This text book seems to explain things in a straightforward enough fashion until logging onto Connect Plus for the homework. The homework has extra steps and variables that are not presented in the text. There are some extra explanatory presentations in the Connect Plus online software, but they are not adequate. Not all the steps are explained and many presentations are ridiculously complex. I asked for help on one of the initial presentations that I had been watching for 15 minutes and received a better explanation of what was being demonstrated in all of 5 seconds. Another question I asked a friend who is a Finance professional to explain to me. She had no clue what they were talking about. I waste a ridiculous amount of time each week trying to find out how to do what the text/Connect Plus fumbles to explain.
Most finance professionals rely on Excel and Excel is barely touched upon. There are some spreadsheets available for download, but they are woefully inadequate and not very helpful. Because of this more time is lost fumbling to find what spreadsheets are needed and how to set them up. Excel spreadsheets are an essential part of Finance and it is shameful that they are not more fully covered here to prepare students for the profession.
The text also does not adequately prepare for the exams. I studied for several hours, felt like I understood what was being presented and ready to take the exam only to find many questions that do not seem to have come from the text. Clear explanations are needed, the text and the online software need to cover the same information in a straightforward way, and the exam needs to correspond more fully with the text.
- Hardcover: 704 pages
- Publisher: Irwin Professional Pub; 7 edition (14 September 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0078034647
- ISBN-13: 978-0078034640
- Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 2.8 x 28.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
- Customer Reviews: 62 customer ratings