This course in financial accounting acquaints students with the "language of business" and the concepts and practices of accounting in order to understand, interpret, and analyze the financial accounting reports of economic entities. Topics include: economic context of accounting; introduction to basic financial statements with emphasis on the statement of cash flows; measurement fundamentals; analysis of financial statements; cash; receivables; inventories; investments in equity and debt securities including Consolidations; long-lived assets; current and long-term liabilities; stockholders' equity; and time value of money concepts and computations for decision making: international accounting practices are incorporated into every topic. This is not a bookkeeping course.
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Program eligibility requirements
You must earn a grade of S or C- or above in courses to be used to meet prerequisites.
- ACCT 210 Financial Accounting and
- ECON 202 Microeconomics and
- MATH 115 College Algebra and
- STAT 201 Statistics I
Note: Some elective courses for the minor may include other prerequisites.
At least 12 credits from among the Minor Required Courses and Minor Elective(s) must be completed at Metropolitan State University. See also the COM policies page for requirements that are common to all programs.
This course focuses on the interactions between the consumer and the producer. It begins with the theory of markets, supply and demand, and the price system. Then it covers demand elasticity, the costs of production including the various factor inputs, the four major market structures (pure competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly and monopoly), and ways to increase the competition in markets.
This course develops the fundamental concepts of algebra with an emphasis on the classification and analysis of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Applications to the natural and social sciences are given throughout. It aims to provide insights into the nature and utility of mathematics, and helps students develop mathematical reasoning skills.
This course covers the basic principles and methods of statistics. It emphasizes techniques and applications in real-world problem solving and decision making. Topics include frequency distributions, measures of location and variation, probability, sampling, design of experiments, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.
Requirements (16 credits)
REQUIRED (12 credits)
This course introduces the application to financial decision-making of mathematics, statistics, economic theory, and accounting procedures. The two central ideas are time value of money and the relationship between expected return and risk, and how these ideas are used to value bonds, stocks, and other financial securities, and to make capital investment decisions.
This course (formerly designated FIN 590) builds on work done in FIN 390 Principles of Finance to develop understanding of corporate financial decision making. Topics include cost of capital, capital structure policy, dividend policy, options, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, and leasing.
This course is designed to give students a solid understanding of the investment environment and the modern theory of portfolio management and its applications. The major topics to be covered are: 1. The institutional environment of investment, the financial products available and how they are traded; 2. Techniques used in pricing these products: fixed income, equity, and derivative securities; 3. How to design of a portfolio of many assets and the trade-off between risk and return.
ELECTIVES (4 credits)
Choose one course in the following list.
This first course in a two-course financial reporting sequence provides for the preparation and understanding of financial information. Topics include: financial accounting theory and practice; official pronouncements of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and conceptual statements; financial statement preparation and analysis; revenue and expense recognition; accounting for assets and current liabilities; noncurrent liabilities and stockholder equity; and financial statement disclosures.
This course is the first in a two course sequence (Intermediate Accounting I and Intermediate Accounting II) that provides for the preparation and understanding of financial information. Topics include accounting theory and practice, the conceptual framework of United States (U.S.) generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), recognition of economic transactions, the preparation and analysis of financial statements and the related disclosures. Intermediate Accounting I focuses on the role of accounting as an information system and the measurement, recognition, presentation, and disclosure of economic transactions focusing on the following: basic financial statements, time value of money, cash and receivables, inventories, property, plant, and equipment, depreciation and impairment, and current liabilities and contingencies.
This course provides an in-depth study of the concepts and applications of financial statement analysis including the supply of and demand for accounting information in financial markets and the uses of accounting information in performance evaluation, investment and credit decisions.
This course is intended to advance the analytical and quantitative skills of students who have completed introductory level micro- and macroeconomics. Topics include: economic methodology, economic optimization, static and dynamic modeling, game theory and its application, basic econometrics, and economic data. Successful completion of this course will help students to continue their study in upper-division economics courses.
Financial crises, either that we are currently in one or about to be in one or some other country is in one, are all the rage in popular media today. More often than not financial crises are the result of bubbles in certain assets classes or can be linked to a specific form of financial innovation. This course will explore theoretical and policy perspective of modern global financial crises in the world. We will review the conflicting evidence about the extent of the harm caused by financial collapses. This course will also provide the students with a good economic and behavioral understanding on the effects of financial crises on the US and global economy. The primary goal of this class is to educate the students to understand the causes of past crises in an economic point of view and to develop a conceptual and policy framework in minimizing the risks of future crises and helping students make informed decisions.
This course covers the analysis of consumption behavior and demand using the theory of utility and indifference, the theory of production and costs, and analysis of the firm and industries under the four market structures. Factor pricing and general equilibrium using comparative static analysis techniques are also covered. Selected topics include: market failure, price ceilings and floors under different market structures, subsidies, regulations, price discrimination, and consumer and producer surplus.
This course is designed for business and economics students interested in acquiring a broader view of the financial system and its markets. The material is divided into three sections: historical, theoretical and institutional. The historical section covers the evolution of money, money creation, inflation, the economy, and the development of banking. The theoretical part covers methods to trace the impact of money on the economy including classical, Keynesian, monetarist and rational expectation approaches. The institutional portion deals with financial intermediaries and financial instruments.
This course prepares students for the task of analyzing primary and secondary economic data in order to assist decision makers in profit, nonprofit and public organizations. It also provides an introduction to econometrics: regression models, serial correlation, forecasting, simultaneous equation estimation, model building, time series and simulations. Students work on a major project during the course.
This course introduces the fundamental concepts, principles, and analytic techniques applied in the field of real estate. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the real estate and real estate market, the course will cover topics including real estate law, urban economics, market valuation, real estate finance and investment. The goal of the course is to expose students to the world of real estate and prepare them for more advanced real estate courses.
This course examines topics including the instruments, techniques, and institutions of real estate finance; sources of funds; mortgage risk analysis; emphasis on typical policies and procedures used in financing of residential, industrial, and commercial properties. The goal of this course is to prepare students for future careers in real estate and finance.
The course will focus on financial derivatives, and their applications to the management of investment portfolios and business risk. Emphasis will be placed on the role of derivatives markets in the financial system, the principles of derivative pricing, applications of derivatives in risk management, and some of the main causes of the recent global financial crisis. The course also addresses the rationale for regulation in this market.
This course is an introduction to the international dimensions of corporate financing, investment, and risk management decisions. Topics include foreign exchange markets, international financial systems, foreign exchange rate determination, currency risk, spot and forward rates, hedging, international monetary and trade flows, multinational capital budgeting, and cost of capital in emerging economies. Overlap: IBUS 550 International Financial Management.
This course provides an overview of financial markets and institutions. Topics include the workings of various financial markets, the functions of different types of financial institutions, and the regulatory framework for the financial sector. The course concludes with an introduction to the types of risks faced by institutions and the basic tools and concepts to manage these risks. Further, the course will include topics of current interest.
This course reinforces and expands on what is covered in FIN 390 and FIN 392. Topics include capital budgeting, business strategy analysis, forecasting and prospective analysis, mergers and acquisitions, credit analysis, corporate financing strategies, and risk management. This course requires extensive use of spreadsheets.
This is an introductory course in real analysis. Starting with a rigorous look at the laws of logic and how these laws are used in structuring mathematical arguments, this course develops the topological structure of real numbers. Topics include limits, sequences, series and continuity. The main goal of the course is to teach students how to read and write mathematical proofs.
The need to solve systems of linear equations frequently arises in mathematics, the physical sciences, engineering and economics. In this course we study these systems from an algebraic and geometric viewpoint. Topics include systems of linear equations, matrix algebra, Euclidean vector spaces, linear transformations, linear independence, dimension, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
Mathematical modeling is the investigation of real world phenomena using mathematical tools. This course includes topics such as dynamic and stochastic modeling (differential equations and discrete-time equations), as well as optimization modeling. Applications will include problems from such areas as the physical and biological sciences, business, and industry.
The field of Operations Research studies the mathematical methods developed for solving problems in business, industry, and management science. Following a modeling approach, this course introduces selected topics such as linear programming, integer programming, game theory, Markov chains, and queuing theory.
The course explores the risk management issues facing firms and individuals and examines how to protect firm value and personal wealth. It covers the areas of the general risk management process, property and liability insurance, life and health insurance, annuities and employee benefits. The insurance industry and regulatory concerns are also addressed. In addition, the course touches on some of the new products emerging in the risk management arena and how the insurance industry responds to them.