Undergraduate Finance & Business Law
2020 Spring Term
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Finance & Business Law 101
This course is an introduction to personal finance and consumer education. It includes such topics as: personal and household resources; utilizing sources of consumer information and protection; handling the continuous decisions encountered with personal finance relative to goals; financial analysis; understanding insurance, income taxes, banking & borrowing (credit management); housing operation; and saving & investing.
BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL LAW
Finance & Business Law 341
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
Finance & Business Law 342
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.
Finance & Business Law 344
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.
Finance & Business Law 345
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.
Finance & Business Law 348
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.
Finance & Business Law 360
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.
INVESTMENT OPERATIONS & SECURITIES REGULATION
Finance & Business Law 387
This course provides investment instruction in operations, trading, markets and regulation. Content directly mirrors the actual FINRA examination. Primary study topics include Understanding Products and Their Risks; Understanding Trading, Customer Accounts, and Prohibited Activities; Knowledge of Capital Markets; and Overview of Regulatory Framework. At the end of the course material, students will be prepared for the FINRA SIE Examination.
ESSENTIALS OF FINANCIAL PLANNING
Finance & Business Law 401
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.
ADVANCED RETIREMENT AND FINANCIAL PLANNING
Finance & Business Law 402
This course is an advanced study of the various disciplines in the financial planning industry, specializing in retirement planning for businesses and individuals. Students will further their understanding of the financial services industry through the exploration of the regulatory environment of the practices of financial planning and its integrated disciplines, such as investments and insurance.
MULTINATIONAL BUSINESS FINANCE
Finance & Business Law 410
Application of financial theory to multinational firms. The course includes an investigation of: determinants of international portfolio and direct investment, management of foreign exchange positions, a survey of the international financial environment, multinational credit institutions and markets and taxation.
FINANCIAL FUTURES AND OPTIONS
Finance & Business Law 430
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.
Finance & Business Law 440
Legal and policy issues related to the allocation and protection of freshwater. The right to surface and ground waters in eastern riparian and western prior appropriation systems, public rights in water, federal and Indian water rights, resolving transboundary water conflicts, and environmental law impacts on water rights. Particular attention is paid to Wisconsin and Great Lakes.
ESTATES AND TRUSTS
Finance & Business Law 442
A study of the substantive and procedural laws relating to wills, estates, trusts, guardianships, fiduciaries, estate taxation, retirement, and end-of-life planning.
Finance & Business Law 443
This course is an overview of employment law and ethical issues involving employer-employee relationships. It includes topics such as the evolving rights, duties, and responsibilities that employees and employers have toward each other and the public; labor-management law and relations; occupational safety and health; hiring, employment contracts, accommodation, leave, and termination.
CORPORATE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT DECISIONS
Finance & Business Law 444
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.
Finance & Business Law 446
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
Finance & Business Law 455
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.
Finance & Business Law 456
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 DEVELOPMENT
Finance & Business Law 457
A course covering all phases of the site selection, development, marketing, and business organization. The course deals with both long and short-term leasing, financing, appraising, development of industrial parks, rehabilitation, investment in, management of, zoning and tax factors of industrial and corporate real estate.
ADVANCED LIFE AND HEALTH INSURANCE AND PENSIONS
Finance & Business Law 464
Consideration of advanced topics in life and health insurance. Among topics covered are principles underlying life insurance, individual life insurance contracts, business uses of life insurance, fixed and variable annuities, individual health coverages, group insurance principles and uses and pensions. Instructor Consent required.
FINANCIAL ANALYSIS WITH BLOOMBERG, MORNINGSTAR AND EXCEL
Finance & Business Law 472
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.
Finance & Business Law 484
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.
Finance & Business Law 493
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.
Finance & Business Law 498
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.