FI417 Investment Analysis & Management

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FI 417 Investment Analysis & Management


F2Z 2011 ML


Degel, Thomas M.


Adjunct Senior Instructor of Management and Finance


MBA, University of Montana, 1989
BBA, Gonzaga University, 1981

Daytime Phone

(406) 771-4423

Other Phone

(406) 452-1651


Semester Dates

17 October - 11 December 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM



Credit Hours


Block & Hirt, Fundamentals of Investment Managment, 9th Edition, McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 13-3-9780131869493.

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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:
To provide an interactive learning environment focusing on critical thinking and the exchange of ideas; and to imbue the student with a conceptual and analytical understanding of investment analysis and the investment process through the use of lectures and class discussions supplemented by readings, cases, problem solving, and examinations.

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:

Students will be assessed based upon their performance in class, a Mid-Term Exam and a Final Exam, weekly assignments and problem solving.  The two exams and assignments are each worth 30 percent of the student's final grade, while class participation will be worth 10 percent of the student's final grade.


Learning the material in this course is important and is the main criteria the instructor will use to assign final letter grades. Exams: The Mid-Term Exam will include material from Chapters 1-8. The Final Exam will be comprehensive, but will emphasize material from Chapters 9-21. Assignments and Cases: All assignments, cases, and presentations must be completed and turned in prior to the Final Exam. Penalties will be assessed for late (unexcused) assignments and cases.

Final letter grades will be determined using the following measurements:

    Participation                                     10%       40 Points              

    Assignments/Cases                           30 %     120 Points    

    Mid-Term Exam                               30%      120 Points

    Final Exam                                       30%      120 Points

                   Total                                100%      400 Points      

      Grade      Percent          Points

          A         90-100%        360-400 Points

          B         80-89  %        320-359 Points

          C         70-79  %        280-319 Points

          D         60-69  %        240-279 Points

          F           0-59  %            0-239 Points

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 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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments submitted late because of excused absences will be accepted and will not be penalized if received by the following class.  Other late assignments may not be accepted and, if accepted, will received a percentage grading penalty of 10 percent per unexcused class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Attend class and be on time. Be prepared for class – read and be prepared to discuss the assigned readings, cases, and problems. Participate in class discussions – this is a very important part of your education. Be prepared for examinations – assigned readings will not always be reviewed in-depth, but examinations will be from both assigned readings and class lectures and discussions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week                           Chapter and Exam Schedule                                     

One                             Chapter 1, The Investment Setting

                                    Chapter 2, Security Markets

Two                             Chapter 3, Participating in the Market

                                    Chapter 4, Sources of Investment Information

                                    Chapter 5, Economic Activity

Three                           Chapter 6, Industry Analysis

                                   Chapter 7, Valuation of the Individual Firm

                                   Chapter 8, Financial Statement Analysis

Four                            Review

                                    Mid-Term Exam

                                    Chapter 9/10, Technical Analysis and Market Efficiency

Five                             Chapter 11, Bonds and Fixed income Fundamentals

                                    Chapter 12, Principles of Bond Valuation

                                    Chapter 13, Duration and Reinvestment Concepts

Six                               Chapter 14, Convertibles and Warrants

                                    Chapter 15, Puts and Calls

                                    Chapter 16, Commodities and Futures

Seven                           Chapter 18, Mutual Funds

                                    Chapter 21, Portfolio Management and Capital Market Theory

Eight                             Review

                                    Final Exam

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

Disability Guidelines:
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