Undergraduate Finance & Business Law
2015 Fall Term
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Study for managing personal and household resources; utilizing sources of consumer information and protection; handling the continuous decisions encountered with personal finance relative to goals, financial analysis, insurances, income taxes, borrowing, banking, housing, household operation, savings, investments; utilizes the microcomputer and compound interest tables in the decision process.
BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL LAW
An introduction to business and the law. Includes topics such as legal systems, court procedure, business torts and crimes, contracts and related areas of the Uniform Commerical Code, government regulation of business, and the ethical and legal rights and duties of individuals and businesses in our society.
ADVANCED BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL LAW
This course provides an advanced study of the law for business or pre-law students, including an examination of the Uniform Commercial Code and the Law of Sales, Negotiable Instruments, Secured Transactions and Documents of Title. This course also includes a study of the Law of Business Entities and Creditor and Debtor Relations.
Problems of financing long-run funds requirements of the business enterprise to include reserve and dividend policies, promotion, expansion, combination of business, planning, planning of capital structure, legal forms of business enterprise.
A study of the various types of investments available, the markets in which they are traded, the techniques used to make sound investment decisions, and the factors which affect those decisions for various types of investors.
Designed to integrate the theory and practice of real estate operations through a discussion of the following areas: Urban structure and urban growth, the urban economy, appraisal analysis, property development and real estate investments analysis.
Survey of institutional arrangements through which funds are accumulated and made available to consumers, farmers, business and government. An understanding of the behavior of the non-monetary as well as the money and capital markets is developed.
ESSENTIALS OF FINANCIAL PLANNING
This course serves as an introduction to the occupational area of Financial Planning and surveys the following topics: determining financial objectives, formulating investment objectives, tax planning, insurance planning, and retirement and estate planning.
Commercial banking, principles and practices, comprehensively treated with emphasis on operations and administration, bank services, credit analysis, loan and investment policies, profit planning and control. This course cannot be used to satisfy the MBA degree requirement.
FINANCIAL FUTURES AND OPTIONS
A study of financial futures and options. Course topics will include: characteristics of futures and options contracts, how the markets function, the ways in which the instruments are used and why, option valuation models, the cash-futures basis, and regulation.
CREDITORS' RIGHTS AND BANKRUPTCY
This course introduces the concepts of debtor and creditor rights, secured transactions, debt collection, and bankruptcy. It explores the methods by which creditors can seek satisfaction of debt through judicial process or in a debtor's bankruptcy and the methods by which debtors can seek relief from or discharge of debt.
ESTATES AND TRUSTS
A study of the substantive and procedural laws relating to wills, estates, trusts, guardianships, fiduciaries, estate taxation, retirement, and end-of-life planning.
A legalistic introduction to labor law through a study of cases and related statutes of those general principles important to both workers and management. The study of these materials will aid management and labor in understanding the position of the law in determining and providing a solution to labor law problems.
CORPORATE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT DECISIONS
An advanced study of the requirements for and sources of funds in the business organizations. The course deals with both long and short-term aspects of finance with emphasis placed on analysis and decision making.
Principles of risk and insurance and their applications to business management and personal affairs. Analysis of concepts and methods of handling risks; insurance carriers and contracts; survey of policies for fire insurance, business interruption, liability, automobile, life and health.
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
Every business activity is affected by the issues of corporate governance and administrative law. This course will examine how modern corporations are governed and to whom they are responsible. The course explores business, financial, political, ethical, and legal issues affecting systems by which corporations are directed and controlled.Students will examine the nature of the corporation, the basic theory of the firm, the internal and external architecture of corporate governance, the role of regulatory authorities, models of corporate governance, principal-agent theory within the corporate context, as well as corporate culture, corruption, management and board compensation, sustainability, and conceptions of social responsibility.The course will focus on both the theoretical and policy implications of corporate governance, including legislation implemented to effect reforms and set new standards in the wake of corporate scandals. Although the central focus of the course is U.S. corporate governance, systems used in other countries and the trend toward international convergence in corporate governance is also examined.
A detailed examination of the various classes of securities available for investors, and the development of techniques used to reach dependable conclusions as to the safety and attractiveness of a given security at the current market price or at some assumed price.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS
Examination of investment principles and tax considerations as they apply to real estate, specifically apartment houses, shopping centers, office buildings, urban development and vacant land.
ADVANCED PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE
Consideration of advanced topics in property and casualty insurance. Among items covered are direct and indirect property coverages, inland marine insurance, liability coverage including its legal foundations, workmen's compensation, the general liability contract, crime coverages, surety and fidelity bonding and insurance regulation.
FINANCIAL ANALYSIS WITH BLOOMBERG, MORNINGSTAR AND EXCEL
The purpose of this course is to provide students with hands-on experience using Bloomberg and Morningstar data services, financial analysis and modeling in Excel. Course material will include training on Bloomberg and Morningstar tools and functions, and downloading electronic databases into Excel models to perform financial analysis.
Students will gain hands-on experience by managing a real portfolio of securities. After developing a group investment philosophy, they will analyze the current holdings, investigate other alternatives, and make buy and sell decisions as a group. Presentations of the students' research will be made to an advisory board made up of faculty and investment professionals.
This is an opportunity for a finance student to gain practical experience in a business before graduation. The experience will supplement the students' academic work in preparation for a career in business. Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits in the major. Department Consent required.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.