FI363 Financial Institutions & Markets

for S2T 2008

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FI 363 Financial Institutions and Markets


S2T 2008 DLA


Townsend, Vernesha


Adjunct Faculty


Master of Business Administration
B.S. Business Management

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M-F 7:00 - 1000

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Class Time




Credit Hours



Financial Markets and Institutions, 7th ed., and accompanying Study Guide by Madura. ISBN: 0-324-28845-X for text, 0-324-28845-8 for study guide.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore


Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

1. Not required to buy:  Wall Street Journal (WSJ).  We will use the WSJ as a reference in this course regularly. It is available at most libraries, in many offices, and other places. 

Hard copy subscriptions that include the online subscription are available to you as a student at special discounted rates. It's also available for subscription on-line.

Click here to subscribe online! Following this link will let the WSJ folks know you are enrolled as a student in this online course.  Use 641 for the school zip code and select my name (Vernesha Townsend) as the instructor..

Delivery will start in a few days and they will bill you directly, usually within 3 or 4 weeks.

3. For those of you (like I) that need a little more educational stimulation than text, follow the two links for a web based instruction site and/or a free video that further explain the Federal Reserve System.  * I received the video in less than a week!

- Web Based Site

- Free Video Order link

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Course Description:

A study of the macrofinancial environment with emphasis on the structure, functions, and economic role of financial institutions and markets. This includes the role of commercial banks, the central banking system and international finance. Prerequisite: EC301 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Research of current financial issues is vital to the success of this course. Up-to-date application of the course material is achieved via class interaction, projects, and evaluation. Students are expected to read and follow all instructions as to how to format work, where to send it, and when it is to be completed. If any of the materials in the course or instructions about what to do are unclear, it is the student's responsibility to ask questions

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the money supply response to changes in key variables including the reserve ratio, the nonborrowed monetary base, the discount rate, the currency ratio, expected deposit outflows, and market interest rates.
  2. Compare the Classical and Neoclassical (Monetarist) views of money demand with the Keynesian view, focusing on the role of interest rates and the debate surrounding the velocity of money.
  3. Identify the tools, goals, and targets of monetary policy.
  4. Discuss the transmissions mechanisms of monetary policy.
  5. Discuss how asymmetric information, adverse selection, and moral hazard relate to banking regulation in the U.S. and abroad.
  6. Apply macroeconomic and monetary theory to a selected real world situation.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:

    * Homework Assignments/Group projects
    * Weekly Discussion

    * Mid Term Examination (Individual)

    * 5 Open Book Quizzes.(Individual)

    * Comprehensive Eighth Week Exam (Individual Proctored)

    * Instructor evaluation/class participation which is made up of the following factors:

         1. Posting your introduction to the conference during the first week of the course.

         2. Posting comments about the videos or other related topics in the weekly discussion threads.

         3. Team work - which includes joining/forming a team during week 1 and submitting the week two assignment with your team.

         4. Attending class each week - meaning being active with your team. I ask each team leader to report if someone did not participate during a week because Park makes me report to it.

         5. Responding to my request for teammate evaluations during week 8.

         6. Other course related activities.


The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements: -Seven Weekly Homework Assignments and Defined Workgroup Projects (350 points) -Mid Term Examination (100 points) - Open book/Five weekly quizzes (50 points) - Closed book/notes Comprehensive Eighth Week Exam (Individual Proctored) (300 points) -Instructor evaluation/class participation which is made up of the following factors: Posting your introduction to the conference during the first week of the course. Participating with assigned team during weekly assignments. Attending class each week - being active within the discussion threads.  Remember 1st posting is due by Thursday (70 total points) Team evaluations (130 points). Other course related activities.

Assignment             % of Grade             Points             Due Date

Homework------------------350---------------Assignments are due on Sunday

5 Open Book Quiz-------------------50----------------Week 2,3,5,6,7

Class Participation----------------130----------------Continually

Mid-Term Exam----------------100----------------Fourth class week

Eighth Week Exam---------------300----------------Eighth class week

Total   1,000

The following percentages will be used to assign course grades:

    * 90% - 100% = A (900-1000 points=A)     * 80% - 89% = B (800-899 points=B)

    * 70% - 79% = C (700-799 points=C)     * 60% - 69% = D (600-699 points=D)

    * Below 60% = F (below 600 points=F)


The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Each week's work must be completed by Midnight EST on Sunday. Homework not turned by the due date, but which is turned in no more then 7 days late, will receive 1/2 the score it would have received otherwise. Homework not received within 7 days of the due date will not be scored. No work received after the last Saturday of the online term will be scored.  Indvidual assignment submissions designated as group assignments will not be accepted unless approved by the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
This course is team based!!!! - Select 4 or 5 members to be on your team. - One member will provide me the members and team name by the end of Week One. The sooner the better, because you have an assignment due the end of the first week and it's best to submit the first week homework as a team. - Each week the team will designate one individual as the team leader. The team leader will submit the weekly homework and group work assignments. Ensure that you use the Docshare to submit your team assignments. - Each member's participation will be evaluated by their team members during the final week

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Welcome to Financial Institutions and Markets (FI363), on line! Each week we'll focus on two or three chapters in our text.

During Week 1, 
 our objective is to understand the many different types of financial markets and institutions and the roles they play through theory, activities, and current examples. We begin to focus on interest rates, how they are determined, and the relationship between rates, time, and securities prices. Assignments: discussion and text work.

During Week 2, w
e will look at the Federal Reserve system and monetary theory and policy. We will also begin looking at debt security markets with a look at Money Markets and we'll begin to look at Options. Assignments: discussion, text work, internet exercise, and option pick. 

During Week 3, w
e'll look at other debt security markets including bond markets and mortgage markets. We want to know what these are, how they operate, what purpose they serve, and some of the challenges faced in each of these markets. Perhaps most interesting this week will be the chapter on bond valuation! Assignments: discussion, text work, and internet exercise.

During Week 4, we'll have a Mid Term Exam--We'll have an open book, Mid Term Exam and look at stock markets. We'll try to determine how best to value stocks. Assignments: discussion, text work, and internet exercise.  
During Week 5we begin to look at financial futures, options markets, interest rate swap markets and foreign exchange derivative markets. Assignments: discussion, text work, and internet exercise.
During Week 6, we examine banks, their sources and uses of funds, and the regulations that govern their operations. We'll also look at how banks are managed and how their performance is measured. Assignments: discussion, text work, and internet exercise.
During Week 7, we look at non-bank financial institutions such as savings institutions, credit unions, finance companies, mutual funds, securities firms, pension funds, and insurance companies 

During the final week
, we will assess the course itself, the contribution of each team member to the team's efforts, and have an assignment to review what has happened during the 8 weeks we were in this class. We will also have a significant exam review. The policy at Park University is for each of you to take a significant, proctored exam during the Eighth week of the class. Unless you are more then two hours from the nearest Park site, you are expected to take the exam at one of the Park sites. (People overseas or other wise out of the area of a Park site will be handled on an individual basis. If you think this applies to you, contact me before you submit your proctor form with details of your situation.) I will send the exam to your proctor; you will have to arrange a time to meet with the proctor and to take the exam, and then have the proctor send it to me. There is additional information below.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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