Dr. P.V. Viswanath



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Frequently Asked Questions, Spring 2010

MBA 648: Managerial Finance


Q. What will the Midterm look like?
A. Chapters 2, 3, 4 and 5 from Berk and DeMarzo and Chap 2 from Bodie, Merton and Cleeton (see Blackboard)

  • One or two media articles with questions on them (from the Financial System notes and/or the Firm Objectives material and/or Financial Statements
  • One question on Financial Statements
  • One or two quantitative questions from Chapters 3, 4 and 5.
  • One unit with short-answer queries from a previously given list of questions.

Q. What will the final exam cover?
Ans. The midterm will be on the material from Chaps 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15 and 16 of Berk and DeMarzo.

  • One Media Article with questions on Capital Structure or Equity/Bond Valuation
  • One unit on Investment Decision Rules
  • One unit on Capital Budgeting
  • One unit on Bond Valuation
  • One unit on Stock Valuation
  • One unit on Capital Markets and the Pricing of Risk
  • One unit on Capital Structure
  • One unit with short-answer queries from a previously given list of questions.

Q. Are the exams open book or closed book?
Ans. The midterm and the final exams are closed book; however, you can bring in one 8.5x11 sheet, which can contain only formulas. You may write on both sides of the paper.  However, you may not staple several sheets of paper together.  Going through your notes probably cannot make up for the lack of a proper understanding of the material.

The short quizzes are closed book; you may not bring in any sheets either.

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. The answers can be found on the Web (see Blackboard).
  • 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. You should also look at the end-of-chapter problems.



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