Course Descriptions

Undergraduate

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.

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

Prerequisites: FIN 350 with a grade of C- or better; restricted to upper division finance majors.

Conceptual and analytical aspects of financial decision-making. Risk-return analysis, capital budgeting, capital structure, valuation, and cost of capital.

Units: 3

Prerequisites: FIN 350 with a grade of C- or better; restricted to upper division finance majors.

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

Prerequisites: FIN 350 with a grade of C- or better; restricted to upper division finance majors.

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

Prerequisites: FIN 350 with grade of C- or better; restricted to upper division finance majors.

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

Prerequisite: FIN 350 with grade of C- or better; restricted to upper division finance majors.

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

Prerequisites: FIN 350 with grade of C- or better; restricted to upper division finance majors.

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

Prerequisites: FIN 350 with grade of C- or better; restricted to upper division finance majors.

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

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

The development and role of late 20th and early 21st century financial technologies in modern market crises. Research and critical analysis of 21st century finance capitalism. Political and financial interactions, including limits and possibilities for controlling financial behavior.
(This course is offered as PLSI 435, I R 435, and FIN 435. May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)

Units: 4

PLSI 435/I R 435/FIN 435

Prerequisites: FIN 350 with grade of C- or better; restricted to upper division finance majors.

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

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; FIN 353 with a grade of C- or better; ECON 500 recommended; finance major.

Analysis of decisions in liquidity, forecasting fund flows, portfolio adjustments, capital structure, profitability, and regulatory constraints applicable to bank management.

Units: 3

Prerequisite: Upper division standing; FIN 355 with C- or better; finance majors.

A theoretical and practical look into the world of managing alternative investments and behavioral finance. Topics include hedge funds, market rationality and irrationality, fixed income, risk and rewards of various investment styles, etc. (Plus-minus letter only)

Units: 3

Prerequisite: Upper division standing; FIN 355 with a grade of C- or better; restricted to finance majors.

Theoretical and practical design of investment strategies, analysis and selection of investment vehicles, analysis of portfolio risk and return, and portfolio performance metrics. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

Units: 3

Prerequisites: Upper division standing; FIN 353 with a grade of C- or better; FIN 355 recommended; finance majors.

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

Prerequisite: FIN 350 with grade of C- or better; restricted to upper division finance majors.

Critical and emerging issues in finance. Topics may include derivative assets; pricing and application; financial and economic crisis mergers and acquisitions; start-up financing; private equity; venture capital, and other relevant topics as they arise.

Units: 3

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.

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. May be repeated for a total of 12 units. (CR/NC grading only.)

Units: 1 - 3