Course Code: FINC615 Course ID: 2734 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate
The course studies financial markets, principally equity markets, from an investment decision-making perspective. The course develops a set of conceptual frameworks and analytical tools and then applies these to particular investments and investment strategies chosen from a fairly broad array of companies, securities, and institutional contexts. The focus is on adding value across the spectrum of decisions ranging from position taking in particular securities, to portfolio risk management, and to the delegation to and oversight of professional investment managers. In conjunction, the course explores the competitive dynamics among investment organizations, products, and markets.
|Registration Dates||Course Dates||Session||Weeks|
|12/28/20 - 06/04/21||06/07/21 - 08/01/21||Spring 2021 Session D||8 Week session|
|02/22/21 - 07/30/21||08/02/21 - 09/26/21||Summer 2021 Session I||8 Week session|
|04/26/21 - 10/01/21||10/04/21 - 11/28/21||Fall 2021 Session B||8 Week session|
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:
- CO1. Discuss the key considerations in setting investment objectives and develop analytical skills that guide you to securities and assets most appropriate for a given portfolio.
- CO2. Analyze and evaluate equity securities through examination of economic activity, industry analysis financial statement analysis and individual firm valuation.
- CO3. Debate issues in efficient markets considering technical analysis and efficient markets and anomalies.
- CO4. Analyze and explain fixed-income and leveraged securities including bond valuation, duration and reinvestment concepts, and convertible securities and warrants.
- CO5. Define, classify and appraise derivative products: put and call options, commodities and financial futures, stock index futures, and options.
- CO6. Explore and assess mutual funds, international security markets, and investments in real estate with a view toward broadening the investment perspective.
- CO7. Test portfolio management and capital market theories through risk and return analysis from the perspective of the portfolio manager.
Method of Assessment
A. Tests & Paper
There will be two (2) tests in the course, a midterm and a final given in modules four and eight respectively. The tests in this class will consist of multiple choice questions and/or short answer problems. Tests will be three hours long and focus on the material covered in the course. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor regarding any schedule changes or non- disability related accommodations. The course will have a comprehensive paper that will measure student understanding of the course objectives along with research and writing skills. Please refer to the APA Manual 6th edition for the format of the paper.
Course assignments will be given using multimedia software (e.g. MyLabsPlus, Connect, etc.). These assignments will be a series of quizzes consisting of exercises, problems, and simulations. Assignments will have a specific due date with specific instructions. Late assignments will be subject to the university’s Late Work/Make-up Policy detailed in the student handbook. Please be advised the instructor reserves the right to implement their own late assignment policy.
Throughout the term, homework will be given in several modules to test student understanding of the material. Homework will be given using multimedia software (e.g. MyLabsPlus, Connect, etc.) and consist of questions, problems, or simulations. Please be advised the instructor reserves the right to implement their own late assignment policy.
D. Discussion Forums:
Participation in the discussion forums is an essential component of the final grade. All students are expected to engage in lively discussions and answer instructor follow-up questions. The quality of participations along with student netiquette will be a part of the grade.
Assessment of the Course Objectives
1 - 7
Test question, paper, assignment, discussion, and homework
The following distribution will be used in assigning grades (decimal points will be rounded to the nearest whole number at semester’s end).
Quality Points/Grading Percent
4.0/ 100 – 94
3.67/ 93 – 90
3.33/ 89 – 87
3.0/ 86 – 84
2.67/ 83 –80
2.33/ 79 – 75
0.0/ 74 – 0
|Weekly Forums||10.00 %|
|Week 1 Forum||1.67 %|
|Week 2 Forum||1.67 %|
|Week 3 Forum||1.67 %|
|Week 4 Forum||1.25 %|
|Week 5 Forum||1.67 %|
|Week 6 Forum||1.67 %|
|Week 7 Forum||1.67 %|
|Week 8 Forum||1.43 %|
|Week 1 Homework - Chapter 1||1.33 %|
|Week 1 Homework - Chapter 2||1.33 %|
|Week 2 Homework - Chapter 3||1.33 %|
|Week 2 Homework - Chapter 4||1.33 %|
|Week 3 Homework - Chapter 5||1.33 %|
|Week 3 Homework - Chapter 6||1.33 %|
|Week 4 Homework - Chapter 7||1.33 %|
|Week 4 Homework - Chapter 8||1.33 %|
|Week 5 Homework - Chapter 9||1.33 %|
|Week 5 Homework - Chapter 10||1.33 %|
|Week 6 Homework - Chapter 11||1.33 %|
|Week 6 Homework - Chapter 12||1.33 %|
|Week 7 Homework - Chapter 13||1.33 %|
|Week 7 Homework - Chapter 14||1.33 %|
|Week 8 Homework - Chapter 15||1.33 %|
|Week 1 Quiz - Chapter 1||2.50 %|
|Week 1 Quiz - Chapter 2||2.50 %|
|Week 2 Quiz - Chapter 3||2.50 %|
|Week 2 Quiz - Chapter 4||2.50 %|
|Week 3 Quiz - Chapter 5||2.50 %|
|Week 3 Quiz - Chapter 6||2.50 %|
|Week 5 Quiz - Chapter 9||2.50 %|
|Week 5 Quiz - Chapter 10||2.50 %|
|Week 6 Quiz - Chapter 11||2.50 %|
|Week 6 Quiz - Chapter 12||2.50 %|
|Week 7 Quiz - Chapter 13||2.50 %|
|Week 7 Quiz - Chapter 14||2.50 %|
|Tests & Quizzes||30.00 %|
|Research Paper||10.00 %|
|Week 7 Research Paper||10.00 %|
Websites and Videos
In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources.
Note website addresses are subject to change.
- Textbook Companion Website
- American Psychological Association (APA) Style Website
- Purdue Online Writing Lab
- Turnitin Website
|Book Title:||If you purchase the standalone hard copy or ebook, you can purchase the lab access through the MyLabsPlus tab in the classroom once your session begins. Also note, if you purchase a used or rental copy from any vendor, the lab code may not be included.|
|Electronic Unit Cost:||$48.60|
|Book Title:||Fundamentals of Investing Plus MyFinanceLab with Pearson eText -Access Card Pkg, 13th ed.|
|Author:||Smart, Gitman and Joehnk|
|Electronic Unit Cost:||$45.00|
Not current for future courses.