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Administrative Unit: Business Administration Department
Course Prefix and Number: FINC 350
Course Title: Business Finance
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

A study of the finance function in corporate decision-making. Topics include financial statement analysis, risk and return, valuation, cost of capital, working capital management, the time value of money, and capital budgeting. Prerequisites: ACCT 281; MATH 150 or MATH 170.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): ACCT 281; MATH 150 or MATH 170.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Foundations of Financial Management
By Block and Hirt (McGraw-Hill Education)
Foundations of Finance
By Keown, Petty, Scott, Martin (Pearson)
Principles of Managerial Finance
By Gitman (Pearson)
Essentials of Corporate Finance
By Ross, Westerfield & Jordan (McGraw-Hill Higher Education)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyze financial statements and interpret financial ratios to assess company performance.
  2. Explain how a firm’s management of working capital effects its operating, financing, and investment decisions.
  3. Apply discounted cash flow techniques and the risk-return tradeoff to value financial assets.
  4. Explain the CAPM, rates of return, capital structure, and the cost of capital.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the capital budgeting process.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Goals and functions of financial management
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Working capital and the financing decision
  • Time value of money
  • Valuation and rates of return
  • Cost of capital
  • Capital budgeting

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Sally Wells Date: January 26, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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