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Course Descriptions

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FIN-1325 Personal Finance

This course offers an introduction to the planning and management of the financial status of an individual. Topics will include personal budgeting, car and home financing analysis, retirement planning, and a survey of investment opportunities.

FIN-3313 Corporate Finance

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 45 program hours; ACC 2304 (with a grade of C or better) and completion of BUA 2310 (with a grade of C or better) or concurrent enrollment in BUA 2310. In the case of concurrent enrollment, any student not continuously enrolled in both courses is subject to withdrawal from FIN 3313; a student that does not achieve a grade of C or higher in the co-requisite course must repeat the co-requisite course. An introduction to the financial management of the business enterprise with emphasis on valuation concepts and the acquisition and allocation of funds. Topics include: capital structure policy, capital budgeting, the dividend decision, and financial forecasting.

FIN-3325 Investments

Prerequisites: FIN 3313 (with a grade of C or better) or concurrent enrollment in FIN 3313. In the case of concurrent enrollment, any student not continuously enrolled in both courses is subject to withdrawal from FIN 3325; a student that does not achieve a grade of C or higher in the co-requisite course must repeat the co-requisite course. A survey of the field of investments. Special emphasis is placed on the analysis of fixed income securities and common equities. Also included are option pricing models and the uses of options and futures to modify risk.

FIN-3330 Financial State Analy

Prerequisite: FIN 3313 (with a grade of C or better). An intensive course in corporate financial statement analysis. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of corporate liquidity, funds flow, capital structure, solvency, ROI, asset utilization, and operating performance.

FIN-4305 Money and Banking

Prerequisites: FIN 3313, ECO 2305 and 2306 (each with a grade of C or better) or concurrent enrollment in either ECO 2305 or ECO 2306. In the case of concurrent enrollment, any student not continuously enrolled in both courses is subject to withdrawal from FIN 4305; a student that does not achieve a grade of C or higher in the co-requisite course must repeat the co-requisite course. A survey of money, commercial banking, financial institutions, the Federal Reserve System, and the formulation and execution of monetary theory and policy.

FIN-4326 Practicum-Investment

Prerequisite: FIN 3325 (with a grade of C or better) or concurrent enrollment in FIN 3325. In the case of concurrent enrollment, any student not continuously enrolled in both courses is subject to withdrawal from FIN 4326; a student that does not achieve a grade of C or higher in the co-requisite course must repeat the co-requisite course. This course will offer the students the opportunity to actively participate in the analysis and selection of securities for inclusion in various portfolios that are part of the University's endowment.

FIN-4328 Intro to Derivatives

Prerequisite: FIN 3325 (with a grade of C or better). The course provides an introduction to the primary instruments of the derivative securities market. Topics covered include no-arbitrage-based pricing; binomial option pricing; the Black-Scholes model; practical issues with Black-Scholes model; the pricing of futures and forwards; hedging with derivatives; portfolio insurance; equity and debt as options; executive stock options; real options.

FIN-4335 International Finance

Prerequisites: ECO 2305 and 2306 (each with a grade of C or better) and FIN 3313 (with a grade of C or better). An introduction to the financial implications of international business and trade. A study of the balance of payments, foreign exchange markets, international financial assets, capital flows, and international monetary systems.

FIN-4342 Managerial Finance

Prerequisite: FIN 3313 (with a grade of C or better). Emphasis on financial decision-making within the firm using case studies as the primary activity. Topics include financial goals and strategy, financial analysis and forecasting, capital budgeting, capital structure decisions, dividend policy, and firm valuation.

FIN-4393 Internship I

Prerequisites: Completion of 45 program hours or dean's approval; 2.0 GPA. Graded academic experiences that provide students with an opportunity to put classroom learning into practice. Internships provide supervised work experience directly related to one's major field of study.

FIN-4399 Sp Top: Entrep Finance

Prerequisite: FIN 3313 (with a grade of C or better) Finance for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurial Ventures takes a three-pronged stage-sensitive approach to introduce financial thinking, tools, and techniques adapted to the realm of entrepreneurship and small business ownership. The course emphasizes the differences between large corporations and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) relative to funding, risk assessment, and management. Topics include introduction to financial tools, financial markets, instruments, and management of short term assets and liabilities. Analysis of bootstrapping strategies in estimating financial resource requirements is followed by a comprehensive discussion of sources of funds for small businesses in the development, start-up, and survival stages of the entity's life cycle (including Small Business Administration programs), and in later stages of life, entrepreneurial venture growth capital, harvesting the venture investment and turnaround opportunities or liquidation under financial distress.

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