Department of Finance

Undergraduate Syllabi

Principles of Financial Management

Time value of money, principles of corporate financial management and investments.
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Principles of Financial Management

Time value of money, principles of corporate financial management and investments.
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Behavioral Finance

Individual decision behavior within a financial market context. Evaluation of psychological explanations for market movements and anomalies. Emphasis on the application of psychological principles to decision-making behavior.
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Investment Management

Techniques of securities evaluation, portfolio optimization, and the relationship between risk and return on financial securities.
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Investment Management

Techniques of securities evaluation, portfolio optimization, and the relationship between risk and return on financial securities.
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Investment Management

Techniques of securities evaluation, portfolio optimization, and the relationship between risk and return on financial securities.
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Investment & Mutual Fund Mgt

Security analysis and portfolio performance evaluation techniques. Development of tools to systematically analyze stocks and form justifiable opinions about those stocks. Characteristics of the asset management industry, developing portfolio strategies, and evaluation of the portfolio manager’s performance against stated objectives.
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Private Equity and Investment Banking

Structure and objectives of private equity with a focus on venture capital and entrepreneurial finance. Analysis of investment opportunities, structuring, financing and growing portfolio companies and small businesses.
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Life Insurance & Annuities

Formerly FINA 4397. Though human life possesses many irreplaceable and immeasurable values, Life Insurance focuses on the economic value of a human life derived from its earning capacity. This course provides a basic view of these values and a foundation for the study of more specialized aspects of life insurance. Included is an examination of the various types of life insurance programs as well as the underwriting considerations involved in setting rates and other related financial parameters.
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Corporate Finance

Capital budgeting, capital structure, and dividend policy of the firm.
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Corporate Finance

Capital budgeting, capital structure, and dividend policy of the firm.
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Corporate Finance

Capital budgeting, capital structure, and dividend policy of the firm.
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Managerial Analysis

Allocation of resources within the business enterprise. Emphasis on profit maximization in the context of alternative market structures.
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Managerial Analysis

Allocation of resources within the business enterprise. Emphasis on profit maximization in the context of alternative market structures.
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Commercial Bank Management

Survey of commercial banking principles and analysis of banking issues.
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Credit Analysis

Formerly FINA 4397.
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Derivatives I: Options

Provides a thorough analysis of the theory of options and its applications in practice. Emphasis is on risk management by investors and firms of all sizes.
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Derivatives II: Forwards, Futures & Swaps

Provides a thorough analysis of the theory of forwards, futures and swaps, and their applications in practice. Emphasis is on the use of these derivatives in risk management by investors and firms of all sizes.
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Personal Financial Planning

Elements of the personal financial planning process. Includes budgeting, credit management and cash flow management, personal income taxes and insurance, investing, retirement planning, financial security and independence.
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Practicum Personal Financial Planning

Analysis of various family scenarios with application of personal financial planning techniques in order to recommend plans to attain personal financial goals for each situation.
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Risk Management

Commercial risk analysis evaluation, abatement, transfer, insurance, and self-financing.
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International Risk Management

International issues in risk management.
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Commercial Liability

Survey of commercial liability principles and analysis of current issues.
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Commercial Property

Survey of commercial property principles and analysis of current issues.
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Energy Insurance and Risk Management

Survey of energy insurance and risk management techniques
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International Financial Management

International financial markets and financial decision making in the global economy.
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Energy Trading

Comprehensive introduction to the trading of energy contracts. Examination of risk-management objectives and organization of energy trading. Valuation of the principal energy contracts. Organization and trading of petroleum, natural gas, and power markets.
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Energy Value Chain

The nature of energy assets, operations and products produced, and the economics of each component of the EVC.
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Upstream Economics

The energy industry's upstream (E&P) segment, discussing geological processes that form and trap hydrocarbons, describing the techniques used to find, produce, and process energy discoveries. Ownership, operational decision making, finding and lifting costs, risk assessment and mitigation, reserve accounting, financing, and unconventional hydrocarbons.
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Petrochem & Refining Economics

Consideration of economic concepts and analysis of the structure and behavior of global refining and petrochemical industries. Exploration of current issues facing the industry, global and local supply constraints, industry profitability and investment, impact of changes in relative hydrocarbon values, regulatory impacts, unconventional crudes, alternative transportation fuels, and the role of the industry in economic development.
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Real Estate Financial Analysis

Survey of real estate finance principles and analysis of current issues.
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Finance Internship for Credit

Enhancement of concepts and techniques learned in the classroom through work experience directly related to the finance profession. Written report required.
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FINA 4397: Enterprise Risk Management

Participants in the course will learn how Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is used across all departments in companies to management risk including but not limited to operations, treasury, human resources, and technology risks. We will cover ERM frameworks and processes, risk oversight and reporting, governance, and compliance.
Students will explore real world examples and will learn techniques needed to identify, analyze and respond to a variety of risks, both internal and external to companies. Participants will work in small groups on ERM projects and make class presentations. Students will gain knowledge and skills that will help prepare them for work in any company and enable them to stand out from their colleagues with an enhanced ability to analyze and treat risks.
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Principles of Microfinance

This course provides a unique opportunity to learn about microfinance and wealth creation, as an important development effort in the war against poverty. The course is designed to explore and analyze the key issues and current challenges faced with microfinance and wealth creation. In the process we will address such questions as: What is microfinance? What are the various business models used by microfinance institutions (MFI’s) for wealth creation? What are common factors among successful MFI’s? What is the social and economic impact of MFI’s? What are the limitations of microfinance as a path for alleviating poverty? What is social venture capitalism? How to achieve a TRIPLE Bottom Line?
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Energy Trading Systems

Structural overview of the energy industry supply chain with a focus on natural gas trading and marketing.
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Risk Assessment

This course examines the various methods risk managers use to determine which exposure to loss are most threatening to their businesses. The course provides an in-depth overview of risk management including a description of what risk management is, how risk management professionals design programs to address their organizations loss exposures, and what the risk management process involves. The course closely examines the loss exposure categories of property loss, liability lawsuits, personnel injury and loss of net income. The course additionally addresses the quantitative toll risk managers use to access the significance of a given loss exposure and then properly prioritize that exposure within the organization’s overall risk management program.
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Risk Financing

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the techniques, often including risk retention and risk transfer, that risk management professionals use to finance or pay for the negative consequences of risk events. The first part of the course provides a broad overview of risk financing as one potential risk treatment technique and explains how organizations should examine risk financing alternatives in light of all its risks, including both pure and speculative risks. Techniques for estimation losses arising from hazard (insurable) risk are examined in detail. The middle part of the course concentrates on alternative risk financing techniques for hazard risk, including insurance, self-insurance, retrospective rating, reinsurance, captives and contractual risk transfer. The mechanics, advantages, and disadvantages of each technique are discussed in detailed. The last part of the course covers financial risks and capital markets. Various methods of transferring financial risk and hazard risk to the financial markets are discussed. The course concludes with a discussion of how to allocate the cost of hazard risks associated to various divisions within an organization.
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Value Creation-Electricity Sec

This suite of courses is designed to provide students with an understanding of how companies in various sectors of the oil and gas industry create value for shareholders and other stakeholders. The course will introduce students to the major drivers of value for each of the industry segments and will present a framework for analyzing shareholder value creation through the financial lenses of growth, profitability and risk. The financial profiles of the segments will be reviewed in light of the strategic choices available to companies within each segment, the overall leadership models prevalent in the different segments, and the distinctive capabilities required for successful execution.
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Value Creation-Midstream O&G

Students will evaluate the relative performance of companies within a specific segment of the energy industry. Students will be asked to research financial statements using S&P Capital IQ, build out the financial performance data for the company or companies they have been assigned and compare the performance of their target company with its peers. From investor presentations, students will characterize the strategic portfolio and business model choices made by their target company, its leadership and organizational philosophy and its distinctive capabilities.
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Energy Analysis

The entry level position in the energy industry is normally as an analyst. This can vary from market analysis to structured products to risk, etc. The purpose of this course is to give the student hands on exposure to energy analysis.
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Valuation Analysis

This course is the study of valuing energy companies, projects and assets. The primary objective of the course is to provide an advanced review of the Energy sector, with an emphasis on valuing and comparing industries within the sector. To do this, I have purposely designed the course to address the sector broadly and comprehensively, with the oil and gas space generally serving as an anchor by which other areas are compared. We will explore aspects of energy valuations from a variety of perspectives.
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Subject Catalog Description Credit Hours Faculty Name Previous Semesters
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Syllabi
FINA 3332 Principles of Financial Management 3.0 Chisholm, Darla Spring Junior standing, ACCT 2331, MATH 1313 and MATH 1314.
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FINA 3332 Principles of Financial Management 3.0 Piqueira, Natalia Scotto Fall Junior standing, ACCT 2331, MATH 1313 and MATH 1314.
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FINA 4310 Behavioral Finance 3.0 Rude, Dale Fall FINA 3332 and STAT 3331 or equivalents.
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FINA 4320 Investment Management 3.0 Doshi, Hitesh B Fall Junior standing, FINA 3332 or equivalent, STAT 3331, and ECON 2304.
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FINA 4320 Investment Management 3.0 Rourke, Thomas Spring Junior standing, FINA 3332 or equivalent, STAT 3331, and ECON 2304.
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FINA 4320 Investment Management 3.0 Yae, Seung Min Fall Junior standing, FINA 3332 or equivalent, STAT 3331, and ECON 2304.
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FINA 4323 Investment & Mutual Fund Mgt 3.0 Berhe-Nardari, Ambainesh G Fall Junior standing, ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
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FINA 4326 Private Equity and Investment Banking 3.0 Stewart, Marcus Fall Junior standing, ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
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FINA 4329 Life Insurance & Annuities 3.0 Hong, James Fall, Spring Junior standing, ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
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FINA 4330 Corporate Finance 3.0 Alexander, Erin M Summer Junior standing, FINA 3332 or equivalent, STAT 3331, and ECON 2304.
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FINA 4330 Corporate Finance 3.0 Page, Trenton Beau Spring Junior standing, FINA 3332 or equivalent, STAT 3331, and ECON 2304.
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FINA 4330 Corporate Finance 3.0 Singer, Ronald F Fall, Spring Junior standing, FINA 3332 or equivalent, STAT 3331, and ECON 2304.
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FINA 4334 Managerial Analysis 3.0 Alexander, William B Fall, Spring Junior standing, ACCT 2332, MATH 1313, MATH 1314, and ECON 2304.
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FINA 4334 Managerial Analysis 3.0 Swati, Basu Fall, Spring Junior standing, ACCT 2332, MATH 1313, MATH 1314, and ECON 2304.
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FINA 4341 Commercial Bank Management 3.0 Guez, Charles Fall, Spring Junior standing, FINA 3332 or equivalent, STAT 3331, and ECON 2304.
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FINA 4343 Credit Analysis 3.0 Guez, Charles Fall, Spring Junior standing, ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
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FINA 4350 Derivatives I: Options 3.0 Rabinovitch, Ramon Spring ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
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FINA 4351 Derivatives II: Forwards, Futures & Swaps 3.0 Rabinovitch, Ramon Fall ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
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FINA 4352 Personal Financial Planning 3.0 Lopez, John C Fall, Spring Junior standing, ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
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FINA 4353 Practicum Personal Financial Planning 3.0 Lopez, John C Fall, Spring FINA 4352.
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FINA 4354 Risk Management 3.0 Kapatos, Nick Gus Fall, Spring Junior standing, FINA 3332 or equivalent, STAT 3331, and ECON 2304.
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FINA 4355 International Risk Management 3.0 Kapatos, Nick Gus Fall, Spring Junior standing, FINA 3332 or equivalent, STAT 3331, and ECON 2304.
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FINA 4357 Commercial Liability 3.0 Rogers, Oliver Mack Fall, Spring Junior standing, ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
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FINA 4358 Commercial Property 3.0 Rogers, Oliver Mack Fall, Spring ECON 2304, FINA 3332, DISC 3331, and junior standing.
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FINA 4359 Energy Insurance and Risk Management 3.0 Rogers, Oliver Mack Spring Junior standing, ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
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FINA 4360 International Financial Management 3.0 Susmel, Raul Fall Junior standing, FINA 3332 or equivalent, STAT 3331, and ECON 2304.
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FINA 4370 Energy Trading 3.0 Smith III, Edwin A Fall, Spring Junior standing, ECON 2304, FINA 3332, STAT 3331, and approval of department chair.
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FINA 4371 Energy Value Chain 3.0 Bellman Jr, Donald H Fall Junior standing, ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
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FINA 4372 Upstream Economics 3.0 Bellman Jr, Donald H Fall Junior standing, ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
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FINA 4373 Petrochem & Refining Economics 3.0 Bellman Jr, Donald H Spring Junior standing, ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
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FINA 4380 Real Estate Financial Analysis 3.0 Adams, James Fall Junior standing, FINA 3332 or equivalent, STAT 3331, and ECON 2304.
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FINA 4396 Finance Internship for Credit 3.0 Guez, Charles Fall FINA 3332, a declared finance major or minor, and approval of department chair.
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FINA 4397 Enterprise Risk Management 3.0 Kapatos, Nick Gus Summer Junior standing, ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
FINA 4397 Principles of Microfinance 3.0 Khumawala, Saleha B Fall, Spring Junior standing, ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
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FINA 4397 Energy Trading Systems 3.0 Pena, Juan F Fall, Spring Junior standing, ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
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FINA 4397 Risk Assessment 3.0 Rogers, Oliver Mack Spring Junior standing, ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
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FINA 4397 Risk Financing 3.0 Rogers, Oliver Mack Fall Junior standing, ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
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FINA 4397 Value Creation-Electricity Sec 3.0 Ross, Christopher E Spring Instructor Consent Required.
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FINA 4397 Value Creation-Midstream O&G 3.0 Ross, Christopher E Fall Instructor Consent Required.
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FINA 4397 Energy Analysis 3.0 Smith III, Edwin A Fall Instructor Consent Required.
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FINA 4397 Valuation Analysis 3.0 Stewart, Marcus M Spring Junior standing, ECON 2304, FINA 3332, and STAT 3331.
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