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Frequently Asked Questions

FIN 648: Mergers and Acquisitions



Q. What will the format of the exams and what chapters will they cover?
A. Midterm

Each exam will have at least one media article with questions (look at the Media Articles link from the FIN 648 class website). There may be definitions and short questions.

Here's what will be on the Midterm:

  1. 1. Short questions on three of the four areas outlined in the Learning Objectives webpage, viz. Introduction, Strategy and Real Options.
  2. A media article on Mergers and Acquisitions, which will focus on one or more of the four areas.
  3. Two quantitative questions, one on Valuation and one on Real Options.
    • The one on valuation will be similar to the Workbook problems 9 - 4, 6, 7, 8, 9.
    • The one on real options will be similar to Chapter 14 end-of-chapter Problems 5, 6 and 7.

Q. Are the exams open book or closed book?
Ans. Click here for more information.

Q. Can I do extra work to improve my grade?
Ans. Sorry. I believe that in order to be fair, I have to give every student the same opportunity to do extra work. Obviously, this is not feasible.  However, on occasion I will allow you to resubmit an assignment for grade improvement.

Q. What can I do to check my understanding of the material and to prepare for the exams?

  • You can do the problems from the end of each chapter and from the Workbook. Check Blackboard for solutions.
  • You can also try quizzes from past terms. Frequently, the answers to quiz problems can also be found on my webpages. However, this is only feasible for materials where there is overlap with other courses, such as on Valuation. Spring 2006 is the first time that I am teaching FIN 648.
  • You can try to answer the questions at the end of media articles.
  • You can read current newspaper and magazine articles on relevant topics and make up your own questions and articles.

Q. What do I have to study from each chapter?
Ans. In each chapter, you should know the definitions and the meanings of key terms, and be able to put them into context. Also, look at the list of terms and short questions on the Some Importants Terms and Concepts page. Also look at the Learning Objectives.


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