University of Hartford
Barney School of Business & Public Administration
Finance 310
Business Finance

Instructor Dr. Coleman

Office Location: Auerbach 412B Office Phone: 860-768-4690
 Email: Fax Number: 860-768-4911
Web Site: http:// Home Phone:

Office Hours T/Th  1-2:50


Texts:  required:  Fundamentals of Financial Management by Brigham & Houston

  optional:  Wall Street Journal

Course Description:

Finance 310 provides an introduction to the general principles of business finance.  Subjects include balance sheets and income statements, working capital management, forecasting, ratio analysis, discounted cash flow, short and long term sources of funds, leverage,  net present value and internal rate of return, cost of capital, capital structure,  and  capital budgeting. Emphasis will be placed upon the development of problem solving skills and financial applications in the business community; ethical issues and uses of technology will be explored.

Course Objectives:

   Upon completion of the course student should be able to
--understand balance sheets and incomes statements and the relationship between them
--identify company strengths and weaknesses using ratio analysis
--forecast balance sheets and income statements
--understand various sources of financing and their characteristics
--calculate net present values and internal rates of return
--calculate cost of capital
--determine capital structure and understand the effects of leverage
--conduct a capital budgeting analysis


3 Exams:  33 1/3% each

Exams will be given on the day assigned.  Students who do not appear for the exam will receive a grade of 0.  Make-ups will be given only with a signed medical excuse from a doctor on the doctor’s letterhead.

Code of Conduct:

1. Class attendance is required.  I will take attendance at each class.  If you miss more than 2 classes (Thursday class) or 3 classes (Tuesday/Thursday class) I will withdraw you from the class.

2. As a courtesy to the professor and other students, be prepared to arrive at class and be in your seat on time.

3. Similarly, if you need to get something to eat or drink, do so before class.  If you need to use the restroom, do so before class.  If is very disruptive to have people rustling food wrappers or walking in and out after class has started.

Academic Honesty Statement  from The Source and Manual of Academic Policies and Procedures:

B.  All students are expected to observe generally accepted principles of scholarly writing in all examinations, compositions, papers, essays, tests, quizzes, reports and dissertations whether written in the classroom or outside.  Sources of information used by a student in the preparation of work submitted as a basis for credit, or for a grade, or to satisfy graduate or undergraduate thesis requirements shall be clearly indicated in some conventional manner, such as by the use of quotation marks, footnotes, and bibliography.
C. Students are forbidden to submit as their own any project, paper, or creative work which is in whole or part the work of another.
D. The use of a term paper writing service, such services being prohibited by Connecticut law, is academically dishonest and violate rules of scholarship.
E.  All examinations and quizzes are to be completed without reference to books or notes, except when the instructor of a course shall have given explicit authorization for an "open-book examination" or some other specified sort of assistance.  Except as authorized by the instructor, no student is to give or receive assistance in the completion of an examination or a quiz.

Action to be taken in event of an alleged act of academic dishonesty
L.  2.  to report that the student is considered to be guilty of the alleged violation beyond a reasonable doubt, and to recommend one or more of the following:

     (a) that the student be dropped from the course and/or a grade of "F" be assigned.
     (b)  that the student be suspended (i) for the remainder of the current semester, losing credit for their current academic program, or (ii) for the following semester or year;
     (c) that the student be dismissed from the university.

Topics Covered:

Week 1:  Introduction and Course Outline
Financial Statements and Cash Flow

Chapters 1 & 2

Week 2:  Analysis of Financial Statements

Chapter 3

Week 3:  Financial Forecasting

Chapter 14

Technology Assignment:  CD Disclosure

Week 4:  Managing Current Assets and Liabilities

Chapters 15-16

Week 5:  Exam #1

Week 6:  The Financial Environment

 Risk and Rates of Return

Chapters 4-5

International Issues:  Handout:  WSJ

Week 7:  The Time Value of Money

 Chapter 6

Week 8:  Bonds and their Valuation

Chapter 7

Week 9:  Stocks and their Valuation

Chapter 8

Ethical Issues:  Insider Trading

Week 10:  Exam #2

Week 11:  Cost of Capital

Chapter 9

Week 12:  Capital Structure and Leverage

Chapter 12

Chapter 13:  Capital Budgeting

Chapter 10

Chapter 14:  Capital Budgeting

 Chapter 11

Weeks 15:  Final Exam

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