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Financial Statement Analysis Spring 2008 Syllabus.doc
Financial Statement Analysis Spring 2008 Syllabus.doc
Financial Statement Analysis Spring 2008 Syllabus.doc
Financial Statement Analysis Spring 2008 Syllabus.doc
Financial Statement Analysis Spring 2008 Syllabus.doc
Financial Statement Analysis Spring 2008 Syllabus.doc
Financial Statement Analysis Spring 2008 Syllabus.doc
Financial Statement Analysis Spring 2008 Syllabus.doc
Financial Statement Analysis Spring 2008 Syllabus.doc
Financial Statement Analysis Spring 2008 Syllabus.doc
Financial Statement Analysis Spring 2008 Syllabus.doc
Financial Statement Analysis Spring 2008 Syllabus.doc
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  • 1. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 1 Abstract This syllabus outlines the rules and procedures for the class FINC/ACCT 6316 Financial Management in APA version 5 format according to the rules in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed., 2001). On or before the first class day, you will find a final version posted in the Course Info area of your Blackboard class. The schedule remains tentative throughout the trimester for your benefit to allow for flexibility at your professor’s discretion. By the way, this syllabus is a compilation and explanation of the rules, so it is a rather serious document, for the most part. Finally, if you find what you believe to be an error and/or an omission, please notify your professor. Financial Statement Analysis Spring 2008 Syllabus St. Edward’s University FINC/ACCT 6316 Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 2. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 2 FINC/ACCT 6316 Financial Statement Analysis Spring 2008 Syllabus FINC/ACCT 6316 Financial Statement Analysis (FSA) is a core course for the MBA program in which you will synthesize knowledge obtained in previous courses. In this course, you will focus on using financial statement data to value a company. The effective analysis of a set of financial statements requires an understanding of the economic characteristics and current conditions of a firm’s businesses, the particular strategy the firm selects to compete successfully in each of these businesses and the accounting principles and procedures underlying the firm’s financial statements. You will integrate concepts from marketing, finance, economics, business strategy, accounting and other business disciplines in analyzing the company’s historical financial performance, projecting future performance and estimating the company’s market value. Thus, it is very important that you have completed all of your 5000 level courses and FINC 6301 Financial Management before you take this course. If you do not have the prerequisites for this course, then you should drop the course and sign up for those. You will be dropped administratively if you do not have the prerequisites for the course. The premise of this class is that students learn financial statement analysis most effectively by performing the analysis on companies. Your assignments require critical thinking, communication skills, analysis, research, interpretation, decision-making, ethical considerations and the use of technology. Because this combination course of finance, accounting, economics, marketing, business strategy and management is complex, it is necessary to focus in this course on the most important aspects of valuation and analysis. We will not cover every aspect in detail, however. When you complete this course successfully, you will be able to: • Relate and integrate valuation and analysis with the disciplines for a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 3. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 3 • Develop a thorough understanding of the role of the global manager by considering and assessing how the actions of the manager affect the value and valuation of firm • Discuss and write about valuation and analysis eloquently More specifically, you will know how to • Evaluate a company’s standing within the industry by ranking the competitive forces acting on that company as high, moderate or low (Porter’s Five Forces) • Identify a company’s competitive strategy • Interpret the level of a company’s potential for profitability based on its standing within its industry, its competitive strategy and its strengths and weaknesses • Analyze and interpret accounting principles and practices and how these might affect financial statements • Compute and interpret financial ratios and perform a cash flow analysis • Project future operating results and operating position in the form of pro forma financial statements • Compute cash flow streams necessary for valuation • Value a company and make an investment recommendation (buy, sell or hold) using several valuation methods Expectations FINC/ACCT 6316 is a Phase II course, one that you should take later in your Phase II coursework after you have taken the appropriate prerequisites. Your main goal in this course is to arrive at a deeper understanding of valuation. You can achieve this through the following activities: Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 4. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 4 • Reading and studying learning objectives and the assigned reading material chapters both before and after class discussion • Participating fully in class discussions • Paying attention to and asking thoughtful questions • Finding and relating relevant current events to the material covered in a specific weekly class • Participating in problem-solving sessions, in and out of class, with others when appropriate • Successfully completing class prep assignments and examinations • Working in a team on a team project • Finding other ways to meet the course learning objectives Your professor’s goal is to guide you through the appropriate material, create a safe atmosphere for you to learn about financial statement analysis and grade your performance fairly on quizzes (if given), class contributions to discussions and on written assignments. To make a B in this course, you should plan to spend at least three (3) hours each week preparing for each one (1) hour we spend in class discussions each week and that includes preparing written assignments. Thus, you should plan to spend at least nine (9) or more hours per week outside of class preparing for class discussions by reading the text, preparing for class and preparing your written assignments in a timely manner. You will spend approximately three hours each week in class as well for a total of approximately twelve (12) hours per week. Part of your grade is your class contribution, so you should be prepared to discuss thoroughly the topics assigned for the class. In addition to your discussion contributions, your Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 5. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 5 professor may choose to give you quizzes as well, announced or unannounced, that count towards your class contribution grade. If you would like to earn an A, you will most likely have to devote more time to the class. Finally, just because you spend a certain amount of time or energy on the class does not mean that you will earn a specific or good grade. You must show to your professor’s satisfaction that you know the material for you to earn a good grade, i.e., an A or a B. Whether or not you learn anything is entirely up to you, your talents and skills as well as your efforts both in and out of class. Course Information Prerequisites The prerequisites for this course are all of your 5000 level courses and FINC 6301. See the graduate bulletin and/or your advisor for the prerequisites if you are unsure. You will have to write in this course as well as solve problems and create Excel workbooks, skills you should have learned in the prerequisites for this course. You do have a software package that accompanies the textbook that you may use as well. If you do not have the prerequisites, you need to drop this course immediately and sign up for whatever prerequisite(s) you are lacking. You may not take any prerequisites concurrently with FINC/ACCT 6316. Finally, you should know how to use Microsoft Excel and a financial calculator. You will be applying those tools to your work in this course extensively. The TI BA- II Plus calculator is recommended. You are responsible for you knowing how to use Excel, the calculator and Blackboard. Do not expect to spend any time in class learning how to use any of these items. Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 6. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 6 Professor Contact Information See the Faculty Info area of Blackboard for your professor’s contact information. Email works well. Email with FINC 6316 in the subject line works the best. Required Course Materials We require one item for this course: the textbook Financial Reporting, Financial Statement Analysis, and Valuation: A Strategic Perspective (Stickney, Brown & Wahlen, 2007). You do not need to purchase anything else. You will access company data using the SEU Library databases. You will be using Blackboard extensively, so you need to have reliable Internet connectivity and know how to use Blackboard. It is your responsibility to read and retrieve all necessary information from the Blackboard website on a regular basis (to be determined by your professor). In addition to posting all announcements and course documents in Blackboard, your professor may choose to collect and return your assignments via Blackboard, either through the Digital Drop Box (DDB) or the Assignments feature. Your professor has the option to require hard copies of assignments as well and/or to give you feedback electronically through Blackboard. It is also your responsibility to make sure that you check your St. Edward’s University email account on a regular basis or that you have properly forwarded your email to your own email address. See the Useful Web Sites area of your Blackboard class for all kinds of help links for email issues, Excel and Blackboard. Do search out the help and information at these websites but do not expect your professor to help you fix your email or your Blackboard problems. Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 7. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 7 Recommended Course Materials If you have not already, you should purchase the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed., 2001) [hereafter referred to as APA version 5] since it will be useful in writing the team wikis in this course in this course and in the remainder of your career as an MBA student at SEU. The library has copies of this manual. It is your responsibility to use APA version 5 rules when turning in any written work, be it online or hard copy, in this course. If you have a question about the rules, go to the manual. There are some useful web sites in the Useful Web Sites area of your Blackboard class for help with APA version 5 format. Notice that this document is in APA format. You can download and save it to use as a template for your papers. Just for your information, the MBA faculty adopted the APA format because of overwhelming student desire for a single uniform format for papers. The faculty realizes that it is not perfect. It is required and your best bet is to accept that you will use it, so you should figure this out as early as possible so that you can focus on the content and not the format. See the website http://www.stedwards.edu/business/graduate/current/apa.htm for an APA template to copy and use along with other very useful writing information. Forbidden Course Materials You may not use any materials that you may have received from anyone, including students from previous semesters, except the books. These materials include notes, answer keys, graded or not graded problem sets or papers or other assignments, cases and quizzes, as well as any other material that deemed inappropriate for you to use. If you use such materials, you are cheating. If you know of anyone using such materials, you must inform your professor of such behavior. See the section Additional Thoughts and Academic Integrity regarding such violations. Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 8. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 8 Grades You must complete all assigned work in this course to your professor’s satisfaction to be eligible to receive a passing grade in the course. You must also return all original graded work to the professor to be eligible to receive a passing grade in this course. There will be two examinations: a mid-term and a final as noted in Table 1: Tentative Schedule. See the end of this document for the tables. See Table 2: Grades for a grade breakdown. You should read Table 3: Course Performance Criteria for further information about how you will be graded in this course. Class Prep and Contribution Your enthusiastic contribution is required to make the class a fun and exciting learning experience for all present, including your professor. Consequently, your professor expects you to have completed all work assigned (found in Blackboard/Class Prep) prior to coming to class and be fully prepared to discuss the material in class. If you do not turn in the class prep assignment before class, then you will still have to complete the assignment and upload it to Blackboard in Blackboard/LATE Class Prep. You will earn 0% on late assignments so please plan accordingly. Class contribution grades start at zero each week. Your grade depend upon your appropriate contribution in the class discussion and your completion of the post-class class contribution assignment (found in Blackboard/Class Contribution immediately after each class). Sitting quietly in class will earn you 0%. Prepare for class as directed and see Table 4: Holistic Scoring Guide for Class Contribution Work for the items you should think about as you contribute in class. It is up to the professor to decide which of these items he or she will grade in a particular class session. Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 9. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 9 Missed Classes You should let your professor know via email in advance, if possible, if you will miss class. If you miss class for acceptable reasons (your professor decides what is acceptable), then you will either not get a class contribution grade for that particular class or you will have to submit make up work for the grade. If you miss class for unacceptable reasons, you will receive 0% for that class contribution grade. If you miss class two (2) or more times for unacceptable reasons, you may be withdrawn from the course. Your professor may ask for documentation of your excuse if necessary. You will receive a zero for any work missed during an unexcused absence, but you must turn in all work regardless. As stated previously, you must complete all assigned work in this course to your professor’s satisfaction to be eligible to receive a passing grade in the course. You are entirely responsible for all missed class material. The first thing you should do if you miss class is to talk to classmates about the information covered in the missed class. You should not rely solely on the postings in Blackboard nor should you ask your professor what you did in the missed class before you check with your classmates. If you have a question about what happened in class after you have spoken to your classmates and reviewed their notes, then please feel free to contact your professor. Team Project You will, as part of a two- or three-person team, compare two companies. You will write in team wikis (located in Team Project/Wikis…available after you form teams) with deadlines spread throughout the semester. You can find more explicit instructions in Team Project/Wikis/ Ultimately, your team will make a buy, sell or hold recommendation for the main company based upon analysis and valuation. You will use the other company as your comparison Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 10. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 10 company. Your team will also make a team presentation in class regarding your recommendations. Although your teammates will not grade you on your teamwork, I will be asking for feedback during the semester regarding issues. If, for some reason and according to my judgment, you are unable to work successfully with a team at any time during the trimester, you will have to complete the equivalent work by yourself. You will also find two rubrics (Writing and Presentation Rubrics) in Blackboard in one Excel workbook in Team Project. There is one for written work and one for presentations. You will also see at the end of this syllabus in Table 5: Holistic Scoring Guide for Written Work. This guide will give you some idea of how the wiki should read. Study those before, during and after writing and presenting. These are general rubrics. You also have a rubric within the document Team Wiki Instructions in Team Project in Blackboard (posted during the first two weeks of class). Finally, although you should also run the grammar and spell checkers available to you before you turn in your paper assignment, you should also read the material you have written aloud for continuity, flow and correct grammar usage. One problem with team projects is the lack of cohesion. Build into your schedule a period for each team member to read the entire posting before you submit it. Your grade will be much better if you do so. Special Circumstances (adapted from Student Disability Services (current edition)) If you have a medical, psychiatric or learning disability and require accommodation in this class, you need to let your professor know early in the semester or as soon as you are eligible by providing the appropriate, current-trimester letter from the Student Disability Services Office. You will first need to provide documentation of your disability to the Student Disability Services Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 11. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 11 Office located in Moody Hall 155 in Academic Planning and Support. We will make special accommodations for individuals only as provided for in the appropriate current trimester letter from the Student Disability Services Office. Additional Thoughts and Academic Integrity You are responsible for knowing the administrative details associated with your matriculation. If you have a question about such things as drops, either late or early, you need to consult with your advisor and/or the graduate bulletin. Most of us know what good business manners are and are not, so if you know what those are, use them. If you do not, ask your classmates for guidance. The St. Edward's University Graduate Bulletin and the Student Handbook state that a student who is dishonest in any work may receive the maximum penalty of a mark of F for that course. Withdrawal from a course is not allowed when an F in the course for academic dishonesty has been imposed. Students caught committing academic dishonesty in this course will be subject to the full range of penalties as described in the Graduate Bulletin, Student Handbook and online at http://www.stedwards.edu/stubook/academic/acad_rules/grievance.html. You can find the Graduate Bulletins online at http://www.stedwards.edu/cap/gradbulletin.htm We do use turnitin.com to check any written work for plagiarism. Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 12. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 12 References Academic integrity policy. St. Edward’s University. http://www.stedwards.edu/stubook/academic/acad_rules/grievance.html American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). (2001). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. Graduate bulletin (various years). Austin, Texas: St. Edward’s University. http://www.stedwards.edu/cap/gradbulletin.htm Nichols, W.E. (n.d.) Plagiarism. http://www.stedwards.edu/bss/nichols/nichols/plagiarismexamples.htm Stickney, C.P., Brown, P.R.., and Wahlen, J.M. (2007). Financial Reporting, Financial Statement Analysis, and Valution: A Strategic Perspective . Mason, OH: Southwestern, a division of Thomson Learning. Porter, M. E. (1980). Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors, with a New Introduction. New York, NY: The Free Press, a division of Simon and Schuster, Inc. Student handbook (current year). Austin, Texas: St. Edward’s University. Student Disability Services. Faculty guidebook for students with disabilities. (current year). Austin, Texas: St. Edward’s University. White, E.M. (1988). Teaching and assessing writing. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Writing and presentation rubrics. Austin, Texas: School of Management & Business, SEU. Blackboard/Team Project. Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 13. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 13 Writing resources. (n.d.) http://www.stedwards.edu/business/graduate/current/apa.htm . Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 14. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 14 Table 1: Tentative Schedule Class Prep Class Covers due by 6 pm Date Class Topics Number Chapter(s) the day of class 1 Overview of Financial Reporting, Financial Statement Analysis & Valuation App 1.1 Preparing a Term Project Thu 10 Jan 1 Using Excel appropriately Class 01 Prep App C Financial Statement Analysis Package (FSAP) User's Manual Discuss various companies & industries 2 Asset & Liability Valuation & Income Measurement Thu 17 Jan 2 3 Income Flows versus Cash Flows: Key Relationships in the Dynamics of a Business Class 02 Prep Choose team; discuss company choice with professor 3 No Class Work on Wikis Class 03 Prep Thu 24 Jan Wiki 1 preliminary deadline for first substantive postings by each team member 4 Profitability Analysis Thu 31 Jan 4 Class 04 Prep Wiki 1 final deadline: Porter & Competitive Strategy Analysis 5 Risk Analysis Thu 07 Feb 5 Class 05 Prep Discuss first Wiki with professor & work in teams 6 Quality of Accounting Information & Adjustments to Reported Financial Statement Data Thu 14 Feb 6 Class 06 Prep Wiki 2 preliminary deadline for first substantive postings by each team member 7 Revenue Recognition & Related Expenses Thu 21 Feb 7 8 Liability recognition & Related Expenses Class 07 Prep Wiki 2 final deadline: Financial Analysis 8 9 Intercorporate Entities Class 08 Prep Thu 28 Feb Discuss second Wiki with professor & work in teams Thu 06 Mar 9 Mid Term Exam 10 Forecasting Financial Statements Thu 27 Mar 10 Class 10 Prep Review mid-term exam 11 Risk-Adjusted Expected Rates of Return & the Dividends Valuation Approach Thu 03 Apr 11 Discuss third Wiki with professor & work in teams Class 11 Prep Wiki 3 preliminary deadline for first substantive postings by each team member 12 Valuation: Cash-Flow-Based Approaches Thu 10 Apr 12 13 Valuation: Earnings-Based Approaches Class 12 Prep 14 Valuation: Market-Based Approaches Discuss third Wiki & presentation with professor & work in teams Thu 17 Apr 13 Class Presentations Thu 24 Apr 14 Final Exam Thu 01 May Wiki 3 final deadline: Valuation Sat 03 May Graduation Tue 06 May Grades due in EdWeb by 11:59 pm Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 15. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 15 Table 2: Grades You must complete all assigned work to your professor's satisfaction to receive a C or higher Grading Table grade in the course Total Number Planned Each is worth Individual grades 65% Class Prep 15% 11 1.4% Class contribution 10% 11 0.9% Other assignments may count as part of or all of your class contribution grade. Class quizzes 10% 11 0.9% In-class mid-term exam 15% 1 15.0% In-class final exam 15% 1 15.0% Team project grades 35% Team wikis: team grade 15% 3 5.0% Team wikis: individual grade 10% 3 3.3% Presentation: team grade 5% 1 5.0% Presentation: individual grade 5% 1 5.0% Total 100% Final course letter grade A 90% or higher B 80-89% C 70-79% D 60-69% F lower than 60% Note. Rounding is according to convention. For example, 89.4% becomes 89%, a B. Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 16. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 16 Table 3: Course Performance Criteria Course Performance See the performance criteria or expectations for each letter grade in the table below. Students demonstrating the requirements listed for each particular grade level will have clearly demonstrated those requirements to the professor’s satisfaction. Grade Requirements A Exceptional or outstanding mastery • Accurate and sophisticated understanding of readings and issues with the ability to do more than repeat what the text says or what was said in class, such as the ability to infer additional important information from sources • Critical stance toward opinions communicated in class or in the readings and the ability to express individual views articulately and defend them well • Originality of thought in expressing the critical stance, in drawing out additional implications from the readings and class discussions, and in finding personal meaning in the readings and issues discussed • Clear expressions of ideas with papers containing very few grammatical or stylistic weaknesses B Very good mastery • All the elements of “A” work, but with fewer accomplishments • Accurate understanding of reading and issues, with the ability to do more than repeat the text • A critical stance, with some effort, but not always successful to defend that stance • Some attempt to find personal meaning, with at least hints of originality and creativity of thought • Very clear expression of thoughts and ideas  C The minimum of what was expected Note: C-Level work generally is unsatisfactory at the graduate level. Students who earn a C in a course are not required to repeat the course. Students who earn more than the allowable number of course grades below a B will not be allowed to continue in the Program. See the Graduate Bulletin, current year, or talk with your advisor for more information. • A generally accurate grasp of the readings and issues, but with some inaccuracies; a lack of sophisticated understanding, such as the ability to infer from sources • Some attempt to take a critical stance, but with little effort or success in defending Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 17. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 17 Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 18. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 18 Table 4: Holistic Scoring Guide for Class Contribution Work Grade Requirements A Exceptional or outstanding mastery • Exhibiting thorough knowledge of the assigned material by completing any preparatory work for the class and by contributing in class discussions • Relating the course goals and/or objectives to the assigned material in a meaningful manner • Showing strong ability to relate extra material to the assigned material • Articulating your thoughts well on your feet or in your seat • Outpouring of genuine enthusiasm for the material • Treating classmates with grace and dignity, particularly those with whom you disagree • Appropriately challenging others, including the professor, when suitable • Exhibiting a desire to listen to others that is at least as strong as your desire to tell us what you think and do • Displaying an appropriate sense of humor Low A or high B • Exhibiting knowledge of the assigned material by completing any preparatory work for the class and by contributing in class discussions • Relating the course goals and/or objectives to the assigned material in a meaningful manner • Showing ability to relate extra material to the assigned material Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 19. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 19 Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 20. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 20 Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 21. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 21 Table 5: Holistic Scoring Guide for Written Work Holistic Scoring Guide for Written Work This guide is adapted from White (1988). Grade Requirements A Exceptional or outstanding mastery Outstanding: An “A” paper completes the task set by the assignment and is excellent in nearly all respects. Well argued and well organized, such a paper has a clear thesis stated or implied. The content is specific, accurate, interesting and appropriate. The paper demonstrates an ability to produce and synthesize complex ideas. Logical transitions contribute to its fluent style. It is virtually free from errors in mechanics, usage and sentence structure and shows evidence of excellent command of language. Low A or high B Very good: This paper shares most of the characteristics of the outstanding paper. Although it shows no serious errors in logic, the reasoning is not as good as that of an outstanding paper. There may be minor weaknesses in paragraphing, but the units are coherent and organized effectively. This paper that is well written and largely free from errors in mechanics, usage and sentence structure. B Satisfactory: This paper is generally competent. It may accomplish the assignment less completely than the outstanding or very good paper, but it does come to terms with the basic task of the assignment. Compared to a very good paper, it may have a weaker thesis and less effective or complete development. It may insufficiently develop minor points, but it does give evidence of the writer’s ability to support key ideas. The reader can move with relative ease through the discourse because it is fairly organized. This paper may contain some awkward or ineffective sentences and may show some problems with mechanics and usage, but these errors are not frequent enough to distract the reader consistently from the content. It does come to terms with the basic task of the assignment. C The minimum of what was expected Note: C-Level work generally is unsatisfactory at the graduate level. Minimally satisfactory: This paper may show difficulty managing the task of the assignment. The thesis may be vague or too obvious for effective development. The paper may lack adequate support for the thesis. There may be distinct weaknesses in paragraphing and organization, but the total effect is not chaotic. Errors in mechanics, usage and sentence structure interfere with readability. D Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.
  • 22. FINC/ACCT 6316 Spring 2008 Syllabus 22 Current syllabus for this course may be obtained from professor. This is a sample syllabus and should not be used by students enrolled in this course.

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