Courses

FIN 325 Financial Management Credits: 3

This course provides an overview of the relationship between business decisions and the value of the firm, as determined by the marketplace. Students will study the composition of capital structure, capital budgeting, and cost of capital theory, including incremental analysis of investment situations.

Prerequisites: ACCTNG 210.

FIN 326 Financial Management 2 Credits: 3

Explores leverage and capital structure, dividend policy, raising capital, short-term financial planning, working capital management and international financial management. FIN 326 builds on the content of FIN 325. A cursory knowledge of accounting principles is assumed, as well as fluency with simple algebra and arithmetic skills.

Prerequisites: ACCTNG 210, FIN 325.

FIN 340 Global Financial Markets and Institutions Credits: 3

Students are introduced to global financial markets and institutions as well as the regulators. Topics include financial instruments, past and current global financial crises, financial restructuring and reforms, and the interrelationships between financial and real economies.

Prerequisites: FIN 325.

FIN 345 Investments Credits: 3

The course develops the theoretical framework necessary for a systematic approach to portfolio management. Content includes consideration of investment objectives, measurement of risk and returns, alternative uses of invested funds, analysis of securities markets, and the techniques of security analysis. Students will have an opportunity for the creation and management of an investment portfolio.

Prerequisites: FIN 325.

FIN 350 Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance Credits: 3

This course introduces students to the principles of personal and corporate risk management. Personal risk management topics include: personal insurance planning, annuity investing and personal liability management. Corporate risk management topics include: managing corporate risk, reducing risk through hedging, and legal liability risk.

FIN 351 International Financial Management Credits: 3

The world's business activities and economics are becoming more integrated. This course provides an introduction, appreciation and understanding of how this process impacts financial decisions for global business. Students should expect to develop an integrated analytical and decision making perspective that will enable them to extend financial concepts such as capital budgeting and risk management, and instruments such as forwards, swaps, fixed income analysis, arbitrage, etc. to their international analogs.

Prerequisites: FIN 325 (or equivalent).

FIN 369 Payment Systems Credits: 3

The payment system is central to virtually all economic transactions. The payment system also has been undergoing fundamental changes over the past two decades. Yet, the payment system is one of the least understood parts of the economic system. The purpose of this course is to examine the payment system from economic, business, and regulatory standpoints.

FIN 419 Financial Statement Analysis Credits: 3

Students will take an in-depth look at the external financial statements that are prepared by corporations, including the tools needed to organize, summarize, and understand corporate financial data for use in decision making. Ratio analysis, trend analysis, earnings forecasting, bankruptcy predictors, statistical methods important to finance, and financial data bases are among the topics that will be covered.

Prerequisites: FIN 325 and must have junior standing with a major or minor within the Bloch School of Management.

FIN 428 Commercial Bank Management Credits: 3

This course presents an overview of financial management of the interest spreads, credit risk, liquidity, and capital positions of commercial banks. Topics to be covered include analysis of bank profitability, lending functions and policy, securities investment strategies, fund attraction, regulatory examination, capital adequacy, and integrated asset/liability management. Instructional media includes cases and computerized bank management simulation.

Prerequisites: ECON 202, FIN 325.

FIN 435 Advanced Corporate Finance Credits: 3

The course focuses on the finance function of the firm from the managerial perspective. Topics include working capital management, capital budgeting, financial structure, merger and reorganization, capital rationing, and analysis of risk. Students will use cases and computer techniques.

Prerequisites: FIN 325.

FIN 445 Advanced Investments Credits: 3

Students take an in depth look at some of the advanced investment analysis tools used by practicing portfolio managers. This course covers the valuation of both derivative securities and fixed-income securities. There is also a strong focus on managing price risk, interest rate risk, and exchange rate risk. In addition there is an emphasis on bond portfolio management and derivative security applications.

Prerequisites: FIN 345.

FIN 496 Internship: Finance Credits: 1-3

An opportunity for students to integrate their academic studies via employment with a business/organization in the community. Internship coursework is evaluated on a credit/no credit basis.

FIN 497 Special Topics: Finance Credits: 1-3

Study and research in areas of special interest under individual faculty direction.

Prerequisites: senior standing.