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Topic: Management of Working Capital Case Study: “George’s Trains”

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It appears that George is running a profitable business. George is aware you are in an MBA Managerial Finance class and comes to you for advice on his working capital practices. More specifically George asks you to do the following:

Describe his working capital practices, including his methods of capital budgeting analysis techniques.
Analyze the potential pitfalls in his capital budgeting practices that George should be aware of.
Develop a simple statement of cash flows for George’s Trains using any information gleaned from the video. What areas of improvement do you recommend? Provide at least three references/ scholarly sources to support your recommendations.
In a three page paper (excluding the title and reference pages), respond to George’s request for advice in detail. The paper should be properly formatted in alignment with APA 6th edition formatting.

This course studies the role and major functions of corporate finance within the organization.  Upon developing an understanding of the theoretical foundation of corporate finance, students will use financial tools in an applied case and problem format. Topics covered include Net Present Value Analysis (Time Value of Money), Risk Assessment, Security Valuation, decisions on capital structure and allocation, and the Weighted Average Cost of Capital.

The course material is presented in a style that recognizes and complements the maturity and experience of the students. Because each student has a different style of learning, a variety of teaching methods is used. These methods include discussions, activities, exercises and role playing. The class is highly interactive and examines concrete situations that enable application of learning. Students have a chance to incorporate the knowledge of peers into the learning process as well as demonstrate self-motivation and initiative. Students are expected to take responsibility for the learning process.

Discussion board posts and weekly written assignments will be the routine measuring of a student’s ability to apply specific learned knowledge to a formal and structured situation with the end result being an answer that is measurable in a quantitative manner. Each assignment will have the objective of testing the student on the composite knowledge presented in the respective chapters. It is expected that this routine will install a sense of process discipline in each student that will guide the financial analysis process.

A series of weekly written assignments have been selected for the purpose of bridging the chasm between quantitative problems and solutions with more realistic qualitative problems that require more subjective solutions that step beyond a rote mathematical answer. Each assignment will present a “real world” scenario that demands certain answers be provided. In addition, each student will be asked to write a fifteen-to-twenty page Final Project analyzing the financial health of a company of the students choosing. The student will be expected to follow scholarly guidelines in preparing the analysis and adhere to APA writing standards and guidelines. The student is expected to draw upon the knowledge gained throughout this course as well as seek and find other expert knowledge and commentary on the subject matter. This paper will be discussed in greater detail later in this course synopsis.

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