Financial Decision Rules for Project Evaluation

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In this finance course, learners will be exposed to real world decision-making rules used to prioritize projects, with several rich applications. The specific decision rules we will analyze include:

  • Payback
  • Internal Rate of Return
  • Net Present Value

The relation between these different decision rules and value creation, or equivalently shareholder wealth maximization, will be emphasized. The foundational framework of time value of money will be used to introduce the concepts and applications, and to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of alternative decision criteria. This will be followed by an exposure to the valuation of bond/debt and stocks/shares. This course will also involve some basic exposure to how the profitability of projects is measured in the real world.

This course is targeted to managers working in corporations or institutions and individuals planning to pursue a graduate degree in busine...

In this finance course, learners will be exposed to real world decision-making rules used to prioritize projects, with several rich applications. The specific decision rules we will analyze include:

  • Payback
  • Internal Rate of Return
  • Net Present Value

The relation between these different decision rules and value creation, or equivalently shareholder wealth maximization, will be emphasized. The foundational framework of time value of money will be used to introduce the concepts and applications, and to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of alternative decision criteria. This will be followed by an exposure to the valuation of bond/debt and stocks/shares. This course will also involve some basic exposure to how the profitability of projects is measured in the real world.

This course is targeted to managers working in corporations or institutions and individuals planning to pursue a graduate degree in business (MBA).

This course is the first of four in the Corporate Financial Analysis XSeries Learn how to use decision criteria and rules to evaluate projects based on their impact on business, including payback, NPV and IRR.

 

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Santiago Pacheco

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 1 month ago
The problems are a good challenge to certify your habilities and to expand and precise your understanding about the topics reviewed in the course, even if you think that you know what this course teachs, i reccommend you to take it for practicing.
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Mustafa Adam

2/10 starsDropped
2 years, 10 months ago
I've been generous in my earlier review. The only thing this course has going for it, is the professor enthusiasm and love for finance that will make you fall in love with finance. I cannot download the slides to review the material for the quizzes. Speaking of quizzes, they are unjustifiably and criminally hard when compared to the level of depth in the lectures. They will infuriate you and make dread them. The slides themselves are short and not comprehensive, relying too much on the professor's exposition and explaining of them. The problem with that is, the professor is leaning towards the conversational method of teaching(Which actually very excellent for an introductory level course). This makes it even harder to review and revisit the material. No one wants to keep pausing and forwarding a video to get a single bit of information out. Add to that the slides are not available to begin with, and if they were, are too short anywa... I've been generous in my earlier review. The only thing this course has going for it, is the professor enthusiasm and love for finance that will make you fall in love with finance. I cannot download the slides to review the material for the quizzes. Speaking of quizzes, they are unjustifiably and criminally hard when compared to the level of depth in the lectures. They will infuriate you and make dread them. The slides themselves are short and not comprehensive, relying too much on the professor's exposition and explaining of them. The problem with that is, the professor is leaning towards the conversational method of teaching(Which actually very excellent for an introductory level course). This makes it even harder to review and revisit the material. No one wants to keep pausing and forwarding a video to get a single bit of information out. Add to that the slides are not available to begin with, and if they were, are too short anyway. In a nutshell, this is an fun introductory course to finance. Just don't do the quizzes or the final exam. Thus don't pursue the certificate.
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Mustafa Adam

8/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
Very interesting course. I enjoyed it a lot. The best reason for why this course is interesting is the professor. He clearly enjoys finance and it's contagious. Biggest problem with the course and the reason for my review, is that the problem sets are hard and mostly not directly covered in the lectures.
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3 years ago
Awesome! Another great financial course by Prof. Kaul. I'd love how your quality courses are spreading finance knowledge to the benefit everyone around the world!
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Adriane Biliky

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3 years, 3 months ago
I loved! This course helped me to undertand the financial world, and helped me a lot in my carrear. I can't wait to continue studying it!
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7/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 4 months ago
Any person wanting to excel in the financial market or in finance should take advantage of this free course. In our business world today, to be able to adequately analyze financial information and make proper judgement on the world market should have no second thought in enrolling.
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