Finance (FIN)

FIN 200     Personal Finance     3 Credit Hours

To survey financial planning for the individual. Topics include: bank relations, credit, borrowing money, savings, budgeting, investments, stocks and bonds, mutual funds, insurance, real estate, annuities, social security, income taxes, wills, trusts and estate planning.

Restriction(s):
Cannot enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if College is Business

FIN 401     Corporate Finance     3 Credit Hours

Introduces the financial goals of a corporation with particular attention to the creation of value. The time value of money and the valuation of financial and real assets receive particular attention. Additional topics include risk and return, market efficiency, short-term financial management, and the domestic and international economic environments.

Prerequisite(s): (ACC 297 or ACC 298) and ECON 201 and ECON 202 and (DS 300* or IMSE 317)

FIN 402     Advanced Corporate Finance     3 Credit Hours

To provide the study of advanced topics, with particular attention to capital structure and dividend policy. Additional topics such as hedging, option pricing, agency theory, methods of financing, and corporate control will be presented. Global aspects of these topics will be addressed where appropriate. (YR).

Prerequisite(s): FIN 401

FIN 406     Fin Mkts and Institutions     3 Credit Hours

This course will introduce students to the financial markets, institutions, and instruments. The contents consist of the role and importance of the financial markets, interest rate determination and security valuation, the functions of money, bond, mortgage, stock, foreign exchange and derivative securities markets, the activities of financial institutions such as insurance companies, securities firms and investment banks, hedge funds, and pension funds, and management of credit and interest rate risks on the balance sheet of financial institutions. Familiarity with these topics is necessary for students to be competent in their future professional career in finance. (YR)

Prerequisite(s): FIN 401

FIN 407     Investment Fundamentals     3 Credit Hours

To study the current investment scene and analyze the characteristics of securities and the role in investment strategies. Topics include: securities markets, bonds, stocks, options, investment strategies, portfolio theories and management.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 401

FIN 411     Financial Planning     3 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the primary areas of personal financial planning and helps them prepare for the professional financial planning examinations. Topics inlcude overview of the financial planning process, analysis of clients' needs; principles of personal income taxation; investment analysis and planning; retirement and estate planning; insurance planning and major types of insurance, ethics and standards of professional practice; and quantitative methods used in the anlaysis and derivations of decision rules. This course is designed for students who consider a career in financial advising, as well as those who are interested in managing their own personal finances. Students will practice critical thinking and business communication through written presentation of case analysis and recommendations. (YR)

Prerequisite(s): FIN 401

FIN 412     Retirement Planning     3 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the nature of retirement planning analysis and the functions of major retirement plans and other investment-oriented employee benefits, as well as discusses advantages and disadvantages of the various wealth accumulation and tax deferral alternatives. Topics include the administration, characteristics and distributions of qualified corporate retirement plans such as pension and profit sharing plans; non-corporate retirement programs such as IRAs and Simplified Employee Pension (SEPs) plans. In addition, stock options, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, and other non-pension related benefits, as well as recent legislation will be examined. This course prepares students for career pursuit in financial advising or human resources management, as well as for the professional financial planning examinations. Students will practice critical thinking and business communication through written presentation of case analysis and recommendations. (YR)

Prerequisite(s): FIN 401 and FIN 411*

FIN 443     Com Bank: Functn and Operatns     3 Credit Hours

The topics to be included in the course are: commercial bank management, loan portfolio management and international banking. Specific aspects of the commercial banking environment, such as legislation and regulation, are also covered.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 401

FIN 445     Corporate Fin Models and Appls     3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on the analysis of financial decisions by applying theories and models to practical problems and cases. The subject coverage includes capital budgeting and financing (cost of capital, capital structure, dividend policy, etc.), working capital management (credit, inventory, bank relations, etc.), and other special topics (e.g., mergers and acquisitions). The coursework is appropriate for students seeking careers in corporate financial management, commercial lending, and investment banking.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 402

FIN 447     Derivative Markets     3 Credit Hours

Going beyond investment fundamentals, the focus of this course is on the more speculative aspects of investment. Speculative securities (such as options, warrants, and convertibles) and commodity futures (including financial and currency futures) are covered. The structure of the speculative markets and the role of speculation, such as hedging, risk-shifting, and the establishment of future-spot price relationship are analyzed in the context of a competitive market environment.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 401 and (FIN 402 or FIN 407 or FIN 443)

FIN 448     Real Estate Financing     3 Credit Hours

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the different types of mortgages, the sources of real estate loans and the workings of the secondary mortgage markets. It will also cover the application, loan processing, underwriting, and closing processes as well as closely related topics such as property appraisal and insurance, title insurance, and foreclosures.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 401

FIN 456     Fixed Income Securities     3 Credit Hours

The fixed income market, accompanied by the introduction of sophisticated financial engineering techniques, has grown enormously over the last two decades. Today, the fixed income market has been a vital segment of the global financial market. This course covers major topics associated with this market, including bond pricing, yields, and volatility; term structure of interest rates and yield curve; market structure and analytical techniques for Treasury, municipal, corporate bonds, mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities, and bond with embedded options. The fundamental objective of this course is to help students develop analytical skills for pricing fixed income securities and managing interest rate risk. In addition, materials covered in this course are compatible with the Common Body of Knowledge in Analysis of Debt Investments that is required by the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) examination. Students will not receive credit for both FIN 456 and FIN 656.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 407 and FIN 447 and (MATH 113 or MATH 115 or MPLS with a score of 116)

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Junior or Senior
Can enroll if College is Business
Can enroll if Major is Finance

FIN 484     Seminar: Financial Management     1 to 3 Credit Hours

To provide students with an opportunity for intensive study in current selected areas related to the research activities and/or professional activities of faculty members. Permission of College of Business.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 401

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Senior
Can enroll if College is Business

FIN 494     Research:Financial Mgt     1 to 3 Credit Hours

To provide the advanced student with the opportunity to undertake a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. At least two weeks prior to the term when such a course is to be elected, an interested student must submit to the dean of the school a written request for permission to elect a research course, on a form available in the school office. The request will include a description of the proposed research project. The dean will review the proposal with faculty members to ascertain availability of relevant faculty supervision and to establish appropriate credit. Permission of College of Business.

Prerequisite(s): FIN 401

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Senior
Can enroll if College is Business

 
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An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally