FI417 Investment Analysis & Management

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FI 417 Investment Analysis and Management


F1J 2012 DN


Speer, Stuart Nelsen





Daytime Phone


Other Phone

913/710-9849 (Cell)


Semester Dates

August 23- October 11, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours



Essentials of Investments, Bodie, Kane & Marcus, Irwin,  8TH Edition, ISBN 13: 978-0-07-733918-0
Earlier editions are not acceptable.  It is critically important to the student's success that the readings be done in advance of class. 
Students who do not acquire the text in a timely manner will be at a severe disadvantage.

Additional Resources:

Financial  function calculator such as Hewlett Packard HP12-C, Texas Instruments BAII, or equivalent device.

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Course Description:
A study of investment alternatives, selection criteria, and practical portfolio management. Emphasis is placed on economic, financial, and market factors which affect the values of alternative investments, while studying financial risk associated with investment management. PREREQUISITE: <A href="/course/index.aspx?class= fi 360">FI 360</A> or permission of the instructor. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

In dealing with subject matter that is critical to the ongoing success of financial professionals, that is required of finance majors, and that is primarily objective in nature, the instructor applies direct and objective methods of instruction and testing.  All grade outcomes are measures of the student's ability to access information, commit key elements of that information to memory, and apply the resulting intellectual property to the solution of specific problems.
Once so armed with the basic tools of finance as practiced as a trade, the student will be better prepared to comprehend and manage increasingly complex and detailed information; building from strength to strength.

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Special emphasis will be placed on the appropriate classification of securities as debt or equity, with the student learning to compare and contrast the performance characteristics of the two markets.
  2. The student will examine techniques of collecting, analyzing and evaluating market and security data with the purpose of designing and constructing specific portfolios.
  3. The student will be called upon to examine prototype portfolios to categorize and differentiate in-dwelling portfolio elements inventoried as to: risks, time-horizon, liquidity and marketability.
  4. The class, as a whole, will assess and debate the relative virtues of divergent investment modes.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

  The first 6 sessions include a take-home quiz consisting of 50 questions drawn from the evening's course work and readings.  Each quiz will be graded and discussed at the opening of the subsequent session.  Students who miss class will receive a 0 on the quiz related to the missed session. Missed quizzes may not be made up, and there is no provision for extra-credit.
  The final consists of 150 questions, 125 of which are drawn directly from the quizzes.
  The 7th class consists of the usual quiz grading/review plus an extended break-out session during which groups will consider and respond to a practical investment problem.  Students will be assigned research tasks in preparation for this session.
  For grading purposes, the lowest quiz score will be discarded and the remaining 5 will be averaged.  The quiz-average will again be averaged with the final-exam score to calculate the students course grade.
   Subject to the student's level of participation in the 7th evening's break-out session, from one to three grade-points will be credited toward the student's course average. 
   Requests for alternate final-exam dates will be considered on an individual basis.  Alternate finals must be proctored in compliance with University regulations.  It is the student's obligation to arrange appropriate proctoring for alternate final testing. <BR>Alternate finals consists of 150 questions not previously used in quizzes. <BR>


Grading weight percentage:

Break-out Session (class seven:) 10%

The average of the five best quiz grades: 60%

 Final = 30%

91-100        A
81-90          B
71-80          C
61-70          D
00-60          F

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:
The previous week's quizzes and homework are due at the start of the class.  Late submissions will not be accepted.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Reading assignments are to be completed in advance of each class.

Class One Chapters 1&2


Class Two Chapters 4,5,6


Class Three Chapters 7,8,9


Class Four Chapters 11,12,13


Class Five Chapters 15,16,17


Class Six Chapters 18,19


Class Seven In class case-study


Class Eight Final


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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