LED1451 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or sophomore year.
LED1451 - Financial Management (3 hrs)
This course is designed to help the student increase his/her knowledge in utilizing financial management as a leadership tool. The course covers the scope and environment of financial management, the valuation of financial assets, investments in long-term assets, capital structure, and working-capital management.
This course is designed to help the student increase his/her knowledge in utilizing financial management as a leadership tool.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to describe the scope and environment of financial management, the valuation of financial assets, investment in long-term assets, capital structure and working-capital management.
Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:
The following defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other content as time allows.
UNIT 1: The Scope and Environment of Financial Management
Outcomes: The student will gain an understanding of the scope and environment of financial management.
- Explain the ten principles that form the foundations of financial management.
- Define what has led to an era of the multinational corporation.
- Identify the goal(s) of a firm.
- Compare the various legal forms of business organization and explain why the corporate form of business is the most logical choice for a business that is large or growing.
- Describe the corporate tax features that affect business decisions.
- Describe financial markets and interest rates.
- Briefly describe how to measure a company’s cash flow.
- Explain the purpose and importance of financial analysis.
- Describe the limitations of financial ratio analysis.
UNIT 2: Valuation of Financial Assets
Outcomes: The student will gain an understanding of the principles used to determine the valuation of financial assets.
- Briefly explain the mechanics of how money grows over time when it is effectively invested.
- Demonstrate how to move money through time using time value of money tables, financial calculators, and spreadsheets.
- Define and measure the expected rate of return on an individual investment.
- Explain the relationship between and investor’s rate of return on an investment and the level of risk of the investment.
- Briefly describe the process for valuing assets.
- Calculate a stock’s expected rate of return.
- Identify the basic characteristics and features of common and preferred stock.
UNIT 3: Investment in Long-Term Assets
Outcomes: Students will gain an understanding of the concepts pertaining to the investment in long-term assets.
- Briefly describe capital budgeting techniques and practices.
- Describe guidelines by which cash flows are measured.
- Describe the concepts underlying a firm’s cost of capital and the purpose for its calculation.
- Briefly describe how to use the cost of capital to evaluate new investment opportunities.
UNIT 4: Capital Structure
Outcomes: The student will gain an understanding of capital structure.
- Describe the difference between business risk and financial risk.
- Define the concept of an optimal capital structure.
- List and describe the basic tools of capital structure management.
- Describe how business risk and global sales impact the multinational firm.
- Define how to calculate a firm’s degree of operating leverage, financial leverage, and combined leverage.
- Briefly describe the basic concepts of capital structure theory.
UNIT 5: Working Capital Management
Outcomes: The student will gain an understanding of working-capital management.
- Define the percent of sales forecast method.
- Describe how a cash budget can be used to evaluate the amount and timing of a firm’s financing needs.
- Describe the risk-return trade-off involved in managing a firm’s working capital.
- Briefly describe the determinants of net working capital.
- List and describe the basic sources of short-term credit.
- Describe why a firm holds cash.
- Briefly define various cash management objectives and decisions.
- Discuss the reasons for carrying inventory and how inventory management decisions are made.
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Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
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Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy
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Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class and which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.