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Course Description

This course looks at capital budgeting and long-term finance and investment decisions by firms and individuals. It introduces capital asset pricing under uncertainty and to the concept of efficient markets. A major emphasis is on corporate finance.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe corporate structure, corporate governance, and the goal of a corporation and how it applies to corporate financial decisions
  • Outline the principles and mechanics of the time value of money and calculate the present and future values of various combinations of cash flows
  • Determine the value of securities in capital markets and apply statistical measures to measure risk and return of both individual securities as well as a portfolio of securities
  • Evaluate and analyse potential investment projects and understand alternative methods for evaluating projects
  • Evaluate alternative sources of financing and discuss the firms' choice of capital structure and its implications for the value of the firm
  • Examine and discuss the key issues related to dividend policy and their implications for the value of the firm

Course Topics

  • The Goals and Functions of Finance
  • Value
  • Risk
  • Capital Budgeting
  • Financing, Debt Policy, and Dividend Policy

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): ECON*1050, (1 of IPS*1500, MATH*1030, MATH*1080, MATH*1200), (1 of ECON*2740, PSYC*1010, PSYC*2010, SOAN*2120, STAT*2040, STAT*2060, STAT*2080, STAT*2120)

Equate(s): ECON*2560

Restriction(s): ECON*3460, ECON*3560


Assessment Item Weight
Bloomberg Market Concepts 5%
Mobius Assignments 15%
Project 20%
Unit Review Tests 10%
Online Final Exam 50%
Total 100%

Note: You must receive at least a 50% on the final exam to pass this course. Your term work will only be included in calculating your final grade if you pass the final exam.


Additional Technical Requirements

Möbius is an online testing and assessment software created by Waterloo Maple Inc. that is used in this course. Visit the MapleSoft website to review the Möbius system requirements.

This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
  1. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
  1. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
  1. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
  1. Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.)
  1. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.

This course uses Zoom as a video communication tool. A Webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed. In order to use Zoom, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  2. Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  3. A webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in


Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Introduction to Finance
September 10, 2020 to December 04, 2020
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,748.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes
Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.
Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Fundamentals of Corporate Finance by Brealey, Myers, Marcus, Mitra, Gajurel © 2020 McGraw-Hill Education 7th edition ISBN Hard Copy 9781259272011; ebook 9781259268861
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