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Twila Mae Logan


HM 365



(305) 919-4529

Office Hours

Monday 6:00-7:00pm on line


Turn Around Time

Within 48 hours

Additional Notes

Course Description and Purpose

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.

The overall goal of the course is to equip you with the skills to be able to increase the value of hospitality firms by understanding past performance and developing techniques that can be used to assess the firm future prospects.  This will necessitate (i) an understanding of fundamental accounting and finance concepts, (ii) collaborating within your classmates in groups (iii) learning more advanced Excel skills.  Throughout the semester, you are required to think about how to apply the material to an actual hospitality firm through the completion of a group project .

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. C01 Describe the 3 main financial statements - Income Statement, Balance Sheet & Cash flow Statement.
  2. C02 Evaluate past financial performance of the firm using ratio analyses and common sized statements.
  3. CO3 Create proforma statements by connecting the firm’s past performance with the external environment in  which the firm operates, to determine  the firm’s financing needs.
  4. C04 Describe how risk can be reduced through diversification and the implication for how risk impacts the value of projects and hence the value of the firm
  5. C05  Use discounted cashflow techniques to value and evaluate capital investments.
  6. C06 Articulate the advantages and disadvantages of using discounted and non-discounted cash flow methodologies when evaluating capital investments.
  7. C07 Explain how firms create value by managing firm growth.
  8. C08  Design the optimal capital structure with capital market imperfections.
  9. C09 Develop the skills needed to design Excel spreadsheets using advanced Excel functions.  

Course Awards


Important Information


Please review the FIU's Policies webpage. The policies webpage contains essential information regarding guidelines relevant to all courses at FIU, as well as additional information about acceptable netiquette for online courses. For additional information, please visit FIU's Policy and Procedure Library.

 As a member of the FIU community you are expected to be knowledgeable about the behavioral expectations set forth in the FIU Student Conduct and Honor Code.

Technical Requirements and Skills

One of the greatest barriers to taking an online course is a lack of basic computer literacy. By computer literacy, we mean being able to manage and organize computer files efficiently and learning to use your computer's operating system and software quickly and easily. Keep in mind that this is not a computer literacy course, but students enrolled in online courses are expected to have moderate proficiency using a computer. Please go to the What's Required webpage to find out more information on this subject.

Privacy Policy Statements for Partners and Vendors

Please visit our Technical Requirements webpage for additional information.

Accessibility and Accommodation

The Disability Resource Center collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and community members to create diverse learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive, and sustainable. The DRC provides FIU students with disabilities the necessary support to successfully complete their education and participate in activities available to all students. If you have a diagnosed disability and plan to utilize academic accommodations, please contact the Center at 305-348-3532 or visit them at the Graham Center GC 190.

For additional assistance please contact FIU's Disability Resource Center.

Web Accessibility Statements for Partners and Vendors 

Please visit our ADA Compliance webpage for additional information about accessibility involving the tools used in this course.

Academic Misconduct Statement

Florida International University is a community dedicated to generating and imparting knowledge through excellent teaching and research, the rigorous and respectful exchange of ideas, and community service. All students should respect the right of others to have an equitable opportunity to learn and honestly demonstrate the quality of their learning. Therefore, all students are expected to adhere to a standard of academic conduct, which demonstrates respect for themselves, their fellow students, and the educational mission of the University. All students are deemed by the University to understand that if they are found responsible for academic misconduct, they will be subject to the Academic Misconduct procedures and sanctions, as outlined in the Student Conduct and Honor Code. Academic Misconduct includes:


  • The unauthorized use of any materials, information, study aids or assistance from another person on any academic assignment or exercise, unless explicitly authorized by the course Instructor; 
  • Assisting another student in the unauthorized use of any materials, information, study aids, unless explicitly authorized by the Instructor; and 
  • Having a substitute complete any academic assignment or completing an academic assignment for someone else, either paid or unpaid; and


  • The deliberate use and appropriation of another are work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the Student's own.
  • Assisting another student in the deliberate use and appropriation of another’s work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student’s own. 

Learn more about the academic integrity policies and procedures as well as student resources that can help you prepare for a successful semester.

Panthers Care & Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

If you are looking for help for yourself or a fellow classmate, Panthers Care encourages you to express any concerns you may come across as it relates to any personal behavior concerns or worries you have, for the classmate’s well-being or yours; you are encouraged to share your concerns with FIU’s Panthers Care website.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers free and confidential help for anxiety, depression, stress, and other concerns that life brings. Professional counselors are available for same-day appointments. Don’t wait to call (305) 348-2277 to set up a time to talk or visit the online self-help portal.

Inclusivity Statement

This course will serve to embrace the diversity and inclusivity found within Florida International University. We appreciate and respect diversity, equality, equity, cooperativeness, community, and sustainability within our online courses. We are committed to the ongoing education of our students and their participation within the course regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, geographical location, religion, and disability. We strive in encouraging collaboration by preparing our students to value the differences in others. At the core of our intentions is the encouragement of acceptance and appreciation of differences within our student population and community.

Course Prerequisites

If the course has prerequisites: This course has a prerequisite(s). Review the Course Catalog. webpage for prerequisites information.

If the course does not have prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Proctored Exam Policy

Please note that the information contained in this section applies only if your course requires a proctored exam.

Through a careful examination of this syllabus, it is the student’s responsibility to determine whether this online course requires proctored exams. Please visit our Student Proctored Exam Instructions. webpage for important information concerning proctored exams, proctoring centers, and important forms.

Textbook and Course Materials

Loose-Leaf for Analysis for Financial Management (Required)
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Loose-Leaf for Analysis for Financial Management (Required)

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Robert C. Higgins, Professor
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McGraw-Hill Education, Jan-2018
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Additional Notes
Analysis for Financial Management, 12e presents standard techniques and modern developments in a practical and intuitive manner with an emphasis on the managerial applications of financial analysis. It is intended for non-financial managers and business students interested in the practice of financial management.

Expectations of This Course

This is an online course, which means most (if not all) of the course work will be conducted online. Expectations for performance in an online course are the same for a traditional course. In fact, online courses require a degree of self-motivation, self-discipline, and technology skills which can make these courses more demanding for some students.

Students are expected to:

  • review the getting started page located in the course modules;
  • introduce yourself to the class during the first week by posting a self-introduction in the appropriate discussion;
  • take the practice quiz to ensure that your computer is compatible with the learning management system, Canvas;
  • interact online with instructor and peers;
  • review and follow the course calendar and weekly outlines;
  • log in to the course 5 times per week;
  • respond to discussions by the due date specified. No late work will be accepted; 
  • respond to emails within 2 days; 
  • submit assignments by the corresponding deadline

The instructor will:

  • log in to the course 6 week;
  • respond to emails within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 on weekends
  • grade assignments within 5 days of the assignment deadline.

Course Detail

Course Communication

Communication in this course will take place via the Canvas Inbox. Check out the Canvas Conversations Tutorial or Canvas Guide to learn how to communicate with your instructor and peers using Announcements, Discussions, and the Inbox. I will respond to all correspondences within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends.

Discussion Forums

Keep in mind that your discussion forum postings will likely be seen by other members of the course. Care should be taken when determining what to post.


In order to mitigate any issues with your computer and online assessments, it is very important that you take the "Practice Quiz" from each computer you will be using to take your graded quizzes and exams. It is your responsibility to make sure your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements.

All assessments will auto-submit when (1) the timer runs out OR (2) the closing date/time is reached, whichever happens first. For example, if a quiz has a closing time of 5:00 pm but the student begins the exam at 4:55 pm, the student will only have 5 minutes to complete the quiz.

  • Weekly Module quizzes - these are graded, untimed, with 3 attempts.   The deadline for submission is midnight on Sundays.  Scores will be available immediately.
  • Individual Proforma excel assignment - Due midnight on June 20.  Scores will be available June 25
  • Individual Capital Budgeting excel assignment - Due midnight on July 11.   Scores will be available July 16
  • Exam #1 will be available July 1, 8:00am- July 3, midnight.  Scores will be available July 6.
  • Exam # 2 will be available July 28 8:00am - July 30 midnight.  Scores will be available August 4
  • Group Part 1- Due June 20 at midnight. Scores will be available on June 25 
  • Group Part 2 - Due July 11 at midnight.  Scores will be available on July 15.
  • Group Part 3 - Due July 18 at midnight.  Scores will be available on July 23
  • Group Final Project - Due July 24 at midnight. Scores will be available on July 29

Assessments in this course are not compatible with mobile devices and should not be taken through a mobile phone or a tablet. If you need further assistance please contact FIU Canvas Help Team.


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Zoom Video Conference 

Zoom is a video conference tool that you can use to interact with your professor and fellow students by sharing screens, chatting, broadcasting live video/audio, and taking part in other interactive online activities. We will be utilizing this tool to conduct live sessions for individual  excel assignments , initial and closing sessions,  office hours, .

Zoom Meetings will be held on the following dates/time:

  • Office Hours: Every Mondays 6:00pm - 7:00pm (June 14- July 19)
  • Welcome/Overview of the course:   6:00-7:00pm June 7 
  • Proforma assignment : 6:00pm - 8:00pm June 23
  • Capital Budgeting assignment: 6:00pm -8:00pm July 7  
  • Wrap-up/Valuation : 6:00-700pm July 26 

Zoom meetings can be accessed via the Zoom link in the course navigation menu. Once you click on the Zoom link, it will route you to join the meeting for the respective class session. You will also be able to view upcoming meetings, previous meetings that you have already joined, and meeting recordings. Before joining an actual class session:

If you encounter any technical difficulties, please contact the FIU Canvas Help Team. Please ensure you contact support immediately upon the issue occurring.


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