Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: Financial function calculators are advised, though not required. The recommended device is the HP 12-c (gold)
Course Description: A study of investment alternatives, selection criteria, and portfolio management. Emphasis is placed on economic, financial, and market factors which affect the values of alternative investments, while studying risk management associated with investment management. Pre-requisite: FI360 or permission of the instructor. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: In dealing with subject matter that is critical to the ongoing success of financial professionals, that is required of finance majors, and that is primarily objective in nature, the instructor applies direct and objective methods of instruction and testing. All grade outcomes are measures of the student's ability to access information and commit key elements of that information to memory.
Once armed with the basic tools of the finance trade, the student will be enabled to comprehend and manage increasingly complex and detailed information; building from strength to strength.
Learning Outcomes: The student will examine techniques of collecting, analyzing and evaluating market and security data with the purpose of designing and constructing specific portfolios. Special emphasis will be placed on the appropriate classification of securities as debt or equity, with the student learning to compare and contrast the performance characteristics of the two markets.
The student will be called upon to examine prototype portfolios to categorize and differentiate in-dwelling portfolio elements inventoried as to: risks, time-horizon, liquidity and marketability. The class, as a whole, will assess and debate the relative virtues of divergent investment modes.
Each class section will offer specific opportunities for the student to formulate a personal response to divergent risk/reward scenarios. The setting of each section will dictate whether the student will be called upon to plan and organize practical responses to specific investment problems, or to measure and judge ratio or other technical analyses.
Course Assessment: The first six sessions will close with an open-book quiz consisting of 50 questions drawn from the evening's course work and readings. Each quiz will be discussed at the opening of the subsequent session. The final will consist of 150 questions drawn directly from the six quizzes. Missed quizzes will result in a zero, and may not be made up. There is no provision for extra-credit.
The seventh class will consist of the usual quiz review plus an extended break-out session during which groups will consider and respond to a practical investment problem. Students will be assigned research tasks in preparation for this session.
For grading purposes, the lowest quiz score will be discarded and the remaining five will be averaged. The average quiz score will then be averaged with the final score to calculate the course score.
Requests for alternate dates for taking the final will be considered on an individual basis. Alternate finals must be proctored in compliance with University regulations. It is the student's obligation to arrange appropriate proctoring for alternate final testing.
Alternate finals will consist of 150 questions not previously used in quizzes.
Grading: 91-100 A
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: 10/26 Hirt & Block Chapters 1,2,3
11/02 Chapters 4,5,6
11/09 Chapters 7,8,9
11/16 Chapters 11,12,13
11/23 Chapters 15,16,17 11/30 Chapters 18,19
12/07 Independent Research
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
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