Finance (FNCE) 370
Overview of Corporate Finance (Revision 10)
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Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)
Centre: Faculty of Business
FNCE 370 has a Challenge for Credit option.
FNCE 370 presents a comprehensive and detailed treatment of the theories, applications, and financial tools used in a corporate financial environment. The course emphasizes understanding, analyzing, and integrating financial information as an aid to making financial decisions.
The course discusses the impact of interest rates, taxation, dividends, cash flow, and other business considerations on financial decision making. It also examines the role of financial institutions and regulations in corporate financial management. Students who successfully complete this course will be comfortable working on financial management challenges such as capital budgeting, capital structure, capital asset pricing, and dividend policy.
FNCE 370 is a challenging, high volume course, reflecting the precision and breadth of knowledge required to be a finance professional. On average, students should expect to spend nine or more hours per week for 26 weeks to pass the course.
- Lesson 1: Reviewing Prerequisite Concepts
- Lesson 2: Forecasting, Growth Planning, and EFN
- Lesson 3: Time Value of Money
- Lesson 4: Time Value of Money (II)
- Lesson 5: Bond Valuation
- Lesson 6: Stock Valuation
- Lesson 7: NPV and Other Investment Criteria
- Lesson 8: Operating Cash Flows and Capital Investment Decisions
- Lesson 9: Project Analysis and Evaluation
- Lesson 10: Historical Average Returns and Risk
- Lesson 11: Portfolio Return and Risk, and the Security Market Line
- Lesson 12: Cost of Capital
- Lesson 13: Raising Capital
- Lesson 14: Capital Structure Decisions and the M&M Propositions
- Lesson 15: Dividends and Dividend Policy
Your final grade in FNCE 370 is based on 15 online quizzes, 5 assignments, and a Final Examination. To receive credit for this course you must achieve a minimum grade of “D” (50 percent) on the Final Examination, and an overall course grade of D (50 percent). If you are taking FNCE 370 to transfer credit to one of the accounting organizations, check the organization’s specific requirements.
The following chart describes the credit weight associated with each course requirement.
In response to COVID-19 containment directives, temporary online exam(s) are available for this course.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Note: Students planning to transfer this course to a Chartered Professional Accountant designation are advised that they will be required to achieve a grade higher than the minimum passing grade. See CPA Requirements for details.
Ross, S. A., Westerfield, R. W., Jordan, B. D., Roberts, G. S., Pandes, J. A., & Holloway, T. A. (2019). Fundamentals of corporate finance (10th Can. ed.). Toronto, ON: McGraw-Hill Ryerson. ISBN 9781260192827
A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
A Sharp EL-738 calculator is included. All other materials will be available to students online.
The course materials for this course are shipped as a shrink-wrapped package. If the shrink wrap is broken, the materials are not returnable.
Special Course Features
You will require a type of word processing software (MS-Word or equivalent) and spreadsheet software (MS-Office Excel or other).
Challenge for Credit Overview
The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.
Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Paper Exam (closed book; 3 hours)
Students are permitted to bring into the examination one “cheat” sheet of 8½ x 11” paper, written on one side only (one side must be blank).
In the examination, students may use one of the following calculators only:
Sharp EL733A, EL-738, EL-738C, EL-738F, or EL-738FC financial calculators; the
Texas Instrument BA II Plus financial calculator; or the Hewlett Packard 12C and 10BII series financial calculators
No other calculators may be used without written permission from the course coordinator, obtained at least one day prior to the examination.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
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