MBA640 Investment Management

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MBA 640 Investment Management


S1P 2013 MBD


Batson, Zach


Adjunct Professor



Office Hours

Directly following class


Semester Dates

Monday, January 14, 2013 - Friday March 8, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours



Required Text: Bodie, Kane and Marcus.  Essentials of Investments, 9th edition. ISBN: 0078034698

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Course Description:
MBA 640 Investment Management: This course provides an analysis of various debt, equity, and derivative investment vehicles. Various theories of valuation of stocks, bonds, options, futures, real assets, and other securities will be applied to each individually and in the context of portfolio management. Prerequisite: FI 360 (Formerly FI 640)

Educational Philosophy:
The educational philosophy applied in this course, and used to achieve the course objectives, is one of applied critical thinking. You are expected to come to class having read the course material so that the educational time between your peers and the instructor can be maximized by using case examples, theoretical problems, and real world cause/outcome scenarios.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze an investment using a variety of techniques.
  2. Analyze the impact of taxes upon the investment decision.
  3. Explain the Capital Asset Pricing Model and the Arbitrage Pricing Theory.
  4. Identify the various types of securities available in the market.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyze an investment using a variety of techniques.
  2. Analyze the impact of taxes upon the investment decision.
  3. Explain the Capital Asset Pricing Model and the Arbitrage Pricing Theory.
  4. Identify the various types of securities available in the market.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Your grade will be determined by:
- Written homework assignments (problem based - solutions to be submitted in writing by students with appropriate work shown)

- Current Event Write up (weekly written response to a critical thinking question provided by instructor based on a current event in finance / investing.  Students will be required to demonstrate critial thinking and sound analysis - each week's assignment will provide specific instructions for full credit)

- Mid-term Exam  (essay / short answer)

- Final Term project/paper (due final day of class - students will be required to analyze a portfolio and discuss proper investment techniques to employ based on class concepts)

-Final Exam (essay / short answer)

- In class presentation (individual).  At the end of the course each student will be required to present a 5-7 minute discussion summarizing your findings and conclusions from your final term project.  Visual aids / power point will be required and students will be expected to be able to articulate responses off the cuff to instructor and fellow student questions following the presentation.  Full rubric to be provided in class. 

 Except as otherwise noted, all submissions will be graded on relevance, comprehensiveness, specificity, clarity and analytical skills, as well as writing skills (Following APA style rules).

Midterm Exam: 30%
Final Exam: 30%
Presentation: [in class,  individual]  20%

omework Assignments: 20%


All examinations will be administered in written essay and problem format. You are expected to show your work on all problems and explain thoroughly responses to essay questions. Students will be provided 1.5 hours for each exam and 2.0 hours for the final. The course presentation will be graded based on the rubric provided in class.




90-100 A

80-89 B

70-79 C
60-69 D
69-below F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Please submit your work on the date indicated in the assignment section of  each lectures. If you are not going to meet the due date, I expect you to contact me before the due date to make any arrangements for a late paper. Any work submitted late without prior coordination with me will lose 10 percentage points for each day past the due date as posted.  

Excused absences can be granted by the instructor for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands including temporary duty. The student is responsible for completing all missed work

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The classroom is a place of learning.  No conduct by any member of the class that would reduce the ability of all class members to learn will be accepted.  One verbal request will be given to end such conduct, and if the conduct continues the class member will be asked to leave.  The instructor will have the final decision in such matters.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week              Chapter                  Topics 

1                           1                        Investments-Background and Issues  

                             2                        Asset Classes and Financial Instruments

                             3                        Securities Markets


 2                          4                        Mutual Funds and Other Investment Companies

                             5                        Risk and Return:  Past and Prologue


3                           7                        Capital Asset Pricing and Arbitrage Pricing Theory 

                             9                        Behavioral finance and Techinical Analysis

                           10                        Bond Prices and Yields                  



                                                       Mid-Term Exam (Open Book)


5                         13                        Equity Valuation 

                           15                        Options Markets

                           16                        Option Valuation


6                        17                        Futures Markets and Risk Management

                          18                        Performance Evaluation and Active Portfolio Management

  19                        Globalization and International Investing


7                        20                         Hedge Funds                          



8                                                Final Exam (Open Book)

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 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 21-22


Plagiarism is 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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 26

Disability Guidelines:
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