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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog


Courses - FIN Upper Division

300. Business Finance (3)

Introductory course for all business majors. Integration of computer applications and management information systems in (1) Time Value of Money, Risk, Valuation, Cost of Capital; (2) Capital Budgeting; (3) Long-Term Financing Decisions; (4) Working Capital Policy and Management; (5) Financial Analysis and Planning; (6) International Finance; (7) Special topics including Mergers, Acquisition and Bankruptcy.
Letter grade only (A-F).

309I. The Consumer in the Legal and Economic Environment (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses; upper-division standing.
Incorporates an integrated coverage of the economic, legal, ethical and regulatory environment of consumers in avoiding and resolving disputes regarding fraudulent transactions, financial matters, personal and real property contracts, torts, credit and investment issues, and family relationships. Team taught.
(Lecture-Discussion 3 hours.) Same course as BLAW 309I and CAFF 309I. Not open for credit to students with credit in CAFF 309I and BLAW 309I.

310. Personal Finance (3)

Financial analysis planning and management for the individual. Topics include owning and financing a home, minimizing taxes, goals and strategies for investing, budgeting, savings plans, controlling expenses and credit usage, determining insurance needs, and planning retirement.
Letter grade only (A-F).

330. Insurance Principles (3)

Principles of risk-bearing and insurance. Life and property-liability insurance needs of the individual. Types of carriers and insurance markets; organization and functions of carriers; industry regulation.
Letter grade only (A-F).

340. Real Estate Principles (3)

Real estate markets, institutions and activities from the perspective of the decision makers involved in real estate. Fundamental physical, legal, regulatory, economic, mathematical and taxation considerations influencing real estate decision and values. Brokerage, property management, appraisal and counseling.
Letter grade only (A-F).

350. Investment Principles (3)

Prerequisite: FIN 300, ACCT 201.
Investment markets and transactions; sources of investment information; return vs. risk; margin trading and short selling; investment planning; investing in equities and fixed income securities; speculative tax-sheltered investments; gold and other tangibles; portfolio management. Demonstrations and use of microcomputer technology.
Letter grade only (A-F). Course fee may be required.

360. Capital Markets (3)

Capital formation, rates, markets and institutions. Flow of fund analysis, intermediation, interest rate structures, risks and liquidity. Management of financial institutions.
Letter grade only (A-F).

370. Working Capital Management and Cash Budgeting (3)

Prerequisite: FIN 300.
An introduction to working capital management and policy issues in general and how to manage short-term assets and liabilities in particular. Cash forecasting and budgeting and short-term investing and financing will be the focus of the course.
Letter grade only (A-F).

400. Intermediate Financial Management (3)

Prerequisites: ACCT 310 or 202; FIN 300, and IS 301
Intermediate-level lecture-discussion course in corporate finance. Topics include: cash budgeting, capital budgeting, business acquisition and mergers, cost of capital, and international finance.
Letter grade only (A-F).

410. Microstructure on Institution Services (3)

Prerequisites: FIN 300, I S 301.
Capital markets ranging from securities trading to corporate financing through private placement and/or public offerings. In-class trading simulations. Various market trading structures; various financing techniques as permitted under the SEC regulations. Use of simulation software.
Letter grade only (A-F).

450. Portfolio Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: FIN 350, IS 301.
Microcomputer technology to perform security analysis including bonds and the bond market, stocks and the stock market, security valuation, fundamental and technical analysis, portfolio management and risk-reward relationships. Microcomputer software programs that perform security analysis and portfolio management using numerous databases.
Letter grade only (A-F). Course fee may be required.

460. Management in Financial Institutions (3)

Prerequisites: FIN 300, I S 301.
Students will be introduced to management of banks and other depository financial institutions. Banking trends and introductory topics, Asset and Liability Management, Capital adequacy and Management of Investment portfolios will be the main focus of the course.
Letter grade only (A-F).

470. Seminar in Financial Management (3)

Prerequisites: FIN 400, I S 301.
Designed to enhance comprehension of finance theories through case studies. The subject of each designed case is related to specific finance subjects including estimation of cost of capital, resource allocation and capital budgeting, IPOs, stock repurchase, dividend policy, agency cost, and merger and acquisition.
Letter grade only (A-F).

480. Derivatives (3)

Prerequisites: FIN 350, IS 301.
Exchanges, operation of firms, trading mechanics, and construction of a personal-risk profile analysis. Traditional decision variables, including construction of a 2-asset portfolio. Bias in futures prices, theory of storage price, ledger and speculator behavior, and stochastic nature of futures prices.
Letter grade only (A-F). Course fee may be required.

485. Fixed Income Securities (3)

Prerequisites: FIN 350, I S 301.
The course analyzes fixed income securities, option embedded fixed income securities and interest rate derivatives. Usual duration and convexity analysis, and the interest rate stochastic processes and other forecasting techniques will be studied. New breeds of fixed income securities, various collateralized bond obligations and other asset backed securities, and interest rate arbitrage techniques will be introduced.
Letter grade only (A-F).

487. Mathematical Modeling in Finance (3)

Prerequisites: FIN 350, FIN 400, IS 301
Various mathematical and statistical tools will be used in building financial models. Basic mathematical and statistical tools and how these quantitative tools can be utilized in real world valuation models will be demonstrated. The course also applies the languages to the implementation of various quantitative financial models.
Letter grade only (A-F).

490. International Finance (3)

Prerequisites: FIN 300, IS 301
International trade theories, international payments; currency value fluctuations and exchange rates; international capital markets; roles of developing countries; international institutions and multi-national enterprises. Individual research required.
Letter grade only (A-F).

495. Selected Topics in Finance (1-3)

Prerequisites: FIN 350, FIN 400, consent of instructor, IS 301.
Intensive study of current topics of interest in finance.
Letter grade only (A-F).
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

497. Directed Studies (1‑3)

Prerequisites: FIN 350, FIN 400 and consent of instructor
Individual projects, study and research of advanced nature in finance.
Letter grade only (A-F).

499A-B. Applied Portfolio Management (3-3)

Prerequisites: FIN 499A: FIN 350, 400, 450 (either or both FIN 400 and 450 may be taken concurrently), IS 301, and consent of instructor; FIN 499B: FIN 499A and consent of instructor. FIN 499A to be offered in Fall and accepted students must enroll in FIN 499B in Spring.
Participation in management of actual investment portfolio. Research, monitor, and analyze securities and make, buy and sell recommendations for a student-managed investment fund. Contribute to publication of semi-annual fund report. Market, sector and firm analysis with presentations and outside research.
Letter grade only (A-F).

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