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BYU Course Outcomes

  1. Use fundamental analysis to conduct a firm performance evaluation.
  2. Construct a financial forecast for a term.
  3. Employ time value of money to solve common financial problems.
  4. Make corporate investment decisions using capital budgeting.
  5. Be able to value firms, bonds, and stocks.
  6. Understand how entrepreneurial and corporate finance differ.

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Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to help you develop an understanding of the role of finance within a firm. Topics covered in this course include financial analysis, planning and control, asset valuation, capital budgeting, risk and return, and the cost of capital. Additionally, this class will improve your personal financial management skills. The major theme of the class is that basic financial principles, correctly applied, can enhance the value of your career and your personal life. We will focus on the application of finance principles to the personal financial planning problem. The Marriott School of Business has articulated the following five learning objectives for all of their offered courses:

  1. Be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  2. Develop a sense of ethical values that translates into the business community.
  3. Become proficient in the subject matter of the degree.
  4. Develop the ability to use technology efficiently.
  5. Be able to participate effectively in a global environment.

This course focuses primarily on the third—subject-matter excellence. The individual lectures will provide more detailed learning objectives. Specifically, the learning objectives for this course include the following:

  1. Apply basic financial tools to evaluate the results of current operations and potential investment projects.
  2. Articulate how financial analysis can be used to influence decision making in a business environment.
  3. Identify the limitations of financial analysis.

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Accounting 200 or equivalent

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Course Materials

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Please Note: The computer labs have full solution sets included because the answers are not the most important items when completing the labs. You must understand the process!

Computer-Graded Assignments

The computer-graded quizzes are administered online through the course. Computer-graded quizzes count towards your grade. All computer-graded quizzes are open book and open note, but closed neighbor/friends/family. These computer-graded quizzes will help prepare you for the course exams. Please work through the “Suggested Problems” found in the e-book before taking the computer-graded quizzes.

Suggested Problems and Additional Problems

Within the course e-book, you will find Suggested Problems and Additional Problems throughout the topics. These problems are practice and do not count toward your grade. However, it is highly recommended that you complete at a minimum the Suggested Problems. Some of the exam questions will pattern those topics presented in the Suggested Problems.

Note: topic quizzes alone will not be enough to prepare you for the exams!

You will find it a challenge to do well on the exams without doing the Suggested Problems. They will help you apply the concepts being taught and prepare you for the computer-graded quizzes and exams. You can do the problems as many times as you like. If you feel like you need more practice, the Additional Problems will give you that extra practice.

Computer Labs

There are two computer lab projects in the course. They consist of two parts, answering the computer lab questions and submitting your computer lab excel sheet. Please complete these projects according to the computer lab directions and submit them through the course. These labs will count toward your final grade. In addition you will find several exam questions that will be easy to complete only if you did the computer labs.

eBook Topics

This course follows the topics presented in the online MyEducator ebook. You should work through the course as you complete the topics in the eBook. You do not need to complete Topic 10 in the eBook. This topic is optional.

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We will have three exams. You must complete all three exams in order to receive a final grade. The exams will need to be taken in an approved BYU Independent Study testing center.

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Grades will be assigned based on your performance in each of the following areas:

Graded Element Grade Weight
14 Computer-Graded Quizzes 20%
2 Computer Labs and Questions 5%
Exam I 25%
Exam II 25%
Final Exam 25%
Total 100%

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Grade Scale

A 100–91
A− 90–85
B+ 84–81
B 80–76
B− 75–71
C+ 70–66
C 65–61
C− 60–56
D+ 55–51
D 50–46
D− 45–41
E - Fail 40–0

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


14 computer-graded quizzes, may be resubmitted once for a fee. 4 instructor-graded assignments (computer labs), may not be resubmitted.

Resubmit an assignment for a fee.


3 computer-graded proctored exams, may retake once for a fee, must pass the final exam in order to pass the course.

Retake an exam for a fee.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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