FI 363 Financial Institutions and Markets
S2T 2007 DLB
Maddron, Craig E.
March 19 - May 13 2007
Textbook: 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.
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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: EC 301. 3:0:3
Welcome to Financial Institutions and Markets (FI363), on line! This course focuses on the actions and interactions of financial institutions, the government, and the community.
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.
Educational Philosophy: The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
How are assignments scored?
How is my participation score figured?
How will the Midterm be scored?
How will my overall course grade be determined?
Course Grading Scale
The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:
The following percentages will be used to assign course grades:
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.
Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences throughout the term. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands including temporary duty. The student is responsible for completing all missed work. Any student failing to attend class for two consecutive weeks, without an approved excuse from their instructor, will be administratively withdrawn and notified via email that you have been withdrawn and a grade of "WH" will be recorded.
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. PLEASE NOTE: Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each individual instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.
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Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Course-Specific Policies: A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday at 12 PM EST. The first week begins the first day of the semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted, by Sunday night.
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: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.
Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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