Accounting and Financial Management


    General Information

    Professor Information

    Professor Photo
    Twila Mae Logan
    By Appointment

    Course Description And Purpose

    A study of financial management and its application in the Hospitality Industry.  Topics include capital investment analysis, and current financial issues.  Emphasis is placed on maximizing shareholder’s value.

    Course Objectives

    The main objectives of the course are to:

    (i) Understand the process of value creation.
    (ii) Review the financial performance of the firm using financial statements
    (iii) Understand the risk/return tradeoff.
    (iv) Develop techniques for the analysis of capital investments.
    (v) Understand the importance of capital structure and shareholder value.
    (vi) Understand the factors that affect dividend payout policies

    Learning Outcomes

    At the end of this course students should be able to:

    (i) Evaluate the past financial performance of the firm using ratio analyses and common sized statements.
    (ii) Explain how firms create value by managing cash flows, and how its assets are financed.
    (iii) Compute the expected value of the firm using returns and standard deviations
    (iv) Describe how risk can be reduced through diversification
    (v) Use the dividend valuation model to compute the value of the firms and projects.
    (vi) Compute incremental cash flows used in evaluating capital investments.
    (vii) Explain the advantages and disadvantages of using discounted and non-discounted cash flow methodologies when evaluating capital investments.
    (viii) Explain capital structure irrelevance under the assumptions of perfect capital markets.
    (ix) Design the optimal capital structure with capital market imperfections.
    (x) Determine the optimal dividend payout policy

    Important Information

    Course Prerequisites

    There are no prerequisites for this course.


    Textbook Image
    Financial Management: Concepts and Applications
    Stephen Foerster
    Pearson Prentice Hall, 1st Edition, 2014
    ISBN-10: 0133578046
    ISBN-13: 978-0133578041
    You may purchase your textbook online at the FIU Bookstore.


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    Course Detail

    Course Communication

    Communication in this course will take place via Email and the Canvas Inbox.

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    Weekly Homework / Quizzes & Tests

    Students are required to “visit” MyFinanceLab regularly.  All due dates for weekly homework/quizzes and tests will be on MyFinanceLab.

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    Assignment Policies

    All assignments/quizzes are due as per dates on MyFinanceLab.  Late assignments/quizzes will not be accepted. There will be no extra credit assignments. Once quizzes are closed, they will not be reopened.

    Make-Up Examinations

    Make-up examinations will only be given in extreme situations that involve the student or his or her immediate family.  Proper written documentation is required.  Students are required to advise me of absences prior to class. Where this is not possible, students should by e-mail notify me within 24 hours of absence.


    Grading will be based on the following: (i) Term project and quizzes, and (ii) written examinations.  The grading system is as follows:

    Course Requirements Weight
    Examination #1 -  March 3rd 25%
    Weekly Quizzes/Homework 20%
    Project - April 17th 30%
    Final Examination - April 20th 25%
    Total 100%
    Letter Range (%) Letter Range (%) Letter Range (%) Letter Range (%)
    A 94 or above B 83 - 86 C 73 - 76 D 60 - 66
    A- 90 - 93 B- 80 - 82 C- 70 - 72 F 59 or less
    B+ 87 - 89 C+ 77 - 79 D+ 67 - 69    

    Course Calendar

    Weekly Schedule


    Module / Date Topics and Readings

    Module 1

    January 7 - 13

    A. Introduction

    Reading: Chapter 2

    Module 2

    January 14 - 20

    Sizing up the Business

    B. Economic and Industry Analysis

    Reading: Chapter 2

    Module 3

    January 22 - 27

    Financial Statements

    A. Understanding Financial Statements

    a. Income Statements

    Balance Sheets

    Reading: Chapter 3

    Module 4

    January 28 - February 3

    Measuring Financial Performance

    A. Ratio Analysis

    a. Trend

    b. Industry

    B. Horizontal Analysis

    C. Vertical Analysis (common sized)

    Reading: Chapter 4

    Module 5

    February 4 - 10

    Working Capital and Financing Needs

    A. Managing Day to Day Cash Flows

    Reading: Chapter 5

    Module 6

    February 11 - 17

    Financing Needs

    A. Projecting Financial Requirements and Managing Growth

    Reading: Chapter 6

    Module 7

    February 18 - 24

    Time Value of Money

    A. The Basics

    B. Applications

    Reading: Chapter 7

    March 3rd Exam #1 (Chapters 1-7) - March 3rd

    Module 8

    March 4 - 10

    Investment Decisions

    A. Making Investment Decisions - Capital Budgeting

    Reading: Chapter 8

    March 11 - 17

    Spring Break

    Module 9

    March 18 - 24

    The Capital Market

    A. Overview of Capital Markets

    a. Risk and Return

    Reading: Chapter 9

    Module 10

    March 25 - 31

    Cost of Capital

    A. Cost of debt

    B. Cost of equity

    C. Weighted Average Cost of Capital

    Reading: Chapter 10

    Module 11

    April 1 - 7

    Capital Structure

    A. Optimal Capital Structure

    B. Capital Structure Theories

    Reading: Chapter 11

    Module 12

    April 8 - 14

    Payout Policies

    A. Dividend Policies

    a. Share repurchases

    b. Cash dividends

    Reading: Chapter 12

    April 20th Final Exam (Chapters 8-12) - April 20th