Course Summary
Credit Type:
ACE Course Number:
11 weeks (68.2 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Banking and Finance


The course objective is to provide knowledge of the basic functions of the financial system with unique emphasis on the Five Core Principles, the early introduction of risk, and an integrated global perspective. With a concentration on the big picture using these core principles and the rationale for financial rules and institutional structure, the subject matter is highly relevant even when the financial system evolves. Additionally, the course provides an overview of the economic rationale behind current financial tools, rules, and structures.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the role of financial institutions and structure of the financial industry
  • Compare the value of monetary payments using present value and future value
  • Explain how bond prices are determined, the relationship between bond pricing and present value, define the relationship among a bond's price and its and various key yield measurements
  • Explain the links between credit risk, bond ratings and bond yields, and interpret the yield curve
  • Explain derivatives, distinguish between forward and futures contracts, put and call options and how swaps can be used to manage risk
  • And explain the roles of banks and other financial intermediaries, analyze how the Federal Reserve and Central Banks impact the economy and the conduct of monetary policy
  • Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to explain the key parts and functions of the financial system and the core principles of money, banking, methods of payment, the future of money and the money supply
  • Discuss the role and structure of financial markets, identify the characteristics of a well-run financial market and explain financial instruments, their uses and valuation
  • Explain the difference between real and nominal interest rates and how each is calculated
  • Interpret and quantify risk, define risk aversion and explain the role the risk premium
  • Identify characteristics of common stock, indices, valuations, and the role of the stock market within the economy

General Course Topics:

  • Money and the financial system
  • Interest rates, financial instruments, and financial markets
  • Financial institutions
  • Central banks, monetary policy, and financial stability
  • Modern monetary economics
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials

Other offerings from Center for Financial Training Atlantic & Central States, Inc.