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Accounting and Finance


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Accounting Courses

  • ACC 2010

    Financial Accounting

    An analysis of accounting, the language of business. Introduction to basic accounting theory, concepts, and practices emphasizing income measurement; study of the accounting cycle; and preparation of basic financial statements.

  • ACC 2020

    Managerial Accounting

    This course focuses on the use of accounting as an analytic business tool within a business organization. This includes understanding cost behavior and using this knowledge to make important management decisions. It includes developing the costs of providing products and/or services to the organization's customers and developing budgets or plans for the organization's operations. Finally, it includes measuring performance against those plans for purposes of taking corrective action and rewarding performance. Emphasis will be placed on current innovations in managerial accounting resulting from changes in the global manufacturing environment. Analytical skills and written and oral communication skills will be emphasized, partly through the medium of case studies that model real-world situations.
    Prerequisite: ACC 2010

  • ACC 2040

    Cost and Managerial Accounting

    This course focuses on the information developed and used internally within a business organization to effectively manage its operation. It deals with using information about the behavior of its costs to make good management decisions. It covers the development of a profit plan for the organization's operations and the use of that same information to develop product/service costs. It includes analytical approaches to measuring performance and taking corrective action, as well as alternative approaches to valuing work-in-process inventory. The course also incorporates the theory of constraints where appropriate. Case studies that model real-world situations are used to develop students' analytical skills and to provide practice in written and oral expression.
    Prerequisite: ACC 2010

  • ACC 2050

    Cost Accounting

    This course focuses on the compilation and analysis of accounting information and the procedures involved in determining the cost of various cost objects, such as the products or services sold to customers, and the importance and relevance of this information in making the short-term and long-term decisions involved in managing an entity. Students cannot receive credit for this course and ACC 2040.
    Prerequisite: ACC 2020. Offered on a specially arranged basis.

  • ACC 3010

    Intermediate Accounting I

    A comprehensive, in-depth, analytical, and interpretive study of alternative accounting procedures for communicating financial and economic information, supported by critical evaluations of current issues and reporting practices. Students conduct a separate analysis of each of the major items appearing in corporate financial statements, with emphasis on theory and the logic involved in selecting one accounting or financial reporting approach over another.
    Prerequisite: ACC 2010

  • ACC 3020

    Intermediate Accounting II

    A comprehensive, in-depth, analytical, and interpretive study of alternative accounting procedures for communicating financial and economic information, supported by critical evaluations of current issues and reporting practices. Students conduct a separate analysis of each of the major items appearing in corporate financial statements, with an emphasis on theory and the logic involved in selecting one accounting or financial reporting approach over another.
    Prerequisite: ACC 3010 with a C or higher

  • ACC 3060

    Individual Taxation

    A study of federal income taxation of individuals focused on tax theory and policy, laws, and related authoritative sources. Practical applications of tax laws are stressed through computerized preparation of frequently encountered forms and schedules and use of research materials applied to tax-planning scenarios.
    Prerequisite: ACC 2010

  • ACC 3090

    Business Taxation

    A study of federal income taxation of business entities focused on tax theory and policy, laws, and related authoritative sources. Practical applications of tax laws are stressed through preparation of frequently encountered forms and use of research materials applied to tax-planning scenarios. Taxation of gifts, estates, and trusts is also covered.
    Prerequisite: ACC 3060

  • ACC 3250

    Accounting Information Systems

    The course will provide an in-depth study of the role of computer-based accounting systems to create meaningful information for economic decisions. Emphasis is upon analyzing and designing accounting information systems, using accounting system applications to analyze information, and evaluation of internal control activities.
    Prerequisite: ACC 3010

  • ACC 4010

    Advanced Accounting

    Theoretical analysis and problem-solving approach to current issues in accounting theory and practice; accounting for mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, bankruptcy and liquidations, consolidations, and parent company and subsidiary relationships; preparation of consolidated accounting statements; and use of accounting procedures to prepare accounting reports for management, investors, and governmental agencies.
    Prerequisite: ACC 3020

  • ACC 4020


    Principles, standards, and procedures involved in the independent examination and analysis of financial statements prepared for management and the general public. Concepts of ethical and social responsibilities are explored. Special emphasis is given to the proper reporting and communication of financial and economic information to the general public and to various governmental agencies.
    Prerequisite: ACC 3020


Finance Courses

  • FIN 3200

    Money and Banking (SOC)

    A survey of the financial sector of the economy covering the role and functions of money and other financial instruments, commercial banks and financial intermediaries, the purposes of central banking and the structure and operations of the Federal Reserve, and the relationship between the monetary and credit system and the level of economic activity.
    Prerequisite: ECN 1020 or ECN 1030

  • FIN 3210

    Corporate Finance

    This course introduces students to the framework and methodology employed in financial decision making with a focus on three areas. First is an introduction to the financial markets and both investment and financing instruments available to corporations, nonprofits, and individuals. Second is the analysis of financial statements and learning how that information is used to make decisions about the target capital structure for a firm and the dividend policy that would support that capital structure. In the third area, students will learn how to evaluate business projects (capital budgeting) using financial criteria and different financing choices (capital structure) for these projects.
    Prerequisites: ACC 2010 and either BUS/ECN 2340, MGT 3100, MTH 1050, or MTH 3050

  • FIN 3290

    International Finance

    This course examines the monetary side of international economics and globalization, including the current and historical structure of international financial institutions. Topics include exchange rate theories, monetary regimes, interest rates, asset pricing, risk diversification, the balance of payments, currency crises, and open-economy aspects of fiscal and monetary policies. Emphasis is given to the use of theories in understanding current events and policy issues.
    Prerequisites: ECN 1010 and 1020, or ECN 1030

  • FIN 3620

    Real Estate Analysis

    Nearly everyone will own real estate in their lifetime. Whether you wish to learn how to buy and value a house or duplex, develop a commercial property, or be able to develop a commercial lending real estate proposal, this course will help by examining real estate found in the surrounding community through multiple lenses.

  • FIN 4050

    Security Analysis and Portfolio Management

    In this course students employ modern portfolio theory to analyze securities using technical and fundamental analyses, for individual equity securities, and in the context of a diversified portfolio. Students will gain hands-on experience managing multimillion-dollar portfolios using live data feeds, and constructing interactive portfolio allocation models using Microsoft Excel.
    Prerequisite: FIN 3210

FIN 200A

(TP) Financial Market Research

In this course, as its name suggests, students will engage in hands-on research and analysis of financial markets, working in close collaboration with representatives from an industry partner. It involves modeling of financial markets and trading strategies using tools which range from simple Excel models to algorithms on complex proprietary trading platforms. The research topic varies from semester to semester. Recent topics include (1) the study of the soybean crush spread and development of an algorithmic strategy to trade those futures contracts; (2) the study of calendar spreads in the grain futures markets and development of a strategy to capture the roll yield; and (3) study of overnight gap reversal strategy in the grain futures markets. This course is open to all majors. Recent participants included students majoring in physics, computer science, economics, and mathematics, besides accounting and finance.

fin 400a

(TP) Financial Derivatives: Concepts and Applications

This course covers the major types of financial derivatives — forwards, futures, options, swaps, and credit derivatives. Students will learn the different characteristics of these derivative instruments, gain an understanding of the purpose of these derivatives and, when properly used, what benefits they provide. Students will also learn how derivatives may contribute to destabilizing the financial markets when misused. The course will also cover how the different derivatives are priced in the markets, and how they can be used to create synthetic cash and equity positions. Students will also learn how to use derivatives to help manage different kinds of risk, including market risk, credit risk, and liquidity risk.
Prerequisite: FIN 3210

FIN 400c

(TP) Trading in the Financial Markets: Beyond the Theories and Myths

This course will introduce students to the world of trading in the equity markets and their related equity options markets, as well as trading in the futures and spot foreign currency markets. This course will focus on markets that are available on the U.S. exchanges and through retail brokerages. Students will learn how to use the tools of technical and fundamental analysis and gain proficiency in using a commercially available trading/investment platform with live data feeds, both for market analysis and simulation trade execution. Students will learn risk management techniques and how to develop a sound trade plan.

FIN 400D

(TP) Fixed Income Analysis

This course covers the major types of fixed income securities that are available in today’s financial markets. Students will learn the distinguishing features of each type of fixed income security and how they are issued, traded, and valued in the markets. Students will learn how to identify and quantify various kinds of risk (e.g., interest rate risk and credit risk) that are associated with owning fixed-income securities. Students will learn how asset-backed securities (ABSs) are created through a process called securitization and how they are traded. The course will cover ABSs that are backed by assets such as home mortgages, car loans, and credit card loans. Students will also learn modern valuation techniques for fixed income securities, and how to manage a portfolio of fixed income securities.
Prerequisite: FIN 3210

FIN 400T

(TP) Corporate Valuation Methods

This course is an experiential learning opportunity for finance majors and other students interested in the quantitative and qualitative methodologies of evaluating a company. Students will analyze all the aspects of a company, including financial statements, news articles, industry reports, etc., and formulate an in-depth and comprehensive analysis. Students will learn the various models and methodologies commonly used in the industry, along with research, presentation, and critical-thinking skills.
Prerequisite: FIN3210

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