FI417 Investment Analysis & Management

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FI 417 Investment Analysis and Management


SP 2007 HO


Paskelian, Johannes


Assistant Professor of Finance


Ph.D. - University of New Orleans
M.S. - University of New Orleans
MBA - Nicholls State University

Office Location

Library 319B

Office Hours

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30 AM, Tuesdays from 1:00PM – 5:00 PM and by appointment.

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6538

Other Phone

(816) 584-6538


Class Days


Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM


All students should enrolled in this class should have taken FI 360.

Credit Hours



Fundamentals of Investments, 4th Edition by Bradford D. Jordan and Thomas W. Miller
ISBN #9780073027210
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Additional Resources:

Essentials of Investments, 6th Edition by Bodie, Kane and Marcus.
ISBN #9780073041537

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Course Description:

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of investing. Major topics covered include in-depth discussions on valuation of bonds, stocks, and derivative securities, portfolio formation and revision, and portfolio performance monitoring. In order to help students to better understand the real investment process, hands-on experience can be gained through participation in Stock-Trak Portfolio Simulation and presentations on timely topics.

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:


Grades will be based on the student’s performance on three in-class tests, homework assignments and portfolio investment report based on Stock-Trak simulation. Your overall score in the course will be determined mechanically as the weighted average of the four component scores.
Test 1 (covering module 1):           20%
Test 2 (covering module 2):           20%
Final (comprehensive):                   20%
Homework Assignments:               10%
Investment Report:                        30%

There is no opportunity in this course to do “extra-credit” work. Your grade will be determined solely by the components listed above. All exams are in-class, closed-book. They cover material from lectures, assigned readings and homework assignments. Exams will strive to test comprehension and not merely memorization skills.

All final exams will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  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 Associate Dean.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to arrive in the classroom before the class starts.  Class disruptions from cell phones, pagers or any other device will not be allowed.  During exams, all cell phones etc. must be turned off.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Calendar
Module 1:
Chapter1: Investment Background, Risk and Return Characteristics
Chapter 2: Financial Instruments, Margin and Short Sell Constraints
Chapter 3: Overview of Securities
Chapter 4: Mutual Funds and Other Investment Companies
Test 1
Module 2:
Chapter 11: Diversification and Efficient Frontier
Chapter 12: Risk and Return, Introduction to CAPM
Chapter 7: Market Efficiency
Chapter 8: Behavioral Finance
Test 2
Module 3:
Chapter 5&6: Equity Valuation
Chapter 9&10: Bond Prices and Yields
Chapter 16: Introduction to Options and Options Valuation
Chapter 14: Futures Contracts
Final Exam

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 2006-2007 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

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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