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Finance Course Descriptions

Business programs core

34 credits:

ACC 201   Financial Accounting
3 credits
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to generally-accepted accounting principles, basic accounting systems, accounting theory, and financial statements.

ACC 306   Managerial Accounting
3 credits
Prerequisites: ACC 201, MAT 100 or MAT 105 or MAT 111 or MAT 122 or BUA 210 or MAT 130
A continuation of ACC 201 with concentration on corporate financial statements and the basics of managerial cost accounting. Applications are designed to provide exposure to analysis and interpretation of accounting data for managerial planning, control, and decision-making.

BUA 203   Career Preparation
1 credit
A course in resume writing, interviewing skills, techniques for personal enhancement, and international business etiquette; supplies the student with criteria beyond academics for acceptance into the world of work and future entry-level management positions.

BUA 310   International Business
3 credits
Prerequisite: ECO 201 or ECO 202
This course introduces the student to the economic, political, social and cultural issues of operating a business in a global economy. An understanding of exchange rate mechanisms, international trade agreements, and international strategies will be developed.

BUA 350   Business Law
3 credits
A study of business law. Topics included in the course include the American legal system, contracts, property, negotiable instruments, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, agency, business organizations, labor and employment relations, government regulations and torts.

BUA 402   Strategy and Policy
3 credits
Prerequisite: FIN 300 or FIN 301
(Senior standing, all Business core courses must be completed before taking this course)
A capstone business course that integrates the functional areas of a business with the strategic decision-making process. In a team environment, students are expected to employ the skills and knowledge learned from their academic career in a computer-simulated industry. An analysis of case studies and/or current business articles will also be used to link academic concepts and theories to real-world situations.

ECO 201   Macroeconomics
3 credits
Prerequisite: MAT 100 or MAT 105 or MAT 111 or MAT 122 or MAT 130 or appropriate math placement test score
An introduction to the overall functioning of an economic system with a view toward understanding the factors underlying income, employment, and prices on the aggregate level. Topics include such monetary and fiscal policies as suggested by the relevant theories discussed.

ECO 202   Microeconomics
3 credits
Prerequisite: MAT 100 or MAT 105 or MAT 111 or MAT 122 or MAT 123 or MAT 130 or appropriate math placement test score
An introduction to the principles underlying the behavior of business firms, resource owners, and consumers within a system of price-making markets. Introduces the theory of value and distribution.

FIN 301   Managerial Finance
3 credits
Prerequisites: ACC 201, ECO 201
An introduction to the environment of financial management. It includes the analysis of financial statements for planning and control, corporate securities, working capital management, capital budgeting, and financing the short- and long-term requirements of the firm.

MGT 213   Principles of Management
3 credits
Prerequisite: ENG 105 or ENG 230
A systematic analysis of the management process involving an integration of classical, behavioral, and modern contemporary philosophies. The importance of relating the theoretical principles of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling to practical experience is featured.

MKT 201   Principles of Marketing
3 credits
Prerequisite: ENG 105 or ENG 230 or appropriate English placement test score
A general overview of the scope and significance of marketing both domestically and internationally. The course emphasizes the marketing of consumer and industrial goods and analysis of the marketing mix variables of product, price, promotion, and place. It introduces marketing policies and practices of business firms.

PHI 231   Business Ethics
3 credits
Prerequisite: PHI 130 or PHI 132
An examination of the private, corporate and social dimensions of business life in the context of a total ethical life. Economic theories and actual business practices and cases are considered and evaluated from the perspective of established normative ethical principles.

TEC 200   Fundamentals of Information Technology
3 credits
This course introduces information technology systems that support organizational decision-making and problem solving. The course surveys the technical and organizational issues involved in the use and design of information systems and how the application of IT can enable an organization to improve quality, timeliness, and competitive advantage.

3 credits from the following:

COM 101   Fundamentals of Communication
3 credits
This course focuses on the exploration of fundamental principles of effective communication. Skilled communication behaviors are developed through the study and practice of interpersonal communication, public speaking, listening, and group dynamics.  Practical applications include class discussion, group activities, listening exercises, and individual presentations.

COM 232   Public Speaking
3 credits
A course applying traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study, write, deliver, and evaluate public speeches. Emphasis is placed on the students’ ability to speak from an outline in a variety of situations including informative speaking, persuasive speaking and demonstration speaking. All presentations are made in class and videotaped to aid in evaluation.

COM 324   Interpersonal Communication
3 credits
The course examines the basic principles and theories of interpersonal communication. Students study and practice basic principles for effective interpersonal communication. Study includes language, perceptions, values, culture, nonverbal communication, and self-concept and listening and their effects on communication.

ENG 222   Business Communications
3 credits
An application of contemporary communication theory to practical business situations, and an application of traditional rhetoric and communication theory to oral presentations. Students study communication theory; practice basic forms of business writing; write, deliver, and evaluate public speeches; and explore communication systems in modern corporations.

3-4 credits from the following:

BUA 210   Statistical Techniques for Research Data Analysis
3 credits
Prerequisite: MAT 100 or MAT 105 or MAT 111 or MAT 130 or appropriate math placement test score
An interdisciplinary introduction to the basic principles of data analysis with an emphasis on application. Students are expected to apply these principles to data analysis in their respective areas of study. The applied focus is on the computerized application of summary statistics, one-/two-/multi-sample tests, linear models, association tests, randomness/normality tests, and probability distributions as used across a variety of community and organizational settings. Other techniques may be added as appropriate for specific disciplines.

MAT 122   Introduction to Probability and Statistics
4 credits
Prerequisite: Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 001 with grade of C or higher
A study of topics that include descriptive statistics and data analysis; elementary probability; binomial, hyper geometric and normal probability models; the central limit theorem; confidence intervals; elementary hypothesis testing; linear regression; and correlation. A major goal of this course is the application of these topics to problems arising from the natural sciences, the social sciences, the health industry, and the business environment. (This course does not fulfill the statistics requirement of mathematics majors and minors.)

Finance courses

6 credits:

FIN 303   Financial Institution Management
3 credits
Prerequisites: ACC 201, ECO 201, FIN 301
In this course, students will study the structure of financial markets, financial institution management, regulation of financial markets and institutions, determination of interest rates, and the role of the Federal Reserve and monetary policy in the economy.

FIN 400   Investments
3 credits
Prerequisites: ACC 201, FIN 300 or 301
Construction and management of investment portfolios to meet the needs of personal and institutional investors; and selection of securities to balance income, risk, and capital growth.

0-3 credits:

FIN 497   Internship
0–3 credits
Prerequisites: BUA 203, FIN 301, Permission
A course designed to provide the student with field work experience through a work opportunity related to the student’s career objective. A learning contract is used to focus expectations, duration of the experience, and means for evaluation. The student will benefit applying classroom learning to actual job experience. (“0” credit receives CR/NC grade.)

12 credits from the following:

ACC 310   Intermediate Financial Accounting I
3 credits
Prerequisite: ACC 201
Builds on the theory and skills introduced in ACC 201 Financial Accounting. Emphasis is on accounting transactions through financial statement construction, valuation and measurement of cash, receivables, inventories, plant and equipment, intangibles, investments, and liabilities. Communication skills, as they apply to the accounting profession, are stressed.

ACC 331   Income Tax I
3 credits
Prerequisite: ACC 306 or ACC 310
A study of federal income taxes as they apply to individuals with emphasis on determination of gross income, adjusted gross income, deductions, exemptions, and taxes due. Students are required to complete comprehensive individual income tax returns.

ACC 332   Income Tax II
3 credits
Prerequisite: ACC 331
A continuation of ACC 331 dealing with the taxation of corporations and partnerships. Topics include determination of taxable income, transfers to corporations, corporate distributions, and S corporations. Students are required to complete comprehensive corporate and partnership income tax return problems. Service learning through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is integrated throughout the course.

FIN 401   Global Finance
3 credits
Prerequisite: FIN 301
This course emphasizes the increasing importance of the global integration of money and capital markets. Topics include, among others, global foreign exchange risk management, global equity markets, global risk diversification, direct foreign investment, and political risk management.

FIN 402   Advanced Investments and Risk Management
3 credits
Prerequisites: FIN 301, FIN 400
This course builds on the foundation investments course and extends it in the areas of valuation, investment in fixed income securities, issues in the management of funds, and the analysis and hedging of risk using derivative instruments and arbitrage-based strategies.

FIN 403   Advanced Computer Applications for Business
3 credits
Prerequisites: TEC 102 or TEC 200 and BUA 210 or MAT 122
(Also TEC 403)
This course deals with computer applications in quantitative management decision making at an advanced level. Students will utilize a variety of research tools to locate, analyze and evaluate information. It will investigate the use and application of computer technologies within organizations such as management support systems, decision support systems, and executive information systems. Hands-on application of front-end software, such as Microsoft Office, will be used to conceptualize, analyze, and develop technological solutions to practical business situations.

FIN 404   Special Topics
3 credits
Prerequisites: FIN 301
A study of selected topics offered at the discretion of the instructor. Open to qualified juniors and seniors who wish to do advanced work. Permission of instructor is required.

FIN 405   Real Estate Finance and Economics
3 credits
Prerequisites: ACC 201; ECO 201 or ECO 202; FIN 301
The course examines the field of real estate finance and the economic environment surrounding it. Topics include the role of loans in mortgage finance, credit risk, the secondary market and mortgage-backed securities, underwriting decisions, and market regulation among others.

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