FI 363 Financial Institutions & Markets
F2T 2007 DLD
Snyman, Johannes H.
Professor of Business/Adjunct Faculty
Ph.D. Business Administration
Oct 22 - Dec 16, 2007
Textbook: Financial Markets and Institutions, 7th ed.,by Madura. ISBN: 0-324-28845-X for text and 0-324-28846-8 for the student workbook.
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 also available for subscription on-line. Click here https://users2.wsj.com/WebIntegration/WebIntegrationServlet?call=R_ST_EDU&KEY_EXT_CODE=77ABBD to subscribe online! Following this link will let the WSJ folks know you are enrolled as a student in this online course. Use 641 for the school zip code and my name as the instructor. Delivery will start in a few days and they will bill you directly, usually within 3 or 4 weeks. 2. For those of you (like I) that need a little more educational stimulation than text, follow the two links for a web based instruction site and a free video that further explain the Federal Reserve System. * I received the video in less than a week! - Free Video Order link http://www.phil.frb.org/education/fedtoday.html
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Educational Philosophy: My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. I believe in fast feedback. Please use the discussion section for course-related questions and my email address for personal-related questions.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Weekly projects, discussions, text assignments, midterm and final exams.
Homework, group projects, options game, class participation, mid-term and final exam. NOTE: final exam is closed book, closed notes and must be passed in order to pass the course.
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.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
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.
Ground Rules for Online Participation
Policy #1: Communicate. If you are experiencing any confusion over course material, technical difficulties that are not being resolved and are preventing you from completing your assignments, or general questions about the course, let me know as soon as possible. Note that if you wait until Sunday afternoon there is little chance of getting an answer before the assignment is due, so plan ahead.
Policy #2: Please post all questions of a general nature in the Office, Breakroom, or weekly discussion threads. Posting them in the threaded discussion area will allow your fellow students to benefit from your questions. And remember, there are no stupid/silly questions. We are all here to learn!
Policy #3: The Options Game
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.
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
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: http://www.park.edu/disability .
Last Updated:9/28/2007 3:47:59 PM