FI363 Financial Institutions & Markets

for S1T 2007

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FI 363 Financial Institutions and Markets


S1T 2007 DLA


Knott, Patrick M.


Adjunct Faculty


BA in Finance
AJP - Associated Jewelry Professional thru GIA

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Semester Dates

January 15, 2007 - March 11, 2007

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Required Text:   Financial Markets and Institutions, 7th ed., and accompanying Study Guide Author: Madura ISBN:  0-324-28845-X for text, 0-324-28845-8 for study guide (optional)

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

The 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 available for subscription on-line. Click on the hyperlink below! Following this link will let the WSJ folks know you are enrolled as a student in this online course. Use the schools zip code of 64152 and my name Patrick Knott should be in the drop down menu if it is not, just type it in as the course instructor. Delivery will start in a few days and they will bill you directly, usually within 3 or 4 weeks.


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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.  Pre-requisite:  EC301.  3:0:3

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:
Homework Assignments/Group projects Mid Term Examination (Individual) The Options game. Your ability to determine how much your investment in an option earned or lost. You'll win this game by getting the right answer, not by how much you made or lost. (team based). Comprehensive Eighth Week Exam (Individual Proctored) Instructor evaluation/class participation which is made up of the following factors: Posting your introduction to the introduction link during or prior to the first week of the course. Posting comments about the videos or other related topics in the weekly discussion threads. Team work - which includes joining/forming a team during week 1 and submitting the week one if possible, but definitely the week two assignment with your team. Attending class each week - meaning being active with your team and on the course site. I ask each team leader to report if someone did not participate during a week because Park requires that I report to it. Responding to my request for teammate evaluations during week 8.


The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements: Other course related activities. 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)

Assignment % of Grade  Points Due Date

Homework assignments/Group Projects 35% 350 Assignments are due on Sunday

Options Game 5% 50 Six class week

Class Participation  15%  150 Continually

Mid Term Examination 10%  100 Fourth class week

Peer Review 5% 50 Eigth class week

Eighth Week Examination  30%  300 Eight class week

Total  100%  1,000  

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.

The Proctored final exam for online courses must be passed with a grade of 60% or higher in order to pass the course regardless of the overall average.  The grade for students who pass the proctored final will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course.  The proctored final exam must address only material which the student has been taught in class.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Each week's work must be completed by 11:59 pm EST on Sunday.  Homework not turned in by the due date, but which is turned in no later than 5 days late, will receive 1/2 the score it would have received otherwise.  Homework not received within 5 days of the due date will not be scored.  No work received after the last Saturday of the online term will be scored.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please no spamming of the class email list.  Please direct your inquires to your respective teammates or to the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Each week we'll focus on three or four chapters in our text, Financial Institutions and Markets, by Madura. 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. During Week 2, we 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. During Week 3, we'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! During Week 4, we'll have a Mid Term Exam and look at stock markets. We'll try to determine how best to value stocks. During Week 5, we begin to look at financial futures, options markets, interest rate swap markets and foreign exchange derivative markets. 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. 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. 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 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.
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 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: .

Additional Information:
Please have your textbook prior to the beginning of class.  There is a link to the Park University bookstore within this syllabus.  If you choose to order it from another source other than Park's bookstore than you should have it delivered via next day.  Any delays in shipping will not grant you any form of an extension on the assignments due.  The only valid delays are those from the Park University Bookstores when ordered in a timely fashion. Also, please make sure you have ordered and received the U.S. version of the text and not the International version as they are different.


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Last Updated:1/2/2007 9:25:12 AM