SME2021 - PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE
PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE
3 credit intermediate management
SME finance is designed to develop student understanding of the role of finance in the management of a business venture. Effective financial management, whether performed by the general manager in a small business, or by the finance organization in a large corporation, is necessary if a venture is to succeed and grow. A successful financial manager must have skills, abilities, tools, and a theoretical understanding in many areas, including valuation, financial forecasting, capital budgeting, investor expectations regarding risk and return, the cost of investor supplied capital, and financial strategy. Student skills will be developed in all of these areas in the SME finance stream through readings, lectures, class discussions, exercises, and an analytical project. A successful financial manager must also understand the venture’s economic environment, its products, services, and market position, its operational capabilities, and its organizational behavior characteristics. The SME finance stream will link financial management analysis and decisions to these other critical functional areas, so the student will understand its part in achieving overall success for the venture.