Finance (FINA)

FINA 190. Special Topics in Finance. 1 Unit.

FINA 191. Special Topics in Finance. 0.5 Units.

The goal of this course is to provide a basic understanding of personal finance to enable students to reach and maintain financial security during their lifetimes. The course will emphasize the fundamental issues of importance to all individuals and will include the following topics: personal financial planning, the home buying process, the buy/lease auto decision, insurance and investment products, credit cards, mortgages and personal loans, and many more. This course is structured for students without any background in business or finance.

FINA 285. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

FINA 290. Special Topics in Finance. 1 Unit.

FINA 301. Principles of Financial Planning. 0.5 Units.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of financial planning. Topics covered will include the financial planning process, financial statement and cash flow management, financing strategies, education planning, income tax fundamentals and planning, and financial planning for special circumstances. Prerequisite: FINA 311.

FINA 303. Money & Financial Institutions. 1 Unit.

A study of the role of money and the flow of funds in the financial process and their relationship to the U.S. and international financial systems. The course will also cover financial institutions and the characteristics of the main financial markets. Prerequisite: ECON 103S.

FINA 311. Business Finance. 1 Unit.

An introduction to corporate finance from the viewpoint of the financial manager. Major topics include the fundamental concepts, financial theory, time value of money, cash flow valuation, stocks and bonds, capital budgeting and risk and return. Prerequisite: ACCT 211, ECON 103S and STAT 201 (or MATH 125Q or STAT 301Q).

FINA 313. Fundamentals of Finance. 1 Unit.

Introduction to the fundamentals of finanacial statements, essential elements of finance, financial nalaysis, valuation, budgeting, and basic financial management. This course is only open to students in the Organizational Leadership Program.

FINA 320. Investments. 1 Unit.

An introduction to investments, primarily from the viewpoint of the individual investor. Investment media; regulation; treatment of risk; financial markets, brokers and the investments industry; sources of investor information; fundamental and technical analysis, investment companies, introduction to portfolio theory, and random walk concepts. Emphasis is on stocks, bonds, and commodities investing in the U.S. markets, but other media and foreign markets are also considered. Prerequisite: FINA 311.

FINA 333. Principles of Insurance and Risk Management. 0.5 Units.

A survey of the concepts of insurance and risk management from a financial planning perspective. Topic examples include risk assessment and analysis, commercial insurance products, disability and long-term care insurance, annuities, life insurance and taxation of insurance products. Prerequisite: FINA 311.

FINA 361. Real Estate Principles. 1 Unit.

A survey of commercial real estate property and valuation as an investment. Prerequisite: FINA 311 and Junior standing.

FINA 375R. Collapse or Abundance: Prospects for the Environment, the World's Poor, and Accelerating Technology. 1 Unit.

Examines whether economic growth is sustainable in terms of the environment, natural resources, and ability to support the world's population at a level above mere subsistence living. Explores the debate from the time of Thomas Malthus in 1798 to current on sustainable economic growth and the planet. Discussion centered on whether accelerating technology reads to abundance or misery for the majority of the world's population. Junior Seminar.

FINA 385. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

FINA 390. Special Topics in Finance. 1 Unit.

FINA 395. Teaching Apprenticeship. 0.5 Units.

The purpose of this course is to provide students an opportunity to obtain experiential and practical learning by interning with corporations, financial institutions, and government agencies. Does not count as upper-division elective toward finance major.

FINA 397. Finance Internship. 1 Unit.

The purpose of this course is to provide students an opportunity to obtain experiential and practical learning by interning with corporations, financial institutions, and government agencies. Does not count as upper-division elective toward finance major.

FINA 401. Retirement and Estate Planning. 1 Unit.

This course covers retirement and estate planning. Topics covered include various types of retirement accounts such as IRAs and employee sponsored plans such as 401(k)s and 403(b)s. In addition, emphasis will be placed on estate planning techniques such as the use of gifts and trusts and the related tax implications. Prerequisites: FINA 311.

FINA 412. Multinational Finance. 1 Unit.

The financial management of multinational firms. Analysis is given of foreign exchange rate determination, international financial institutions and markets, and management of assets under international financial uncertainty. Prerequisite: FINA 311.

FINA 413. Bank Management. 1 Unit.

Emphasis will be placed on the management of commercial banks and related depository financial institutions. Topics will include asset/liability management, capital formation, source and use of funds, supervision and examination policies and profitability planning. Prerequisite: FINA 311.

FINA 414. Corporate Financial Management. 1 Unit.

This course covers the management of financial assets by firms. This includes long-term fixed asset management as well as short-term management of cash assets. Emphasis will be placed on the planning and budgeting process as it relates to the management of firm assets. Prerequisites: FINA 311 and FINA 320.

FINA 415. Financial Risk Management. 1 Unit.

This course focuses on the evaluation of financial risks to firms from changes in interest rates, exchange rates, or commodity or other prices. The course will cover risk exposure evaluation; products available such as forward rate agreements, futures contracts, options, and swaps; and hedging strategies. Students will be exposed to theory as well as computational aspects of risk management techniques. Prerequisites: MATH 122Q, FINA 311 and STAT 301Q.

FINA 421. Equity Fund Management. 1 Unit.

An applied course in equity analysis and portfolio management. Students set objectives, strategy, and selection criteria for the Roland George Growth Fund. Securities are analyzed and proposed to the trustees. Students may participate as trustees, team captains, and research assistants. Numerous presentations, research papers, and meetings are required with an open-ended class schedule. Responsibility also includes monitoring of the Roland George Income Fund holdings. Successful investment practitioners participate as lecturers in the George Program, including portfolio managers, analysts, and pension fund consultants. Scholarships based on merit are awarded to top students in the program. Prerequisites: FINA 320 and approval of the course instructor.

FINA 422. Fixed Income Management. 1 Unit.

An applied course in fixed income analysis and advanced topics in portfolio management. Holdings of the Roland George Income Fund are analyzed and changes are prepared based on objectives, criteria, and strategy set by the class. Students may participate as trustees, team captains, and research assistants. Numerous presentations, research papers and meetings are required with an open-ended class schedule. Responsibility also includes monitoring of the Roland George Growth Fund holdings. Successful investment practitioners participate as lecturers in the George Program including portfolio managers, analysts, and pension fund consultants. Scholarships based on merit are awarded to top students in the program. Prerequisites: FINA 320 and approval of the course instructor.

FINA 423. Certified Financial Planning Capstone. 1 Unit.

An integrated capstone course covering the various topics studied in previous courses. Interpersonal communication, professional conduct and fiduciary responsibility will also be covered. Realworld case based with an emphasis on both written and verbal communication. Prerequisites: FINA 301, FINA 320, FINA 401, FINA 333 and ACCT 301. Requires Senior standing.

FINA 485. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

FINA 490. Special Topics in Finance. 1 Unit.

FINA 501. Current Issues in Finance. 2 or 3 Credits.

A graduate level seminar on current issues and problems in the field. Graduate only.

FINA 503. International Business and Finance. 3 Credits.

Examination of macroeconomic principles by focusing on foreign exchange consequences, financial institutions, international payments flows, international monetary system, and international banking. Graduate only.

FINA 505. Financial Economics. 3 Credits.

The course considers the rapidly changing economic conditions that characterize today’s global economy. Basic macro and microeconomic concepts and principles will be studied in the context of how they frame business decisionmaking in a global marketplace.

FINA 509. Strategic Financial Analysis. 3 Credits.

The course introduces the basic principles of financial analysis as they are applied to the operation of the enterprise. Financial decisions such as cash flow budgeting and planning, capital expenditure decisions, and capital structure decisions will be considered as well as firm interaction with capital markets.

FINA 511. Advanced Financial Management. 3 Credits.

Corporate finance course aimed at further understanding and application of financial concepts learned in the basic course. Emphasis placed on the responsibility of the financial manager to contribute to the operating efficiency of the firm, its long range objective and the financial decision-making process. Graduate only.

FINA 520. Advanced Investments. 3 Credits.

An advanced investments course focusing on security analysis and portfolio management. Topics covered will include financial intermediaries, markets and regulation, sources of investor information, fundamental and technical analysis, risk and return and asset pricing. In addition, students will learn how to develop investment objectives and constraints, optimal portfolio strategies and to evaluate investment performance. Emphasis is on stocks, bond and commodities. Derivative instruments will also be examined as they relate to speculation and risk management. Microsoft Excel will be used extensively in the course. Prerequisite: FINA 511.

FINA 521. Applied Research in Equities. 2 or 3 Credits.

A graduate level seminar in equity analysis and portfolio management. Research projects are done for the Roland George Investments Program. Prerequisite: FINA 320 or approval of instructor. Graduate only.

FINA 522. Applied Research in Fixed-Income Analysis. 2 or 3 Credits.

A graduate level seminar in fixed-income analysis and portfolio management. Research projects are done for the Roland George Investments Program. Prerequisite FINA 320 or approval of Instructor. Graduate only.

FINA 553. Venture Capital and Private Equity. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on institutional financing of the early-stage and growth-stage firm. Students will examine management of the venture capital firm, their evaluation process, term sheets, due diligence, exits and related topics. The course will view the capital raising challenge from the perspectives of both the entrepreneur and the investor. Students will be required to evaluate "live" companies and make investment decisions.

FINA 585. Independent Study. 3 Credits.