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FIN 508 Financial Management

Understand how companies manage their assets and investments.

8 weeks

The finance discipline involves more than money, debits, and credits. It also involves data, problem solving, and decision making. You’ll examine the ways corporate financial policies are formed, what influences those policies, and the reasons for choices in seeking solutions to specific financial problems.

Your Flex Fit

Where does this course fall in your Flex curriculum?
FIN 508 is one of three courses offered within the Accounting, Economics, and Finance core.

Course Overview

You’ll learn the ins and outs of corporate finance, from company types to capital budgeting and from taxes to stock issuance. Knowledge of the financial environment, the role of corporations, institutions, instruments, and management will be gained, as well as an understanding of the many tools used for financial analysis.

To supplement this course’s required reading and the discussion forums, you can see the role financial management plays in an organization by reading a number of business publications and websites such as, Value Line, Bloomberg, and Financial Times.

Cash flows are the bloodline of business and you’ll become familiar with their valuation processes, such as future and present value, continuous compounding, perpetuities, annuities, loan amortization, and the value of a firm. You’ll also focus on the valuation of stocks and bonds and see how inflation and interest rates interplay with the stock market.

Can the owners of a corporation meet its objectives while satisfying socially imposed constraints?

Explore this and more in FIN 508.

Investing in physical capital such as property or equipment requires a thorough understanding of capital budgeting, from net present value to profitability to risk analysis. You’ll examine these factors along with the return and risks of financial assets and portfolio diversification.

As you explore the cost of capital, you’ll also examine market efficiency theories and focus on the weighted average cost of capital. Features of common and preferred stocks and the dividend theories and policies will also become part of your financial knowledge base.

Sample Course Topics

  • An Overview of Corporate Finance
  • Discounted Cash Flow Valuation
  • Bond and Stock Valuation
  • Capital Budgeting
  • Risk and Return
  • Cost of Capital and Efficient Capital Markets
  • Long-Term Financing and Capital Structure
  • Dividend Theories and Issuing Securities to the Public

What You’ll Learn

In FIN 508, you’ll learn the principles of policy formation in the modern corporation and gain insight into the role of financial management within an organization.

  • Have a view on financial management of business and on financial marketsand instruments.
  • Be familiar with the valuation of capital market instruments.
  • Understand the types of investment decisions made by firms.

Learn More

A detailed view of corporate finance, FIN 508 illustrates the importance of fiscal knowledge, whether for CFOs or other executives. For more information about The University of Scranton’s online Master of Business Administration degree, request more information or call us today toll-free at (866) 373-9547.

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