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GRADED DISCUSSION WEEK 8

In this final post, let’s just wrap up with a few general thoughts on the course and what you learned from the material.?

  1. What did you learn most from the two research papers? What did you learn about the company you studied that was particularly interesting or surprising?
  2. What did you learn about performing a financial analysis of a company that may come in handy for you in the future, in your studies, career, or personal investing??
  3. What were your favorite topics in the course??
  4. What were your most challenging topics in the course??
  5. Any study tools or tricks that worked best for you to learn this material??
  6. Any constructive suggestions for improvement? I don’t get a chance to provide them to course developers very often for changes I have no control over, but I can do my best to add anything I can to help.?

In your replies, just discuss the comments of your fellow students, say goodbye and offer any well-wishes!?

? Faculty Contact
Ann Laramy [email?protected]

? Course Description
Prerequisites: ACCT 221 and STAT 200. An overview of the theory, principles, and practices of financial management in a business
environment. Topics include financial analysis and financial risk, characteristics and valuations of securities, capital investment
analysis and decision making, the capital structure of the firm, financial leverage, and international finance. The aim is to examine
financial information, identify issues and solve business problems, and make sound business decisions. Emphasis is on the
application of financial theory and methods for solving the problems of financial policy that managers face. Students may receive
credit for only one of the following courses: BMGT 340, FINC 330, MGMT 398D, or TMGT 320.

? Course Introduction
The financial aspects of business are crucial to the well-being of an enterprise, in conjunction with the other functional areas of
business, such as marketing and personnel management. The focus of this course will be on ratio analysis, short-term asset and
liability management, time value of money, basic principles of validation of stocks and bonds, risk and return, cost of capital, capital
structure, and leverage.

? Course Outcomes
After completing this course, you should be able to:

1. Explain financial concepts that contribute to ethical decision making.
2. Describe how to collect, analyze and apply financial information such as financial statements, bonds and stocks quotes, financial

ratios, historical stock prices, cash flows to identify issues and make investment decisions, such as to buy the bond or stock or
not, and how risky this investment is.

3. Evaluate and assess financial information such as financial statements, financial ratios, cash flows to analyze business problems
4. Estimate future cash flows, the initial outlay and its components, and apply this information to evaluate capital projects to make

sound business decisions, such as to accept the capital project or reject it, and how risky the project is.

? Course Materials
Click to access your course materials information (http://webapps.umgc.edu/UgcmBook/BPage.cfm?
C=FINC%20330&S=6388&Sem=2222)

? Class Guidelines
Class Guidelines

Preparation

Adelphi ? Syllabus ?

FINC 330 6388 Business Finance (2222)
FINC-330
Spring 2022 Section 6388 3 Credits 01/12/2022 to 03/08/2022

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Course duration – This course concludes in eight weeks. As such, it is imperative that students clear their calendar sufficiently to
allow time for the rigors of this course.

Time on task – A course?s hourly requirement may be higher or lower each week depending on the weekly activities and readings
assigned, however, the student should average approximately 15 to 17 hours per week on a 3-credit class. The work completed
during these weekly hours should comprise participating in class discussions and learning activities, studying, assigned reading,
and preparation of assignments. Student learning styles, goals, tasks, and course topics affect weekly time requirements in this
course. You are expected to meet the same learning outcomes and perform the same amount of work in an online course as in an
onsite course. Active participation is required in all courses, and you should expect to log in to your online course several times a
week. For more information on UMGC?s credit hour standards, please see Policy 160.00.

Classroom Management

News: Check the News section for weekly updates pertaining to the course requirements.
Assignments – you are expected to read the assigned material during the week in which it is assigned and to devote significant
time to the assignments so that you can reach a sufficient level of critical thinking and rigor required in this course.

Participation: In registering for this course, you have made a commitment to participate in your course discussions as well as in
other online activities. Weekly learning activities/discussions are mandatory so please plan to participate regularly. Participation
for this course is defined as proactive work in weekly discussions and/or activities. This requires you to actively reflect on weekly
readings and other course material to develop original ideas in your responses.Students taking a hybrid course are expected to
participate in face-to-face activities as well as participate in mandatory online learning activities/discussions. Credit is earned for
both types of activities.

Online etiquette – You are expected to adhere to the general rules of online etiquette. The following provides a set of online
etiquette general rules:

http://madisoncollege.edu/online-etiquette-guide

Time Zone- Students should be aware that all courses, due dates, deadlines, and references to time (example: By midnight) all
refer to eastern standard time (EST).

Late Policy – It is important that all students stay current with their work in the eight week course environment. There is not
enough time to catch up. To encourage students to get their work in on time and to be fair to the students who do, the following
late policy is in effect.

Discussions: Credit is not normally granted for discussion postings or a response entered after the work is due. By the next day, the
class has moved on to the next set of discussions and late contributions are rarely read and thus do not contribute to the learning
process.

Written assignments: All assignments are due on the stated date. Under unusual circumstances, during the term, late work may be
accepted after the due date, but; if it is accepted, it may be penalized. All work must be submitted before the end of the course.
(Please see Extra Credit and Late Policy under Projects, below) for specific details regarding Project deadlines.

If a student has a substantive and verifiable reason for being late the faculty may consider an exception to the late policy. It is far
better to inform your instructor in advance if possible. If an exception to the late policy is being considered, verification for the reason
for lateness may be required.

Extra Credit ? Extra credit is not granted in this course.

LEO News ? Your faculty member uses the News section of the LEO Homepage to provide important information on the course.
Be sure to check it frequently. You are responsible for the content.

LEO and MyMarketingLab Server Issues – In the unlikely event that LEO or MymarketingLab is inaccessible because of outages;
deadlines for assignments will be modified. Deadline extensions will be posted in class news when service is restored. Technical
difficulties with personal computers or Internet access will not constitute an excuse for late assignments.

Preferred Contact Method – All work, student feedback, and communications will occur in the LEO classroom to ensure a complete
record of course conduct.

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You can use the Pager feature within the classroom to send a message to your faculty member.

Click the Classroom Walkthrough Videos link below, and then click The Pager link, to view a how-to video on how to use the Pager
function within the classroom:
Classroom Walkthrough Videos Link (http://www.umgc.edu/students/leo/videos.cfm)

Supplemental materials -All course materials will be found in the Weekly Modules (Content>Weekly Modules) or in Course Resources
(Content>Course Resources)

General Guidelines for All Written Work

All written projects should conform to standards of formatting and documentation, including proper citations and references found in
an acceptable college-level writing guide such as APA UMGC’s Guide toWriting and Research.

Please note that starting from the Fall 2020 semester the UMGC moved to the 7th Edition of the APA Style. The links to the 7th
Edition of the APA Style methodology are posted in Content ? Course Resources ? Writing Resources.

Written projects:

Must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font, with one-inch margins
Must have the title page in APA-7 style
Must have in-text citations in APA-7 edition style
Must have reference list in APA-7 edition style. Please note that you must reference the data you are using for the project
Must be prepared using word processing software (Microsoft Word preferred)

? Grading Information
FINC 330 Business Finance is a three (3)-credit course. Your final grade for this course will be based upon a weighted-average of the
individual grades received in seven (7) graded exercises which include, (1) Academic Integrity Pledge (Required Discussion) (2) eight
quantitative homework problem sets, (3) a financial research project (Parts 1 and 2), (4) participation in eight (8) graded asynchronous
discussions, (5) two quizzes, (6) on-line midterm examination, and (7) on-line final examination. The value, or weighting, assigned to
each of these seven graded exercises is as follows:

Academic Integrity Pledge (Required
Discussion)

0%

Discussions/participation ([email?protected]%) 12%

Homework problem sets 18%

Research project (Part 1 and Part [email?protected]%) 27%

Quizzes (2 @ 4%) 8%

Midterm Exam 10%

Final Exam 25%

Total 100%

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1. Academic Integrity Pledge (0% of the final grade)

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Academic Integrity Pledge is the required discussion. It has the weight of zero in your final grade. However, you will not receive any
grades for the assignments manually graded by the professor if you did not submit the pledge or submitted the pledge without your
name.

Grading of the completion of the Academic Integrity Pledge is based on single criteria: 100% if you submit the pledge with your name
underneath it; 0% -if you did not submit the pledge or submitted the pledge without your name.

Rubric for the Academic Integrity Pledge is posted as separate file in Content – Syllabus – on the right side of the screen.

Please note that failure to add your name to the pledge will produce grade of zero for this assignment.

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2. EIGHT QUANTITATIVE HOMEWORK PROBLEM SETS –(18% of final grade)

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A quantitative homework problem set will be assigned at the start of each week in LEO, and students will have seven days to complete
the assignment and submit it in LEO.
The setting of the Homeworks is as following:

Homework for each week consists of several sets of the problems: Homework #1A, Homework #1B….
You will NOT be able to move backwards through pages.
You have unlimited number of attempts for each problem set.
The highest score out of the attempts for each set will go to the gradebook to be used in calculations of your final grade for the
course.
There is No time limit for the Homework.
After the problem set is submitted, the system will show the score, questions, correct answers, and student?s responses. It is
highly recommended that you review the submitted attempt, and try to complete the set again, if you want to improve your grade.
You will NEVER decrease your grade for the homework problem set, since the highest attempt will be used in the gradebook for
calculations of your final grade for the course.
To see the correct answer, the students have to click on MyTools – Class Progress – on the left side of the screen choose Quizzes
– in the list find Homework #.. and click on Details – than click on Attempt you would like to see.
It is highly recommended to practice as many times as you want to in order to master the required calculations and to be prepared
for the quizzes, Midterm and Final exam.

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3. TWO QUIZZES————————- (8% of final grade, 2 quizzes @ 4% each)

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Two Quizzes will be assigned in LEO in accordance with the course schedule, and students will have seven days to complete the
assignment and submit it in LEO.

The setting of the quiz is as following:

You will not be able to move backwards through pages.
You have one attempt for the quiz.
There is no time limit for the quiz.
All questions in the quiz are computational free response questions. You are required to type the solution and the final answer to
the problems. You will not receive credit for the problem if only final answer is given. The quiz will be graded manually by your
professor. You can review the graded quiz from My Tools – Class Progress.
You are encouraged to use built-in formulas in Excel where it is applicable. If you are using built-in formulas in Excel, in order to
show your work, you can copy and paste the formula from Excel formula line on the top of the screen and type the answer.

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To see the feedback for the quiz , the students have to click on MyTools – Class Progress – on the left side of the screen choose
Quizzes – in the list find Quiz #1 and click on Details – than click on Attempt 1. Below each question with feedback, the students
will see the link “View Feedback”.

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4. RESEARCH PROJECT ——- (27% of the course grade, Part 1 and Part 2 @13.5% each of the course grade)

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This project is closely aligned with the Course Outcomes and Finance Program Objectives. Completion of this project can be used as
part of a portfolio to show potential employers the student is skilled at performing company valuations and financial statement
analysis and can be included on the student’s resume.

The Research Project consists of two parts: Part 1 and Part 2. Weight of each part is 13.5% of the course grade.

Research Project Part 1 is due at the end of week 5.

Research Project Part 2 is due at the end of week 7.

The students have to complete an individual or group (determined by your professor) financial research project.

The purpose of this assignment is to test the students’ ability to research, analyze and present financial information. The students will
be required to research key financial data, analyze the information, apply the appropriate financial concepts and formulas and prepare
a credible management level financial report.

The Financial Research Project will be assigned on-line on the beginning of week 1 of the course. This project is due, submitted online
via LEO, not later than the date indicated in the course schedule.

To support your opinion you can use quotes. Quotes should be not more than 20% of your posting (less is better!!!).

Your assignments for the Research Project Part 1 and Part 2 are posted as separate files in Content – Syllabus – on the right side of
the screen.

The format of the project is stated in the Syllabus – Project Descriptions.

Rubrics for the Part 1 and Part 2 of the Research Project are posted as separate files in Content – Syllabus – on the right side of the
screen.

Please note that starting from the Fall 2020 semester the UMGC moved to the 7th Edition of the APA Style. The links to the 7th Edition
of the APA Style methodology are posted in Content ? Course Resources ? Writing Resources.

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5. PARTICIPATION IN THE GRADED DISCUSSION AREAS — (12% of final grade)

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By registering for a Web-based course, you have made a commitment to participate in your course discussions as well as other online
activities. Please plan to participate regularly. This requires you to actively reflect on weekly module and textbook readings and to
develop original ideas in your responses. You are expected to demonstrate critical thinking and your understanding of the content in
the assigned readings as they relate to the issues identified in the discussion. You are expected to make your own contribution in a
main topic as well as respond with value-added comments to at least two of your classmates. You are encouraged to respond to other
students as well as to your instructor. You will note in the grading policy that your online discussion participation counts significantly
toward your final grade.

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The Grading Requirements to the Graded Discussion

To encourage student participation I will grade your participation in each Graded Discussion by three elements:

the quality of your input
the quantity of your input
timing of your input

(1) The quality – Quality of Discussion Contributions:

a) Each week?s Discussion area of the online classroom has several assigned questions. The Original Post, which is intended to
address the assigned questions, must include the student?s responses to all assigned questions in the Discussion area.

Discussions will be graded for your effort. If you find that your answer is not correct after posting it, please do not delete it and do not
edit it. You need to follow the discussion in order to receive the full grade for the graded conference and to better understand the
question. The other students will also benefit from this discussion.

b) You should show your understanding of the questions.

c) To support your opinion you can use quotes. Quotes should be not more than 50% of your posting (less is better!!!).

d) You are expected to make your own contribution in a main topic as well as respond with value-added comments to at least two of
your classmates.

e) Please present citations for the SOURCES (APA Style Criteria) you used in the Graded discussions (the complete Internet link; the
title, the author and the publisher, etc.). The responses without complete references will NOT be accepted.

f) Be aware that Wikipedia, Investopedia, and other on-line dictionaries and encyclopedias are not verifiable sources of reliable
information. The responses where these sources are used will not be counted.

Acceptable sources of the information are: research papers, newspaper articles, and books.

g) DO NOT COPY the material from your textbook! Responses copied from the textbook will not be counted.

(2) The quantity – Level of Engagement in Online Classroom Discussions

Students must have one ?Original Post? and a minimum of two ?Other Posts? in each week?s Discussion area. Of course, students are
encouraged to participate more often in the classroom discussions.

The Original Post may not to be divided into more than one posting (no credit will be earned for responses or content not included in
the Original Post). The instructor will likely evaluate the first ?Original Post? when it is posted, and revisions later in the Week are not
considered.

Material posted in the discussion (response to my topic or response to another student?s comments) should be at least 100
words (not counting quotes and citations). Please note that 100 words is the minimum. Usually your response should be much longer
to get a high grade for the discussion.

(3)Timing of your responses

To receive the full grade for the timing of your responses

(1) Original response to topic should be posted by Sunday, 11:59 pm each week

(2) Responses to other students should be posted by Tuesday, 11:59 pm (the end of the week)

Remember, that all of your answers and responses to the other students? comments must be posted in LEO by the lock date . At the
lock date, the discussion will be closed for submission. Absolutely no responses will be accepted after the lock date of the
discussion. Answers sent to the instructor via e-mail will not be accepted and/or graded.

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As a reminder, each student is expected to adhere to the general rules of online etiquette as outlined in the Online Participation and
Online Etiquette.

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6. —-MIDTERM EXAMINATION (On-line) (10% of the course grade)

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Issued in LEO on the date indicate in the course schedule.

Due in LEO on the date indicate in the course schedule.

FINC 330 course requires the student to complete standardized take-it-home midterm examination that worth 10% of the course
grade.

The midterm examination is the common midterm exam that consists of a number of quantitative (computational) financial problems
and are designed to test students? ability to apply the learned financial theory and formulas to typical real-world financial problems.

Midterm Examination covers course material presented in weeks 1-3.

The setting of the Midterm Examination is as following:

You will not be able to move backwards through pages.
You have two attempts for the exam.
There is 2 hour time limit for the exam. If you leave the exam, the clock is going forward!
After the Midterm exam is submitted, the system will show the score, questions, correct answers, and student?s responses.
To see the correct answer, the students have to click on MyTools – Class Progress – on the left side of the screen choose Quizzes
– in the list find Midterm Examination and click on Details – than click on Attempt 1 (or Attempt 2).

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7. FINAL EXAMINATION (On-line) (25% of the course grade)

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Issued in LEO on the date indicate in the course schedule in LEO

Due in LEO on the date indicate in the course schedule in LEO

The FINC 330 course requires the student to complete take-it-home final examination that worth 25% of the course grade.

The final examination consists of a number of quantitative (computational) financial problems and is designed to test students? ability
to apply the learned financial theory and formulas to typical real-world financial problems.

The Final Examination is a comprehensive exam that covers course material presented in weeks 1-8.

The setting of the Final Examination is as following:

You will not be able to move backwards through pages.
You have two attempts for the Final examination.
There is 3 hour time limit for the exam. If you leave the exam, the clock is going forward!
After the Final exam is submitted, the system will show the score, questions, correct answers, and student?s responses.

To see the correct answer, the students have to click on MyTools – Class Progress – on the left side of the screen choose Quizzes
– in the list find Final Examination and click on Details – than click on Attempt 1.

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MAKE UP AND LATE POLICY——————————————————

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Absolutely no make up for the research projects, homework assignments, quizzes, graded discussions, midterm and final
examination will be given.

All answers and responses to the Graded Discussions must be posted in LEO by the due date . At the due date, the discussions will be
closed for submission. Absolutely no responses will be accepted after the due date of the discussion. Answers sent to the instructor
via e-mail will not be accepted and/or graded.

Recognize that discussions are meant to be a conversation among students focused on the week’s readings. Posting to a discussion
after the week has ended means in reality you are talking to yourself! Once the week is over there is no opportunity to earn any
additional points in discussions. However, discussions only count 1.5 percent per week so students can miss a week or two and still
earn a good grade in the course if they work diligently on the remaining discussions and on the assignments. So, if you have to travel
for a week, have a family emergency, experience an illness, or go on vacation, you can miss a week and still earn a good grade. There
is no reason to ask to participate after the week is over.

Students are advised that to assure equal treatment to all students, late quiz, Midterm, and Final exam submissions will NOT be
accepted. Quizzes, Midterm and Final exams submitted after the due date will have the grade of zero (unless prior permission is
granted)!

Homework and quiz assignments have specific due dates and it is critical for students to stay on track. Putting off an assignment to
the week after it is due shortens the time you have available for the following assignment and creates a situation where you are
continually trying to catch up. Additionally, students know when the assignments are due and can work ahead of time to begin their
responses. So to suggest that being sick the day before the assignment is due and therefore should have an extension is really not
very convincing.

However, sometimes there are extenuating circumstances where a few extra days would make the difference between success and
failure. Please contact me via email BEFORE the assignment is due. Present the reasons why you need additional time, specify when
you can complete the assignment, and let me know how much of the assignment you have already completed. I will either provide an
extension with a new due date of my choice or deny the request. If your request is denied, please submit whatever you have completed
of the assignment. It is better to earn at least some of the points rather than to take a zero for the assignment.

Once an extension has been granted, if the assignment is not posted in its entirety, you will receive a zero for the assignment.

Late submission for any reasons of the Research Project that will receive a 20% grade reduction.

Extra Credit Policy

There is no opportunity for extra-credit in the course. As an eight week course, it is important for students to focus their time on the
required assignments, readings, and conferences. Please do not neglect your assignments in the hopes of completing extra-credit at
some future point in the semester. That strategy is rarely successful either in helping you manage your time or in enhancing your
learning.

TUS Grading Standards

Grading Philosophy

Grades are assigned based solely on student performance and not on prevailing student expectations, perceptions of their own
performance or level of effort. The grading standards are developed based on course outcomes and reflect the appropriate level of
content mastery, including mastery of the subject matter as well as mastery of those core curriculum components such as effective
writing and information literacy that are deemed appropriate to the course.

Although a bell curve may not always be achieved, nor is it necessarily desirable, it is expected that the grade of A is awarded only to
those students whose work is truly exceptional, reflecting both content mastery and the ability to analyze and articulate that material.
The grade of A would not be routinely expected, and the grades of B and C would be clearly denoted as appropriate to lesser degrees
of content mastery as discussed above. The grade of D represents the lowest passing grade and denotes borderline content mastery
and ability.

Definition of Academic Rigor

UMGC defines academic rigor as the degree to which students demonstrate content mastery, application of critical thinking skills and
adherence to UMGC?s code of academic integrity.

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This definition implies three components to academic rigor:

1. Content mastery to include the subject matter of the course as well as mastery of those core curriculum goals established for the
course (for example, information literacy, effective writing).

2. Application of critical thinking skills to include the degree to which the student can present and defend original thinking on the
subject matter, including synthesis and analysis of key concepts.

3. Academic integrity to include the degree to which student demonstrates academic honesty defined in UMGC?s code of academic
integrity.

Students are presumed to be well versed in mathematics, accounting, and statistics. Knowlege of EXCEL is very helpful. The pace of
the course does not allow for the luxury of reviewing basic concepts in these disciplines during class. Consequently, students who do
not possess a marked degree of competence in these disciplines may find themselves facing extraordinary challenges.

This course is taught in a manner that presumes that you have read the material and completed all problems for that date. You will
get virtually nothing from the class sessions unless you are prepared. You should be aware, therefore, that this course has been
judged by alumni to require extensive study and intensive analysis; it should not be undertaken casually.

Grading Rubrics

Refer to your classroom for the current version of discussion, assignment, and project grading rubrics.

? Project Descriptions

—- FINANCIAL RESEARCH PROJECT ——-

The project is 27% of the course grade, (Two parts, 13.5% each).

This project is closely aligned with the Course Outcomes and Finance Program Objectives. Completion of this project can be used as
part of a portfolio to show potential employers the student is skilled at performing company valuations and financial statement
analysis and can be included on the student’s resume.

Financial Research Project consists of two parts – Part 1 and Part 2, 13.5% each of the course grade.

Research Project Part 1 is due at the end of week 5.

Research Project Part 2 is due at the end of week 7.

THE PROJECT IS DESIGNED TO BE COMPLETED INDIVIDUAL

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