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FIN 541 Corporate Finance (3 credits)


This course explores the creative decisions facing financial managers in the modern corporate environment. Deals with the role financial decisions play in optimizing industry performance. Topics include making strategic acquisition, structuring of financial contracts, evaluation of merger candidates, leveraged buyouts, competitive bidding, corporate restructuring and other methods of shareholder value enhancement. Also discusses issues related to corporate capital structure, dividend policy and leasing.
(Prerequisite: MBA 511)

FIN 542 Investment & Portfolio Management (3 credits)
Investment in financial assets (securities) is the focus of this course. Investment decisions require thorough Analysis of risk and return. An understanding of the tradeoff between risk and return is at the heart of investment decision-making process. Topics that will be covered in this course include bond valuation, equity valuation, portfolio diversification, market efficiency and its implications, and capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM).
(Prerequisite: MBA 511)

FIN 543 Financial Analysis and Control (3 credits)
It covers financial analysis and control, ratio analysis, fund flow analysis, management of current and fixed assets, accounts receivables and inventory management, short term, intermediate-term and long-term financing, dividend policy and port-folio management  It also includes, working capital management, financial statement analysis, time value of money, security valuation, survey of security markets, capital budgeting, and  capital structure.
(Prerequisite: MBA 511)

FIN 544 Management of Financial Institutions (3 credits)
The course introduces the students to the theory and practice of financial institutions management for the perspective of risk management.  The areas covered in the course include financial intermediation and financial intermediaries, risk of financial intermediation, interest rate risk, market risk, credit risk, foreign exchange risk, liquidity risk, liability management, capital adequacy, hedging with financial derivatives, and asset securitization.
(Prerequisite: MBA 511)

FIN 545 Options, Future & Other Derivatives (3 credits)
The course focuses on derivative securities, such as, options futures and swaps. Topics included in this course are: an introduction to various types of derivative securities, an understanding of the markets in which derivative securities are traded, different pricing models of options and futures, and the use derivative securities in managing portfolio risk.
(Prerequisite: MBA 511)

FIN 546 International Financial Management (3 credits)
This course is designed to acquaint students with tools and techniques used to manage the finance function of a multinational Corporation (MNC). Topics included in this course are: financial environment in which an MNC operates, exchange rate determination, measurement and management of various exchange rate exposure, international capital budgeting, management of short-term assets and liabilities of an MNC.
(Prerequisite: MBA 511)

FIN 547 Corporate Governance (3 credits)
The Meaning of Corporate Governance: Definitions and importance of corporate governance, reputation, competition and corporate governance, corporate ethics, corporate governance and corporate responsibility, consequences of inadequate governance, globalization and corporate governance;  financial intermediaries: commercial banks, merchant banks, mutual funds, insurance companies; different models of regulation; ownership and control; CEO compensation and managerial incentives; allocation of rights and responsibilities: shareholder involvement in management, balance of power between management and owners; The board: function, composition of board, the functions of the director, board committees, criteria for making a good board and a good board member; lessons from recent US corporate governance; Failures: what went wrong and what went right? Legislative action by the US Congress, the importance of internal controls, Implementing good corporate governance: good corporate governance rules,, including internal controls, tailoring rules to the local conditions, the minimum rules, nature of rules, use of technology.
(Prerequisite: MBA 511)