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Finance

Student Learning Outcomes and Program Goals

  1. To understand the nature of firm value and maximization of shareholder wealth.
    Outcome: demonstrate the ability to calculate and interpret MVA and EVA.
  2. To understand basic financial securities, valuation models, and the trade-off between risk and return.
    Outcome: demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate valuation models in the calculation of stock and bond values and/or expected yields and to interpret the results.
  3. To understand capital budgeting techniques and discounted cash flow analysis.
    Outcome: demonstrate the ability to estimate cash flows, apply the appropriate capital budgeting method(s) and interpret the results.
  4. To understand capital structure concepts and their effect on firm value.
    Outcome: demonstrate the ability to calculate and interpret the weighted average cost of capital and various measures of leverage.
  5. To understand how uncertainty and risk can be managed with forecasting and sensitivity analysis to improve decision making.
    Outcome: demonstrate the ability to forecast and interpret financial projections under varying assumptions.