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Updated for 2013-2014

FIN 150 Personal Finance (3)

A goal-oriented approach to personal financial management covering budgeting, use of financial institutions, income tax effects and strategies, credit risk management, investment analysis, risks, alternatives, financial products and markets, retirement planning and estate planning. Introduction to various financial software programs, including the Internet. Personal Finance should not be confused with the course on Consumer Economics.

Prerequisite ENG 21 and ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent. FIN 160 Introduction to Financial Analysis (3) Introduction to building out Earnings Per Share (EPS) projection models that reflect the findings of research as well as events (Macro, Sector, Industry, and Company) that may affect the primary assumptions in models, EPS estimates, and estimated stock prices. Students will present findings (written and orally) based on research, interpretation, and analysis on buy/sell recommendations for assigned coverage area companies which includes a complete breakdown of the key cost and revenue drivers for the assigned companies. This course features lecture and lab components which will require more increased class time as compared to a lecture only course. Prerequisites: Instructor approval and ENG 21 and ENG 22 and MATH 82 all with a grade of C or better or equivalent. Rec Preparation: Computer application skills such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. FIN 197B Financial Analysis Asia Field Study FIN 197B is a two-week onsite field study of Asian cities. The Field Study will expose students to Asian businesses and the political/cultural environments in various locations which may include Japan, China, Singapore and Hong Kong. Students will learn the strengths and weaknesses of four of Asia’s major economies with particular emphasis on 1) financial and industrial reforms, 2) relationships between the US dollar and Asian currencies, 3) transformation of Asian values, and 4) the likely impact on competitive economic advantages and disadvantages among Asian countries due to strengthening of China’s economy in the global market. Prerequisite: Instructor approval and completion of FIN 197 and FIN 198 with a grade of C or better.

FIN 245 Principles of Finance (3)

An introduction to the critical financial management functions of the business firm. Designed to provide the student with working skills in a small business setting. Topics emphasized are: financial analysis, cash flow, funding sources and working capital management. (45 lecture hours)

Prerequisite: ENG 21, ENG 22 and BUS 155/BUSN 188 with grades of C or better or equivalent.

Rec Preparation: MGT 120 and ACC 124 or ACC 201.

FIN 260 Intermediate Financial Analysis (3) Builds upon the skills learned in FIN 160 to develop a comprehensive set of disaggregated relative value models, pitchbooks, and research reports at both the company and sub-industry level for the assigned coverage area. This course also introduces students to content that lays the foundation for a more advanced Mergers and Acquisitions (M and A) valuation course, which includes both relative and intrinsic valuation, and is commonly applied in the investment banking and private equity fields. This course includes a lecture and a lab component, which means there is more class time than a regular lecture only course. Prerequisites: Completion of FIN 160 with a grade of C or better or instructor approval. FRENCH (FR) FR 101 Elementary French I (4) Basic structure of the French language emphasizing listening and reading comprehension and spoken and written expression. Through practice in and outside of class, students learn to use the basic structures of French. Rec Preparation: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent

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