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Course Details

Course Code: FINC300 Course ID: 4474 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an overview study of the concepts and techniques in finance for non-financial managers. The course will cover basic financial tools and principles for both small and large business. Topics include financial and securities markets, financial statements and analysis, capital budgeting, management, and decision-making. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • LO1. Explain the basic types of business decisions and the role of the financial manager.
  • LO2. Compare and contrast two publicly traded corporations based on an examination of key financial ratios.
  • LO3. Demonstrate knowledge of the time value of money, valuations, and cost of capital.
  • LO4. Analyze the impact of bond ratings, interest rates, inflation and term structure on the price of bonds.
  • LO5. Explain how a corporations’ dividend policy can be used to compute the value of common stock.
  • LO6. Summarize the capital budgeting process and evaluation of capital expenditures.
  • LO7. Compute the weighted average cost of capital for a corporation.
  • LO8. Describe financing current assets and managing the working capital of a firm.

Method of Assessment

A. Tests & Paper

There will be two (2) tests in the course, a midterm and a final given in modules four and eight respectively. The tests in this class will consist of multiple choice questions and/or short answer problems. Tests will be three hours long and focus on the material covered in the course. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor regarding any schedule changes or non- disability related accommodations. The course will have a comprehensive paper that will measure student understanding of the course objectives along with research and writing skills. Please refer to the APA Manual 6th edition for the format of the paper.

B. Homework:

Throughout the term, homework will be given in several modules to test student understanding of the material. Homework will consist of questions, problems, or simulations. Late assignments will be subject to the university’s Late Work/Make-up Policy detailed in the student handbook. Please be advised the instructor reserves the right to implement their own late assignment policy.

C. Discussion Forums:

Participation in the discussion forums is an essential component of the final grade. All students are expected to engage in lively discussions and answer instructor follow-up questions. The quality of participations along with student netiquette will be a part of the grade.

Assessment of the Course Objectives

Course Objectives

Assessment Methods

1 - 8

Test question, paper, quizzes, discussion, and homework

The following distribution will be used in assigning grades (decimal points will be rounded to the nearest whole number at semester’s end).


Quality Points/Grading Percent


4.0/ 100 – 94


3.67/ 93 – 90


3.33/ 89 – 87


3.0/ 86 – 84


2.67/ 83 –80


2.33/ 79 – 77


2.0/ 76 – 73


1.67/ 72 – 70


1.33/ 69 – 67


1.0/ 66 – 64


0.67/ 63 – 60


0.0/ 59 – 0

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.57 %
Week 2 Forum 3.57 %
Week 3 Forum 3.57 %
Week 4 Forum 3.57 %
Week 5 Forum 3.57 %
Week 6 Forum 3.57 %
Week 7 Forum 3.57 %
Homework 30.00 %
Week 1 Homework 5.00 %
Week 2 Homework 5.00 %
Week 3 Homework 5.00 %
Week 5 Homework 5.00 %
Week 6 Homework 5.00 %
Week 7 Homework 5.00 %
Tests 25.00 %
Midterm Exam 12.50 %
Final Exam 12.50 %
Final Assignment 20.00 %
Week 8 Paper 20.00 %

Websites and Videos

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Purdue Online Writing Lab


Book Title:Corporate Finance: Theory and Practice, 4th Edition - e-book available in the APUS Online Library. A link is also provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Vernimenn, Pierre
Unit Cost:$73.40
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.