MBA591: Corporate Finance

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Course Overview

This course focuses on making effective financial decisions in private and public sector organizations to maximize the use of an organization’s resources and create value. It explores decisions that a chief financial officer and his or her staff should be concerned with on a day-to-day basis. Students will practice a wide range of skills including:

  • Determining appropriate borrowing structures
  • Managing cash flows
  • Conducting cost-benefit analyses
  • Identifying appropriate investments

Case study assignments require students to apply the concepts discussed in each module in a creative and challenging manner. Some case study questions require mathematical or spreadsheet analysis, while others require a written response (explanations, persuasive memos, etc.). Students will also participate in Forum discussions designed to engage them in open-ended analysis related to the course content.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the role of the financial manager in terms of value creation and ethical decision-making.
  • Use balance sheets, income statements, and statements of cash flows to make sound corporate financial decisions.
  • Compare and contrast the use of time value in money techniques.
  • Analyze financial problems using discounted cash-flow analysis to make investment decisions.
  • Use an analytical approach of valuing stocks and bonds to determine an appropriate issue price.
  • Compare and contrast the concepts of risk, return, and opportunity cost of capital and how these concepts are applied in a real-world context.
  • Propose an approach for making profitable decisions using cost of capital considerations within the corporate environment.