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Finance Courses

Visitors may click here to view or download the sample finance paradigm which shows a normal 4 year progression towards a degree in finance. Some of the courses should be taken in this order due to prerequisite structures, others may be switched. Please see an advisor for more information.

FIN 327. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT I
An introduction to the basic concepts, principles and analysis techniques of finance as applied to business organizations. The basis for virtually all financial analysis methodology lies in discounted cash flow analysis which is covered in this course. DCF techniques are then applied to areas of basic corporate decision-making involving the acquisition or replacement of physical assets and the decision to pursue capital projects. Finance 327 is a quantitative, problem solving course. Prerequisites: ACCT 260, ECON 215, MIS 153, MATH 105, and STAT 221. Offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters. One semester; three credits

FIN 340. INVESTMENTS (Formerly FIN 429)
Finance 340 covers the principles governing the selection of investment media, topics in modern portfolio theory, and techniques of analysis and evaluation as applied to various investment alternatives. The functioning of security markets and how financial assets are traded as well as valuation techniques for bonds, equity instruments, options and futures are covered. Emphasis is on gaining a more in-depth understanding of financial investment alternatives, their valuation and analysis. Prerequisite: FIN 327. Corequisite: FIN 340L. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; three credits

FIN 340L. INVESTMENTS TVA LAB
Students will meet in a lab environment to apply the concepts and principles governing the selection of equity securities by making investment recommendations – buy, hold, sell – used to invest the Tennessee Valley Authority’s $350,000 portfolio. Corequisite with FIN 340. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; one credit hour

FIN 346. PERSONAL FINANCE
The course is designed to acquaint the student with basic principles necessary to efficiently manage personal financial affairs. Special attention is given to the areas of budgeting, insurance, consumer credit, housing cost problems, and investment opportunities. This course cannot be used to fulfill any of the Finance requirements in the School of Business. Offered as needed. One semester; three credits

FIN 350. CAPITAL MARKETS AND INSTITUTIONS
Survey of financial markets and institutions and their individual characteristics; sources of supply of and demand for funds in each market, the complex interrelations among markets and the role of each in the process of capital formation and allocation. Prerequisites: FIN 327. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; three credits

FIN 400. FINANCE INTERNSHIP (Formerly BUS 400)
Under the supervision of a faculty member from the appropriate department, students in the School of Business, after receiving the approval of the faculty, are placed in the offices of cooperating firms to receive on-the-job training under the supervision of members of the firm. Credit is granted upon acceptance of periodic reports and a final summary report of work done verified by the authorized supervisor and the instructor. Pass/Fail Grading. One semester; three credits

FIN 410. DERIVATIVE SECURITIES
Structure, operation, and mechanics of trading in markets for futures, swaps, options, synthetic options, and futures on options; transfer of risk and stabilization of prices through futures trading; buying/selling strategies; valuation of futures contracts and options. Applications of derivatives to hedging and speculating strategies. Prerequisite: FIN 340. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; three credits

FIN 427. FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT II (Formerly FIN 328)
Extends the knowledge of financial management and provides insights into the complexity of the decisions faced by practicing financial managers. Various topics are covered in the course with major emphasis on capital budgeting. Other topics covered include working capital management, international mergers and acquisitions, financial engineering, optimal capital structure, and enterprise value. Prerequisite: FIN 327. Offered in Spring semester. One semester; three credits

FIN 430-436. SPECIAL PROJECTS IN FINANCE
Readings and discussions of recent significant finance and investment literature. Possible subject areas include leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, junk bonds, speculative markets, fixed-income investments, foreign markets and exchanges, and hedging. Prerequisites: FIN 327, 340. Offered as needed. One semester; three credits

FIN 437. INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
The international aspects of financial management. Topics include currency markets and exchange rate determination, transfer of funds, banking services, international financial institutions, parity conditions, foreign exchange exposure and management, and valuation of international projects. Prerequisite: FIN 427. Offered in the Spring semester. One semester; three credits

FIN 440. PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT
The analysis and valuation of securities and the selection, timing, diversification, and other aspects of supervising the management of investment portfolios. Students analyze the composition of, make buy/sell recommendations for, and evaluate the performance of a portfolio during the semester. Prerequisite: FIN 340. Corequistie: FIN 340L. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; three credits

FIN 440L. PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT TVA LAB
Students will meet in a lab environment to apply the concepts and principles governing the management of equity portfolios by making investment recommendations used to invest CBU’s Tennessee Valley Authority’s portfolio. Co requisite: FIN 440. Offered in the Fall semester. One semester; one credit

FIN 455. PRACTICUM AND PROJECT IN FINANCE
This course is designed to explore and put to practical use the entire body of knowledge gained in previous FIN courses. Project Management concepts will be covered, including use of project management tools. A comprehensive project will assess the student’s ability to apply classroom principles and skills to specific problems in the financial services professions. Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor. Offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. One semester; three credits