Michael J. Coles College of Business

Kennesaw State University

Principles of Finance

FIN3100 Spring 2016 - Online


Dr. Stefano Mazzotta, Department of Economics, Finance and QA

 Office:   BB 350

Office Hours:  By appointment

Phone:  (470) 578-6341

Fax:      (470) 578-3209

E-mail:  smazzott@kennesaw.edu





Course Description: This is an introductory course. The objective is to understand the basic concepts, principles, and functions of managerial finance. Topics include the time value of money, valuation of bonds and stocks, financial analysis, working capital management, capital budgeting, and cost of capital

Last Day to Withdraw Without Academic Penalty: as per registrar web page           

Required materials: 1) Raymond M. Brooks, Financial Management: Core Concepts, including access code to the MyLab.

NOTE: The bookstores have the bundle for the FIN 3100 cheaper than  buying MyFinanceLab directly online from Pearson.

More information is avaliable at https://pearsonmylabandmastering.com.

To register for MyLab, follow the instructions in the PDF file "MyLab registration instructions", located here. It is important that you use your true name as it appears when you register for KSU courses.

2) Class Notes and exercises.  Power Point notes, and narrated slides, are available on line.

Web page: I will use my home page to distribute class notes and other relevant material. D2L links and access are only included for student convenince and as a gateway. No other D2L funcionality is allowed.

E-mail policy: For any question or assitance, please use my official email address smazzott@kennesaw.edu. I will only use your KSU official e-mail address to disseminate information or to contact you or your MyLab address. I will not return phone calls. Your e-mails will receive the highest priority if you write in the subject FIN3100, and immediately after the subject of your message. Messages that do not show FIN3100W in subject line may be handled as junk mail and automatically deleted.  Under most circumstances I will respond within 2 business days. Responses to e-mails you send via D2L may be significantly delayed.

Prerequisites: Business Majors: Sophomore GPA requirement. Non Business majors: 60 credit hours Including ACCT 2100, ECON 2100, and ECON 2200. Although not an official prerequisite, a working knowledge of basic accounting and statistics is also helpful.

Course Objectives: Be able to explain the basic financial management decisions, the main areas of finance, and the role of a financial manager. Be able to explain the environment upon which the firm interacts, i.e. financial markets, and the basics of the risk-return tradeoff. Gain a working knowledge of the concepts explained during the lectures.

The topics covered in the course are

  • Financial Management
  • Financial Statements for finance
  • The time value of money
  • Interest rates and bond valuation
  • Stocks and stock valuation
  • Risk and return
  • Capital budgeting
  • Cash flow estimation
  • The cost of capital




Ten online assignments (50 points each) total 500 points. There are 50 bonus points for additional homework. These additional homework assigments are designed to help you to do better in the course and the publisher to improve their platform. They are optional, but you will receive credit for your collaboration and feedback. Please check the Adaptive Practice Flyer and provide feedback.

Late submissions are penalized with 10 per cent grade reduction for the late part. No late submission is accepted after the last assignment deadline.

Midterm Exam  200 points. 

Comprehensive term exam  300 points - In person at the KSU Testing Center

Total 1050 points

The letter grade for the course is given by the following scale: 1000 Point Scale        

A         900-1050        points                                       

B         800-899.99     “                                            

C         700-799.99      “                                

D         550-699.99      “                                            

F          below 549.99   “    

No additional extra credit opportunities at the end of the semester will be offered.

Exams: Mid term and the final exams are on line. The final will be at the KSU testing center. Al the remaining graded homework is on-line.The dates and times are indicated in MyLab. Exams are integrative. Exams can consist of problems, multiple choice questions, short answer questions and/or true/false statements. I reserve the option verify your identity and see your student ID also via Skype. I will also reserve the option to ask you to explain your answers to the midterm and final in a Skype interview. Your on-line grade is subject to change depending your performance during the interview.

As the general rule, there will be no make-up exams.  In cases of well-documented circumstances beyond your control, you need to contact me (by e-mail or personally) prior to the exam to discuss the possibility of alternative arrangements.  Nothing can be done after exam date. Possible alternatives include but are not limited to arranging for a make up exam, alternative evaluation instrument, oral examination, re-weighting of remaining work, or other types as presented and discussed by instructor.

Assigned problems for the course: Online homework will be assigned.

You are expected to:

  You are expected to download all materials posted for this class from the web
  Read the material  assigned.
  After each lecture on-line lecture, review the material from the notes, double check with material from the book and apply the concepts to solving the assigned problems
  Work the assigned problems and questions in a timely manner. This requires that you work the problems from scratch and learn the process of solving them not just memorizing the answer provided to you. You should work these problems at least two times to make sure you understand the process.
  Watch each class session carefully and review the section that need addtional attention.
  Frequently check the course web page and download the material
  Check your KSU e-mail. I will sometimes communicate with the entire class via e-mail

What does it takes to get an A in this course? Read material in advance, prepare all assigned problems timely, redo the problems several times, and most importantly develop a critical thinking and active learning approach to the class (an understanding of the reasons and process involve in the solution to problems rather than simply limiting to application of formulas and/or use of calculators).

ADA notice: The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) requires KSU to provide a reasonable accommodation to any individual who advices us of a physical or mental disability.  If you have a physical or mental limitation that requires an accommodation or an academic adjustment, please arrange a meeting with me at your earliest convenience. You should also contact Carol Pope at (770) 423-6443.

Academic Integrity:Every KSU student is responsible for upholding the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct, as published in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs. Section II of the Student Code of Conduct addresses the University’s policy on academic honesty, including provisions regarding plagiarism and cheating, unauthorized access to University materials, misrepresentation/falsification of University records or academic work, malicious removal, or destruction of materials, malicious/intentional misuse of computer facilities and/or services, and misuse of student identification cards. Incidents of alleged academic misconduct will be handled through the established procedures of the University Judiciary Program, which includes either an “informal” resolution by a faculty member, resulting in a grade adjustment, or a formal hearing procedure, which may subject a student to the Code of Conduct’s minimum one semester suspension requirement.

Evidence of scholastic dishonesty related to examinations may result in a grade of "F" on the examination and an "F" in the course. In this regard, scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:

  • Copying from another student's exam;
  • Using materials not authorized by the professor;
  • Possessing materials such as lessons, books, or notes which are not authorized by the professor;
  • Knowingly using or soliciting in whole or part the contents of an unadministered test;
  • Collaborating with or seeking aid from another person during the test without authority;
  • Substituting for another person, or permitting another person to substitute for one's self, to take a test.

(Official Syllabus. updated: 1/9/2016)