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Fin 411 IS: Finance Fundamentals for MBA Applicants, v1

 University of Mississippi
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Michael A. Dupper

Instructor name:

Dr. Lynn Phillips Kugele

Instructor Information:

Dr. Kugele is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Finance at UM. Her academic background includes:

  • Ph.D. University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, Business Administration - Finance (Statistics minor)
  • M.B.A. Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN, Finance
  • M.S. Memphis State University, Memphis, TN, Mathematics (Computer Science minor)
  • B.S. Memphis State University, Memphis, TN, Mathematics (Art History minor)

From Dr. Kugele:

I live in Germantown, TN and teach at Ole Miss - DeSoto in Southaven MS.

I went back for my Ph.D. after over 25 years in the corporate world - NOT in finance! I was in Information Technology, "discovered" finance in my MBA program and loved it!

As an undergrad math major, I love the mathematics of finance with the underlying economic theory.

Teaching online is a wonderful opportunity to give students access to courses they could not otherwise take, at a time and on a schedule that fits in their life.

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University, MS 38677

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Course Description

This course is an introduction to business finance, emphasizing the financing and investment decisions of the financial manager. The course is designed to meet the finance prerequisite requirement for the MBA program. In addition, it will provide a review of basic mathematics, statistics and Excel skills necessary in the MBA program.

Textbook Information:


Textbook: The required textbook is Fundamentals of Financial Management, Concise Edition, Brigham and Houston, 9th edition (Cengage Learning)

ISBN-13: 978-1-305-63593-7 (2017). Available January 2016.

This is an e-book which can be purchased or rented for various time periods here.

Financial calculator: You must have a financial calculator to get through this course. I strongly recommend the Texas Instruments BAII Plus financial calculator, available at Wal*Mart, Office Depot, or Amazon for about $30.

It is your responsibility to order your textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  • Recall and demonstrate understanding of basic algebra and statistical functions, use of the Texas Instruments Business Analyst II+ (TIBAII+) calculator and a basic level of comfort with Excel.
  • Recall the primary goal of financial management in a corporation. (Ch 1)
  • Demonstrate the use of financial ratios to analyze the performance of a firm and in financial planning. (Chs 3 and 4)
  • Understand the concept of the time value of money and be able to solve various TVM problems. (Ch 5)
  • Recall the characteristics of a bond and be able to calculate the current price, yield-to-maturity, and yield-to-call of annual and semi-annual payer bonds. (Ch 7)
  • Understand the concept of risk ñ systematic and diversifiable - in a financial framework and be able to calculate expected returns and standard deviations for both individual assets and portfolios. (Ch 8)
  • Recall the characteristics of common stock and be able to calculate the value of a share of stock. (Ch 9)
  • Define and be able to calculate the weighted average cost of capital. (Ch 10)
  • Understand the importance of the capital budgeting function in a corporation and be able to calculate the various metrics used to evaluate projects. (Ch 11)
  • Understand the process and components of estimating and evaluating the cash flows for a proposed project. (Ch 12)
  • Be able to create and evaluate the cash flows for a proposed project both manually and in Excel. (Ch 12)

Course Outline:

This course consists of 15 instructional modules (or lessons).

Lesson Topic
Start Here
Syllabus, Orientation Materials & Quiz

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

A: Quantitative Skills A1

Excel Basics




TIBAII+ Calculator

B: Introduction & Accounting Review

Introduction to Finance

B2 Financial Statements

Ratio Analysis

C: Time Value of Money

Time Value of Money Basics


Time Value of Money - Annuities


Time Value of Money - Uneven cash flow streams and interest rates

Mid Course Exam
Proctored 2-hour exam to be scheduled and completed before proceeding.
D: Bond Valuation
D1 Bond Valuation - Annual payers

Bond Valuation - Semiannual payers

E: CAPM and Stock Valuation
E1 CAPM - Risk & Return Part A

CAPM - Risk & Return Part B

E3 Stock Valuation
F: Capital Budgeting
F2 Part A: NPV & IRR
F3 Part B: MIRR, Payback, Discounted Payback
F4 Cash Flow Estimation
F5 Cash Flow Risk Analysis
Final Exam
Proctored comprehensive 3-hour exam to be scheduled and completed before proceeding.



  • This is a Pass/Fail course.
  • All quizzes are to be completed independently.
  • Lessons (or groups of lessons) have an associated online quiz. You must score 70 or above on the quiz to proceed to the next unit.
  • There is a timed, mid-term exam and a timed, comprehensive final exam at the end of the course. Both are online in Blackboard and must be live-proctored. You must score 70 or better to pass the course.

Independent Study:

  • This is an independent study course. You can work through the material at your own pace.
  • You have one year to complete the work and gain credit for the course.
  • The units of study are shown on the course outline.
  • The course includes 13 quizzes and 2 proctored exams.
    • You must make 70 or better on each quiz to access the next lesson.
    • You must make 70 or better on the mid-term to progress to the second half of the course.
    • You must make 70 or better to gain credit for the course.
    • All quizzes and tests are auto-graded in Blackboard so you will know your grade immediately.


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