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FIN 350 : Business Finance

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; grades of C- or better in ACCT 101, ECON 101, ECON 102 [formerly ECON 100), DS 110/MATH 110, DS 212, and ISYS 263.
Description: Sources, methods, and instruments used by firms in obtaining and utilizing funds, in domestic and international markets, for short- and long-term operations, designed to maximize shareholders' wealth.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FIN 351 : Financial Management

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; FIN 350 with a grade of C- or better; finance major.
Description: Conceptual and analytical aspects of financial decision-making. Risk-return analysis, capital budgeting, capital structure, valuation, and cost of capital.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FIN 353 : Financial Institutions

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; FIN 350 with a grade of C- or better; finance major.
Description: Financial institutions in our contemporary financial system; their role in financial markets and in financing business investment, their regulation, investment policies, management problems, and current developments.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FIN 355 : Investments

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; FIN 350 with a grade of C- or better; finance majors.
Description: Sources of investor information. Classes of investments, movement of security prices; analysis and interpretation of financial statements. The role of Wall Street; adapting investment policy to investor needs and purposes.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FIN 365 : Real Estate Principles

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; FIN 350 with grade of C- or better; finance major.
Description: Economic, financial, and legal principles of real estate; real property contracts and interest; analysis of housing markets; evaluation of governmental policies and social changes; considerations in owning, leasing, managing various types of realty.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FIN 370 : Fundamentals of Real Estate

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; FIN 350 with grade of C- or better; finance major.
Description: The fundamentals of commercial real estate ownership and management. Focus on strategies for creating value in an income-producing property, the concept of investment real estate equity, and leverage strategies to increase portfolio value.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FIN 371 : Commercial Real Estate Financial Management

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; FIN 350 with grade of C- or better; finance major.
Description: The financial relationship between owner and tenant/user. Exploration of the dynamics of two viewpoints: the real estate professional's objectives and constraints, and the owner/investor who markets to and negotiates with a tenant.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FIN 372 : Commercial Leasing and Development

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; FIN 350 with grade of C- or better; finance major.
Description: Application of acquired classroom knowledge to a real-world commercial leasing case addressing the financial challenges of a redevelopment case that has evaded a financial resolution for nearly 20 years. Focus on components of the proposal such as the entitlement process, leasing, financial management, investor financing, and sustainable business issues.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FIN 536 : International Finance

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; FIN 350 with grade of C- or better; finance major.
Description: International financial environment and corporate financial management. Topics include balance of payment, foreign exchange markets, international parity conditions, foreign exchange risk management and international financial markets. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FIN 653 : Seminar in Bank Management

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; FIN 353 required; ECON 500 recommended; finance major.
Description: Analysis of decisions in liquidity, forecasting fund flows, portfolio adjustments, capital structure, profitability, and regulatory constraints applicable to bank management.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FIN 658 : Financial Risk Management

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; FIN 353 with a grade of C- or better; FIN 355 recommended; finance majors.
Description: Analysis and management of corporate and institutional financial risk exposure using financial derivatives. Risk exposures include, market risk, credit risk, liquidity risk, and operational risk. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

FIN 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: FIN 350 and two additional required courses for the concentration with a minimum grade of B or better, senior standing, and consent of instructor.
Description: Intensive problem analysis under the direction of a finance faculty member. Open only to upper division students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 1-3

FIN 819 : Financial Analysis and Management

Prerequisites: BUS 785 with grade of B- or better. Enrollment priority for graduate students in business, and computing and business.
Description: Analysis of recent innovations in financial theory applied to domestic and international aspects of working capital management, security valuation, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, dividend policy, mergers and acquisitions.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FIN 820 : Seminar in Financial Risk Management

Prerequisites: FIN 819 with a grade of B- or better; FIN 825 and 828 recommended.
Description: Analysis of the use of financial derivatives to hedge or diversity market risk, interest rate risk, credit risk, liquidity risk, operational risk, currency risk, and legal risk.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FIN 825 : Seminar in Investments

Prerequisites: FIN 819 with grade of B- or better.
Description: Theoretical literature on domestic and international aspects of investment analysis, valuation, and management. Micro and macro aspects of investments, including models for investment decision-making and security valuation.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

FIN 828 : Seminar: Financial Markets and Institutions

Prerequisites: FIN 819 with grade of B- or better.
Description: Domestic and international aspects of financial institutions, their markets, securities, and business and regulatory environment. Presented from the viewpoint of managers responsible for asset and liability management of financial institutions.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

FIN 836 : Seminar in International Finance

Prerequisites: FIN 819 with grade of B- or better.
Description: International financial environment and corporate financial management. Topics include balance payment, foreign exchange markets, international parity conditions, foreign exchange risk management and international financial markets. Plus-minus letter grade only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013
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