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BUSN 2320 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

BUSN 2320 - Business Finance

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course examines financial principles, which may include financial statement analysis, risk and return relationships, time value of money, valuation of assets, capital budgeting, and working capital management.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze and interpret financial statements and other financial information to make effective and informed business decisions.
  • Explain the characteristics of financial markets and instruments.
  • Describe the concepts of risk and return relationship, time value of money, valuation of assets, capital budgeting, and working capital management.
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

ACCT 1010 Principles of Accounting I and ACCT 1020 Principles of Accounting II

Course Topics:
  • Fundamental Concepts and Basic Tools of Finance
  • Financial Statements
  • The Time Value of Money
  • Interest Rates
  • Bonds and Bond Valuation
  • Stocks and Stock Valuation
  • Risk and Return
  • Capital Budgeting
  • Cash Flow Estimation
  • Working Capital Management
Specific Course Requirements:


Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:


Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Students are not required to be proctored on module tests and chapter quizzes. Students may use textbooks and course content while taking the module tests and chapter quizzes. However, format of the tests/quizzes and time allotment for tests/quizzes do not allow the student to be successful without thorough preparation as if for a closed-book test.

Grading Procedures:

Graded Items

Type of AssessmentNo. of Graded Items in Each CategoryNo. of Possible Points on Each ItemWeighted Percentage
Module Tests410060%
Homework Assignments1110015%
Chapter Quizzes1110015%
Discussion Postings510010%
Total  100%


Grading Scale:
Point RangeAssigned Grade
90 - 100 pointsA
80 -90 pointsB
70 - 80 pointsC
60 - 70 pointsD
under 60 pointsF


Assignments and Projects:

For each chapter we cover you will have a Chapter Quiz and a Homework Assignment, both of which will be completed using MyFinanceLab. The chapter quizzes are timed; you will have 60 minutes to complete each quiz. You are only permitted one attempt per chapter quiz. Quiz questions may be true/false, multiple choice, or fill in the blank. Each quiz will be worth 100 points. Each homework assignment will consists of several questions that may have multiple parts. Many homework problems will be quantitative in nature. Homework assignments are not timed, and you do not have to complete the entire assignment in one sitting. Each homework assignment will be worth 100 points.

Chapter Quizzes and Homework Assignments will be due on Monday night each week. The exact due dates are provided in the Summary of Course Due Dates in the Getting Started module. Please adhere to this schedule. Homework that is submitted late for any reason other than extensive technical outages on the TNeCampus or MyFinanceLab websites will be penalized 25%. Homework that is more than one week late will not be accepted. Chapter Quizzes that are missed cannot be made up for any reason other than extensive technical outages on the TNeCampus or MyFinanceLab websites. You will be permitted to drop your lowest homework grade and your lowest quiz grade. The remaining homework grades will be averaged, and the remaining quiz grades will be averaged. Both your homework average and your quiz average will each contribute 15% to your overall course average.

For every module students will also be required to post a Summary and Reflection to the discussion board. The discussion prompt is the same for every module: Reflect on what you've learned in this module. What was the most meaningful thing you learned and why? What topics were most confusing to you? What questions do you have for your classmates? Additionally, students will be required to make a substantive, informed response to at least one classmate, preferably answering a question posed in a classmate's original post. Comments such as "yeah, I found that interesting, too," or "I didn't understand that either" do not meet the standard of a substantive, informed response. Grade will be based on knowledgeable reflection of course content in the original posting as well as the response to peers' posts. Original posts must contain a minimum of 100 words. There is no required word count for the response. All postings should be expressed in a logical and orderly manner with appropriate sentence structure and correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. A maximum of 15 points may be deducted for excessive errors and/or incoherent writing. Postings and responses must be complete by the established deadlines. Late postings will not be graded. Students will be permitted to drop the lowest discussion posting grade. Remaining grades will be averaged, and the average grade for discussion postings will contribute 10% to the overall course grade.

Four Module Tests will be given. The tests will include true/false, multiple choice, and fill-in-the-blank questions and will include both qualitative and quantitative questions. You will have 90 minutes to complete an exam, and you will only be allowed one attempt per exam. The exams will become available on Friday mornings and will close on Monday nights at 11:59 p.m. Make-up exams will be permitted at the instructor's discretion and will be allowed only if unavoidable circumstances render the student unable to complete the exam during the availability period. If a student experiences computer failure after beginning an exam but before submitting it, that student must contact the instructor immediately. Students will be permitted a retake for computer failure only if the student contacts the instructor during the availability period.

The four Module Test grades will be averaged. This average will contribute 60% to your overall course grade.

Class Participation:

Students must participate in all aspects of this course, particularly discussions. This is the one aspect of the course that requires student interaction. Students are expected to complete all assigned readings and to view all presentations and videos included in the content modules. Additionally, students are expected to complete homework, quizzes, discussion postings, and tests in a timely manner.

Late Policy:

Deadlines will be provided for completing chapter homework assignments, quizzes, discussion postings, and module tests. These deadlines must be met in order to receive a grade on a chapter quiz or a module test. Late discussions will not be graded. Late submissions of homework assignments will result in a 25% penalty. Late homework assignments will not be accepted or graded if submitted more than one week late.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on August 16, 2017