FIN 3403

Business Finance

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Prof: John Banko / Fall 2021

Nov 19, 2021

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Super Hard

Delivery: OnlineGrade: Not sure yetWorkload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: Optional
Exam Heavy
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3OK Class
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Prof: John Banko / Summer 2021

Sep 16, 2021

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This is the toughest weed-out course in UF's business school. It teaches basic finance concepts that all Americans will contend with at one point or another in their adult lives. From gambling (arbitrage) to deciding the best terms for a 30 yr mortgage, this class explores the concepts of risk and return on investment.

Course Content

It covers the same amount of material in a single semester that other colleges cover over the course of two or three semesters. That means if you choose to take this course over Summer A (7 weeks instead of 15), expect the material to be even more condensed.

Comments on the professor

Professor Banko is a very knowledgable teacher, but he lacks the compassion for his students that most professors at least portend to have. Further, he does not present instruction in the same format as you would use to practice. He teaches nearly EVERYTHING in Excel, so, unless you are well versed in excel, you may need extra instruction. Also he does not release the answers to his Exams, so do not expect any constructive feedback outside of his or the TA's office hours.

Advice

GET STUDYEDGE. Read that again and again and again until it sticks. David @ Studyedge teaches the course the way it is supposed to be taught (with a pencil, not excel) and gives you every tool to succeed in the class. Also do ALL the practice exams. Banko's exams have identical questions with altered numbers.

Suggest a professor

Banko is the only Prof for this class.

Delivery: OnlineGrade: B-Workload: HeavyTextbook Use: No
Exam Heavy
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3OK Class
1Very Hard
3Kinda Interesting
4Useful

Prof: John Banko / Spring 2021

Aug 30, 2021

Comments on the course

Very time-consuming course. It’s very tough and the only way to do well is to either get StudyEdge or to power through Banko’s past exam problems packet, which contains hundreds of questions.

Comments on the professor

Banko is passionate about finance but he doesn’t teach you how to do well in exams. Having said that, I would recommend watching his lectures because he did walk through the example problems, which were much more basic than his exam questions but you have to know how to do those easy questions very well.

Advice

Get StudyEdge if you can afford it, otherwise take a very light course load and be prepared to be solely focused on this class

Grade: A-Workload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: No
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2Bad Class
1Very Hard
4Interesting
5Very Useful

Prof: John Banko / Spring 2021

Oct 27, 2021

Comments on the course

If you're a finance major, you need an 80 (B) average on the 3 exams. If you are not a finance major, getting a B- is fairly easy since you can boost your grade with the MyFinanceLab and practice exams he provides.

Course Content

You learn all the concepts you will use in other finance courses. As a finance major, I do not know why this course is required before courses like Debt/Equity, as you actually learn about the concepts in those courses, whereas in Business Finance, you just grind practice problems without really knowing how it applies to finance.

Comments on the professor

He seems nice and is willing to help clarify things if you ask the right questions (I know sometimes you don't even know what to ask).

Advice

Do practice problems daily. It is very easy to get left behind and get lost. Concepts from earlier parts of the class come up later. Do all the extra credit, especially if you are not a finance major. Finance majors, just focus on getting an 80 average on the 3 exams. For each exam there are about 1-2 questions that are specific to his live lecture, and as long as you watch them they are pretty easy. The prerecorded lectures are pretty confusing, I would look over them but do not worry if you do not fully understand them - the point of the course is to get the right answer on the exams and not much else (unfortunately).

Delivery: OnlineGrade: B+Workload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: No

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