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Finance Course Descriptions

FINC 200 Personal Finance: Philosophy and Practice (4)

[Satisfies the GECR for humanities and fine arts, list 3, philosophy and reasoning.]

Deals with the management of individual financial affairs on both a practical and a philosophical level. Covers a number of topics, such as the relationship between money and success, money and power, the meaning of poverty, the illusion of value, budgeting, tax planning, credit, real estate, major purchases, cash management, insurance, investments and retirement planning.

 

Finance courses numbered 300 or above have restricted enrollment. Please see Business Advising for more information.

FINC 335 Financial Management (4)

Prerequisites: (MATH 200 or equivalent) and DSCI 245 and ACCT 251 and (either ECON 200 or ECON 201) and the University computer literacy requirement.

The application of basic theory and analytical techniques to financial decision making and in particular capital budgeting. Emphasizes the time value of money and capital budgeting. Discusses capital structure and the risk-return trade off as they relate to the cost of capital, securities valuation and capital budgeting.

FINC 399 Directed Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.

FINC 431 Investments (4)  

Prerequisite: FINC 335.

Examines principles of investments valuation; objectives and risks involved; sources of relevant information. Security analysis and investment timing in a portfolio management framework.

FINC 432 Risk Management (4)

Prerequisite: FINC 434.

This course examines risks faced by the economy and businesses. Discussions include the principles of risk and risk management methods.

FINC 434 Financial Derivatives (4)

Prerequisite: FINC 335

Provides an in-depth background to various financial derivatives including futures, options, swaps, securitized securities and collateralized mortgage obligations. Discusses concepts related to the operation of financial derivatives including marketing to market and clearing corporations.

FINC 435 Capital Budgeting and Long-Term Financing (4)  

Prerequisite: FINC 335.

Provides in-depth background and skill development for capital budgeting and long-term financial decision-making. Emphasis on discounted cash flow analysis using computer spreadsheets. Discusses capital structure, dividend policy, cost of capital and risk analysis. Also covers long-term financing issues of a business or corporation. Uses cases, computer simulations and other analytical techniques.

FINC 436 Short-Term Financial Management (4)

Prerequisite: FINC 335.

This course provides an in-depth background and skill development necessary to understand and analyze short-term financing issues. Topics include financial liquidity, working capital management, cash forecasting, cash budgeting and short-term investing and financing. Cases, spreadsheets and other methods will be used extensively.

FINC 441 Portfolio Management I (2)

Prerequisites: FINC 335.

This is an introductory course dealing with the management of real dollar portfolios. Students enrolled in this course will be expected to enroll in FINC 442 and FINC 443 subsequent quarters. Topics covered include modern portfolio theory, security analysis and valuation and portfolio performance evaluation. Students will also be involved in management of extant portfolios primarily as observers.

FINC 442 Portfolio Management II (2)

Prerequisites: FINC 441.

This course is a continuation of FINC 441. Students enrolled in this class will be involved in the day-to-day management of real dollar portfolios. Responsibilities will include presentation of security recommendations, portfolio rebalancing and analysis of portfolio risk. An end of quarter report will be prepared and presented.

FINC 443 Portfolio Management III (2)

Prerequisites: FINC 442.

This course is a continuation of the information covered in FINC 441 and FINC 442. Students enrolled in this class will be involved in the day-to-day management of real dollar portfolios. Responsibilities will include presentation of security recommendations, portfolio rebalancing and analysis of portfolio risk. An end of quarter report will be prepared and presented.

FINC 474 International Financial Management (4)

Prerequisites: FINC 335

The material in this course develops a general framework to analyze international financial markets, exchange rates, exchange rate derivatives and open macroeconomic economies. (Cross-listed IBUS 474)

FINC 495 Internships (1-5)

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.

FINC 498 Seminar (1-5)

FINC 499 Directed Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.

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