FI 3010 Consumer Finance
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites None
Description

Requirements: Must meet RCB upper division course requirements and 45 semester hours.
(This course may not be counted for degree credit by students seeking the B.B.A. degree.) This is a survey course in consumer and personal finance. Topics include goal setting, budgeting, purchasing, and insurance/investment analysis. The course is “practical” as opposed to “theoretical” in content and is presented from the consumer’s point of view. The purpose of the course is to allow students to learn to apply finance decision techniques to everyday life.

FI 3300 Corporation Finance
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites ACCT 2101, ACCT 2102, ECON 2105, ECON 2106, CIS 2010, BUSA 2106
Corequisites BUSA 3000
Description

(Effective Fall 2013).
Requirements: Must meet RCB upper division course requirements and 45 semester hours. B.B.A. students may not register for this course until ECON 2105, ECON 2106, and ACCT 2102 are passed with degree credit.
CSP: 1, 2, 6.
This is an introductory course in the financial management of nonfinancial corporations and the role of interest rates and capital markets in the economy. Topics include the structure and analysis of financial statements, time value of money calculations (using financial calculators), stock and bond valuation, financial forecasting, valuation of income-producing physical assets, determination of the cost of capital and the profitability of proposed investments in fixed assets, risk-return tradeoffs that must be considered in using financial leverage, and methods used in obtaining funds from the various capital markets. This course is taught mainly through lectures and class discussions of textual materials and problems.

FI 4000 Fundamentals of Valuation
Credit Hours 6.0
Prerequisites FI 3300, MATH 1070
Description

BCOM 3950, MGS 3100.
Requirements: Must meet RCB upper division course requirements and 45 semester hours.
CSP: 1, 2, 6.
This course develops core competencies that all finance majors should possess. Topics include foreign exchange markets, interest rate risk, term structure theory, introductory option pricing, future markets, valuation, and modern portfolio theory. Quantitative methods examined in conjunction with each topic.

FI 4020 Financial Analysis and Introduction to Loan Structuring-CTW
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites FI 3300
Description

Requirements: Must meet RCB upper division course requirements and 45 semester hours.
CSP: 1,2,6.
This course satisfies critical thinking through writing requirements. Students intensively examine financial statements and business characteristics to learn the information content of financial statements. Applications focus on how they can be used to identify the pattern of funds need for a business and the best financing vehicle to meet that need. The primary tools of analysis are financial statement construction, cash flow statements, financial ratios, common-sized statements, cash budgets, proforma statements, sustainable growth rates, and cost-volume- profit analysis. Students evaluate the needs of a variety of companies that differ with respect to type, industry, profitability, growth, seasonality, cyclicality, and degree of distress. The primary teaching method is case analysis, and a significant course objective is development of communication skills.

FI 4040 Foundations in International Finance
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites FI 4000
Description

Requirements: Must meet RCB upper division course requirements and 45 semester hours.
CSP: 1,2,6.
This course exposes students to foreign exchange risk and develops their understanding of institutional realities encountered by the financial manager in a global economic environment. Activities of currency arbitrage, hedging, and speculation are examined in light of exchange rate regimes, eurocurrency markets, the balance of payments, mechanics of foreign exchange conditions in international finance, and international trade activities.

FI 4080 Financial Modeling
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites FI 4000
Description

Requirements: Must meet RCB upper division course requirements and 45 semester hours.
CSP: 1, 2, 4, 6.
This course presents the tools necessary to build advanced Excel spreadsheets for financial decision making. Topics include financial statement modeling, firm valuation, portfolio construction, risk measurement, term structure modeling and option valuation. The spreadsheets created in this course will feature Visual Basic Applications, pivot tables, regression analysis, matrix operations, solver and goal seek.

FI 4200 Introduction to Derivative Markets
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites FI 4000
Description

Requirements: Must meet RCB upper division course requirements and 45 semester hours.
CSP: 1, 2, 6.
This course introduces students to derivative instruments, which are contracts whose values derive from prices of underlying assets and goods such as equities, currencies, debt, and commodities. The main focus is on the valuation and application of the principal derivative building blocks including futures and forward contracts, options, and swaps. Coverage is given to the market structure and to how these products are specifically used by corporations and financial institutions for controlling financial market risks. The course keeps abreast of global developments and new product innovations.

FI 4240 Global Portfolio Management
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites FI 4000
Description

Requirements: Must meet RCB upper division course requirements and 45 semester hours.
CSP: 1,2,6.
Using FI 4000 as a base, this course explores the practical aspects of investment valuation and portfolio management in a global framework. The focus is on market microstructure, framework, bond-equity-portolio management, and overall asset allocation. Practical aspects of portolio manage- ment are introduced through lectures and class discussions of journal articles and of cases.

FI 4300 Advanced Corporate Finance
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites FI 4000
Description

Requirements: Must meet RCB upper division course requirements and 45 semester hours.
This course develops a framework for analyzing corporate investment and financial decisions facing financial managers and introduces students to the tools to make such decisions. Students are introduced to the central issues in capital structure and dividend policy decisions and the interaction between financing and investment decisions. Techniques are introduced for evaluating strategic investments in technology, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restruc- turings and research and development. They also form the basis for the valuation of firms in traditional and new-technology industries and security offerings such as initial public offerings. A variety of pedagogical vehicles are used including problem solving, case studies, lectures, and group projects.

FI 4320 Cases and Readings in Corporate Finance
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites FI 4000
Description

Requirements: Must meet RCB upper division course requirements and 45 semester hours.
CSP: 1, 2, 4, 6.
This course focuses on financial policy-making and practical applications of the topics covered in FI 4300 through case analyses, complementary contemporary readings, and problem solving. The course also provides an oppor- tunity for the study of additional topics of special current significance. These additional topics include the joint impact of financing and investment decisions on firm value, and some or all of the following: capital raising, corporate control, risk management, international capital budgeting and financing, project finance, reorganizations, and advanced equity valuation. These additional topics are also covered in the same applications-oriented style.

FI 4389 Directed Readings in Finance
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites FI 4000, consent of instructor
Description

Requirements: Must meet RCB upper division course requirements and 45 semester hours.

FI 4391 Field Studies in Finance
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 3.0
Prerequisites FI 4000 and consent of instructor.
Corequisites Must meet RCB upper division course requirements and 45 semester hours.
Description

The field study is a supervised, business-site learning experience that provides students the opportunity to learn and apply finance skills in a professional setting. Participating students are expected to perform business- related tasks for a designated number of hours each week, to attend educational lectures and seminars, and to submit assignments, projects and term papers. Participating students will be selected through a competitive review. May be taken more than once, but only three credits may be applied toward major requirements.

FI 4400 Financial Institutions
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites FI 4000
Description

Requirements: Must meet RCB upper division course requirements and 45 semester hours.
CSP: 1, 2, 6.
This course examines the major financial management issues confronting depository financial service firms (commercial banks and bank holding companies, savings organizations, credit unions). Specific topics include the economics of intermediation; forces affecting change;legal/regulatory influences; profitability analysis; and management of various risk areas such as interest rate risk, liquidity risk, and capital management. One area not covered is loan analysis since the topic is treated in great depth in FI 4020. Classroom instruction includes lecture, discussion, and cases.

FI 4420 The Financial System
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites FI 4000
Description

Requirements: Must meet RCB upper division course requirements and 45 semester hours.
CSP: 1, 2, 6.
This is a macro-finance course, focusing on the broad issue of funds flows through the entire economy. The objective is to provide students with an understanding of the characteristics of the major financial markets and financial instruments, the identity and nature of the major players in those markets, the forces influencing how funds flow through the worldwide system, and the role of interest rates in the process. While the course does address the role of the Federal Reserve in the financial system, monetary theory and policy are not covered.