Course Summary
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12 -- 15 weeks (104 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 Introduction to Finance or Principles Of Finance


The course objective is to provide students with a foundational knowledge of financial management. The course covers key language and terminology; time-value of money; financial markets and securities; financial statements; financial analysis; risk and return; valuation of stocks and bonds; capital budgeting and valuation; cost of capital and capital structure; working capital management; dividend policy; and international finance. Students are required to apply the various financial tools and understand how they impact financial decision-making.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to explain why the primary role of the firm and the financial manager is to maximize shareholder wealth
  • Evaluate financial markets and securities traded on financial markets
  • Evaluate capital structure and dividend policy
  • And evaluate how international issues impact the firm
  • Analyze financial statements
  • Apply time value of money tools
  • Explain risk and return relationships
  • Apply capital budgeting tools

General Course Topics:

  • Understanding the role of the firm and financial manager
  • Financial markets, financial instruments, and interest rates
  • Understanding financial statements
  • Financial statements and ratio analysis
  • Applying time value of money tools
  • Understanding risk and return relationships
  • Valuation of stocks and bonds
  • Understanding and applying capital budgeting tools
  • Identifying relevant cash flows for capital budgeting
  • Understanding the cost of capital
  • Managing current assets and current liabilities
  • Capital structures, dividends, and international considerations
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

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