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MBA 643


Managerial Finance

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

School of Management

Spring 2006

Jim Hsieh


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Contact Information


Office: 236 Enterprise Hall


Phone: (703) 993
-
1840


Email: jhsieh@gmu.edu


Course web page:





http://mason.gmu.edu/~jhsieh/mba643/mba643.html



Office Hours:


By appointment


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3 Major Areas of Finance

Managerial Finance (MBA 643)

Investment Analysis (706)

Financial Markets & Institutions

(703)

Corporate Finance (702, 705 (VC))


Derivatives & Risk Management (704)


International Finance (717)


Real Estate (not offered)

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3 Major Areas of Finance


Investments


Valuing financial assets (stocks, bonds, options,…)


Managing portfolios (combinations of assets, mutual
funds)


Financial markets and institutions


Exchanges of financial assets and liabilities


Organizations that facilitate the exchange process


Regulators (SEC, FTC, Fed, …)


Corporate finance


Building a firm’s financial resources.


Deciding where to invest those raised capitals.

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MBA 643 Course Plan

(The First Course in Finance)


Build basic financial knowledge (Ch. 1
-
6)


Time value of money, NPV, valuing bonds & stocks


Capital budgeting process


Accounting issues in finance


Portfolio Theory/CAPM/Cost of Capital (Ch. 9, 10, 12)


R
P
,

P
, R
i

= R
f

+

i
(R
M



R
f
)


Introduction to corporate valuation (Ch. 7)


What does a financial manager do? (Ch. 13~)


Financing decisions


Investment decisions

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This is the first course in finance

(at an advanced level!!)


Required Textbook


Ross, Westerfield, & Jaffe,
Corporate Finance
, 7th Ed., 2005.


The accompanied Solutions Manual.


A calculator is required.


A subscription to the WSJ is strongly recommended.


Do not skip lectures.


Cold calls are expected.


No way to take this course without some mathematics
and formulae.


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Course Requirements


Prerequisites


No. But requires working knowledge in ECON, ACCT, and STAT


Exams:


Midterm (25%)


Final (30%, cumulative)


Two Projects: (35%)


One accounting case and one takeover case


In groups of 3 to 5


Class participation counts (10%); absence costs.


Homework assignments