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FINA 5X04 - Fundamentals of Finance
Finance
This course provides an introduction to financial concepts and principles for students required to take the proficiency course in Finance. Special attention is given to the role of the financial system in the economy, the fundamentals of investment analysis, and the financial decisions of business firms as related to capital budgeting, capital structure, and responsibility in the conduct of business financial operations. Prerequisites: None


FINA 1000 - Finance Elective: Lower Division
Finance
Transfer credit.


FINA 2320 - Personal Finance
Finance
This course covers the basics of personal money management and financial planning. Students will learn how to apply basic financial principles to household decision making such as debt, retirement, income tax and estate planning, personal investments in stocks and bonds, auto and home financing, and insurance needs.


FINA 3000 - Finance Elective: Upper Division
Finance
Transfer credit.


FINA 3334 - International Financial Management
Finance
A study of the financial management of the multinational corporation. Topics include exchange rate forecasts and uncertainty, hedging against foreign exchange risk, cash flow management in multiple currencies, borrowing in foreign currencies, investing in foreign securities and real assets. Prerequisites: ECON 1331, MATH 3332; ACCT 1341


FINA 3335 - Financial Institutions and Markets
Finance
An empirical study of financial institutions in the primary, secondary, and lending markets, and of legal developments in this field. The course examines the role of the various financial institutions in the flow of funds through the financial markets. Prerequisites: ECON 1331, ACCT 1341 and MATH 3332


FINA 3339 - Corporate Finance
Finance
Analysis of corporate use of financial markets and decision–making, with emphasis on stock and bond valuations and returns. The course further demonstrates corporate decision–making in the areas of capital budgeting, corporate financial structure and dividend policy. Prerequisites: junior standing; ECON 1332; ACCT 1341; MATH 3332.


FINA 3349 - Principles of Real Estate
Finance
A study of the fundamentals and practices of real estate. Prerequisites: ECON 1331, 1332; ACCT 1341.


FINA 3350 - Investment Analysis
Finance
A study of portfolio management, including specific instruments such as stocks, bonds and options, and principles of diversification. Prerequisites: ECON 1331,1332, MATH 3332, ACCT 1341.


FINA 3377 - Financing of Human Service Organizations
Finance
The course covers the planning, acquisition and distribution of resources for human services organizations, including the unique aspects of financing for non-profit organizations. A key focus of the working capital, fixed asset acquisition, and debt management. Students in this course will be required to take a grant-writing workshop.


FINA 4191 - Internship in Finance
Finance
Practicum of on–the–job experience under the guidance of a practicing specialist in the field. This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to enhance their practical skills through application of classroom concepts and theories to real life situations. To be supervised individually by a department faculty member with the approval of the department chair. Economics or finance students must have successfully completed economics and finance courses and have the approval of the chair during the semester prior to registration. Prerequisite: junior standing, 6 credit hours of economics and 3 credit hours of finance, approval of department chair and approval of faculty member.


FINA 4192 - Directed Reading/Independent Study
Finance
Students work independently on assigned readings in a particular topic and discuss/write up results to the satisfaction of the directing faculty member. Prerequisite: Department Consent.


FINA 4193 - Special Topics in Finance
Finance
Student research a selected problem in the field pursued under the guidance of an assigned member of the faculty. Prerequisite: Department Consent.


FINA 4291 - Internship in Finance
Finance
Practicum of on–the–job experience under the guidance of a practicing specialist in the field. This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to enhance their practical skills through application of classroom concepts and theories to real life situations. To be supervised individually by a department faculty member with the approval of the department chair. Economics or finance students must have successfully completed economics and finance courses and have the approval of the chair during the semester prior to registration. Prerequisite: junior standing, 6 credit hours of economics and 3 credit hours of finance, approval of department chair and approval of faculty member.


FINA 4292 - Directed Reading/Independent Study
Finance
Students work independently on assigned readings in a particular topic and discuss/write up results to the satisfaction of the directing faculty member. Prerequisite: Department Consent.


FINA 4293 - Special Topics in Finance
Finance
Student research a selected problem in the field pursued under the guidance of an assigned member of the faculty. Prerequisite: Department Consent.


FINA 4340 - Capital Budgeting
Finance
A study of long–term capital spending decisions, including evaluation of investment opportunities and sources of funding for such investments. Prerequisites: ECON 1331, 1332; MATH 1353; ACCT 1341


FINA 4350 - Risk Management
Finance
This course addresses specialized finance issues involving risk and uncertainty. Students learn how derivatives, futures, options and other financial instruments can be used to reduce business and financial risk as well as how these instruments can be used as vehicles for high–risk/high return investments. Prerequisites: ECON 1331, 1332, MATH 1353, ACCT 1341.


FINA 4391 - Internship in Finance
Finance
Practicum of on–the–job experience under the guidance of a practicing specialist in the field. This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to enhance their practical skills through application of classroom concepts and theories to real life situations. To be supervised individually by a department faculty member with the approval of the department chair. Economics or finance students must have successfully completed economics and finance courses and have the approval of the chair during the semester prior to registration. Prerequisite: junior standing, 6 credit hours of economics and 3 credit hours of finance, approval of department chair and approval of faculty member.


FINA 4392 - Dir Reading/Independent Study
Finance
Student research on a selected problem in the field pursued under the guidance of an assigned member of the faculty. Prerequisite: Department Consent.


FINA 4393 - Special Topics in Finance
Finance
Students research a selected problem in the field pursued under the guidance of an assigned member of the faculty. Prerequisite: Department Consent.


FINA 5191 - Internship in Finance
Finance
This course provides opportunities for students to enhance their practical skills through application of classroom concepts and theories to real life situations. Students are supervised individually by a finance faculty member with the approval of the department chair. This course must have department consent and the student must have taken at least 6 hours of graduate finance courses.


FINA 5291 - Internship
Finance
This course provides opportunities for students to enhance through application of classroom concepts and theories to real life situations. Students are supervised individually by a finance faculty member with the approval of the department chair.


FINA 5292 - Independent Research in Finance
Finance



FINA 5318 - Financial Management
Finance
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a comprehensive study of the core concepts of financial management. Topics include financial performance evaluation, asset valuation, capital budgeting, risk and return in the context of the capital asset pricing model, capital structure theory, dividend policy, short-term financial planning and budgeting, and long-term financial planning and forecasting. This course introduces the student to corporate financial responsibilities and the methods required to effectively meet these responsibilities. Students are required to perform case analyses or written projects.


FINA 5319 - Investments
Finance
The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to modern developments in investment analysis and management. The course focuses on the impact of recent contributions to the theory of valuation of securities on the determination of the fundamental values of various securities and the role of these values in formulation of efficient and optimal investment strategies. The course also emphasizes the role of derivative securities in business and financial risk management.


FINA 5330 - International Finance
Finance
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the study of multinational financial management and investment decisions. The course studies foreign exchange markets, international portfolio management, and financial management of multinational corporations, with emphasis on business use of derivative instruments and operating strategies to hedge exchange rate risk. Topics covered include the international financial environment and markets, exchange rate determination, currency derivatives, international arbitrage and interest rate parity theory, relationships among inflation, interest rate, and exchange rate, exchange rate risk management, multinational capital budgeting analysis, and global capital structure analysis. Cases are assigned to enhance creative thinking and analysis to apply to real-world situations.


FINA 5331 - Financial Institutions and Markets
Finance
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a comprehensive analysis of the role of the financial system in a modern industrial economy, emphasizing its institutions, markets, instruments, and regulation. The course discusses how the financial system creates money, serves as a tool of intermediation and risk management, and acts as a tool of monetary policy to achieve the national economic goals of price stability, high employment, and balance of international payments.


FINA 5332 - Bank Management
Finance
This course is designed to prepare students to analyze the functional areas of commercial banking from an administrative and technical perspective. It involves a study of the role of commercial banks in relation to the financial sector as a whole. Additionally, it examines the bases upon which commercial banks are evaluated by professional investors and regulators such as liquidity and capital adequacy.


FINA 5333 - Real Estate Investment
Finance
This course presents a study of the fundamentals and practices of real estate investment. Topics include, but are not limited to, analyses of risk and return in light of the unique tax treatments of real estate investments, sources of funds, alternative financing instruments, mortgage securitization, and cash flow projection.


FINA 5336 - Financial Statement Analysis
Finance
Analysis of corporate use of financial institutions in the primary, secondary and lending markets, and of legal developments in this field. The course examines the role of the various financial institutions in the flow of funds through the financial markets.


FINA 5339 - Independent Research
Finance
This course is designed to provide in-depth study in a field of finance in which the student has completed at least 2 MSF (Master of Science in Finance) courses. Students work independently on assigned readings in a particular topic and discuss /write up results to the satisfaction of the directing faculty member. The course proposal must be submitted for approval in advance and will include proposed reading, original research, and a substantial written project. Students completing such a course will have several meetings with the supervising faculty member throughout the semester. In accord with the University policy, this course can be taken only by advanced and generally superior students and those needing such a course will have several meetings with the supervising faculty member throughout the semester. In accord with University policy, this course can be taken by advanced and generally superior students and those needing such course to complete degree requirements in a timely manner.


FINA 5341 - Futures, Swaps, and Options
Finance
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to financial derivatives, including options, swaps, futures and forward contracts and explain how they are used to transfer financial risk from risk-averse hedgers to speculators who are willing to accept this risk. Topics include hedging and trading strategies, portfolio insurance, and the valuation of financial derivatives, including the binomial model and the Black-Sholes model.


FINA 5346 - Fixed Income Securities
Finance
The purpose of the course is to analyze fixed income securities of various types, with payments being fixed, floating, or dependent upon market benchmarks, such as the LIBOR. A primary focus of the course is the valuation, risk, and return of fixed income securities. Additionally, it covers the concepts of duration, convexity, and the term structure of interest rates as they apply to bond portfolio immunization strategies. Additional topics include yield curves and spreads, credit ratings, capital structure, leverage, default, recovery risks, and valuation.


FINA 5347 - Behavioral Finance
Finance
The purpose of this course is to provide an in-depth understanding of behavioral finance and how the concepts of this emerging field complement the traditional finance models. The course sheds light on the behavioral, as opposed to purely analytical, aspects of portfolio management, securities pricing, and investment practices. In this course, participants examine whether the standard economic paradigm adequately describes behavior in capital markets and learn the implications of alternative theories of such markets.


FINA 5348 - Mergers and Acquisitions
Finance
The purpose of this course is to present tools and methods for developing and implementing successful merger and acquisition strategies, focusing primarily on the financial as opposed to purely administrative issues. The course identifies the reason mergers succeed or fail and provides some of the basic skills needed to design and evaluate mergers and acquisitions transactions.


FINA 5350 - Securities Analysis & Portfolio Management
Finance
This course focuses on securities analysis and portfolio management from the perspective of the professional investor. Topics include a review of the structure of capital markets, valuation of equity and fixed income securities, market efficiency, modern portfolio theory, asset pricing models relating risk and return, and derivatives.


FINA 5391 - Internship
Finance
This course provides opportunities for students to enhance through application of classroom concepts and theories to real life situations. Students are supervised individually by a finance faculty member with the approval of the department chair.


FINA 5392 - Independent Research in Finance
Finance
This course is designed to provide in-depth study in a field of finance in which the student has completed at least 2 MSF (Master of Science in Finance) courses. Students work independently on assigned readings in a particular topic and discuss /write up results to the satisfaction of the directing faculty member. The course proposal must be submitted for approval in advance and will include proposed reading, original research, and a substantial written project. Students completing such a course will have several meetings with the supervising faculty member throughout the semester. In accord with the University policy, this course can be taken only by advanced and generally superior students and those needing such a course will have several meetings with the supervising faculty member throughout the semester. In accord with University policy, this course can be taken by advanced and generally superior students and those needing such course to complete degree requirements in a timely manner.


FINA 5393 - Special Topics in Finance
Finance
The purpose of this course is to provide students the opportunity to perform in-depth studies of selected finance topics. Students completing such a course will have several meetings with the supervising faculty member throughout the semester. In accord with University policy, this course can be taken only by advanced and generally superior students and those needing such a course to complete degree requirements in a timely manner. Approval of Dean, Associate Dean or Department Chair.




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