MBA625 International Finance

for S2P 2010

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MBA 625 International Finance


S2P 2010 MB


Batson, Zach


Adjunct Faculty


MBA – University of Missouri, Columbia

Office Hours

Directly following class periods


Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours


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Course Description:
MBA 625 International Finance: Study of the international monetary environment and financial planning for corporations with overseas operations. Analysis of the effects of exchange rate fluctuations, currency restrictions and tax regulations on international financial planning, examination of financial aspects of multinational business, including foreign investment, trade and transfer of funds. Prerequisites: FI 360 and MBA 615 (Formerly FI 625)

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain key factors determine foreign exchange rates.
  2. Discuss the concept of interest rate parity.
  3. Explain the purchasing-power parity theory and the law of one price.
  4. Explain what exchange rate risk is and how it can be controlled.
  5. Discuss the risks involved in direct foreign investment.
  6. Explain country risk analysis and long term investment decisions.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

This class will be taught and assessed as an independent study course. Accordingly, your grade will be based on 2 exams administered during class time (2 hours provided for each exam) and 2 assignments that will cover homework-style questions. Your assignment submissions will be due per the syllabus schedule and should be type written with detailed explanations. The instructor will provide a brief overview of study suggestions before each exam. Additionally, class time will be used for student questions and review prior to each exam.  By the end of the 8 week session, you should have a firm understanding of the material. As always, students should email the instructor any questions from the material – independent study is not intended to keep students from using the instructor as a learning resource!


Grades will be earned according to the following schedule:

   Midterm Exam                         200 points

   Final Exam                               200 points

  Assignments                            100 points

90% or above                         A
            80-89                                     B
            70-79                                     C
            60-69                                     D
            Below 60                                 F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of material will not be accepted without prior arrangements being made with the instructor. No late assignments will be accepted after the regular semester ends.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 - Introduction

Reading Assignment: Chapters 1, 2, 3

Week 2 – Introduction to Exchange Rates

Reading Assignment: Chapters 4,5, 6
Week 3 – Rate Determination / Inflation

Reading Assignment: Chapters 7, 8
Week 4 – Exposure Management MEET IN CLASS (4/7)
Assignment 1 due in class
Exam 1

Reading Assignment: Chapter  10, 11
Week 5 –Translation and Country Risk

Reading Assignment: Chapters 12, 16

Week 6 – Direct Investment

Reading Assignment: Chapters 13

Week 7 – Financing Int’l Trade       

Reading Assignment: Chapter 19.

Week 8 – MEET IN CLASS (5/5)

Assignment 2 due in class
Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31-32

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 35

Disability Guidelines:
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