FI417 Investment Analysis & Management

for S2T 2007

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FI 417 Investment Analysis and Management


S2T 2007 DL


Pologeorgis, Nicolas


Associate Professor, School of Business and Management


Ph.D. Economics
MBA Finance


Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Required Text: Fundamentals of Investment Management

Edition: 8th

Author(s): Hirt & Block                                                     

Publisher: McGraw-Hill - 2006

ISBN: 0-07-296650

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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:

My primary belief is that teaching is a true test of scholarship and that a teacher should provide a classroom environment that is conducive to encouraging students to express their ideas and actively participate in the learning process. The concept that each student is responsible for learning in the class and should enjoy the interaction in the classroom is key to this belief. The student should be academically challenged by the intellectual discussion of the course material and be able to comprehend its value as part of preparation for life and a successful career. I want to have the student complete a course of instruction and feel that the knowledge gained is worthwhile and will contribute to their success in achieving their goals.

 I also believe that an effective teacher has a complete knowledge of the subject matter being taught as well an understanding of the underlying pedagogical theory. It is the teacher's responsibility to remain current in their field of expertise by reviewing current literature, attending conferences, maintaining memberships in appropriate professional organizations and   consulting with colleagues. A teacher must not only know the subject matter, but the best way to present the subject matter to the students to stimulate their though process. The student should be encouraged to seek external sources to further their knowledge.

 In addition, I believe that an effective teacher should attempt to gain an understanding of each student's capabilities and their level of knowledge that they bring into the classroom. Each student should be encouraged to gain additional skills and develop new insights. As each student is different and various teaching techniques should be employed to reach out and facilitate the learning process. A relationship should be built that emphasizes trust and a commitment to the learning process. The student should feel that a partnership does exist with the teacher and that mutual respect is a key to success in the classroom. The teacher must be committed to the success of each student insure that the teacher is available to the student outside of class.

 In summary, I want the student to leave my classes with the following thoughts:

 The teacher personally cared for me as an individual and appreciated my understanding of the subject matter.

 My contributions to the classroom discussions and the subject were valued.

 The classroom environment encouraged my responsibility for learning the subject matter.

 The material is important and will be a factor in my success in life.

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:

Course Evaluation and Grading Policies

Each student is responsible for completing:

  • Weekly reading assignments
  • Weekly written homework -discussion questions- (DQs) based on the assigned readings
  • Weekly conference participation (replies to DQs already answered by other students)
  • Proctored comprehensive final exam

For a Student to Earn Full Points for Weekly Participation, S/He Should:

Participate in a minimum of three (3) answers or responses from other students and provide a 'substantial' response to another student's answer or response. A 'substantial' response is a response/question that (a) is 3-4 lines in length; (b) if it is a question, it needs to be an open-ended question (requires further elaboration and not a yes or no or short type of answer); and (c) it promotes further class discussion.

Just responding to another student's answer or response saying that 'I liked your answer', or "I agree with you' type of responses/answers do not earn any points because they neither engage critical thinking, nor do they promote further class discussion.

A response can also be an opinion as long as the author can justify it using the economic concepts covered during the course. It can also be another question that extends the existing answered question.

Rating Code:

4 = meets or exceeds all requirements of a 'substantial response' as specified above

3 = meets only 2 of the 3 requirements of a substantial response

2 = meets only 1 of the 3 requirements of a substantial response

1 = posts fewer than 3 responses

0 = no postings at all for the week

Weekly Homework Discussion Questions
: The first component requires that each student post two to three paragraphs response to all discussion questions posted for the week from the discussion questions posted in each week's conference "discussion questions" thread. This response earns from zero (0) points to four (4) points and will be evaluated using the guidelines for homework questions listed below. There will be four (4) Discussion Questions (DQs) per week based on the assigned reading (32 questions total for the term), with each question worth four (4) points (128 points total for the term).

Discussion Questions Rubric/Scoring Guide

Discussion Questions will be evaluated on a weekly basis as follows:

  • No response - zero (0) points
  • A response that lacks essential information and indicates minimal effort - one (1) point
  • A response that includes most essential information but lacks cohesiveness - two (2) points
  • A response that includes all essential information, is thoughtful and cohesive - three (3) points.
  • A response that includes all essential information, is thoughtful, cohesive and promotes further class discussion (engages critical thinking ability) - four (4) points.

Conference Participation: this component requires that each student select another student's response to a discussion question and "reply" to that response. Each reply can earn up to four (4) points while the absence of a reply earns zero (0) points. Conference participation will also be evaluated on a weekly basis. It is imperative that you strive to earn full points each week, despite the fact that the Conference Participation points are 'flexible' (if a student loses point one week s/he can make them up the following week by increasing their conference participation until 96 points are reached).

Homework Point Summary

  • Weekly Homework Discussion Questions: 128 points (24% of final grade)
  • Conference Participation Replies : 96 points (19% of final grade)

NOTE: should a student miss or does not earn full class participation points for the week, s/he can still make up for that loss by increasing their participation in the following week. The 96 total points are 'flexible' meaning that they are spread over 8 weeks, indicating that more than 12 points can be earned in any week during the course duration until the student reaches the limit of 96 total points possible.

Example –

A = 90- 100% (or 201 points or higher)
B = 80-89% (or 179 to 199 points)
C = 70-79% (or 156 to 176 points)
D = 60-69% (or 134 to 154 points)
F = < 60% ( or133 or fewer points)


Evaluation Methods: the evaluation methods will be based on the flowing two components:

  • Weekly Homework Discussion Questions 128 pts (15% of final grade)
  • Conference Participation Replies 96 pts (15% of final grade)
  • Quizzes (100 points each x 6 weeks) 600 pts (20% of final grade)
  • Mid-term Exam 100 pts (20% of final grade)
  • Final Exam 100 pts (30% of final grade)
  • Total Points Possible 1024 pts

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:
Submission of Late Work: Please make sure that you post answers to all four DQs for each week by Sunday night of that week the very latest ! ! ! Of course, you should have posted your responses earlier than Sunday night, thus enable yourselves to participate in the class discussion via the 'Conference Participation' threads.
• I would strongly suggest you log on at least every other day and spend one to two hours at a time (at a minimum) posting and respnding to your classmates answers and/or responses. Should you wait to post and respond on Friday, you will have missed great opportunities to enhance your learning as well as participate in the class discussion.  
• If the assignmed homework has not been posted by Friday night (Central Time) each week in the Conference Participation threads, the student will be losing  1 point per Discussion Question for Each Day the Homework is late.
Delayed Homework Assignments: Late Homework assignments that are delayed will fail to earn full points as mentioned above. An asychronous environment provides ample time and opportunity to respond to the discussion questions posted each week for the duration of the course. However the following wil be the only exceptions:
(1) Hospital stay of at least 1 week without acces to a computer
(2) Student's employer sending student to temporary location ofr at least 1 week without access to a computer.
(3) Death or serious illness in the family
(4) Personal injury that prevents using a computer
(5) If military personnel, deployment to a location without a computer
(6) Any combination of the above that will also require travel and not access to a computer.

Contact me as soon as possible if one of these situations applies to you and be prepared to fax documentation to me.


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

I expect all students to conduct themselves in a respectful and pleasant manner in class that promotes learning.

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: .


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