FIS403 - Financial Management

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Subject Title
Financial Management

Subject Description
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of financial analysis theory and practice. Students apply financial analysis in business cases to learn how companies allocate and value resources in the capital budgeting process, and how investors assess the financial performance of companies. Emphasis is placed on ratios, the time value of money and discounted cash flow valuation in assessing a firm's capital structure, capital expenditures and working capital management. Students also learn how capital markets function, including the underwriting process, share reorganizations and dividend policies. Ethical considerations and fiduciary responsibility as they relate to financial management are also examined.

Credit Status
One credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Apply trend and ratio techniques to identify potential strengths and weaknesses in a company's financial management.
  2. Explain how businesses use capital markets and financial institutions to raise funds.
  3. Explain the factors affecting share prices and operation of stock markets.
  4. Explain the use, advantages and disadvantages of debt and equity in raising money for a business.
  5. Understand what sources and techniques are available to provide short-term and long-term debt financing for a business.
  6. Explain and apply common techniques for managing cash, receivables and inventory.
  7. Use productivity and Internet tools to complete financial analyses and reports.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Academic Integrity
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.