Principles of Finance (Finance 3013)
course offers the business student an introduction to the basics of financial
management. The course takes a survey approach in the presentation
of fundamental financial concepts used in the operation of a large or small
business enterprise. Selected topics include the role of the corporation
in the modern global business environment, financial statement analysis,
time value of money, risk and return characteristics of stocks and bonds,
capital budgeting, leverage/capital structure, financial forecasting, and
international financial management.
Investments (Finance 4043)
is defined as the current commitment of funds for a period of time in order
to derive a future flow of funds that will compensate the investor for
1) the opportunity cost of foregoing current consumption, 2) the expected
rate of inflation over the holding period, and 3) the risks associated
with the future flow of funds. The purpose of this course is to provide
detailed knowledge regarding this general definition. Specifically
we cover seven broad areas of the investment task: 1) the nature and characteristics
of financial instruments; 2) how these instruments are traded in efficient
financial markets; 2) bond analysis; 3) equity (stock) analysis; 4) mutual
funds; 5) derivative securities (options and futures), and, 6) portfolio
management and attribution analysis. This course is intended to connect
the student with the real-world aspects of practical investment decisionmaking.
Use of the internet is emphasized. Students construct and manage
and a portfolio of their choosing over the semester.
Intermediate Financial Management (Finance 3033)
course extends basic Principles of Finance material (Finance 3013) to include
a more in-dept and rigorous treatment of the mainstream topics associated
with corporate financial management. Emphasis is given to financial
decisionmaking as it pertains to the maximization of stockholder wealth.
Topics covered include financial statement analysis, risk, rates of return,
time value of money, bond/stock/firm valuation, capital budgeting, capital
structure, leverage, dividend policy, working capital management, financial
planning, and mergers/acquisitions. The use of speadsheets and spreadsheet
analysis is emphasized.
Seminar in Corporate Finance (Finance 4033)
Description: This capstone
case course applies previously-learned financial concepts in dealing with
unstructured real-world financial decisionmaking situations.
A "case" is a collection of facts, evidence, detail, and commentary describing
a problem or problems faced by the firm and requiring a financial management
decision(s). Most cases are drawn from real world experience, a fact
which more effectively involves the student in genuine financial decisionmaking
scenarios. The course is student- rather than instructor-driven.
Accordingly, student teams analyze, prepare, and present solutions to selected
financial and business situations. The case presentation format is
also used to hone students' oral and written skills.
Personal Financial Management (Finance 1013)
1013 is concerned with decision making that involves setting personal financial
goals, listing financial alternatives, measuring performance, and evaluating
financial achievement so as to maximize one's net worth over the long run.
Some of the specific topic areas covered are financial planning and cash
budgeting, preparing and using personal financial statements, learning
about the financial products and markets available to you, banking, insurance,
investment strategies, income tax preparation, the auto/house purchasing
decision, retirement/estate planning, and the financial aspects of divorce.
The course aims to provide students with ideas and concepts that are immediately
useable as well as having relevancy for the management of personal wealth.
Finance 1013 can be an invaluable learning experience for incoming-freshman
and seniors alike and can serve as an elective for all majors at Tarleton.
I believe this class can easily qualify as the most important course you
will take in college. This course will qualify as
a three hour elective in any degree plan.
Graduate Corporate Finance (Finance 5073)
5073 is the required graduate financial management course in the COBA's
MBA curriculum. As such, the course forms the foundation for most
courses in the MBA curriculum by presenting fundamental financial management
concepts and techniques at the graduate level. The course should
be viewed as a pre-requisite for the cap-stone graduate seminar (MGMT 5853
). Students are expected to have a working knowledge of Principles
of Finance. However, review of basic concepts is carried out when
necessary. The concepts and techniques presented are real-world in
nature and simulate the types of business situations encountered in the
workplace. Some spreadsheet analysis is used throughout the course.
Graduate Seminar in Corporate Finance (Finance 5053)
this course runs concurrently with Finance 4033 described above.
Graduate students must complete all normal course requirements in addition
to preparing and presenting a term paper assigned by the instructor.
Finance 5053 can provide graduate students an extraordinary opportunity
to add to their knowledge of business finance and for those wishing to
emphasize finance in their overall MBA program.