FI417 Investment Analysis & Management

for S2M 2009

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FI 417 Investment Analysis & Management


S2M 2009 CH


Whetzel, Rosemary


Senior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty


MBA, Monmouth University
BS in Accounting, Rutgers University

Office Location

Room 143

Office Hours

3:30pm on Tuesday or Thursday or by appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

March 15, 2009 to May 10, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:00 PM


FI360 or with Permission of Instructor

Credit Hours


Fundamentals of Investment Management with S&P bind-in card, 9th Ed.,Geoffrey A. Hirt and Stanley B.Block, McGraw Hill-Irwin Publishers, ISBN: 13-9780077219895

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Course Description:
FI417 Investment Analysis and Management: 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, while studying risk management associated with investment management. Prerequisite: FI360 or permission of the instructor. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Students are expected to come to all classes and be on time and prepared.  All assignments will be posted at  Lecture, discussions and problem solving individually and in groups will take place in the classroom.  We will explore internet website for financial information.  There will be internet assignments, quizzes, a mid-term exam and a closed book final exam.

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:

Homework, internet projects, papers,mid-term exam and a final exam.
F= below 69


Homework  :       10%
Internet Project   10%
Paper                  10%
Mid-Term           35%
Final Exam          35%

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. 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 Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

All homework, papers, quizzes, etc. are expected to be turned in or taken on the date posted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students are to come to class on time, turn off cell phones, be polite, and be prepared.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1
Ch. 1 The Investment Setting
Ch. 2 Security Markets: Present and Future

Week 2

Ch 3 Participating in the Market
Ch 4 Sources of Investment Information
Ch 5 Economic Activity

Week 3

Ch 6 Industry Analysis
Ch 7 Valuation of the Individual Firm
Ch 8 Financial Statement Analysis
Ch 10 Investment in Special Situations

Week 4

Ch 11 Bond and Fixed-Income Fundamentals
Ch 12 Principles of Bond Valuation and Investment

Week 5

Ch 14 Convertibles and Warrants
Ch 15 Puts and Call Options

Week 6

Ch-16 Commodities and Financial Futures
Ch-18 International Securities Markets

Week 7
Ch-19 Mutual Funds
Ch 20 Investments in Real Estate Assets

Week 8

Project Presentations and Final Review

   Please go to http://www.parkonline for outlines of chapters, homework assignments and due dates.

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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