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Spring 2013 Semester
Apr 17, 2014
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FINA 1209 - Personal Finance
Emphasizes the development of individually focused financial information and a comprehensive financial plan designed to enable the individual to manage his or her financial affairs. Integrates personal goals—such as buying a home, retirement, investing, and insurance needs—to help assure that the financial plan incorporates the major decision stages an individual faces. Prereq. Not open to business majors or combined majors.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 1990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, Business Admin

FINA 2201 - Financial Management
Designed to develop the financial skills and logical thought processes necessary to understand and discuss financial policy decisions in a global economy. Specific objectives include developing an understanding of the time value of money; using financial statements in decision making; and understanding the nature of financial markets, the cost of capital, valuation of stocks and bonds, management of short-term assets, short-term and long-term financing, capital markets, and multinational financial management. Addresses the impact of legal, social, technological, and ethical considerations on efficient economic outcomes. Requires a financial calculator and provides an opportunity to develop computer spreadsheet skills. Prereq. ACCT 1201 or ACCT 1209; business majors and combined majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 2202 - Financial Management in a Global Context
Covers the financial skills and thought processes necessary to understand and discuss financial policy decisions in a global economy. Emphasizes return and risk management issues faced by financial managers as they operate internationally. Topics include the effects of currency translation and valuation; understanding the time value of money; translating, consolidating, and evaluating financial statements in decision making; determination of the cost of capital; valuing stocks and bonds available in different global markets; and managing short-term assets and liabilities and short-term financing. Addresses the impact of legal, social, technological, and ethical considerations faced by financial managers in companies that operate globally. Requires a financial calculator. Offers students an opportunity to develop computer spreadsheet skills. Prereq. ACCT 1201, ACCT 1202, or ACCT 1209; international business majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 2209 - Financial Management
Does not count as credit for business majors. Counts as FINA 2201 for business minors only. Prereq. ACCT 1201 or ACCT 1209; nonbusiness majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 2720 - Sustainability in the Business Environment
Examines a variety of environmental problems, including global warming, use and disposal of toxic substances, and depletion of natural resources such as water and petroleum. Many of these problems arise because these are resources that are available to all and so their overuse is an externality that is not included in manufacturing costs. Businesses have been involved in both identifying sustainability issues in their individual organizations and providing a variety of innovative solutions. Uses a combination of readings and case analyses to assesses how both government regulations—such as taxes, subsidies, building codes, prohibitions of use—and business solutions—including zero emissions, green design, producer take-back, life cycle assessment, and corporate environmental reporting—address these problems. Prereq. Sophomore standing or above.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 2990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, Business Admin

FINA 3301 - Corporate Finance
Designed to develop the skills needed to make and implement financial policy decisions in a global economy. Specific objectives include developing an understanding of financial analysis; company valuation; capital markets; cost of capital; capital asset pricing and risk management; short- and long-term financial policies; working capital management; multinational financial management; and special topics including lease financing, debt refunding, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy and restructuring. Offers opportunities to consider many broader issues including the relevance of globalization; the world economy; technological advances; and legal, social, and ethical issues related to the practice of corporate finance. Stresses written and oral communication skills and teamwork. Uses cases and spreadsheets extensively. Prereq. (a) FINA 2201 or FINA 2209 and (b) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102; business majors and combined majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, Business Admin

FINA 3303 - Investments
Focuses on investment management as the study of risk and return of financial securities and real assets. Students design and assess models that evaluate investments while recognizing the constraints of the real world. Explores domestic and international financial markets and the securities traded therein. Discusses techniques for valuation of financial assets. Analyzes qualitative concepts such as market efficiency, intrinsic value, and risk. Provides the ability to build unique valuation models to suit the particular investment alternative that students wish to scrutinize. Also stresses portfolio construction, management, and protection, as well as performance assessment. During the semester, students have an opportunity to create and manage a stock portfolio. Prereq. FINA 2201 or FINA 2209; business majors and combined majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 3990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, Business Admin

FINA 4310 - Working Capital Management
Examines strategies and analytical approaches to managing current assets and current liabilities. Explores corporate cash management under changing money market conditions. Discusses the use of interest rate futures and working capital management in a multinational context. Provides a summary overview of entrepreneurial finance, with a focus on small businesses, corporate ventures, and intrapreneurship. Applies knowledge of corporate finance in the context of starting, acquiring, managing, and divesting a business or a business unit within a corporation. Topics include analyzing the financial needs of new ventures, exploring sources of financing, managing decline, determining valuation, and reviewing exit strategies. Prereq. FINA 2201; business majors and combined majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 4312 - Issues in Corporate Governance
Examines the nature of conflicts over control of the corporation. Applies modern finance theory and practice to the issues raised and draws on seminal works in the finance and economics literature that influence the current debate in this area. Discusses legal and ethical considerations that are especially important in corporate-control issues. Uses cases involving well-known takeovers, as well as current hostile takeover battles, to illustrate the theories discussed. Prereq. FINA 2201; business majors and combined majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 4320 - International Financial Management
Introduces international financial markets including balance of payments, history of the international monetary system, exchange-rate determination, foreign-exchange-exposure hedging strategies, and international capital markets. Examines how the financial strategies and policies of multinational corporations differ from domestic corporations and how financial management is utilized in an international setting to achieve corporate goals. Prereq. FINA 2201 or FINA 2209; business majors and combined majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 4410 - Valuation and Value Creation
Explores recent developments in financial management and financial analysis through the use of modern finance theory to make capital allocation decisions that lead to long-run value maximization for the corporation. Focuses on applications and financial model building. Examines risk analysis by building spreadsheet models for valuation and risk-analysis applications. Utilizes valuation analysis models to merge financial, corporate, and business strategies to measure and manage corporate value. Develops an understanding of the mechanics of the valuation process, along with an understanding of the drivers of value and development of strategies for value creation. Topics covered are relevant to value consultants, corporate managers, and securities analysts. Prereq. (a) FINA 2201 or FINA 2209 and (b) junior or senior standing; business majors and combined majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 4412 - Personal Financial Planning
Emphasizes the development of personal financial management knowledge by applying the techniques and perspectives of financial planning professionals. Builds upon and applies skills gained in FINA 2201 to personal finance decisions such as retirement planning, home mortgages, and overall risk management. Offers students an opportunity to develop their own financial plan and understand how that plan will change as they age and their life situation changes. Note that while this course is not designed to prepare students to take the Certified Financial Planner exam, many of the topics, such as retirement planning, investment and securities planning, and estate planning, are among those discussed. Prereq. FINA 2201; business majors and combined majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 4420 - Mergers and Acquisitions
Offers a practical, planning-based approach to managing the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) process. Analyzes how M&As create or destroy value; commonly used takeover tactics and defenses; M&A valuation techniques; alternative deal structures; and the financial, strategic, legal, and regulatory aspects of M&As. The first section covers how and when to apply the appropriate tools and skills to successfully complete a transaction. The second section offers students an opportunity to apply what has been learned to solve real-world business problems. Discusses all major elements of the acquisition process in the context of a logical process. Prereq. FINA 3301.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 4512 - Financial Risk Management
Explores the concepts of financial futures, options on financial futures, and listed options markets as developed to help corporations and financial institutions manage financial risk. Covers financial derivatives and standard hedging techniques first, followed by a study of market risk and strategies in managing market risk. Prereq. FINA 3303; business majors and combined majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 4514 - Investment Banking
Examines the investment banking business. Investment bankers are one of the most important conduits through which funds flow from savers to corporations needing to invest in plant and equipment. Offers an opportunity to examine the major functions of large investment banks in regard to their investment banking, market making, and asset management businesses; to determine the financing needs of domestic and international corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and government entities by using concepts learned in earlier courses; and to learn to link these financing needs with products that are available in the capital markets, usually through the investment banking houses. Prereq. FINA 3303; business majors and combined majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 4516 - Real Estate Finance
Surveys the field of real estate including principles of real estate law, transactions brokerage, management, development, valuation, taxation, finance, and investment. Provides a framework of real estate finance and investment, in both theory and practice. Examines all aspects of real estate financing including the primary and secondary mortgage markets, real estate financial institutions, regulations, and mortgage-backed securities. Analyzes the return, risk, and various strategies in real estate investments with financial methods and techniques. Uses case discussions, spreadsheet analysis, and investment projects to make learning effective. Prereq. FINA 3303; business majors and combined majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 4518 - Risk Management and Insurance
Emphasizes the functional area of corporate risk management. Covers such areas as organizing and controlling the risk management function; identifying, measuring, controlling, and financing risk; selecting the best method of risk treatment; and implementing and monitoring risk management. Topics of exposure analysis include property, liability (public, employer, products, officers and directors, and professionals), income, and extraordinary expense losses. Covers treatment methods such as self-insurance, offshore captive, retention groups, and commercial insurance. Includes recent developments such as tort reform integration of risk management with modern financial theory, as well as implications and analysis of recent tax reforms. Prereq. FINA 2201; business majors and combined majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 4602 - Turnaround Management
Examines strategies for identifying companies likely to fail and selecting and implementing remedial actions. Topics include business turnarounds, troubled companies, workouts, bankruptcies, and liquidations, using case studies and readings. Students evaluate a turnaround plan. Prereq. FINA 2201; business majors and combined majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 4604 - Fixed-Income Securities
Exposes students to the theory, application, and evidence concerning highly sensitive interest rate products. Explores recent developments in pension fund management, asset/liability management, duration matching, “gap” management, and other important issues confronting domestic and international financial and corporate management. Offers students the opportunity to learn how to customize a risk management program. Prereq. FINA 3303; business majors and combined majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 4608 - Advanced Financial Strategy
Covers strategic financial decision making in dynamic and technology-driven organizations operating in domestic and international settings. Through case studies, discussions with senior financial executives, and student projects, students gain insight into capital investing and financing decisions in the new economy. An analytical paradigm linking business strategy, financial management, and valuation is utilized to explore financial decision making throughout the life cycle of companies, intended to optimize shareholder value creation. Topics include fundamental financial analysis, capital budgeting under conditions of high risk and uncertainty, startup financing, creative financing, mega-mergers, risk management, and valuation. Prereq. FINA 3301; business majors and combined majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 4610 - Entrepreneurial Finance, Innovation Valuation, and Private Equity
Covers qualitative and quantitative aspects of entrepreneurial finance, such as venture capital and angel financing. Also covers private equity (i.e., buyout/leveraged-buyout firms), but in less detail. Introduces valuation in entrepreneurial finance, including valuation of startups, using real options to value innovation-intensive firms, valuation in staged financing, etc. Casework emphasizes the practical aspects of qualitative and quantitative issues related to venture capital financing, entrepreneurship, and innovation from the perspective of the financier and the startup firm. Discusses issues related to the venture capital industry, such as the limited partnership structure, term-sheets and contracts, exit of portfolio firms, and international investments. Prereq. FINA 2201 and working knowledge of Excel or other spreadsheet programs; business majors and combined majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Business Admin

FINA 4970 - Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Focuses on in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Culminating experience in the University Honors Program. Combined with Junior/Senior Project 2 or college-defined equivalent for 8 credit honors project. Prereq. Honors Program participation and permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Honors, Do not publish in schedule, Business Admin

FINA 4971 - Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Focuses on second semester of in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Culminating experience in the University Honors Program. Prereq. FINA 4970, Honors Program participation, and permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Honors, Do not publish in schedule, Business Admin

FINA 4990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, Business Admin

FINA 4993 - Independent Study
Allows students who have received approval to undertake independent study in lieu of any course required in the various concentrations. Students present proposals to an Independent Studies Committee for evaluation and approval. Every proposal requires a detailed outline of the objectives and plan of study and must be accompanied by a supporting statement from the supervising faculty member under whose direction the study takes place. A copy of the final report prepared by the student is presented to the appropriate Independent Studies Committee. Further information about the Independent Studies Program can be obtained from concentration coordinators. Prereq. Permission of advisor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Finance & Insurance Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, Business Admin


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