Dr. P.V. Viswanath
|Courses / MBA 664 /|
MBA 664: FINANCIAL
REPORTING, ANALYSIS AND MODELING OF CORPORATE ACTIVITIES
|Office||W416, Pace New York|
P.V. Viswanath: Office: W416; Tel: 212-618-6518; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is an integrated multidisciplinary course that covers the principles of financial accounting, financial analysis and decision modeling for business analysis. The primary objective of this course is to provide students with essential theoretical background and analytical tools necessary to use and analyze financial statements, to develop business models and to make sound financial decisions. More specifically, students will develop skills to:
Please check your e-mail and Blackboard website on a regular basis. For finance materials, see the MBA 664 finance website. You may e-mail the instructors for consultation. We check e-mail practically everyday, so in most cases, you should get a speedy response to your question.
Class attendance is mandatory and is highly recommended. This is for
two reasons: one, you will understand the material much better if you
attend the class sessions; two, modifications to the class schedule will
be announced in class and/or on the BlackBoard website. In any case, you
should consult fellow students on what was done during the class time
that you missed, and collect handouts for that day's session. Another
reason for regular attendance is that classroom participation will help
your grade. Participation means answering questions and making intelligent
comments. You should also bring a calculator to all class meetings.
You should also read the Wall Street Journal and/or the business section of the New York Times on a regular basis. Some exam questions will be based on current newspaper and magazine articles that are related to course material. Hence you should cultivate and improve your ability to read newspaper articles critically. If you do not already subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, you can do so online from the MBA 664 finance website.
In finance class sessions, there will be classroom exercises, short quizzes, or assignment of additional work. If you miss a class session during which we have such a classroom exercise, or additional work is assigned, your grade will be adversely affected for this reason as well. (Of course, it goes without saying that missing quizzes will affect your grade adversely.) We will sometimes do learning exercises in class; doing them can help you substantially in understanding the material. We often also give credit for participation in these classroom exercises.
The team project submitted must also include a listing of which parts of the project were worked on by which team members. Whether or not a given team member worked on a specific part of the project, s/he must be familiar with the entire project that is turned in. It is expected that each team member will have a copy of the final version of the submitted assignment; if any team member does not have a copy of the final assignment and/or s/he is not familiar with any part of the submitted assignment, that team member's grade for the project may be reduced.
You may also use teams for joint learning and study -- that is up to the members of each team. Teams may also want to assign members on a rotating basis to keep track of whatever is posted on the Web. However, each student is separately responsible for the material that is put up on the Web. Failure of the designated team member to fulfill his/her duties will not absolve any team member of the responsibility to keep up-to-date vis-a-vis class activities on the Web, or off.
Finance: The main purpose of the Finance assignments is to make sure that you understand the material, and to prepare you for the exams. Details regarding the assignments can be found on the MBA 653 website or will be given out in class. All assignments should be turned in by email.
Any student taking this course is presumed to agree to abide by the school policy on academic integrity, as described on page L-52 of the Graduate Catalog 2006-2007. Please obtain a copy of the catalog and familiarize yourself with the policy.
School policy regarding disabilities is described on page L-56 of the Graduate Catalog. You can contact the disabilities coordinator at 212-346-1526. Information can also be found on the University webpage.
There will be two exams. Exams are closed book, but you will be allowed to bring in one 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper containing formulas only (two sides). However, nothing else other than formulas can be written on these sheets, e.g. no worked out examples, no numbers, etc. More details on the nature of the exams can be found on the FAQ page. If you miss an exam without being excused, you cannot get any credit for that exam. University policy allows make-ups only for serious personal illness or death in the family, for which documentation may be required. You can look at past exams and solutions on my website; however, the actual format of the exams may differ substantially from those of previous terms. Please bring your own calculators to the exams; PDAs, however, are not allowed. Get in touch with Prof. Viswanath regarding any question you may have regarding the exams, or the course in general. More information regarding the take-home final will be provided during the course.
Prof. Viswanath may give short in-class quizzes. There can be different kinds of questions on these quizzes e.g. definitions, short questions and media articles. Some examples of these can be found at the on Practice Problems page on Prof. Viswanath's website -- click on the appropriate topic, and you will find the definitions and short question examples at the top of the page.
You can find practice problems and other study aids at the textbook website.
On my webpages, you will find recent media articles. From time to time, I will add to this list. There are several reasons why you should look regularly at these pages.
The finance portion of your grade will be determined as follows:
|Factor||Impact on grade|
|Class Attendance & Participation||5%; could be greater at my discretion|
Your final course grade will be determined as follows:
Letter grades will be assigned as follows:
Note that the minimum and maximum quantitative scores for plus and minus refinements to the letter grades will be at my discretion. These will be partly determined by the distribution of student scores within each letter grade category. We place a high value on effort; at my discretion, we will raise your grade one notch if we feel that you have tried hard to satisfy all the requirements of the course.
MBA 661 is a prerequisite.
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