirement, which will be accomplished online. However, if it appears few students are attending class, inclass activities/surveys will be assigned that require you to participate during the live presentation, in whichcase you will receive credit as part of the overall assignment grade. If such participation is assigned, youwill be notified in advance.First-day attendance will be conducted online during the first week of class. You will be required tocomplete a quiz on Canvas to indicate you wish to remain in the course. If you do not complete the quiz bythe due date, you will be automatically dropped from the class. Instructions concerning the first-dayattendance quiz will be provided in the first class meeting and will be posted on Canvas.Student Evaluation: You will be evaluated based on your performance on three exams and the scores earnon assignments you are required to complete. The computation of your average numerical score for thecourse will be based on the following weighting scheme:4

Exam 1—Chapters 1 – 4Exam 2—Chapters 5 – 8Final ExamPart 1—Chapters 9 – 11 & 16Part 2—Chapters 1 – 8Assignment gradePercent of grade2323211716100The course outline provides the dates the exams will be given.The plus/minus grading system will be used in this course. Course grades will be based on the weightedaverage score you receive for the term using the following grading scale:95% A 90% A 95%87% A– 90% 85% B 87%80% B 85%77% B– 80%75% C 77%70% C 75%67% C– 70%65% D 67%60% D 65%57% D– 60%F 57%Administration of the Exams:o All exams will be administered online via Canvas. More information concerning administration ofthe exams will be provided in the instructions for the exams before they are posted.o Online proctoring software named Proctorio will be used to help administer each exam. Followingis important information regarding the use of Proctorio and the minimum requirements for thecomputer you use to take exams:All students must review the syllabus and the requirements including the online terms and videotesting requirements to determine if they wish to remain in the course. Enrollment in the course isan agreement to abide by and accept all terms. Any student may elect to drop or withdraw from thiscourse before the end of the drop/add period.Online exams and quizzes within this course may require online proctoring. Therefore, students willbe required to have a webcam (USB or internal) with a microphone when taking an exam or quiz.Students understand that this remote recording device is purchased and controlled by the studentand that recordings from any private residence must be done with the permission of any personresiding in the residence. To avoid any concerns in this regard, students should select privatespaces for the testing. The University library and other academic sites at the University offer secureprivate settings for recordings and students with concerns may discuss location of an appropriatespace for the recordings with their instructor or advisor. Students must ensure that any recordingsdo not invade any third-party privacy rights and accept all responsibility and liability for violationsof any third-party privacy concerns. Setup information will be provided prior to taking theproctored exam. For additional information about online proctoring you can visit the onlineproctoring student FAQ at earning/learn-newtool/proctorio-student-faq.aspx. Exam Format: The exams will be comprised of a combination of multiple-choice definition/conceptquestions and multiple-choice problems. The questions and problems are designed to test yourunderstanding of both fundamental and more complex topics covered in the online lectures and classmeetings and contained in the text. Most of the questions on the exams are structured to test yourunderstanding of the concepts rather than how well you can work problems or memorize definitionsand other material. As a result, try to understand rather than memorize the concepts presented in class.If you understand the concepts, you will perform much better on the exams than if you memorizedefinitions. Class discussion of the questions that are assigned each week will help you to better5

understand the concepts presented in the book and in the online lectures.o Exam 1 and Exam 2—Each of these exams consists of 35 or 36 multiple-choice questions andproblems that pertain to the material covered in the appropriate chapters and in the lectures. Thechapters covered on each exam are given both in the previous table and in the course outline (on thelast page of this syllabus). These two exams are not cumulative.o Final Exam—The Final Exam will be administered at the scheduled time during final exam week.This exam is cumulative in the sense that it includes questions on material from all the chapterscovered in the course. However, the Final Exam is divided into two parts: Part 1 covers materialincluded in the four chapters discussed at the end of the course (Chapters 9 – 11 and 16). Becauseyou have not been tested previously on this material, the questions and problems that pertain tothese chapters are similar to the questions and problems included on the first two exams; that is,they are somewhat detailed. Part 2 covers material included on the first two exams (Chapters 1 – 8).The questions on this part of the exam are more general than the questions included on the first twoexams and on Part 1 of the Final Exam. Each part of the Final Exam contains 26 – 28 multiplechoice questions and problems. As you can see from the grading scheme given earlier, the FinalExam has a total weight of 38 percent of the overall course grade, but the two parts of the exam areweighted differently—Part 1 has a 21 percent weight and Part 2 has a 17 percent weight.If you earn a score on Part 2 of the Final Exam that is higher than the score you earn on eitherExam 1 or Exam 2, the score you earn on Part 2 of the Final Exam will replace whichever score onthe first two exams (Exam 1 or Exam 2) is lower. In other words, the score you earn on Part 2 of theFinal Exam will count 40 percent of your overall grade in the course if it is higher than one of thescores earned on the first two exams (17 percent for Part 2 of the Final Exam plus 23 percent for theexam that is replaced); the score you earn on the other non-cumulative exam will still count 23percent. If the score you earn on Part 2 of the Final Exam is lower than the scores you earn onExam 1 and Exam 2, the score you earn on Part 2 of the Final Exam will count 17 percent of youroverall grade in the course.You can get an idea as to the types of questions that will be included on the exams by reviewingthe sample exam questions posted on the course webpage MPORTANT NOTE: The Final Exam is mandatory—you must take the Final Exam;otherwise you will receive a failing grade in the course (an F), regardless of the scores youearn on the two noncumulative exams and the assignment grade. In other words, you must takethe final exam to pass this course. Excused Absences—Make-Up Exams: “There are two categories of excused absences for whi

This Course Key is similar to the course reference number you used to register for FIN 3403 this semester. Course keys from previous semesters cannot be used for this semester’s course. Other Course Materials: Pedagogical (Helpful) Materials—useful materials for this course are available on the course webpage,

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