Finance

FIN 100 Personal Finance 3 SH
Personal Finance emphasizes the overall personal financial planning process and other particular financial decisions within it. Topics covered include personal assets, liabilities, risk management, management of investments, retirement and estate planning.

FIN 115 Real Estate Principles and Practices 3 SH
Designed to accomplish the major objectives of (1) imparting the basic understanding necessary for persons preparing for a real estate career, (2) serving as a foundation for advanced specialized courses, (3) providing consumer ownership investment information and (4) satisfying Connecticut’s license examination prerequisite for real estate salespersons. This course is classified as a free elective.

FIN 220 Statistics for Business Decision-Making I 3 SH
This course applies descriptive statistics to the areas of manufacturing, marketing, management, accounting and finance as a basis for problem-solving and decision making. Topics include graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, frequency distributions, cross-tabs tables, correlation, cross-section and time-ordered data, probability concepts and distributions. Computer-based data analyses, presentation graphics and case studies are utilized. Prerequisite: MAT 118 or 133 or 135.

FIN 230 Business Statistics 3 SH
This course is an applications-oriented study of basic statistical concepts and techniques. Focus is on the use of descriptive and inferential statistics as an aid to managerial decision-making and on computer-based analysis of data. Topics include charts and graphs, distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, sampling, estimation, hypothesis tests, correlation, regression and time series. Prerequisite: MAT 118 or 181 or 133 or 135; MIS 260.

FIN 298 Faculty Developed Study 1–6 SH

FIN 299 Student Developed Study 1–6 SH

FIN/ECO 305 Managerial Economics 3 SH
See ECO 305

FIN/ECO 315 Business Fluctuations and Forecasting 3 SH
See ECO/FIN 315

FIN 310 Principles of Finance 3 SH
An introduction to the field of business finance appropriate for the core requirements of the business curriculum. Emphasis is on the principles of financial management, with special attention given to the financial environment, financial decision making, leverage and risk. Similar attention is given to financial planning and working capital management. Prerequisite: ACC 201, FIN 230.

FIN 316 Quantitative Methods in Finance 3 SH
This course will teach the fundamental quantitative and analytical methods necessary to understand and interpret contemporary financial information. The primary focus of the course is the use of quantitative methods to aid in the process of making sound financial decisions. This is an applications-oriented course which combines computer-based analytic methods with contemporary financial decision methods. Prerequisite: FIN 230, FIN 310, GPA > 2.3.

FIN/JLA 318 Real Estate Law 3 SH
An in-depth study of current real estate issues as they relate to modern practice application including but not limited to zoning and partnership laws as well as federal and local tax considerations.

FIN 320 Financial Management 3 SH
To acquaint the student with the three major financial decisions of the firm: capital investments, capital structure and dividends. The student will develop a know-ledge of these concepts through the study of a combination of selected cases, current events, theoretical readings and problems. Prerequisite: FIN 310, GPA > 2.3.

FIN 330 Financial Decision Models 3 SH
The purpose of this course is to understand, apply and build up financial models to solve complex quantitative problems. This course will acquaint students with computer skills to develop spreadsheet models. It is designed to evaluate the applicability as well as limitations of certain financial models. These models will also be used to enhance our understanding of a particular theory or set of data. Prerequisite: FIN 320, GPA > 2.3.

FIN 340 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management 3 SH
Techniques that can be used to evaluate common stocks, preferred stocks, bonds, convertibles and options will be evaluated. Financial analysis and valuation of corporate securities will be covered in detail. Alternative strategies that can be used in the construction and management of common stock and fixed income portfolios will be evaluated. Portfolio theories will be analyzed in relationship to their applications for options and futures. Prerequisite: FIN 310, GPA > 2.3.

FIN/ECO 360 Money, Banking and Capital Markets 3 SH
The flow of funds in and out of the national banking system and among various countries will be analyzed. Techniques to forecast changes in the money supply, the demand for money, and the impact on that demand on the interest rates will be evaluated. Prerequisite: FIN 310 for finance majors or ECO 206 for economics majors, GPA > 2.3 or permission of instructor.

FIN 370 Financial Institution Concepts 3 SH
The objective of this course is to familiarize the student with the various types of financial institutions within our economy, the operational functions they perform and their impact on the economy. Institutions will be examined from both a “macro” viewpoint — i.e., their role in the economy — and a “micro” viewpoint — i.e., as seen by managers and users. Prerequisite: FIN 310, FIN 360, GPA > 2.3.

FIN/ECO 380 Public Sector Economics 3 SH
See ECO/FIN 380. Alternate spring semesters.

FIN 400 Selected Topics in Finance 1–6 SH
This course will be a senior seminar that utilizes the latest information about a topic from the related literature and from business. It is a hands-on applications course that includes an extensive examination of a chosen topic. For example, a topic on the use of derivative securities will focus on actual applications of derivative securities by business. Students work in teams to address the topic. The course outline will vary depending on the topic, which will be announced at the time of the offering. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

FIN 486 Financial Engineering 3 SH
This course will study a variety of derivative securities including forwards, futures, swaps, options, and related products such as structured notes used in financial and corporate risk management and in creating solutions to financial problems. The course will present both theory, especially pricing models, and applications focusing on the tools and techniques of financial risk management and financial engineering. Financial engineering applies methods and tools commonly used in engineering to financial problems, especially the pricing and hedging of derivative instruments. Prerequisite: FIN 320, GPA > 2.3.

FIN/ECO 488 Multinational Financial Issues 3 SH
The objective of this course is to examine (1) the investment, (2) the financing and (3) the working capital management processes of a multinational firm within the context of market imperfections, foreign exchange risk, political risk, inflation, tax laws and accounting regulations. Within a theoretical framework, the course will emphasize a practical approach. Prerequisite: FIN 320, GPA > 2.3 or permission of instructor.

FIN 490 Cases in Managerial Finance 3 SH
Case problems confront students with the necessity of making decisions. The case histories covered in this course encourage students to bridge the gap between classroom study and business action. Specific areas include financing current operations, long-term financing, investment decisions and comprehensive case studies in the field of financial decision-making. Prerequisite: FIN 330, GPA > 2.3.


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