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Courses of Instruction

FINANCE (FIN-Business)

MPT 301 Introduction to Business Finance (3)

Financial management of business enterprises with emphasis upon financial analysis, working capital management, short and long term financing, capital budgeting, cost of capital, and dividend policy. Prerequisite: ECO 201, 202 or equivalent, ACC 221, 222 or equivalent, and 58 semester hours.

MPT 302 Intermediate Financial Management (3)

Theoretical development of financial decision making, working capital management, capital budgeting, capital structure, and dividend policy of the corporation. Prerequisite: DSC 205 and FIN 301.

306 Financial Aspects of Entrepreneurial Ventures (3)

Focuses on financial issues and needs confronting start-up entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs attempting to grow their small businesses. Targeted to non-finance major; does not require extensive accounting or financial background. Exposure to tools, concepts, and approaches related to financial operations of start-up ventures with emphasis on the application of this material using a series of real-world cases. Includes determining how much money the entrepreneur needs, where to go for it, how to put together a financial picture of the venture, how to place a value on a venture. Prerequisite: FIN 301 or permission of instructor. Fall semester only. This course may not be used as an elective in the finance major.

330 Professional Practice (0)

Students participating in an internship program register for this course during the semester they are on work assignment. Prerequisite: permission of departmental internship coordinator.

331 Real Estate Principles (3)

Principles course dealing with features of real estate, legal descriptions, brokerage industry and licensing, ownership interests, property tax, and closing transaction. Emphasis on applying finance principles to real estate with a focus on real restate financing and investing. Prerequisite: FIN 301.

MPT 342 Legal Environment of Business (3)

Nature and sources of law; legal analysis and reasoning; judicial system, litigation and alternative dispute resolution; constitutional and administrative law; criminal law; law of torts and products liability; ethics; international business law; law of contracts; law of agency; employment law; and government regulation of business. Prerequisite: 58 earned hours.

MPT 351 Principles of Insurance (3)

Nature and function of insurance and risk bearing. Fundamentals of insurance contracts with a survey of fire, casualty, life, and health insurance areas. Prerequisite: FIN 301.

401/501 Principles of Investments and Security Markets (3)

Emphasis on investment methodology, investment risks, and security selection. Introduction to security analysis, security valuation, and portfolio management; for the individual investor. Prerequisite: DSC 205 and FIN 301 or equivalent.

402/502 Fixed-Income Portfolio Management (3)

Consideration of securities portfolio management objectives and techniques; investment risks, and diversification strategy. Detailed consideration of bond portfolio management, mathematics of bond yields, and interest rate environment. Individual and group participation required. Prerequisite: FIN 401 or 501.

403 Portfolio Management (3)

Theory and practice of modern portfolio management. Special consideration to asset pricing theories, nature and application of derivative securities, and investment strategies. Prerequisite: FIN 401.

MPT 408/508 Commercial Bank Management (3)

Operations of financial institutions. Identification and analysis of problems of financial institutions within our changing environment. Consideration of competition and growth, profitability, capital, and regulation. Emphasis on commercial banking. Prerequisite: FIN 302 or 618 or 625 or permission of instructor.

411 Student Investment Fund (2)

This course is designed to be a follow-up course to the basic concepts of investing learned in FIN 401. Students will have practice in following stocks that are part of a real world portfolio and initiate discussion, participate in discussion, and act on sell recommendations. Prerequisite: FIN 401.

417/517 International Business Finance (3)

An introduction to the macro and market environments in which multinational firms operate and the additional risks they confront in a multi-currency world. Emphasis is on the decision-making process with an international perspective. Prerequisite: FIN 301 or equivalent.

432/532 Real Property Valuation (3)

Theory and methodology relating to professional valuation of residential and income producing properties. Prerequisite: FIN 331. Offered infrequently.

MPT 442 Business Associations and Commercial Law (3)

Study of the legal framework of various organizational forms in business; partnership; corporations; securities regulation and the study of the law of sales; commercial paper; secured transactions and bankruptcy. Prerequisite: FIN 342.

MPT 443 Property Law (3)

Principles of real and personal property law; estates in land, instruments of conveyance, mortgages and leases; personal property topics include bailments, intellectual property, and computer law. Offered infrequently.

MPT 451/551 Risk Management and Insurance (3)

Risk management, including risk analysis and identification, handling techniques, contract evaluation, and current issues in property and liability areas. Prerequisite: FIN 301 and 351 or permission of instructor.

MPT 452/552 Life Insurance and Advanced Personal Financial Planning (3)

Covers the integration of life insurance within broader scope of an individual's personal financial planning activities and integration of social security benefits within personal financial planning. Use of a microcomputer and electronic spreadsheet software required. Traditional life insurance topics such as differences in policies, premium calculations, and legal relationships covered. Prerequisite: FIN 351 or permission of instructor.

MPT 462/562 Estates, Wills, and Trusts (3)

Legal, financial, and practical considerations in creation, management, and conservation of an estate. Trust principles and practices; and federal estate and gift rules and planning techniques. Offered infrequently.

MPT 463/563 Employee Benefits (3)

Provides description of pension, group life and health, individual retirement, and other benefit plans. Discusses importance of these plans to achieving business and societal goals. Cross-listed with MGT 463/563. Prerequisite: FIN 301 or permission of instructor.

MPT 464 International Business Law (3)

Provides framework for understanding international business and legal environment within which it operates. Study traditional commercial law topics, such as rights and obligations of buyer and seller under contract for international sale of goods. Study of private law of international business transactions and public law of international trade. Credit for graduation will not be given for more than one of FIN 464 or FIN 483.

MPC 465 Ethics, Law, and Business (3)

Explores legal aspects of business decision-making from an ethical perspective. Focuses on the business manager as an ethical decision-maker and on the corporation as a social moral agent. Conducted in seminar style using cross-functional cases from the core business disciplines. Prerequisite: School of Business core courses and senior standing or permission of instructor. This course may not be used as a finance major elective.

MPT 475 Financial Policies of Corporations (3)

Advanced case analysis of short and long term financial management. Topics include working capital management, leasing, mergers and acquisitions, and international finance. Prerequisite: FIN 302; concurrent registration in, or prior completion of, FIN 401, and senior status.

MPT 483 Comparative International Law (4)

Course provides a framework for understanding international business and the legal environment within which it operates. The course also provides a comparative analysis of legal (general and business) systems for Western European countries. Study includes traditional commercial law topics such as rights and obligations of the buyer and seller, under contract for international sale of goods; private law of international business transactions; public law of international trade; and comparative analysis of Western European countries legal systems. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Credit for graduation will not be given for more than one of FIN 464 or FIN 483.

MPC 485 Integrative Concepts in Finance (3)

This Capstone provides students opportunity to apply their broad base of knowledge from their Foundation courses and the School of Business core in an integrative manner to the field of finance. Provides students ability to see financial decisions in the broader context of society, law, government, and the global environment at large. Students come from different academic backgrounds and form teams to analyze case problems and readings from these different perspectives. These teams are required to present and defend their recommendation keeping in mind the variegated interests of the firm's stakeholders: customers, stockholders, creditors, employees, suppliers, etc. Prerequisite: senior standing and School of Business core or permission of instructor. This course may not be used as a finance major elective.

Note: The following courses are open only to full-time M.B.A. students: FIN 625, 655, 665.

618 Financial Management (3)

Principles and techniques of financial analysis applicable to management of corporate financial resources and investment securities. Prerequisite: FIN 301 or equivalent. Open to M.B.A. non-finance majors only.

625 Managerial Finance (3)

Introduces M.B.A. student to essentials of the finance functions of the organization. Emphasis on analysis of financial statements and understanding of the time value of money.

655 Analysis of Business Finance and Investments (3)

Furthers understanding of the finance functions for the M.B.A. student. Course has three interrelated themes: 1) acquisition and management of long-term sources of finance, 2) acquisition and management of short-term assets and financing, and 3) utilization of the capital markets where financial assets issued by corporations are bought and sold.

665 Business and Its Legal Environment (3)

A comprehensive survey of the nature and functions of our legal system and its importance to manager-citizens.

671 Corporate Financial Policy (3)

Theory of managerial finance, capital budgeting, financial leverage, capital structure, valuation, cost of capital, dividend policy, liquidity analysis, financial analysis, and short-term financial management. Prerequisite: FIN 618 and 625.

672 Investment Management (3)

Investigation of asset pricing theories, traditional valuation models and security analysis. Coverage of stocks, bonds, and derivative securities from a portfolio manager's perspective. Prerequisite: FIN 401/501.

673 Contemporary Issues in Finance (3)

Current developments in financial research, theory, and literature discussed in a seminar manner. Topics selected from areas of interest to both academic and professional communities. Offered infrequently.

681 Special Studies in Finance (1-4)

Intensive reading or research in a selected field of advanced finance. Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of instructor.

700 Thesis (3-6; minimum 3, maximum 6)

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