Financial Analysis

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2018
Dillard College of Business Administration
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MW 8:00 - 9:20 a.m.

Dr. Robert C. Forrester (view Profile)

Course Objectives

Learning Goals

  1. General Learning Goals:

•    Problem solving and decision making abilities through the critical analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of business information: Students will demonstrate problem solving and decision making ability as they synthesize information from different angles to conduct financial analysis. Part of the scores on group projects and exams are based on the appropriateness of student’s analysis (by group and by individual)

•    Competency in speaking and writing for common business scenarios: Students in groups will make one case presentation that requires them to follow logical sequence and provide explanations/elaborations. Part of the score on the presentation is based on the group’s ability to speak clearly in front of audience. Students in groups will also prepare and submit a written report for their project. Part of the score on this set of projects is based on the group’s ability to develop a cohesive report free from grammatical and formatting errors.

•    Team building and collaboration to achieve group objectives: Students will work in teams as they gather information, conduct financial analysis, and develop a written report. Part of the score on this exercise is based on the student’s ability to work in a team.

These general learning goals are among those established by the Dillard College of Business Administration.  General learning goals represent the skills that graduates will carry with them into their careers.  While assessing student performance in obtaining these general learning goals, the Dillard College is assessing its programs.  The assessments will assist us as we improve our curriculum and curriculum delivery.

  1. Course Specific Learning Goals:  After completing this course, students should be able to:

This course is designed to prepare students to analyze, interpret, and evaluate financial statements effectively. Specifically, upon completion of this course, students are expected to know how to:

• Analyze and interpret accounting principles and practices

• Compute and interpret financial ratios

• Conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis for a company’s business environment and strategy

• Conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis for specific Financing, Investing and                           Operating activities

• Identify and interpret a company’s profitability and risks using profitability analysis

Grading Standards

Grading and Evaluation:

Pop Quizzes:  Their will be 12 random pop quizzes covering the assigned videos and reading material. The two lowest pop quiz grades will be dropped.  The pop quizzes are worth 10 points each.

Exams:  There will be three exams during this semester in the assigned classroom. The first two exams will be held during the regular class hours. The final exam will be held by the university schedule (please see the schedule for the exam dates). The exams will include questions on any covered material, e.g., lecture notes, classroom discussions, Excel, videos, and reading assignments. Each student will need a calculator and Scantron for the exams. The exams are worth 100 points each. The use of cell phones is not allowed during the exams. No student will be allowed to miss the final exam.

Group Analysis Report and Presentation:

During the semester you are expected to form groups to conduct a group presentation. Each group will have no less than 2 students, and no more than 4 students. Each group will choose one company for analysis purpose and focus on this company throughout the semester to analyze different financial statement analysis topics covered in class. Each presentation will be approximately 30 minutes long. More details about requirements and guidelines for the presentation will be posted on D2L. The Analysis Report is worth 100 points and the presentation is worth 100 points (a total of 200 points). The group’s grade will be determined by both quality of their analysis report and the quality of their presentation.


Module Pop Quizzes (10)   =  100

Exam 1                                   =  100

Exam 2                                   =  100

Exam 3                                  =  100

Semester Project Report    =  100 

Project Presentation            =  100

Total                                     =  600


Grading System





540 or greater


480 to 539


420 to 479


360 to 419


Less than 360


Semester grades will be reported through normal University channels with no exceptions.

Final Exam

12/12/2018 8-10:00 a.m.

Submission Format Policy

Other Course Policies

  • The instructor cannot provide technical supports to a student’s hardware/software problems other than making sure that the provided course material is in working order. For problems related to D2L, please check link to MSU technical support or contact the University at
  • Students have the responsibility to check regularly the course pages on D2L for new postings and course material. New material for the coverage of each exam will be posted over time.
  • Redistribution of any course material provided by the instructor in any form outside this class constitutes copyright infringement and is prohibited.

Academic Integrity

Students shall follow the “Student Honor Creed” on the Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog (2014-2016). A student who commits academic dishonesty is subject to conduct sanctions (please refer to the Midwestern State University Student Handbook (2015-

2016) for the definitions of Academic Dishonesty, Conduct Sanctions, and Academic

Misconduct Procedures).

Americans with Disabilities Act

This course follows the university policies and guidelines suggested by the Disability Support Services Office for qualified students. Students are referred to the Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog (2014-2016) for details.

Campus Carry Policy

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at link to MSU campus carry rules and policies.

Syllabus Change Policy

This syllabus is a guide for this course and is subject to change with advanced notice.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Class attendance, Midwestern State University Undergraduate Catalog (2014-2016), p. 71:


Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes in which they are enrolled. Although in general students are graded on intellectual effort and performance rather than attendance, absences may lower the student’s grade where class attendance and class participation are deemed essential by the faculty member. In those classes where attendance is considered as part of the grade, the instructor should so inform students of the specifics in writing at the beginning of the semester in a syllabus or separate attendance policy statement. An instructor who has an attendance policy must keep records on a daily basis. The instructor must give the student a verbal or written warning prior to being dropped from the class. An instructor’s records will stand as evidence of absences. A student with excessive absences may be dropped from a course by the instructor. Any individual faculty member or college has the authority to establish an attendance policy, providing the policy is in accordance with the General University Policies.


For the record keeping purpose, each class period a roll sheet will be passed through the class and students need to make sure that they sign on the roll sheet. Signing any other student’s name on the roll sheet is considered as an act of disruptive conduct in this course.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at