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Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2017/2018

BUSI 570: Managerial Finance

Course Description

Examination of the process of evaluating financial resources and planning and controlling activities within the firm. Discussions focus on ratio and cash flow analysis, financial forecasting, development and use of budgets for management and planning and control.

Prerequisite: BUSI 508

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Berk, Jonathan and Peter DeMarzo. Corporate Finance (Looseleaf) - with Access. 4th ed. Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2017.
    • ISBN-978-0-13-442-6792

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

The primary goals of this course are to develop an understanding of basic financial concepts and tools and to learn how to apply these skills in a real world environment. The course will provide students with an overview of the discipline of finance and acquaint them with the terminology and jargon of finance. The course takes a holistic approach to understanding the financial condition of a firm. That is, emphasis is placed on identifying the interrelationships between various financial decisions made by a firm and in understanding the total “well-being” of a firm. The course will focus on five primary objectives: (1) to develop students’ ability to analyze the financial condition of a firm; (2) to increase student understanding of the ways in which firms make financing and investment decisions; (3) to enhance student ability to examine and analyze security market operations and the valuation of various types of financial assets; (4) the increase student awareness of current events and issues in the field of finance; and (5) to provide students with a framework for incorporating international financial information into decision making.


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Objectives

  • To analyze the financial condition of a firm.
  • To understand the ways in which firms make financing and investment decisions.
  • To understand risk and security market operations.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze financial statements of firms in order to determine past strategies and current strengths/weaknesses.
  • Apply appropriate financial ratios in understanding the financial condition of a firm.
  • Conduct the percent-of-sales financial forecasting methodology.
  • Explain working capital and various approaches to working capital management.
  • Analyze time value of money concepts and use them to solve various financial problems.
  • Explain the concept of risk as it applies to finance.
  • Explain the components of risk and explain how it is measured in relation to financial assets.
  • Use capital budgeting techniques in the evaluation of firm investment decision making.
  • Explain the term cost of capital and demonstrate how it is used in capital budgeting decisions.
  • Calculate the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) for a firm.
  • Explain capital structure and its relationship to firm risk and return.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 819-910 90-100%
B 728-818 80-89%
C 637-727 70-79%
F 0-636 0-69%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 125 14%
MyFinanceLab Assignments 210 23%
Dropbox Assignments 175 19%
Firm Financial Analysis Project 400 44%
Total 910 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introduction 5 Friday/Sunday
Discussion 1 15
MyFinanceLab Assignment 1 30 Sunday
Dropbox 1 35
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 15 Friday/Sunday
MyFinanceLab Assignment 2 30 Sunday
Dropbox 2 35
Firm Financial Analysis Project—Select a Firm 0
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 15 Friday/Sunday
MyFinanceLab Assignment 3 30 Sunday
Dropbox 3 35
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 15 Friday/Sunday
MyFinanceLab Assignment 4 30 Sunday
Firm Financial Analysis Project—Parts I, II, III 140
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 15 Friday/Sunday
MyFinanceLab Assignment 5 30 Sunday
Dropbox 4 35
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 15 Friday/Sunday
MyFinanceLab Assignment 6 30 Sunday
Dropbox 5 35
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 15 Friday/Sunday
MyFinanceLab Assignment 7 30 Sunday
Firm Financial Analysis Project—Parts IV, V 130
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 15 Friday/Saturday
Firm Financial Analysis Project—Part VI and Final Submission 130 Saturday
Total Points 910

Assignment Overview

Readings

Each week of the course you will complete readings from the assigned text, as well as additional text(s) relevant to the topic. It is recommended that you do this before engaging in any of the discussion or assignments, so that your work is well informed. Readings in addition to the text can be found in the Content area.

Discussions

Discussions in this course are meant to probe your thinking about the content and deepen your understanding. Each week there will be one discussion question or topic which relates to that week’s readings. Students should respond substantively to the prompt posed by 11:59 pm CT Friday. Responses will need to be informed by material taken from the text, required article readings, and as outside sources. Sometimes you will be asked to find related articles and read and summarize them, so plan ahead and begin your work as soon as possible.

You will be graded on the quality of your original response, as well as the quality of your interaction with peers. To get the full 15 points for the discussions, you must respond substantively to at least two of your classmates by the discussion closing date.

With the exception of Week 8, all discussion activities are due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday (Week 8 posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Saturday).

Additionally, there will be a “General Discussion” thread to use throughout the course. This will allow you to ask questions or make comments of general interest to others in the course.


MyFinanceLab Assignments

There will be a homework assignment due for Weeks 1-7 consisting of problems in MyFinanceLab, the online homework system. These assignments will be completed within the MyFinanceLab platform (www.pearsonmylab.com) and must be completed by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.  Problems/questions in these homework assignments will correspond to the chapters being covered in the course.

Students will purchase an access code (either bundled with a new textbook or separately from the publisher) for MyFinanceLab online homework. Directions for setting up and accessing the online homework system will be published in the News area on the course homepage.

All MyFinanceLab homework assignments will be due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday (Week 8 posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Saturday).


Dropbox Assignments

There will be a dropbox assignment of a case/problem for Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6. These will consist of fictitious cases, article reviews, real-world case analysis, and/or data cases from the text that illustrate concepts that we are studying.

Dropbox papers involving articles and/research questions, should be formatted as a MS Word (.doc/.docx) file. They should be edited carefully for grammar and style, and also include a separate cover page and works cited/references, if relevant. All references should be properly cited using APA or Chicago Manual of Style.

Dropbox assignments, which are data cases from the textbook, require current market data for their inputs. All market data (e.g., prices, rates, shares outstanding, etc.) must be current and the date the data is retrieved must be included in your analysis. Any solution using data that is more than one week old will receive a grade of 0.

Dropbox assignments will be due at 11:59 pm CT Sunday of their respective weeks (Week 8 dropbox papers are due at 11:59 pm CT Saturday).


Firm Financial Analysis Project

The purpose of this project is to give you the opportunity to apply many of the concepts and tools that we are learning throughout the course. You will have the opportunity to utilize real-world data in order to complete a number of objectives:
  1. Assess the current financial performance of a firm.
  2. Create and calculate various financial measures for a firm, including the cost of various sources of financing and the Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC).
  3. Determine the current valuation of a firm.
  4. Analyze the firm’s capital and risk structure, along with the condition in the macro environment, to strategize about growth/investment opportunities and the optimal financing methods to pursue such activities.

A good source of real-world data can be found using the business databases on the Stafford Library’s website, specifically the Standard and Poor’s NetAdvantage and ValueLine Research Center, along with the firm’s 10K, Morningstar.com, Yahoofinance.com, and other financial websites.

Your final Firm Financial Analysis Project should compile all components covered above with edits and feedback from initial grading made if requested. Quantitative data compiled must be present to support your analysis and formatted in a way that is clearly understood. Raw data may be included in your submission(s) using MS Excel.

Your final project should be formatted as a MS Word (.doc/.docx) file that has been edited carefully for grammar and style, and include a cover page and a complete bibliography and index of data. All references should be properly cited using APA or Chicago Manual of Style.

Selecting a Firm

Students will select a firm to analyze during Week 2. Students should post their firm selection to the General Discussion to insure that no two students are analyzing the same firm. The firm must meet the following criteria:

  • The firm should be listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ. Further, the firm should be included in the S&P 500 or the Russell 2000.
  • The firm should have a history paying dividends and be currently paying a dividend.
  • The company chosen must begin with the same letter as either your first or last name—e.g., if your name is Bart, a possible firm choice would be Boeing.

Part I: Firm History and Overview (due Week 4)

Develop an overview/history of the firm that you have chosen, as well as the industry your firm operates in. You should include information that describes the market structure and competition in the industry, along with the position of your firm within this industry – i.e., is the firm one of the leaders or is it a niche player? Is the firm one of the medium-size firms in the industry? Part I will be worth 30 points.

Part II: End-Point Financial Analysis (due Week 4)

Using historical financial statements (income statements and balance sheets) for the firm, analyze the financial performance and changes to the firm over a ten-year time period using an end-point analysis framework similar to that used in the analysis of Coca-Cola (Week 2 dropbox assignment). You should calculate the same ratios and financial measures as were provided for the Coca-Cola case.

Next, you will identify the major changes in the firm’s financial performance over this time period. Include an analysis of: 1) overall changes/growth in the firm’s revenues, assets, and liabilities; 2) common-size statements; 3) ratio analysis; and 4) analysis using the DuPont model.

You will be required to provide the conclusions regarding which way the major ratio categories are trending. An acceptable conclusion might be, for example: “profitability has increased over the last five years as evidenced by increasing net margin and gross margin ratios. This is the result of a decrease in cost of goods sold, higher margins because of increased market share, etc.” You should also research the notes to your company’s 10K to determine the probable causes of these changes (“Leverage increased because the company issued $50M in bonds to pay for a plant expansion.”). Part II will be worth 70 points.

Part III: Working Capital Analysis (due Week 4)

Using the same financial statements from your Financial Analysis (Part II), provide an analysis of the firm’s working capital policy and changes to this policy over a ten-year period. Your working capital analysis should include the following: 1) overall level and change in WC over the time period and the factors that caused these changes; 2) calculation of the Cash Conversion Cycle for the beginning and ending period and a discussion of causal factors and implication of these changes; 3) overall assessment of the firm’s working capital policy (i.e., is it conservative, moderate, or aggressive?). Compare your results to the firm’s industry averages. Part III will be worth 40 points.

Part IV: Determination of WACC (due Week 7)

Using the principles and tools outlined in the textbook, form an estimate of the Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) for the firm. In order to complete this task, you will need to do the following:

  • Determine the cost of debt: Using information from the firm’s website, annual report, the website Investing in Bonds (link available in the Content area), and the library database sources, determine the ‘average’ rating of your firm’s bonds and the current YTM on a composite of these bonds. Based on this information, estimate the current cost of debt for the firm. Explain the approach and procedure you used to make your determination and what this number means.
  • Determine the cost of equity: Determine the required rate of return for your firm using the CAPM. Explain the approach and procedure you used (and justification for the sources of inputs used for your model) to make your determination and the meaning of this required rate of return.
  • Determine the capital structure of the firm: Determine the market value of the firm’s debt and equity. Explain the approach and procedure you used and use these values to determine the weights for the WACC.

Finally, provide an overall explanation for your results and how the firm will use this WACC. There are resources available in the Content area that will help guide your determination of WACC. Part IV will be worth 80 points.

Part V: Stock Valuation (due Week 7)

In chapter 9, we learned how the dividend-discount model can be used to determine the value of a firm’s equity, or the current price of a share of stock. Use this model to estimate the value of a share of your firm’s stock and compare this estimate to the current market value. To do this, you will need to do the following:

  1. Estimate the firm’s stock price using the dividend-discount model: Use an investment source (some have been provided in the Content area) and find: 1) the current dividend; 2) analyst’s estimate growth rate for the next five to ten years; 3) an alternative growth estimate using the firm’s historical growth rate or the formula “g=ROE x b”.
  2. Use your estimate of the cost of equity in the WACC for the rE part of your formula: Combine the above information into the dividend-discount model (DDM).
  3. Compare your result to the current market price of your firm’s stock. Provide analysis and an explanation of how they compare and explain any differences you observe.

Part V will be worth 50 points.

Part VI: Capital Budgeting Analysis, Capital Structure Analysis and Funding Growth Strategies, and Bibliography and Data (due Week 8)

Capital Budgeting Analysis (30 points): You have been asked to evaluate a potential acquisition of a smaller privately owned competitor. The acquisition candidate produces an EBITDA of 10% of your current EBITDA and is offered to your firm at a price of multiple of 8 times EBITDA. Assume the following:

  • Current debt costs you 8% and you can raise additional debt at this rate today. The loan is to be amortized over 7 years.
  • Current return on equity is 15%
  • Current WACC is 10%
  • Tax rate is 30% (constant)
  • 80% of the purchase price is considered depreciable assets – to be depreciated over ten years on a straight-line basis with no residual values.
  • Residual value for this operation is to be 2x current EBITDA in year ten.

Create an after-tax cash flow analysis to answer the following:

  • Economic analysis: is this a fundamentally sound investment?
  • Using the tax cash flows and no debt (pure equity), is the prospect a positive NPV using ROE as the hurdle rate?
  • Using the after tax cash flows and the firm’s WACC, is this project desirable? Explain how you came to this conclusion.

Capital Structure Analysis and Funding Growth Strategies (80 points): Imagine your firm has some attractive investment opportunities that it is considering. The capital budgeting process has been completed and found that these projects have a positive NPV and are desirable. The firm must raise financing for the projects in the amount equal to 5% of the current level of its total assets. As you know, these funds can come from a number of sources: operations, short-term debt, long-term debt (new bond issues), or equity (new stock issues).

Your task is to decide where funds for these projects should come from based on your knowledge of the firm and your knowledge of the current state of the economy (i.e., level of interest rates, state of the stock market, future prospects for the economy/firm). This section is worth 80 points. Your analysis should answer the following questions:

  1. How much must your firm raise for the investments to be undertaken?
  2. How will you determine where the funds should come from? Provide analysis for the following areas:
  • Current capital structure of the firm, specifically, you must cite how some of the ratios you calculated in Part II will influence your decision.
  • Federal Reserve policy and interest rates, meaning what are current borrowing interest rates and what direction do you believe these will trend in the near future?
  • Stock price and state of the stock market, meaning are current stock prices high? Low? How could a firm’s financing choice(s) be impacted?
  • Working capital policy
  • Profit/loss situation and operating cash flows

Bibliography and data compilation (20 points): to complete submission requirements, compile a detailed bibliography and index of the data and sources you’ve collected for the project.

With the exception of Week 8, all components of the Firm Financial Analysis Project are due to the appropriate dropbox or discussion by 11:59 pm CT Sunday. The final submission of the Firm Financial Analysis Project is due 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8.


Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Introduction of Terms, Key Concepts in Finance, Financial Analysis, and Time Value of Money
Readings

Corporate Finance: Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4

Additional articles provided in the Content area. These articles/videos/resources relate to topics to be discussed for this week’s discussion question.

Introduction
Introduce yourself to your classmates and tell us about yourself. You can include your profession, hobbies/interests, current location, and any other information that can help us get to know you. Also, include what courses you have taken in the MBA program and where, as well as career aspirations upon completion of the program.
Discussion 1
The discussion this week will address the current state of finance and the recent financial crisis. Visit the Content area for details.
MyFinanceLab Assignment 1
Visit the MyFinanceLab website for homework problems that accompany this week’s text.
Dropbox 1

In the Content area, you will find several articles that relate to the topics covered this week. Specifically, these articles discuss the goals of the firm, and the possible consequences of the goal of Shareholder Wealth Maximization on firm behavior and performance.

Your dropbox assignment this week is to develop a reaction/response to Greed Cycle, Dumbest Idea in the World. The questions to be addressed in your paper are provided in the Content area. Submit your completed paper to the appropriate dropbox.

Week 2: Working Capital and Forecasting Short-term Financing Needs
Readings

Corporate Finance: Chapters 26 and 27

Additional articles provided in the Content area. The articles/resources relate to this week’s discussion question concerning the state of the macroeconomy.

Discussion 2
This week’s discussion will address the state of the macroeconomy and its impact on the firm. Visit Content area for details and sources of macroeconomic data.
MyFinanceLab Assignment 2
Visit the MyFinanceLab website for homework problems that accompany this week’s text.
Dropbox 2

The dropbox assignment for this week is to conduct a financial analysis of Coca-Cola, including an analysis of changes in the income statement and balance sheet and the firm’s working capital.

Quantitative data you will need to complete the assignment can be found in the Content area. You will need to analyze the data—i.e., use your knowledge of accounting and finance to understand the changes in financial measures that have occurred over the time period spanned by the data. You will then use an ‘end-point-approach’ to complete your analysis. This involves taking two data points from different periods in time and analyzing the changes that have occurred. Submit your completed paper to the appropriate dropbox.

Firm Financial Analysis Project—Select a Firm
Post your selection for Firm to the General Discussion. Be sure to review the criteria for selection. Your selection is due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.
Week 3: Fundamentals of Capital Budgeting
Readings

Corporate Finance: Chapters 7 and 8

Discussion 3
This week we will discuss the topic of Capital Budgeting. Review the Content area for more information before responding to this week’s prompts.
MyFinanceLab Assignment 3
Visit the MyFinanceLab website for homework problems that accompany this week’s text.
Dropbox 3

Complete the IBM Data Case for Chapter 8 (pp. 273-274). This case requires you to conduct a Capital Budgeting analysis of the cash flows for a project the firm is evaluating. Use the information in Chapters 7 and 8 to do your analysis. Your final cash flow should be structured similarly to the example found in this week's textbook reading. Submit your completed paper to the appropriate dropbox.

Week 4: Introduction to Valuation – Bond and Stock Valuation
Readings

Corporate Finance: Chapters 6 and 9

Discussion 4

This week we’ll be reviewing and summarizing articles in the current media concerning the stock and bond markets. Review the Content area for more information before responding to this week’s prompts.

MyFinanceLab Assignment 4
Visit the MyFinanceLab website for homework problems that accompany this week’s text.
Firm Financial Analysis Project—Parts I, II, III

Develop an overview/history of the firm that you have chosen, as well as conduct an end-point financial analysis and working capital analysis. Review the Content area for complete assignment requirements.

Week 5: Risk and Return on the Cost of Capital
Readings

Corporate Finance: Chapters 10 and 12

Discussion 5
The discussion this week will look at measuring risk and its impact on the cost of capital. Review the Content area for more information before responding to this week’s prompts.
MyFinanceLab Assignment 5
Visit the MyFinanceLab website for homework problems that accompany this week’s text.
Dropbox 4

Complete the Data Case for Chapter 12 (page 438). This case exposes students to the steps in empirically determining the WACC for a firm. The process used in solving this case will be utilized again in your Financial Analysis project where you will be asked to determine the WACC for the firm you are analyzing.

Week 6: Capital Structure Concepts
Readings

Corporate Finance: Chapters 14 and 15

Discussion 6
The discussion this week will cover capital structure—the use of debt and equity by firms. Review the Content area for more information before responding to this week’s prompts.
MyFinanceLab Assignment 6
Visit the MyFinanceLab website for homework problems that accompany this week’s text.
Dropbox 5

Complete the Data Case for Chapter 14 (pages 516-517) on Home Depot. This case explores the capital structure of Home Depot Home Improvement stores and the impact of this capital structure on the firm’s WACC. Additional details can be found in the Content area.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Dividends and other Distributions to Shareholders
Readings

Corporate Finance: Chapter 17

Discussion 7
This week we will explore dividend policy and various approaches to paying dividends. Review the Content area for more information before responding to this week’s prompts.
MyFinanceLab Assignment 7
Visit the MyFinanceLab website for homework problems that accompany this week’s text.
Firm Financial Analysis Project—Parts IV, V
Using the principles and tools outlined in the textbook, form an estimate of the Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) for the firm. Then, use the dividend-discount model to estimate the value of a share of your firm’s stock and compare this estimate to the current market value. Review the Content area for complete assignment requirements.
Week 8: Long-Term Financing, Synthesis, and Analysis
Readings

Corporate Finance: Chapters 23 and 24

Discussion 8
The discussion this week ask students to recap their learning over the course of the session. Review the Content area for more information before responding to this week’s prompts.
Firm Financial Analysis Project—Part VI and Final Submission

Using the principles and tools outlined in the textbook, complete a Capital Structure Analysis, Capital Budgeting Analysis and form Funding Growth Strategies for the Firm. You must also compile a bibliography and list of data/sources. Review the Content area for complete requirements for Part VI.

Your completed Firm Financial Analysis Project (Parts I-VI) is due to the appropriate dropbox by 11:59 pm CT Saturday.



Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted. No other late assignments will be accepted without extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student and with instructor notification prior to the due date.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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