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International Finance   (FIN-334)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
International Finance analyzes the way that the monetary and economic environments (as influenced by exchange rates and foreign investment) affect multinational enterprise. The course examines capital flows, trade deficits, and international investments to determine their effects on international trade. The course also evaluates futures and options in currency swaps in order to determine their effects on purchasing power parity, the international marketplace, and multinational business enterprise.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Discuss issues related to globalization, financial goals, and corporate governance.
  • Explain the role of the international monetary system and the balance of payments.
  • Illustrate the mechanics of the foreign exchange market.
  • Discuss foreign exchange exposure including transaction and operating exposure.
  • Analyze the role of international portfolio investors.
  • Design a global equity strategy.
  • Analyze risks associated with international investment.
  • Integrate working capital management with international trade and finance.
  • Analyze ethical issues related to international finance.

 
Housing Finance   (REE-302)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Institutions, processes, and mechanisms involved in the provision of mortgage funds for housing. The roles of conventional lenders, mortgage insurance, secondary market operations, and state and local housing finance agencies.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Define who is the Mortgagor and the who is the Mortgagee
  • Find your current credit score, which is FICO
  • Compare several mortgage brokers for assistance in receiving the best mortgage loan
  • Identify the various alternative financing plans available and typically considered by home buyers
  • Define "Points" and explain their purpose
  • Check the zoning laws on the lot that you would buy or build your house
  • Define Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
  • Explain the loan-to-value ratio
  • Discuss the important of housing to the economy
  • Discuss the steps that government and the banking industry take to support home ownership
  • Discuss Federal, State and local incentives in place to encourage housing finance

 
Personal Finance   (BUE-101)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Personal Finance for 2000 and Beyond provides the information you need to make sound financial choices. This course will help you determine the best course of action as you gather, protect, and use your financial assets. Eight key elements of personal finance are emphasized throughout this course: obtaining, planning, saving, borrowing, spending, managing risk, investing, and retirement and estate planning.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Explain how your financial decisions impact on your own life and the lives of your family or loved ones.
  • Create a financial plan based on your own needs and the needs of others who will be affected by your plan.
  • Set financial goals and implement an action plan that will meet these goals.
  • Describe strategies for managing the stress that can result from conflicts over purchasing decisions and managing finances.
  • Explain how to ensure the financial security of yourself and your family or loved ones.
  • Identify strategies for managing investments.
  • Describe the principles of retirement and estate planning.

Available by DSST exam. 
Advanced Concepts in Paralegal Studies: Business and Finance   (LES-301)   3.00 s.h.  
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Advanced Concept in Paralegal Studies: Business & Finance Formation, operation, sale, and dissolution of businesses, going public; leveraged buyouts, securities; U.C.C.; and trusts and estates are reviewed in detail with documentation employed by law firms and legal departments. The student is trained to function in major areas of business and financial law. In addition, students continue their study of litigation and real estate. 
Small Business Finance   (FIN-314)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
This course explores the application of basic financial management techniques within a small business environment (100 or fewer employees). The course will consider financial problems and their solutions faced by persons who start and operate small businesses. Learners will explore the use and purpose of profit and loss statements, balance sheets, equity, debt, retained earnings and financial ratios; as they apply to common and alternatives solutions to the more common financial management problems encountered by small business.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Articulate and demonstrate advanced learning/knowledge/experience or accomplishments in the two following areas:
    • Preparation, comprehension and utilization of Balance Sheets, Income Statements and Source and Use Statements (pro forma and actual) - their preparation, comprehension and utilization for a 'best practices' in small business finances
    • Utilization and preparation of Cash Flow statements in managing the small business financial operations cycle
  • Articulate and demonstrate advanced learning/knowledge/experience in at least 4 of the following 9 areas:
    • Explain how to determine variable cost and fixed cost, understanding the difference between these types of cost and why that understanding is important for successful small business finance
    • Discuss the application of ratio analysis and how to use financial ratios for estimations of solvency, appropriate amounts of debt to equity, performance, and profitability
    • Discuss the application of management and the control of inventory [methods and practices] and why it is important
    • Discuss applications of the principles inherent with the management of accounts payable and accounts receivable and an understanding of their importance
    • Discuss source of and accessing investment funding for personal, family/friends, banks, and others - including crowd funding and other innovative methods
    • Discuss debt management including cost of debt, long term debt vs. short term debt - debt to finance short term needs vs. long term needs - pros and cons, and security/collateral.
    • Discuss compensation for yourself and employees, including income taxes/FICA responsibilities, benefits, salary/drawings and profit distribution.
    • Discuss taxes including corporate taxation/small business tax - tax planning/tax preparation
    • Discuss the preparation of a Financial Business Plan reflecting the annual financial cycle
  • Identify and discuss at least four common small business financial management problems, such as:
    • Transaction and payment authorization management
    • Equity financing
    • Depreciation accounting
    • Working capital financing/vendor credit
    • Managing accounts receivable
    • Cash-flow management
    • Financial/management and reporting (periodic, annual)
    • Insurance requirements/legal liabilities, and
    • Financial oversight
 
Principles of Finance   (FIN-301)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Principles of Finance serves as an introduction to financial management. Financial management is concerned with value and, when applied to firms, studies financial decision making and its impact on the value of the firm. Virtually all management decisions have financial implications, and the impact of these decisions on the value of the firm is the basis by which management is judged. Superior management produces superior financial decisions that lead to growth and increased valuation of the firm. This course considers specific financial decisions such as selecting among alternative investments (i.e., capital budgeting), the sources of the firm's finances (i.e., the optimal capital structure), the management of current assets and liabilities (i.e., working capital), and the tools of financial analysis. The course emphasizes analytical tools and their use in solving financial problems.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Identify both short- and long-term financial management problems.
  • Solve optimal capital structure problems.
  • Analyze financial statements.
  • Determine a firm's cost of capital.
  • Use present value tables.

Available by DSST exam. 
Corporate Finance   (FIN-311)   3.00 s.h.  
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Examines theories underlying financial decision-making models and their application to decision making under uncertainty. Emphasizes cash flows and their certainty. Emphasizes cash flows and their certainty. Topics include risk and valuations, capital budgeting, long-term financing, financial structure, and dividend policy and internal financing. 
Mathematics of Finance   (FIN-210)   3.00 s.h.  
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Simple interest and discount; equations of value; annuities certain, amortization and sinking funds; depreciation; valuation of bonds; life annuities and life insurance. 
Introduction to Finance   (FIN-200)   3.00 s.h.  
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Using data from personal experience & Balance Sheet Equation, ID an asset & its component parts & two categories of liabilities; Given interest tables & "Rule of 72", describe the concept, Time Value of Money; Provided with cash expenditures data & categories of revenues & expenses, accurately develop a pro-forma cash flow statement; Given examples of financial concepts developed in the program, correctly relate the concepts developed in a financial environment; Etc. 
Real Estate Finance II   (REE-303)   3.00 s.h.  
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Income Property Valuation/Investment. Real Estate Income properly cash flow statements and valuation; investment analysis and decisions; operation of trusts; syndications; partnerships and corporations as a basis for real estate investment; selection and evaluation of real property investment portfolios. 
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