An Introduction to Corporate Finance

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**PART OF THE WHARTON FOUNDATION SERIES** This course is part of the Wharton foundation series in the MOOC format. This course serves as an introduction to business finance (corporate financial management and investments) for graduate level business school students preparing for upper-level course work. The primary objective is to provide a framework, concepts, and tools for analyzing financial decisions based on fundamental principles of modern financial theory. **Click below for the other Wharton Foundation Series courses:** [An Introduction to Marketing](https://www.coursera.org/course/marketing) [An Introduction to Financial Accounting ](https://www.coursera.org/course/accounting) [An Introduction to Operations Management](https://www.coursera.org/course/operations)
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8/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 1 month ago
I had been hesitant at taking this course thinking that it would be a tough course. But thanks to Professor Franklin in class teaching style I enjoyed his course very much. What I liked about the course is ++ The Professor gave access to his live class at Wharton. That was very valuable. ++ The Professor would slowly build up the case and start with motivational examples.The pace of the class was thus slow and easy.I found it easier to appreciate the arguments he put forward and let it sink in. He also gave time to the the class to ask questions. ++ The video lectures are broken up in short 15 min segments and not very dense in information The Professor provided not just video lectures but also lecture notes where I also found additional material and examples discussed. So to review, I need not had to watch videos again. ++ I got to to do not just problem sets but also to solve a case study and test my understanding. which I have not... I had been hesitant at taking this course thinking that it would be a tough course. But thanks to Professor Franklin in class teaching style I enjoyed his course very much. What I liked about the course is ++ The Professor gave access to his live class at Wharton. That was very valuable. ++ The Professor would slowly build up the case and start with motivational examples.The pace of the class was thus slow and easy.I found it easier to appreciate the arguments he put forward and let it sink in. He also gave time to the the class to ask questions. ++ The video lectures are broken up in short 15 min segments and not very dense in information The Professor provided not just video lectures but also lecture notes where I also found additional material and examples discussed. So to review, I need not had to watch videos again. ++ I got to to do not just problem sets but also to solve a case study and test my understanding. which I have not done before in the accounting course. ++ The Professor brings a light hearted sense of humor and talk to his class that one can surely appreciate. All in all I am very happy to have stuck with this course in spite of negative comments from some early participants in the forums and later dropped out. \-- There were issues in the first week of the course. The videos taken in the actual Wharton class had the audio quality marred by a student coughing in the background. Sadly one would have to persist here. \-- The engagement of the staff in the discussion forums was minimal. Nothing to speak off here, No forum policy. This meant students were free to exchange quiz answers using codes like 1XX9.3 \-- The course was short with just 6 weeks material. But it covered the basics thoroughly. There is a longer free video course available .of 12+ weeks on MIT OCW by an ex Wharton Professor Andrew Lo. He actually uses the same book authored by Professor Franklin. What I found though that the students in the actual Finance class are more keen to learn to make more money and have a ROI given the opportunity costs that the Professor understands and caters to but for the Coursera student population it was the grades that served as a motivational factor. All in all do the course not for the certificate but to get started in to the topic of Finance (i.e. making money) and then take it further on your own using his book or doing other advanced courses and putting it in to practice.
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2/10 starsDropped
3 years, 7 months ago
The course does not reflect the world-class quality of Wharton. There are a lot of bugs and the materials given are minimum. I understand that there may be some background information why this course is having sub-par quality as this is new course that replaces old corporate finance course taught by other professor.
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6/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
It was a pretty good course, except there were a few flaws that made it more frustrating than it could've been. The professor's voice tended to trail off and the lectures were not really engaging. The content was good, but it could've been presented better. I understood the material, but it was a boring course.
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2/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
I have already taken quite a few Coursera coursera so fare and this was by far the most disappoiting one. In none of those before a discussion about the quality has arised, I think that´s said enough. I would't recommend therefore the paid SignatureTrack for Courses thaught by Wharton.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 4 months ago
This is a tough class for learning finance. I suggest looking at one of the other introductory courses first, and then coming back here. Prof. Franklin's derivations for many of the formulas and conclusions presented in class are daunting for someone who does not have the appropriate mathematics background. There are definitely some production issues with the first few videos and that the microphones in the room turned on so that I can hear every cough, sneeze, or shuffle of paper. However these issues to improve is the videos go on. It is an altogether good course on solidifying an understanding of where the principles of finance come from, but definitely not for someone who has zero background of the field.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 4 months ago
No prior experience with this subject but thought the class was well taught. Moves fast so got to keep up every week to not get overwhelmed. The lectures aren't as useful as just reading the lecture notes, which are quite clear on their own.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 4 months ago
This course should be taken only after Introduction of Finance from University of Michigan, otherwise you risk to understand nothing (if you don't have any Finance background). Otherwise it is a good course. Just not for complete beginners.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 4 months ago
I think lectures were well-organized and easy to understand ( the coursera staff fixed the problem with sound during the course), instructor also a great teacher, he explains things clearly, makes lectures interesting and engaging, providing motivation examples, reasons behind the concepts, asking tricky questions and then explaining the logic how to approach the problems. I very much appreciated Notes which summurize lectures, and the way professor prepared students for a final exam. I completly disagree with those who left the course at the very beginning and write such comments. Take the course and dont give up, it is great!
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1/10 starsTaking Now
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5 years, 6 months ago
On the plus side, it *seems* like a short course - only 6 weeks. Ameliorating circumstances - this is the first version/iteration of the course; and will hopefully be completely redone in the future. Issues: a) Production I (Audio) - Extremely poor audio. Room microphones (for ambiance?) pick-up everything and amplify it (e.g. coughs, paper rustling, chairs scraping, etc.) Professor's voice is soft and tends to trail-off. Thus the lecture is over- ridden by ambient noise, often at critical points in the explanation. b) Production II (Video) - Camera tends to focus on the professor rather than on slides or what the professor is writing and referring to. c) Even if one could understand them, the poor quality video lectures do not cover all the questions in the tests. Students are instead told to study the (PDF) lecture notes. The notes and slides don't cover all the material either. Good textbook, but only one chapter is provided, so y... On the plus side, it *seems* like a short course - only 6 weeks. Ameliorating circumstances - this is the first version/iteration of the course; and will hopefully be completely redone in the future. Issues: a) Production I (Audio) - Extremely poor audio. Room microphones (for ambiance?) pick-up everything and amplify it (e.g. coughs, paper rustling, chairs scraping, etc.) Professor's voice is soft and tends to trail-off. Thus the lecture is over- ridden by ambient noise, often at critical points in the explanation. b) Production II (Video) - Camera tends to focus on the professor rather than on slides or what the professor is writing and referring to. c) Even if one could understand them, the poor quality video lectures do not cover all the questions in the tests. Students are instead told to study the (PDF) lecture notes. The notes and slides don't cover all the material either. Good textbook, but only one chapter is provided, so you have to buy the ebook from the publisher to get the rest. Ebook publisher's proprietary and DRM-ed reader is a pain according to forums. d) Test questions are vague. Also, errors in test scoring. e) The weekly "practice sets" (quizzes) count for only 25% of the grade. At the end, a Case Study weighs 25% and the Final Exam counts as 50% of your final grade. ~~~~ I'd love to continue with this course if only to audit and see how the entire course turns-out. But the time demands exacerbated by flawed production and execution of this course imply an opportunity cost that i cannot afford at this time. Recommendation - Even if you're interested, wait until they iron-out the kinks and someone writes a more positive review. Or, take one of the (better produced) Intro Finance courses from other institutions.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 5 months ago
Positive: 1- Excellent teaching methods. The professor knows the subject and explains the material clearly. 2- The PDFs of the lectures are a great source of information. 3- The exams and case study were challenging. Negative: 1- The course only included half semester of the real class. 2- A teaching assistant or moderator would have been helpful in the forums. Recommendation: Take the next session of the course if you are financially literate. Some concepts are hard to understand. If you are new to the subject, take an introductory course on Finance.
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6/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
a) I took this course without prior experience in finance or business management except for a smattering of light courses in corporate environment. Actually I could learn a quite a few new things as I expected. b) Audio production is an issue. Video is not too bad. Better production is possible. The course is also short. It does not cover all of Finance Theory I. But the text is good; it is partly authored by the instructor. Instructor is an authority on the subject. Other institutions have more material and video on this topic. But this is the only course available in a formal non-credit course format from a reputed institution. The course will open up your eyes overall despite its production problems. Buy the text and study it. The course is not too difficult.
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5 years, 6 months ago
I gave this course two stars out of the respect I have for the Warton School, and for no other reason. It seems that no effort other than providing the poorly edited video logs of the professor's lectures, and sketchy notes for study. The sound quality was so poor, some times the professor could not be understood. I stayed on long enough to realize that there were, for me, unsurmountable technical and substantive issues. I recommend the staff take a look at how professor Brian Bushee structured his accounting course, also from Warton.
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