General Learning Goals
• Problem solving and decision making abilities through the critical analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of business information. Each student will be required to analyze a series of cases during the semester. The analysis will include identifying the problem(s), suggesting possible alternatives to solve the problem, recommending the best alternative, and presenting an implementation plan.
• Demonstrate a competency in speaking and writing for common business scenarios. Each student as part of a team will present his/her analyzes of at least two cases. Students will be graded on the quality of their oral speaking skills and the effectiveness of their case analyzes.
• Know how to use team building and collaboration to achieve group objectives. Students will for formed into several teams. While no team grade will be given, each student will be graded on his/her effectiveness in working within the team. No formal instruction on team work will be provided.
• An understanding of the influence of global and multicultural issues on business activities. Some of the cases will involve the analyses of problems encountered by international companies.
• Able to utilize available technology for common business applications. Students will use EXCEL template models in analyzing each case. No formal instruction will be provided the use of spreadsheets.
Course Specific Learning Goals
After completing this course, students should be able to:
• Understand and apply key financial techniques such as financial analysis and forecasting, valuation of financial assets, determination of cost of capital and capital budgeting to the analysis of intermediate level finance cases.
• Contribute to the team analysis of intermediate level cases.
• Contribute to a logical and appropriately focused presentation of the conclusions and recommendations of the team’s analysis of assigned cases.
• Participate productively in class discussions of assigned cases.
• Submit well written, grammatically correct, and clearly organized case briefs of several assigned cases.
Grading and Evaluations
Each student’s final semester average is based on the quality of his/her performance on (1) seven written summaries (Two notes & 5 technical notes), (2) oral case presentations, (3) six written case briefs, and (4) class participation. All of these components are summarized below.
1. Study Assignments 225 25.00%
a. Teaching notes (2 @ 25 points each = 50)
b. Technical notes (5 @ 35 points each = 175)
2. Oral case presentations
(1 @ 40 points; 1 @ 95 points) 135 15.00%
3. Written case briefs
(3 @ 40 points each; 3 @ 80 points each) 360 40.00%
4. Class Participation 180 20.00%
Total Points Possible 900 100.00%
In assigning final letter grades, computed semester averages will be compared to the following grading scale:
Level of Performance Average (%) Letter Grade
Superior Performance 90 to 100 A
Above Average Performance 80 to 89 B
Average Performance 70 to 79 C
Below Average Performance 60 to 69 D
Failing Performance 59 and below F
Each student’s computed average will be (1) expressed to three decimal places and (2) rounded to the nearest whole number before comparing your average to the grading scale above. This rounding procedure will be followed precisely as explained and no exceptions to this policy will be made.
• Example 1: a computed average of 89.100% or higher will be rounded up to 90%. Using the grading scale above, a letter grade of “A” would be assigned. On the other hand, a computed average of 89.099% or less will be rounded down to 89% which would result in a final letter grade of B.
• Example 2: a computed average of 79.100% or higher will be rounded up to 80% resulting in a final letter grade of B. In contrast, a computed average of 79.099% or less would be rounded to 79% and a letter grade of C assigned.
• Students are expected to attend all class meetings as scheduled.
• Students are expected to (1) arrive to class on time and (2) refrain from walking into and out of the classroom during the class period except for an emergency.
• Because of the length of the class period, a class break will be provided during the class period.
• Missing class can affect your participation grade and thus your final course grade.
B. Electronic Devices
• All electronic devices such as cell phones, beepers, and pagers must be turned off during class.
• This rule is especially important during oral team presentations and class discussions of cases.
C. Due Dates
• Assignments and written case briefs must to be submitted to the instructor at the beginning of class on the stated due date.
• Assignments which are turned in after class begins will be considered late and will be assessed a 30% penalty if turned in before class ends.
• Assignments will not be accepted after class has ended.
D. Team Presentations
• If a team member misses an assigned team presentation, the remaining team member or members will be responsible for presenting the case. In other words, “the show must go on.”
• Each team member will be graded independently from his/her team mates on each oral presentation. It is entirely possible for each team member to receive different grades on an oral presentation.
E. Class Discussion of Cases
• Each class member who is not involved in the presentation is responsible for preparing the case and fully participating in the discussion of the case following the team presentation.
• The instructor will grade all class members on the basis of the level of participation and quality of comments.
• As considered necessary by the instructor, individual class members will be called upon to answer questions and offer opinions about relevant issues during class discussions. This activity will affect your participation grade.
F. Case Briefs
• While it is acceptable for team members to work together during the analysis of each case, the written case brief is the unique production of each individual.
• It is considered normal when each team member’s case brief is different from his/her team mates. It is acceptable, and in fact expected, that each team member will not see all aspects of each case in exactly the same way.
• The instructor reserves the right to not accept case briefs submitted by team mates if the case briefs are similar in too many aspects.
G. Student Honor Creed & Academic Dishonesty Statement
• The student honor creed can be found on page 51 of the MSU Graduate Catalog, Vol. LXXVIII, No. 2, 2010-2012.
• The academic dishonesty statement can be found on page 51 of MSU the MSU Graduate Catalog, Vol. LXXVIII, No. 2, 2010-2012.
Syllabus Change Policy
This syllabus serves as a guide for the course and is subject to change.
A. Detailed Class Meeting Schedule
Included in a separate file, is an Excel document which presents a tentative schedule of class activities, assignments, and case presentations for this course. Each team’s responsibilities for case presentations are clearly indicated. Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change.
B. Case Analysis and Discussion
In a separate document, information about the case analysis and discussion component of this course is presented in greater detail. This course component (1) occupies approximately 40% of our class time and (2) accounts for approximately 62% of your course grade. Please read this document carefully and ask questions if there is any aspect you don’t understand.