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Charles Haley
FIN 551
Seattle Campus

Problems in Business Finance

Uses case studies to examine a broad range of financial management topics, including forecasting financial statements, use of bank credit, working capital management, public and private securities issues, capital budgeting, and business valuation. Prerequisite: B A 502.

Class description

The following is a better description than above:

This course uses case studies to examine a broad range of financial management topics including financial statement analysis, forecasting financial statements, use of bank credit, working capital management, public and private secuities issues, capital budgeting, and business valuation.

The class covers essentially the same topics as are in FIN552 and FIN553, but in much less depth. It intended for non-finance majors in particular.

The intent is to provide students with an understanding of how to deal with the problems covered in the course as they arise in practice.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Daily class discussion of case material and some brief lecture/discussion.

Recommended preparation

Nothing is required except the MBA core or equivalent; however, all of the following are helpful: Business experience Accounting background Use of personal computer spreadsheets Prior courses in finance

Class assignments and grading

Cases on topics covered

Typically: Three written case homework assigments 65% Class participation 35%

Sometimes there is a small project; e.g. research an actual acquisition.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Charles Haley
Date: 02/09/1999