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7.6.3 FINANCE (FI)
Department Head: Professor Matt Holt, Office: 248 Alston Hall
 
EC 110 and EC 111 or their equivalents are prerequisites for all graduate coursework in finance, except for MBA-designated courses.
 
FI 504 Financial Management. Variable hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA program.
Corporate financial planning and decision making; working capital management, capital budgeting, financing, risk-return analysis, valuation, and dividend policy.

FI 505 Corporate Valuation. Three hours.
Prerequisite: FI 504 or equivalent.
A case study course that focuses on the valuation of publicly held firms.

FI 506 Mergers and Acquisitions. Three hours.
Prerequisite: FI 504, FI 510, or equivalent.
An examination of corporate acquisitions, including firm valuation, bidding contests, and defense managers, as well as the corporate tax and legal environment.

FI 510 Financial Management. Three hours.
Prerequisite: FI 302 or permission of the instructor.
A course concerned with the management of corporate capital. Emphasis is on analysis of problems.

FI 512 Money and Capital Markets. Three hours.
A detailed analysis of the role of money and capital markets in the financial process and of the influence outside forces have on these markets.

FI 514 Investments. Three hours.
Prerequisites: FI 301 and FI 302 or equivalents.
An overview of the investment decision process. Areas covered are financial statement analysis, risk measures, stock-price valuation models, and portfolio management.

FI 515 Quantitative Investment Analysis. Three hours.
Prerequisite: FI 514 or permission of the graduate advisor.
Acquaints the student with the quantitative approaches used in modern portfolio theory and investment analysis.

FI 516 Monetary Theory and Policy. Three hours. (same as EC 516)
Prerequisites: EC 510 and EC 511 or equivalents.
Theoretical and empirical analysis of the money supply process, the demand for money, the impact of money on the economy, and the implementation of monetary policy.

FI 519 Financial Derivatives. Three hours.
Prerequisite: FI 514 or equivalent.
Advanced quantitative analysis designed to improve managing financial risks such as adverse stock price movements, adverse interest rate changes, and adverse commodity price changes, with specific attention given to employing futures, options, and swap contracts.

 

FI 520 Advanced Financial Derivatives. Three hours.
Prerequisite: FI 519.
Advanced methodologies of valuing and managing financial derivative contracts are introduced, including numerical integration, lattice approaches, and simulation. A particular emphasis is given to implementing these methodologies as computer programs.

 

FI 522 Bank Administration. Three hours.
Prerequisites: FI 301 and FI 302.
A case course examining various aspects of managing a commercial bank in a dynamic environment.

FI 524 Financial Markets and Institutions. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA program.
An analysis of the role of financial markets (especially equity markets) and financial institutions in the economy.

FI 531 International Finance. Three hours.  (same as EC 531)
Prerequisite: EC 430 or equivalent.
An examination of the foreign exchange market, exchange rate determination, international financial institutions, and the management of the risks associated with international business.

FI 534 Seminar in Real Estate. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
A survey of the major topics and issues in real estate, including real estate investment, alternative financing arrangements, law and agency theory, appraisal, market analysis, taxation, and brokerage.

FI 535 Real Estate Investment and Development. Three hours.
Prerequisite: FI 534 or equivalent.
A study of the concepts and principles of real property valuation and the analysis of real estate investments.

FI 591 Independent Study. Variable credit.

 

FI 596 Capstone Project. Variable credit.

FI 597 Special Topics in Finance. Variable credit.

FI 598 Research. Variable credit.

FI 599 Thesis Research. Three hours.

FI 600 Research Methods for Finance. Three hours.
Prerequisite: FI 470 or EC 471.
Emphasis on the different approaches and techniques used by financial researchers. Hands-on experience with data analysis is required.

FI 601 Finance Theory I. Three hours.
Prerequisite: FI 510.
Advanced practices of financial management and their application to decision making in the business firm.

FI 602 Advanced Finance Theory II. Three hours.
Prerequisite: FI 511.
An extension of the content of previous courses to summarize modern developments in financial theory.

FI 610 Seminar in Financial Management. Three hours.
Advanced management theory and techniques in the finance area. Emphasis is on current publications in the academic finance literature.

FI 614 Seminar in Investments. Three hours.
Provides an understanding of theoretical and functional aspects of professional investment management theory.

FI 616 Seminar in Monetary Economics  Three hours. (same as EC 616)
Prerequisite: FI 516 or equivalent.
Selected topics in contemporary monetary theory, with emphasis on determination of the value of money and the effectiveness of monetary policies.

FI 620 Market Microstructure Theory. Three hours.
Prerequisite: EC 610 or permission of the instructor.
This course provides exposure to the major theoretical models that examine how the structure of markets affects price formation, information transmission, and operational efficiency.

FI 622 Seminar in Public Finance. Three hours.  (same as EC 622)
Prerequisite: EC 581 or equivalent.
A seminar on recent developments in public economics, with emphasis on the theory of taxation including tax incentives and tax incidence.

FI 624 Seminar in Financial Markets. Three hours.
This seminar provides for a deep understanding of the monetary and financial system, required of finance specialists in corporate finance, banking, and investments.

FI 631 Seminar in International Finance. Three hours.  (same as EC 631)
Prerequisite: FI 531 or equivalent.
A survey of the most important professional literature dealing with international financial management.

FI 633 Principles of Land Utilization. Three hours.
A study of factors affecting land use, land use patterns, and the development and measurement of land values, and of problems related to the optimization of land values and the maintenance of the highest and best use of land.

FI 634 Land Utilization Policy. Three hours.
A study of the impact on the use of land and the control of the use of land of private investment activity and public activities, including monetary management, fiscal policy, federal aid to highways, FHA, VA, urban renewal, and public housing programs.

FI 640 Theory of Risk and Insurance. Three hours.  (same as EC 640)
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
The foundation of insurance in risk theory and its problems and practices.

FI 641 The Social and Economic Functions of Insurance Enterprises. Three hours.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
The functions performed within insurance and insurance-related institutions and the response of management to the changing needs of society.

FI 649 Seminar on Insurance and Its Environment. Three hours.
The institution of insurance is viewed as one of many approaches to achieve environmental security.

FI 698 Research in Finance. Three hours.

FI 699 Dissertation Research. Variable credit. Three-hour minimum.


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