FI417 Investment Analysis & Management

for F1D 2006

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FI 417 Investment Analysis and Management


F1D 2006 DA


Stroud, James R.


Semester Dates


Class Days

Intermittant Weekends

Class Time

8:00 - 5:00 PM

Credit Hours



Fundamentals of Investment Management: Hirt, Block, 8th ed.  2006, Irwin/McGraw Hill. ISBN 007-2966505

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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, whi le studying risk management associated with investment management. PREREQUISITE: FI 360 or permission of the instructor. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
We are all learners throughout our entire lives.  This learning is from both formal education and “informal education”, or what some of us refer to as personal experience.  Since our personal experiences are by definition limited, there may come a time when we desire to enrich ourselves through formal education.  For some of us this may be knowledge for its own sake.  For many of us the desire to seek formal education is to prepare for future opportunities that would not otherwise be available.  

But there is more to formal education than completing assignments and “filling squares”.  There is what we can learn from each other.  Only in a classroom can many people with diverse backgrounds and experiences interact and learn together.  Before on line classrooms if you missed the class you missed the interaction.  Now you can participate even during the times when life is just plain busy, because you can pick your own timeframe for interaction.

This learning and interaction occurs while completing course objectives together.  I believe these objectives are introduced and measured best through lectures, readings, quizzes, internet, and writings.  Their completion enables all of us to learn things that would not be possible anywhere else.

Finally, I firmly believe that knowledge in the classroom must not only be acquired but also translated for personal application and for application in the work center.  Enrichment is made complete when learning is applied in our own personal experience.

As a life long learner I look forward to your unique experiences that will enrich us all.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Perform research on securities.
  2. Define the theoretical and practical application of investing in portfolios.
  3. Define the workings of investment funds and securities markets.
  4. Explain the relationship between current events and investments.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Lecture; class discussions, case studies, business analysis


Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class.  All assignments must be turned in within the allotted time. All assignments are to be typed and presented in an acceptable format.



            Each student will participate in an analysis of cases presented within the text, either as individuals or in groups.  The cases will normally be discussed while class is in session.  If required, students will accomplish them as homework, with emphasis on the discussion questions provided.


Business Analysis

            The class will be divided into sections and must conduct a business analysis on a subject of their choosing.  This subject can be one generated by the students themselves, a case within the text, a review of an actual business concern, or any combination of the above.  This project will be a group project where grades will be determined by effectiveness of presentation and participation.


            Effectiveness of presentation is a grade from the instructor on how well prepared the group is and their ability to present their point of view.  Participation will be graded in two levels, instructor and peer.  At the end of the exercise each student will be required to submit a grade, secretly, on how well each peer participated.  Members of the group who attempt “social loafing” or dominate the group with “my way or else” will have their grades dropped a minimum of two levels.  The instructor, as always, is the final authority on grades.




Meeting 1                                                      


August 26, 2006

8:00 to 5:00

Ch 1-4




August 27, 2006                          

9:00 to 2:30                          

Ch 4-8





September 16, 2006                                

8:00 to 5:00                          

Ch 9-12

Case 1 Presented                             



September 17, 2006

9:00 to 2:30

Ch 13-16

Case 2 Presented




October 14, 2006                          

8:00 to 5:00                          

Ch 17-19                               



October 15, 2006

9:00 to 2:30

Ch 20,21

Business Analysis Presentation




Everything discussed in class is considered testable.  A lack of attendance will affect your grade.  Advanced notification of legitimate absences will be fairly considered. 

            All exams are given on a predetermined date.  Make-ups must be arranged prior to the exam date.  Failure to make proper notifications may be considered a neglect of responsibility and grounds for test failure. 

            All assignments must be turned in on time.  Failure to do so may cause the assignment to be dropped one letter grade. 

            I reserve the right to employ drop quizzes and extra homework assignments. These will be administered in class and cannot be made up.  Each will increase the overall point value of the course.

            Special circumstances may require an assignment to be submitted after the original due date (deployment, death in the family, other emergencies).  All of these delays must be coordinated prior to original due date of the assignment.  This does not include a failure to plan, such as deciding not to accomplish the assignment until the last minute, only to discover there is not enough time to finish.   If a valid extension is granted, the student will coordinate with the instructor on a predetermined make up date.  Once this date has elapsed, the assignment will no longer be available for your final grade.

            Under no circumstances will any work defined as “extra credit” be assigned or accepted. 




90-100%            A                     Participation                         10%

80-89%            B                     Cases (2 * 25%)                    50%               

70-79%            C                     Special Project                    40%

60-69%            D                    

0-59%             F                      Total:                                       100%


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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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 "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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