FIN 502 Economic Analysis for Managers 3 SH

This course will examine the concepts of economic theory and methods in the context of business decision making. Mathematical and analytical tools will be used to study the behavior of economic agents such as consumers, investors ,and the firm. Both theory and applications are presented. The tools of economic analysis that are examined include supply-and-demand analysis, consumer theory, the theory of the firm and production, market structure analysis, pricing strategies, risk management, government economic and regulatory policy, and international trade and commerce. The course links traditional economic analysis with decision sciences to develop the essential tools required to make effective management decisions and for the firm to develop an appropriate competitive market strategy. Prerequisite: FIN 545.

FIN 505 Managerial Finance 3 SH

This course examines the concepts and techniques used by financial managers/analysts to maximize the value of the firm. Students will become conversant in a broad range of areas, including financial planning and control, working capital management, capital budgeting, and introductory portfolio management. Prerequisite: FIN 502 or FIN 545.

FIN 510 Quantitative Methods in Public Administration 3 SH

An examination of data analytic and quantitative techniques used in public administration. Explores methods for identifying patterns and structure within and between sets data. Considers criteria for optimal choice in uncertain and sequential decision making situations. Analyzes regression and correlation models. Investigates time series analysis and forecasting techniques.

FIN 545 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making
3 SH

This accelerated course in the use of statistical methods provides managers with the foundation for making consistently effective business decisions. Data analytic techniques are used to diagnose potential managerial problems, as well as to identify entrepreneurial opportunities. Descriptive and inferential statistics and regression-and-correlation analysis are explored from a managerial perspective. Statistical software will be used as a basis for data analysis.

FIN 557 International Finance 3 SH

This course offers a study of financing overseas operations, trade, exchange rates, banking, IMF problems, policies, and decisions.

FIN 560 Analysis of Financial and Investment Decisions 3 SH

The course focuses on the management of a corporation’s financial and security investments. It provides a critical discussion on a number of theoretical issues and empirical observations and their relevance to an understanding of “real world” corporation decisions. The theories will be reinforced by hands-on computer techniques. Students will learn to collect data from various resources, create models to perform quantitative analysis, and make sound financial and investment decisions for a corporation. Prerequisite: FIN 505.

FIN 561 Investments and Security Analysis 3 SH

This course will acquaint students with the basic characteristics of securities and securities markets. Theories will be introduced and examined that attempt to value both individual securities and aggregate securities markets. These concepts will be integrated into a study of portfolio theory and actual industry practices as they apply to institutional investors. Prerequisite: FIN 505.

FIN 565 Business Forecasting for Managers 3 SH

This course provides the student with an understanding of commonly used forecasting models. Topics include moving averages and exponential smoothing, linear and nonlinear regression, classical time-series decomposition, Box-Jenkins models, bootstrapping techniques, and methods of combining forecasts. Emphasis is placed on managerial applications and the use of a computer-based forecasting package. Prerequisite: FIN 545 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

FIN 598 Faculty-Developed Course

This experimental course is offered by the Finance Department as a means of determining its value to the total department program or given in response to a particular request from a group of students.

FIN 599 Student-Developed Study

This vehicle is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to develop his/her own learning experience. A student will design a project and secure a faculty sponsor. The vehicle may be utilized more than once. Prerequisite: written permission of the faculty sponsor and department. Registration through the Division of Graduate Studies Office is required.

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